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FEB 15-24, 2013

A 10-day, high energy tour of contemporary performance

WED, FEB 20 @ 11:30AM -1:30PM
The Bright Family Screening Room in the Paramount Center

The Debate Society Workshop
Making a Moment lead by Oliver Butler & Paul Thureen of The Debate Society
When we make our plays, special/sad/bad/funny/unexpected tiny moments are what we search out and the things that become the fundamental base that we expand upon to create our onstage worlds. We work to find these minor elements of language or action that get to the root of the mood and meaning of our play. In this workshop we will guide (and sometimes trick) each other and ourselves into making these moments; working on our feet with objects, lists, etudes and possibly some god-awful love letters.

About The Debate Society
The Debate Society is a Brooklyn based company that creates new plays through the collaboration of Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen (writer/performers) and Oliver Butler (director/developer). The Debate Society trio are recipients of a 2012 Obie Grant, Sundance Institute Fellows, winners of a 2010 “Village Voice Best of Award” for “Best Argument for Devised Theater” and the 2012/13 Ars Nova Company in Residence.

Mondo Bizarro Workshop
Cry You One is a project of Mondo Bizarro that combines a site-specific performance with an outdoor procession to highlight how rapidly one of the world's most vibrant cultures is disappearing. It is shared on the sites of erosion in South Louisiana, where water is reclaiming land once occupied by people’s homes. Led by Jeff Becker and Nick Slie, this interactive workshop will guide participants through our process when creating site-responsive performance events, using Cry You One as a focal point. People should be prepared to witness, ask questions, move, sing, and make things with their hands.

About Mondo Bizarro
Mondo Bizarro creates original works of performance that are rooted in a particular sense-of-place and that reflect the joys, desires, memories, and possibilities of the communities from which they are born. Their work ranges from collaborative ensemble productions to large-scale festivals, from digital storytelling to daring site-specific events. Artists of place, all their journeys begin and end in New Orleans: they tour to embolden their efforts there.


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  • ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage, in association with The Center for the Theater Commons and The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival, presents a combustible combination of theatre, film, music, workshops and live-streamed events. Completely housed in ArtsEmerson’s Paramount Center in downtown Boston, The Next Thing (TNT) Festival (FEB 15-24) creates an unprecedented opportunity to dive deep into the world of contemporary ensemble performance.
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