Strike Anywhere
Classes & Workshops
Strike Anywhere

Soundpainting Workshop

July 10

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Classes & Workshops season. This is an archived view.

Experience a unique form of live composition and improvisation.

21/22 Classes & Workshops

For Saturday, a decision about inclement weather will be made by 10 am that day. Please check back here for the most current information.

Join Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble to explore Soundpainting, a universal sign language comprising over 1500 signs that allows a group of actors, dancers, singers and musicians to improvise together in real-time. The technique was created by New York composer Walter Thompson during the late 1970s for jazz musicians. It has since evolved into a multidisciplinary language that is practiced worldwide. Ensemble members will teach foundational signs and signals of Soundpainting and conduct the group in exploratory improvisation. 

All levels of experience and all types of performing artists are welcome. While not a youth-focused workshop, it is open to youth ages 10 and up.

Participate using the artform of your choice: If you're an actor or dancer, wear comfortable clothing you can move in. If you're a musician, bring the instrument you'd like to play. And singers, be prepared to sing!

These workshops are part of Strike Anywhere's summer residency leading up to their show this fall. POP UP: An Artistic Treasure Hunt leads audience members on a local scavenger hunt for performative happenings that incorporate a community Soundpainting chorus. Make sure to save the date on October 2 and 3. Learn more about POP UP and Strike Anywhere's residency >

Get a taste of POP UP and Soundpainting in action from the Ensemble's US premiere in Fort Greene, Brooklyn:

POP UP: An Artistic Treasure Hunt (U.S. Premiere)


Venue Information

To keep everyone safe during the indoor workshop at the Hop, 6ft of social distancing will be encouraged. Per Dartmouth's COVID guidelines, masks are not required indoors if you are vaccinated but are required indoors if you are not fully vaccinated. Please bring your own mask if you need it; you may be asked to leave if you are not vaccinated and do not have a mask.

During the workshop at the Wheeler Tent on Dartmouth's campus, participants are asked to comply with Dartmouth College's COVID-19 visitor guidelines.

Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Established in 1997, the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble is an interdisciplinary collective of world-class improvisers. The company creates provocative performances and innovative education programs that promote empathy, creativity and civic engagement. SA performances always feature live music, physical theater and dance. Strike Anywhere has performed and taught in over 200 venues in 16 states and eight countries. Learn more about the ensemble >

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