Gaga Workshop and Classes August 2–4

Automatic Arts is thrilled to present Gaga in Philadelphia August 2 – 4, 2017 at The Performance Garage (1515 Brandywine Street). Classes will be taught by Or Meir Schraiber from Batsheva Dance Company.

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Gaga Workshop & Open Classes August 2, 3 & 4 

A 3 day Gaga Workshop for $100. The Workshop is open to professional dancers and dance students ages 16 or older. The daily schedule is:

  • 10:00am – 11:15am Gaga Class
  • 11:30am – 1:15pm Ohad Naharin Repertoire

We also will  be offering 3 days of Open Gaga People Classes  from  6pm – 7 pm for $17 per class. Gaga People is open to the general public and available for anyone at any age (16 or older), without the necessity of previous experience.

Space is limited and we encourage you to register in advance.

Register for the Gaga Workshop

Register for Open Gaga Classes

Questions? Contact Deborah Crocker at automaticartsco@gmail.com

What is Gaga?

Gaga is a movement language which Ohad Naharin developed over the course of many years and which is applied in daily practice and exercises by the Batsheva Dance Company members. The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement.

Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.

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“Gaga challenges multi-layer tasks. We are aware of the connection between effort and pleasure,  we are aware of the distance between our body parts, we are aware of the friction between flesh and bones, we sense the weight of our body parts, yet, our form is not shaped by gravity . . . We are aware of where we hold unnecessary tension, we let go only to bring life and efficient movement to where we let go . . . We are turning on the volume of  listening to our body, we appreciate small gestures, we are measuring and playing with the texture of our flesh and skin, we might be silly, we can laugh at ourselves.  We connect to the sense of “plenty of time,” especially when we move fast, we learn to love our sweat, we discover our passion to move and connect it to effort, we discover both the animal we are and the power of our imagination.  We are “body builders with a soft spine. We learn to appreciate understatement and exaggeration, we become more delicate and we recognize the importance of the flow of energy and information through our body in all directions.  We learn to apply our force in an efficient way and we learn to use “other” forces.

We discover the advantage of soft flesh and sensitive hands, we learn to connect to groove even when there is no music. We are aware of people in the room and we realize that we are not in the center of it all. We become more aware of our form since we never look at ourselves in a mirror; there are no mirrors.  We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities.  Yielding is constant while we are ready to snap . . .

We explore multi-dimensional movement, we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles,  we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it.  We change our movement habits by finding new ones, we can be calm and alert at once.

We become available . . .”

-Ohad Naharin

Picture for New York 2014Ohad Naharin has been hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers. As Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company since 1990, he has guided the company with an adventurous artistic vision and reinvigorated its repertory with his captivating choreography. His works have also been performed by prominent companies including Nederlands Dans Theater, the Paris Opera Ballet, Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Compañía Nacional de Danza (Spain), Cullberg Ballet (Sweden), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York), and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (New York).  Naharin is also the originator of an innovative movement language, Gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers.

Photos by Gadi Dagon.

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Coming to SoLow Fest June 15-17

Twists on the solo performance.

Thursday June 15 at 8pm
Friday June 16 at 8pm
Saturday June 17 at 7pm and 9pm

PII Gallery
242 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19116

Pay What You Can (Suggested $5–$15, cash only at door)

Advance tickets $12 / allone.brownpapertickets.com

Theatrical takes on the “solo” show by Josh McIlvain and Sarah Knittel. Find yourself in the throes of “the diviner,” a community meeting about a new mural, and one man’s disturbed attempt to make sense of the world. Plus a music troubadour and a solo dance. Plus complimentary beer!

Includes:

The Diviner (photo below), written and directed by Sarah Knittel, performed by Harry Watermeier.

MAKING the WORLD a BETTER PLACE through MURALS, written and directed by Josh McIlvain, performed by Sophia Barrett and Wyl McCaul

Mice, written and directed by Josh McIlvain, performed by Joshua Millhouse.

Plus a solo dance and live music.

