Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Youth: by an Old Guy Who Once Was One

A plenary session for Performing the World 2008
with Fred Newman
Saturday, October 4, 11:00am-12:15pm

John Jay College, Gerald W. Lynch Theatre899 Tenth Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets$25.00 (for those not registered for PTW'08)
Limited seating available, advanced registration only

Fred Newman is one of the seminal thinkers of the international performance movement. Back in the 1980s, he said that to be "natural" in our society is to be "dead in life," and urged people-young and old-not to behave "naturally," but to perform. It is through performance, Newman pointed out, that we can break out of old ways of thinking and doing things.

Newman, the creator of social therapy, is a philosopher, with a Ph.D. from Stanford University, but he's a philosopher who doesn't just talk and write; he builds things. Among the things he has helped to build are the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy, which trains people all around the world in a social therapeutic performance methodology of human development and learning, and the All Stars Project, which allows thousands of young people to create new performances of themselves every year.

As part of Performing the World 2008, an international gathering of performance activists, Newman will deliver a lecture entitled, "Youth: By an Old Guy Who Once Was One." It will be quite a performance!

This old guy knows that youth is one of the hardest times of life. It's the time when we are pressured to accept traditional roles in a very old play, and it is also a time when we have the opportunity to take some risks, create new performances and rewrite the play of life.

To register call the East Side Center at 212-941-8844, or register online at Performing the World...

Directions by Subway: Take #1, 9, A, B, D to 59th Street & Columbus Circle, walk west to Tenth Avenue between 58th & 59th Streets.-OR- Take N, R, Q, W to 57th Street & 7th Avenue, walk west to Tenth Avenue between 58th & 59th Streets.

East Side Institute 920 Broadway 14th Floor New York NY 10010

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