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Re: [xmca] Performing a Conference

Lois, it is so nice.

Please note that Patch Adams is a very close friend of my Cuban bees, La
Colmenita, and of my close friend, his director, Carlos Alberto Cremata, he
went several times to Cuba, I think the last time after the two powerful
hurricanes. If you wish you can speak with him about La Colmenita, who is
visiting Turkey this August to play UN Convention for Children Rights on its
20th Anniversary.

Best wishes for you and the congress


2010/7/27, Lois Holzman <lholzman@eastsideinstitute.org>:
> Hi All,
> Please share with players and playful wannabees who want to be with
> grassroots social change agents from the US and all over the world. And
> consider coming yourselves...
> There's been an ongoing conversational thread within XMCA grappling
> with/promoting/describing/explaining/theorizing/deconstructing/etc.
> performance, play, creativity. imagination, and how they do and might impact
> in a human way on what we all care about. Here's a conference devoted to it
> Lois
> Conference Sponsors
> All Stars Project, Inc. and East Side Institute for Group and Short Term
> Psychotherapy
> Conference Headquarters
> All Stars Project, Inc., 543 West 42 Street (between 10th & 11th Aves)
> “Can Performance Change the World?”
> Performing artists, community organizers, theatre workers, educators,
> scholars, youth workers, students, social workers, psychotherapists,
> psychologists, medical doctors, health workers, and business executives are
> coming from 31 countries to discuss/perform that question and their
> responses to it. Among  the nearly 100 presentations, workshops and
> performances that will be featured at this year’s Performing the World are
> some theatre related sessions and presentations dealing with performance,
> health and wellness. Upcoming news alerts will highlight sessions on
> performance and education, performance and trauma, and performance and
> mental health.
> Play On Stage and Off
> A Day in the Life of the World – The Living Theatre has been pushing the
> boundaries of the theatre and working to change the world since
> 1947.  Founder and artistic director Judith Malina and company members will
> lead a workshop on Living Theatre performance techniques and a discussion on
> the Living Theatre’s perspective on performance and social transformation.
> Performing Change – One morning a group of young people fan out through the
> downtown streets stopping people at random to engage them in conversations
> about problems in their community and what they think needs to be changed in
> the world.  A few days later this group of young people present a
> performance illustrative of the concerns raised on the streets. Members of
> the Street Spirits Theatre Company, based in British Columbia will share
> their play-creation process.
>        Towards a New Educational Theatre with Chinese Characteristics -
> Huizhu Sun, President of the Shanghai Theatre Academy, will share his
> efforts to introduce     devised and educational theatre in China based on
> traditional characters derived from Chinese Opera.
> Reinventing Avant-Garde Theatre – Projekt Theater Studio in Vienna has
> transformed itself from a classical left avant-garde theatre to a community
> performance space, the Butcherie, creating new performance forms with
> immigrants, refugees, women and the elderly.  Founder and artistic director
> Eva Brenner will discuss these changes and lead a workshop in the
> Butcherie’s performance techniques.
> Bubbles on the Subway - Play in Unexpected Places - Throughout 2009 Kristen
> Pedemonti played with people on the subways and streets of New York City
> using bubbles as a means to engage.  She wanted to help people remember what
> it is to play and demonstrate play’s potential to help people
> grow.  Pedemonti will share her experience and explore how adult play can
> change energy, shift focus and open us up to each other.
> Performance and Health
> Patch Adams - the Clown Laureate of Medicine, comes to Performing the World
> for the first time.  He will share his work from around the world, bringing
> performance and hope to the sick and suffering.  In addition to his own
> workshop, Patch will be joining Jim Mangia, executive director of St. John’s
> Well Child and Family Center in Los Angeles, and other innovative doctors on
> a panel entitled, “What is Health?”
> The Performance of Resiliency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital – Oncology
> nurses from John Hopkins Hospital and performance coaches from Performance
> of a Lifetime share how performance games and workshops helped the nurses to
> regain the sense of humanity that initially led them to professional
> nursing.
> The Power of Performing Our Story – Lewis Mehl-Madrona will share her work
> helping people transform the stories of their illnesses into performance and
> discuss healing as social performance.
> Clowning at Hospital Changes the World – Clownetterna, a Swedish hospital
> clown group, brings performance to children in hospitals, and shares the
> special magic of the clown/child encounter.
> Housing the World
> PTW 2010 Housing Committee is busy securing free housing for the hundreds
> of performance activists and scholars who will be attending. They have
> already secured, as of this writing, 80 beds for visitors in households
> throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
> If you want to stay in a NYC home while at PTW, you must fill out a housing
> form (available at www.performingtheworld.org). The deadline to apply for
> housing has been extended to July 24. Housing forms will not be processed
> until conference registration is received. Additionally, if you live in the
> New York metropolitan area and would like to host a performance activist or
> scholar from around the world, please contact Jenny or Esther at
> 212-941-9400 x 414, or fill out a form on the website (
> http://eastsideinstitute.org/page63/page63.html).
> Conference Schedule
> Thursday, September 30, conference begins at 5:30 PM
>            Registration and Opening Reception
> Friday, October 1
> Concurrent Sessions and Evening Performances
> Saturday, October 2
> Plenaries, Concurrent Sessions and Evening Performances
> Sunday, October 3
> Concurrent Sessions and Closing Plenary
> Conference ends at 6:00 PM
> Registering for the Conference
> Registration for PTW 2010 can be completed online at (
> http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=204261) or contact Melissa Meyer
> at 212-941-8906 x 304.
> Don't forget to check out the latest at http://loisholzman.org
> Lois Holzman, Director
> East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy
> 920 Broadway, 14th floor
> New York NY 10010
> tel. 212.941.8906 ext. 324
> fax 718.797.3966
> lholzman@eastsideinstitute.org
> www.eastsideinstitute.org
> www.performingtheworld.org
> loisholzman.org
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