Wyl McCaul and Sophia Barrett in MAKING the WORLD a BETTER PLACE through MURALS_photo by Said Johnson

Nice and Fresh April

“The best showcase for new performing arts in Philadelphia.” Phindie.com

NICE AND FRESH: New Works of Theater and Dance

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April 28 + 29

Friday April 28 at 6pm and 8pm
Saturday April 29 at 6pm and 8pm

Moving Arts of Mount Airy
6819 Greene Street (at Carpenter Lane)
Mount Airy, Philadelphia.

Balk (theater)
Two dads hang out without the protection of their wives and kids.
Performed by Ed Miller and Josh McIlvain, directed by Josh McIlvain, written by John Rosenberg of Hella Fresh Theater.

peepSHOW (dance theater)
A somatic exploration of the revealing.
(Think about it.)
CCreated + performed by Sarah Knittel and Lillian Ransijn

The Presidents (theater)
A power struggle at the Lodge over who gets to be which president in the Independence Day Parade.
Performed by Mike Franz + Mark Wheeler, directed by Lexa Grace, written by Josh McIlvain of Automatic Arts

Research 2 (performance art)
The collision of one’s sense of identity and change—whether in the world, relationships, or one’s own body.
Created and performed by Irina Varina

Select Readings from the 1986 Amnesty International Report (reading)
Exactly what it sounds like.
Concept and music by Josh McIlvain, reading by Christopher Munden (Friday) and TBD (Saturday).

Art by Chuck Schultz
Visual artist Chuck Schultz will display a number of his images of performers, which he has created while watching performances.

Each performance is 8–12 minutes, entire show is 70 minutes.

peepSHOW photo by Kim Spade. BALK photo by Richard Underwood.

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Nice and Fresh February: Theater, Dance + Circus!

With

Almanac Dance Theater Circus

Freshblood/KC Chun-Manning in collaboration with Camilla Dely

Asya Zlatina (featuring Ashley Searles)

Josh McIlvain/Automatic Arts (featuring Ezekiel Jackson and Sara Vanasse)

Hosted by

Sarah Knittel

with special guest The Joseph Davenport Experience featuring musical accompaniment by Betty Smithsonian

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Friday February 24 at 6pm and 8pm

Saturday February 25 at 6pm and 8pm

Venue

Moving Arts of Mount Airy
6819 Greene Street (at Carpenter La.)
(Mount Airy) Philadelphia, PA 19119

 

Photo (above) by Daniel Kontz

Nice and Fresh brings new works of theater and dance by Philly’s most exciting performing artists and companies to unique venues in Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Artists need to create.
Performers need to perform.
Audiences need to see new work.

SLIDESHOW AT WHITE PINES, PERFORMANCES FEBRUARY 10 + 11

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Created and Performed by Josh McIlvain

The critically-acclaimed

show returns!

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10 8pm (tickets)
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11 8pm (tickets)

A comedic drama that features real slides from the 1950 to 1980s alongside a fictional family narrative about vacation, America, and when visions of one’s future collide with reality.

THE WHITE PINES PLACE
7908 High School Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027

SLIDESHOW is being presented by White Pines Productions as part of their 2017 Cold Hard Love winter series of theatrical performances. Check out the full list of  shows here.

“The performance is a brilliant exercise in connecting dots that lead McIlvain’s unnamed character on an epic journey with several loves.” Mark Cofta, Broad Street Review Read the full review

“This intimate performance uses real slides to unfold a gripping tale of a family as seen through the fleeting images on a screen.” Philebrity.com

“Invites the audience to be mesmerized and taken on a journey about transition, tragedy and connection.” Philadelphia City Paper

“Ingenious travel down memory lane. . . . A thought-provoking, intimate, funny and poignant journey.” Stage Magazine

Announcing our first Resident Artist: Sarah Knittel

Automatic Arts is thrilled to announce the launch of its Artist-in-Residence program, with its 2017 inaugural Resident Artist, theater artist and actor Sarah Knittel. By tying the residency to the company’s Nice and Fresh series, audiences will be able to watch the Resident Artist face new creative challenges throughout 2017. Automatic Arts will select one Resident Artist each year to be a part of the company.

