Workshops

CODE AS CHOREOGRAPHY

Whether you’re interested in learning code to drive interactive performance elements in your work, or just as a lucrative side-gig, where to begin can be a daunting question. But creating a program and creating choreography or improv structures are incredibly similar! This workshop will be an absolute beginner level introduction to translating “choreographic thinking” into “code thinking.” Come dressed to move comfortably! The workshop will be primarily physical in nature and will help participants build an embodied vocabulary that can be applied to learning a variety of coding languages.

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WED - OCT 24, 2018

6:30 - 9:00PM
$15


CREATING RESPONSIVE PERFORMANCE ENVIRONMENTS THROUGH WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY

In this workshop participants will play with inexpensive, coin-sized sensors which can be sewn into costumes with conductive thread. Explore how to use position, acceleration, light exposure and touch input to control a variety of outputs like LED lights, sound elements, and video. Students will receive a list of links to all equipment used as well as sample code from all demo projects shown during the class.

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WED - NOV 28, 2018

6:30 - 9:00PM
$15

Gibney 280 Broadway
New York, NY


Spring 2019

USING AUGMENTED REALITY TO ENGAGE AUDIENCES IN AND OUT OF THE THEATER

By now you’ve probably heard that AR or Augmented Reality is the hottest new thing in technology. Almost everyone with a smartphone has used AR even if they didn’t know it at the time. If you’ve ever played Pokémon Go or used a Snapchat filter, you have too! In this workshop we’ll explore how augmented reality can be used to enhance audience experience and engagement before, during and after a live performance event. Using technology as ubiquitous as the smartphone, this workshop will demonstrate how existing apps take advantage of augmented reality. We’ll take a look at how building a customized app might work and brainstorm new implementations across both marketing and production design.

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WED - FEB 27, 2019

6:30 - 9:00PM
$15

Gibney 280 Broadway
New York, NY


SURVEILLANCE IN PERFORMANCE

We live In an age where we everything we search, buy, surf, eat and photograph is under constant surveillance. Much of that surveillance we perform on ourselves with every selfie, tagged friend and check-in we post. And as our documented digital lives move out of simple internet history to the increasingly uncanny use of facial and body recognition in public spaces, how can artists bring awareness of how these technologies both reveal, distort and obscure our individual stories and the concept of privacy? How can we use these technologies in work where we use audience and/or performer data as content or improvisational input for performances. In this workshop we’ll discuss the various methods of publicly available and privately commercialized surveillance we encounter every day and how those methods might translate into narrative, or interactive content in a performance environment.

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WED - APR 24, 2019

6:30 - 9:00PM
$15

Gibney 280 Broadway
New York, NY


BIG DATA AND MACHINE LEARNING IN PERFORMANCE

While these might just sound like technology buzzwords, big data and machine learning can yield rich and topically relevant source material that can be translated into visual, audio, narrative, or choreographic patterns to inform your work. In this workshop we’ll discuss how to identify sources relevant to your creative investigation from a variety of socio-political, scientific, environmental, and psychological arenas, access them, and integrate them holistically into your creative process.

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WED - MAY 29, 2019

6:30 - 9:00PM
$15

Gibney 280 Broadway
New York, NY


READING THE DIGITAL BODY WITH INCLUSIVENESS

It’s no secret that who builds a thing or tells a story makes a huge impact on what that thing or story will be. It’s also no secret that the majority of programmers and technology engineers are able-bodied, cis, white men. It should be no surprise then that so much of technology intended for the general public is designed and programmed with a blindness to the actual use of a diverse public. You may recall when iPhone facial recognition was first launched that it couldn’t differentiate between different asian faces and had trouble recognizing dark-skinned black faces at all. Most software designed for movement capture can only “see” you if you are a standing person with the limbs and proportions designated as normal by its developers. In this workshop we’ll discuss how utilizing these technologies in performance making can both illuminates these failure and work to improve them by bringing diverse voices into their future evolution.

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WED - JUN 26, 2019

6:30 - 9:00PM
$15

Gibney 280 Broadway
New York, NY