PTW 2012 ends with fun and games, just as it should be. After a few words from Lois Holzman, Performing the World 2012 ended with improvisational games and performances. We performed the conference by creating short improvised performances of meaningful aspects of the weekend. It was fun and hilarious to see so many people able to act so goofy. It was such an inspiring 4 days with so many experiences shared with so many people. This was such an amazing conference - many serious topics discussed by people that don't take themselves too seriously - WONDERFUL!
We gave our workshop yesterday and it went great. We got many great compliments about it and the significance of our work. One person commented that the progression of the exercises made her have more "palpable" connections with other people in the workshop. Another person commented that our workshop was the most impactful of the entire conference (!). This was such a great experience for both of us and has really solidified our feelings about how our work truly helps people. It was so great to see the all the ways that people could be playful and liberated through ensemble improvisation! Check out a short video of performances from our workshop: click HERE
We just finished our second full day of workshops at PTW 2012! We are surrounded by so much positive energy, joy and so many great ideas. It is so inspiring to see all the ways that people are using performance, play and improvisation to develop and do small and big things to change and save the world. We attended many workshops led by people from around the world on writing, humor, play and programs using performatory therapy in New York City, Nigeria and Juarez, Mexico. We've met a lot of great people that we hope to stay in contact with and collaborate in the future (in2 in India?, Mexico?, Venezuela? - let's make this happen!!!). We're resting up for the last day of PTW. Tomorrow afternoon, we will be giving our workshop, "in2 Community Building! - An Interdisciplinary Improvisation Workshop." It is such an honor to have been selected to give a workshop alongside all the other accomplished presenters. Here are some pictures from Friday and Saturday!
First day was exhausting! We left CU at 1:00 AM got to Chicago around 3:45 and flew into La Guardia Airport in NYC at 9:00 AM eastern time. We took a cab to the All Stars Project, site for the PTW 2012 conference. We dropped off our luggage and we were off to take a stroll through the city! We ate a wonderful vegetarian lunch at Maoz, walked around time square and enjoyed some cheesecake at Junior's right next to the Lion King's broadway venue (which we have tickets for next Thursday!) At 2:00 PM we had our orientation for the International Class, the training program we are starting with the East Side Institute after the conference. After meeting our classmates from India, Brazil, Mexico, US, Bagladesh, among other countries we assisted the opening ceremonies for the conference. There we were surrounded by 500 more artist, activists, Heath providers and revolutionary therapists from over 37 different countries that work and share their commitment to performance, play and improvisation for human development and community building. Got to our temporary home in Brooklyn around 9:45 PM and now we are eager and looking forward to an exciting Friday :o)