Sarah Knittel, Joni and the Doorman, promo photo: Said Johnson.

Sarah Knittel in a Joni and the Doorman promo photo. Photo by Said Johnson.

The Artist-in-Residence program is closely tied to the company’s Nice and Fresh performing arts series. For each month from January to June, the Resident Artist will be challenged to creatively participate in Nice and Fresh: from acting in plays to hosting shows to writing and directing work and other creative challenges. The residency will culminate in the fall of 2017 with a Nice and Fresh that is produced and curated entirely by the Resident Artist under the Automatic Arts banner.

“Sarah Knittel is the perfect choice to kick off this new facet of our endeavors,” says artistic director of Automatic Arts, Josh McIlvain. “In addition to putting different kinds of performance—and types of artists—side by side, the Nice and Fresh series, for Automatic Arts, is about the challenge of creating and/or performing in new work continuously. I can’t force that on the other artists and companies that perform at Nice and Fresh, but this program allows us to do so with a willing participant; Sarah is an artist who shared our ideals and curiosity, willing to expand the idea of the space itself and the type of performance it can support. It’s also important for our future to have artists besides myself to be officially part of Automatic Arts, and expanding our output.”

“I’ve always loved performing in Nice and Fresh,” explains Sarah Knittel, “and admire the work that Automatic Arts does—it explores and encourages new, often daring work and always champions the creative process. I’m excited for the challenge and the months ahead!”

Sarah Knittel’s education began at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where her studies took her to the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Stonestreet Studios for Film and Television, and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. This past spring she fulfilled her graduate studies at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training in Physical and Devised Theater. In Philadelphia, she performed for Automatic Arts, Hella Fresh, Pig Iron, Hedgerow, Philadelphia Shakespeare, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Luna, Manayunk Theater Co., and Phenomenal Animals among others. Also a teaching artist, Sarah has taught for White Pines, Odd Act Theater Co., Story UP! and currently Dancing with the Students.

Presented by Automatic Arts,  Nice and Fresh is a performing arts series that features new works from Philadelphia and beyond-based theater, dance, and circus arts companies and artists. Curated by playwright-director Josh McIlvain of SmokeyScout Productions, each show features four to five artists/companies performing new and original works in the 10–15 minute range in a variety of artistic disciplines. Using only venues in Northwest Philadelphia (Mount Airy, Germantown, Chestnut Hill), Nice and Fresh provides an easy-going, affordable-for-everyone option to stroll around the corner and experience new theater and dance. Expect funny, imaginative, compelling pieces from artists in an accessible format and for only $7! Next show is February 24 and 25 at Moving Arts of Mount Airy, Carpenter Lane and Greene Street in Mount Airy, Philadelphia.

Nice and Fresh – Season 4!

“The best showcase for new performing arts in Philadelphia.” Phindie.com

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Season 4 begins!

Friday January 13 at 6pm and 8pm

Saturday January 14 at 6pm and 8pm

$7 / Art for the price of a sandwich

BUY NOW: autoarts.brownpapertickets.com

Featuring new works by

Josh McIlvain/Automatic Arts (theater)

Irina Varina (dance/performance art)

Steve Lippe (storytelling)

&more!

Moving Arts of Mount Airy
Carpenter Lane at Greene Street
Mount Airy, Philadelphia

Nice and Fresh brings new works of theater and dance by Philly’s most exciting performing artists and companies to unique venues in Mount Airy, Germantown and other Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods. Features new works from Philadelphia-based (and beyond) theater, dance, and circus arts companies at venues in Northwest Philadelphia. Each show features four artists/companies performing new and original 10- to 15-minute works in a variety of styles and artistic disciplines. Read the reviews and press.

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The 2016/17 Nice and Fresh series is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Support also provided by PECO. This program is administered regionally by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.