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A Masterclass with Thomas Richards / The Potential of Song
February 14 @ 6:00 pm - February 16 @ 9:00 pm
Three Days Workshop, February 14-16, 6:00 AM-9:00 PM EST
The Potential of Song: A Masterclass with Thomas Richards
assisted by Jessica Losilla-Hébrail and Hyun Ju Baek
This event is co-presented by the Polish Cultural Institute NY, Korean Cultural Center & The Korean Society.
This Masterclass, led by Thomas Richards, theater director and former Artistic Director of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards in Pontedera, Italy, and assisted by members of Theatre No Theatre, will introduce each participant to an exploration of work on songs of tradition.
Richards began as the protégé and then essential collaborator of famed Polish director and performing arts theorist Jerzy Grotowski, who is considered to have been one of the greatest reformers of 20th-century theater and one of the founders of experimental theater.
The workshop will consist of practical sessions of work on songs coming from Afro-Caribbean and African traditions, which have been at the core of Richards’ performing arts research for over 30 years. Such work on song explores the potential impact that the rhythmic and melodic qualities of certain songs of tradition can have on the persons who sing.