Richard III… In Chinese?!!

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On Friday, March 28th, the Youth Corps had the opportunity to attend the National Theatre of China’s production of Richard III at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.  I was excited, yet skeptical, because I’m not much of a Shakespeare theatre goer.  So I did some research on it and discovered that the play contained acrobatics, and was in Mandarin.  But I decided to go anyway, and it was much different than I thought it would be.

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The xx: A Youth Corps Review

I’ve never attended a live concert before, let alone one performed by the xx, so you can imagine the excitement I felt when I, along with the rest of the Youth Corps, were given the chance to the xx perform live at Park Avenue Armory. 

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In our journey through dissecting William Shakespeare’s language in the play Macbeth, the Youth Corps worked on creating a “modern version” of Shakespeare’s text using Facebook as a template. We created Macbeth-themed “news feeds” on large poster paper. This is an example of Jo and Nancy’s news feed.

In our journey through dissecting William Shakespeare’s language in the play Macbeth, the Youth Corps worked on creating a “modern version” of Shakespeare’s text using Facebook as a template. We created Macbeth-themed “news feeds” on large poster paper. This is an example of Jo and Nancy’s news feed.

The Youth Corps sends many thanks to the band members and Penelope McCourty for helping us make this possible!
 


The Youth Corps sends many thanks to the band members and Penelope McCourty for helping us make this possible!

 

In response to viewing The XX performance, the Youth Corps worked alongside teaching artist Penelope McCourty to create a movement piece. After we created our piece, we presented to not only the staff members of the Armory but the actual band members of The XX too! It was an amazing opportunity to work creatively and get inspired with Penelope McCourty and be able to share that experience with a group of people as inspiring as The XX.
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In response to viewing The XX performance, the Youth Corps worked alongside teaching artist Penelope McCourty to create a movement piece. After we created our piece, we presented to not only the staff members of the Armory but the actual band members of The XX too! It was an amazing opportunity to work creatively and get inspired with Penelope McCourty and be able to share that experience with a group of people as inspiring as The XX.
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In response to viewing The XX performance, the Youth Corps worked alongside teaching artist Penelope McCourty to create a movement piece. After we created our piece, we presented to not only the staff members of the Armory but the actual band members of The XX too! It was an amazing opportunity to work creatively and get inspired with Penelope McCourty and be able to share that experience with a group of people as inspiring as The XX.

We were especially thankful that The XX had decided, from the beginning, to hold a special performance just for public school students. The intimate concert space only held up to 45 people so we, as the audience, were extremely close to the artists.

We were especially thankful that The XX had decided, from the beginning, to hold a special performance just for public school students. The intimate concert space only held up to 45 people so we, as the audience, were extremely close to the artists.

Last week the Youth Corps participated in a 3-day workshop based on the work of the talented band, The XX. The group branched out to Armory Partnership High School students and invited some of potential future Youth Corps to create an “Ephemeral Dance Company.” We were given the amazing opportunity to view The XX concert that took place in Park Avenue Armory.
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Last week the Youth Corps participated in a 3-day workshop based on the work of the talented band, The XX. The group branched out to Armory Partnership High School students and invited some of potential future Youth Corps to create an “Ephemeral Dance Company.” We were given the amazing opportunity to view The XX concert that took place in Park Avenue Armory.
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Last week the Youth Corps participated in a 3-day workshop based on the work of the talented band, The XX. The group branched out to Armory Partnership High School students and invited some of potential future Youth Corps to create an “Ephemeral Dance Company.” We were given the amazing opportunity to view The XX concert that took place in Park Avenue Armory.

When Opportunity Knocks

Former Park Avenue Armory Artist-in-Residence, choreographer Faye Driscoll was kind enough to invite the Youth Corps to a dress rehearsal of her latest production, “Thank You For Coming.” The performance begins with multiple dancers piled up on and physically connected to one another which creates an image of one single being or pieces to a machine. One major detail that I found so engaging and somewhat intimidating is the eye contact between the performers and the audience. Based on what I understood in a conversation with Faye after the dress rehearsal, the idea was to create one single being and branch out into a larger group and eventually, an entire community.The dance piece was none like any performance I have ever seen! Toward the end of the performance, every audience member was given a prop or task that contributed to the piece one way or another, which really made me feel a part of this “community” Faye had envisioned. The Youth Corps highly recommends anyone interested in performance art and modern dance to check out Faye Driscoll’s productions. 
Link to Faye’s website and info on “Thank You For Coming”: 

Website: http://www.fayedriscoll.com/thankyouforcoming.html  

Former Park Avenue Armory Artist-in-Residence, choreographer Faye Driscoll was kind enough to invite the Youth Corps to a dress rehearsal of her latest production, “Thank You For Coming.” The performance begins with multiple dancers piled up on and physically connected to one another which creates an image of one single being or pieces to a machine. One major detail that I found so engaging and somewhat intimidating is the eye contact between the performers and the audience. Based on what I understood in a conversation with Faye after the dress rehearsal, the idea was to create one single being and branch out into a larger group and eventually, an entire community.The dance piece was none like any performance I have ever seen! Toward the end of the performance, every audience member was given a prop or task that contributed to the piece one way or another, which really made me feel a part of this “community” Faye had envisioned. The Youth Corps highly recommends anyone interested in performance art and modern dance to check out Faye Driscoll’s productions. 

Link to Faye’s website and info on “Thank You For Coming”: 
Youth Corps is excited to work closely on reading and analyzing Macbeth text over the next few weeks. The Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford’s production of Macbeth comes to the Armory May 31 to June 22!

Youth Corps is excited to work closely on reading and analyzing Macbeth text over the next few weeks. The Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford’s production of Macbeth comes to the Armory May 31 to June 22!

One of our mentor-mentee pairs, Paola and Alexandra, collaborating on an introductory poster. 

One of our mentor-mentee pairs, Paola and Alexandra, collaborating on an introductory poster.