Thanks to our friends at Givenik.com, teens from this summer’s Theater Teen Reviewers and Critics attended HAIR on Broadway last week. Check out the video review below!
Saturday afternoon myself and two totally AWESOME High 5 Teen Reviewers and Critics ran a teen workshop at the Joan Mitchell Foundation and Noguchi Museum’s Careers in the Arts Fair, 2011. The day was full of workshops with everything from comic book artists to fashion designers and even filmmakers!
In our workshop we spoke a bit about the High 5 Tickets to the Arts program and my two assistants, Joe Strong and Maya Whalen, spoke about how they have grown in the New York City arts scene as a result of starting their journey with the High 5 program.
As the workshop went on, we talked a lot about discussing art as a community. As we did a mock-TRaC writing exercise the discussion took flight! I was so impressed and moved by the participants’ interpretations that I wanted to share it here and pose the same questions to you.
The two pieces of work we focused on were Isamu Noguchi’s Policeman and Sun at Noon (both pictured below). Here are some of the questions we asked about the pieces:
1. What do you think the titles of these two pieces are?
2. How does each piece make you feel?
“It reminds me of the circle of life”
“Like I can jump through to another dimension”
3. Pick one word from the inside of your Noguchi tablet to describe each piece.
“Unique and Harmonious”
“Creative and Tranquil”
“Bold and Serenity”
“It’s like he has a hard shell on the outside to hide the emptiness on the inside, only filled by his billy club.” Student comment on The Policeman
“The use of different materials represents the ups and downs, rough and smooth spots you might face throughout your life.” Student comment on Sun at Noon
What are your thoughts about these works?
Post in the comments below!!
I came into the Teen Reviewers and Critics program in March 2010 not really knowing what to expect. I thought I was still going to feel like an outcast, even though I’m in my own society. An art society. I thought I was going to mess up my experience with my people, but it turns out my people welcomed me with open arms.
I no longer felt like an outcast because the people that surrounded me seemed to also be cast out. Cast out of the world of science, and sports. The world of simple talk and mediocre feelings. We don’t list things or words to say. We bring life to things that seem dull and meaningless to ordinary eye. We write with meaning and view with honesty. We welcome each other with open arms, we can express our deepest feelings of love, hate, war, and rage, and know our people will understand. I’ve never said “we” and felt so secure with it, not with family or with friends. I’ve never said “we” and meant “we all” as in a whole. [Read more…]
This August, five groups of Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) ventured out into New York City to take in some culture. After attending a Thursday performance, everyone wrote reviews, then reconvened the following Tuesday for a discussion and workshop. Our work is published here in the first of a five part series featuring writing from the Summer TRaC!
Summer TRaC Session 1 visited an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of Art featuring turntable pioneer Christian Marclay. Check out the excerpts and full reviews below….
“Christian Marclay’s “Festival” at the Whitney Museum of Art is an experiment of the ‘fusion of image and sound through collage, performance, installation, photography, sculpture, and video.’ In other terms, it is a smorgasbord of all things musical.” – Elizabeth Sherwood
“Along the walls, you see a single line of words, seemingly describing what you had just heard in the show, or were about to hear. […] those sentences tied everything in the room together.” – Kayla Somar
“Viewers are encouraged to write something on the massive chalkboard that is covered in staff lines […] I learned that ‘Teresa ♥’s Julian,’ ‘Emma wuz here,’ […], and what was perhaps my favorite: a regretful sentiment somebody wrote about how they wish that they had taken piano lessons.” – Jane Handorff
“Interactive art is what this is, most museums won’t let any one touch a thing but yet now we can draw on the wall.” – Kayla Vialva
“[…] intriguing in theory, the piece is just an unsettling battle of wills […] On guitar, Mary Halverson strums random, disconnected chords after another, contending with Ikue Mori’s drum machine-style clips of shattering glass.” – Sharon Mizrahi
“At some points the speakers oozed out the sound of soothing rain, another reminder of the weather the sheet music was exposed to. Accompanying the speakers was a guitar occasionally playing familiar tunes or chords and at other times seemingly haphazard notes.” – Kirsten Rischert
“The dissonant tunes and complexed rhythms of this performance bring the most skilled listeners back to some other performances, such as Georges Asperghis’s latest production: Les Boulingrins.” – Victoire Bourhis
“[…] certain combinations of sound and rhythm have the power to evoke such extreme responses in people. Music is at once less and more than physical. It is nourishing, like food, and yet invisible, like gas. Is music a fart?” – Phoebe Nir
“[…] sounds may include high shrills, popcorn sizzling, cork popping, water dripping, sawing, glass breaking, and everyday sounds of annoyance.” – Chui Yu Lau
TRaC is back.
As if you didn’t know — the summer Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) program is NOW recruiting for our July/August!
Think about it. FREE access to NYC art, music, theater and dance, eleven new friends from all backgrounds and boroughs, lively debate, writing, flip-flops, subway adventures, August sunshine, pizza, mini frisbees….
Need we say more??
Sign up now for one or more of 5 special two-day workshops on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone in high school is eligible. Participants will attend a Thursday night performance, write a review, and meet up the following Tuesday for a writing workshop from 4:30pm – 7:30pm in the ArtsConnection/High 5 building in Manhattan (8th Ave and 36th Street).
Just as in our Fall and Spring TRaC programs, Summer TRaC workshops will include debate and discussion about the show, writing activities, an opportunity to publish your work and whatever else participants bring to it! (If you’ve ever wondered what the 8-week TRaC programs in the fall and spring were like, this is a great way to get a snapshot of the experience.) Each session will be taught by one of the veteran TRaC Instructors, all of whom are working artists and critics.
For more information, dates and instructions on how to sign up follow the link…..