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Me/We: A Workshop Conversation for Performing Artists with Organizations, Collaborations, and Collectives

Links, Notes, and more info about Andrew's workshop, October 29, 2015

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Photographed notes from Andrew's presentation:

Workshop Description:
Many performing artists find ourselves, by choice and by necessity, part of a "We," a company or collaboration that structures our artistic life. How do we reconcile our artistic selves with our structure? As our work evolves, how does our organization/nonprofit/collective evolve? What principles help us balance our lives as artists and structure-runners? And how can we move the conversation from burnout toward sustainability?

I ran a collaborative dance company for 20 years. I continue to be fascinated with the power and intense challenge of collective action. I will share some tools and tactics from my company and my community in Philadelphia, ask some big questions, and launch us into conversation. Bring a notebook and something to write with.

More about the presenter:
Andrew's visit to the Twin Cities is supported by The McKnight Foundation Fellowship program and Springboard for the Arts. He is presenting a variety of workshops while he is here. See for more info.

Andrew Simonet founded Artists U in Philadelphia in 2006. He is the author of Making Your Life as an Artist and works wth artists nationally to build sustainable lives. He was, from 1993 to 2013, a founding co-director and choreographer of Philadelphia's Headlong Dance Theater, along with his collaborators Amy Smith and David Brick. Headlong created collaborative dance theater in Philadelphia, and toured nationally. Andrew’s projects included CELL, a performance journey for one audience member at a time guided by your cell phone, and This Town is a Mystery, performances by four Philadelphia households in their homes, followed by a potluck dinner. Headlong’s work was funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts, The Creative Capital Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Japan Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts. Headlong's work was produced by The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), P.S. 122 (NYC), Central Park Summerstage, The Jade Festival (Tokyo), The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. Andrew currently writes fiction and is the writer and producer for The Way Up, a documentary film about the community based anti-poverty work of Mauricio Miller. Andrew lives in West Philadelphia with his wife Elizabeth and their sons Jesse Tiger and Nico Wolf.

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