ATARA's Arts Weekend for Women

Women's Weekend - Winter 2012
ATARA: The Association for Torah & the Arts presents.

Music, Dance, Theater, Visual & Creative Arts
in a women's only setting
Sat Night Feb 11 - Art & Music at the Jewish Music Cafe
Parkslope Bklyn 401 9th St -- 9pm
FEATURING: Baltimore's Ayelet Hashachar!, Rachel Jakob, Infinite Light, Ilana Chava Shechter, Sarah, Malka Russell, Esther Berger, Shira Dahan, Yocheved Rosenberger, Jessica Schechter, Shoshana Averbach & More - with unparalleled comedienne MC Elana Greenspan!
Visual Art by Jewish Art Salon & Jewish Art Now. 

244 West 54th St (btw Bway & 8th Ave NYC), Penthouse Level

Registration, Brunch, Morning Movement: 10am
Torah 10:30am: The Spiritual Power of Music
Discussion 11am: What is Jewish Theater? 11am
Workshops 11am-3:30pm include Songwriting, Dance Midrash, Puppetry, Improv Acting, Drumming, Choreography, Directing, Dance Therapy & Visual Art
Workshop Descriptions & Artist Bios Pasted Below in Detail or click here:
3:30pm RISING STARS: Stellar Performers age 12-16
4:30pm Panel Discussion: Arts Education in the Jewish Community
$60/full day $15 per workshop/program

Sunday Night Feb 12
NYC Off-Broadway for WOMEN
Torah observant women - professional talent.
Hear the freshest new sound in the observant female music industry, see new theater, and enjoy exhilaration of dance groups!  Led by starlet MC Leslie G., this evening shows you the talent of our own women. Music ranges from classical to original sounds, pieces include dance, theater & comedy.  Not only will you have a satisfying evening of quality art - the original music & lyrics of observant women will touch and envigorate your soul.
  • Gayle Ashkenazy

  • ML Droz

  • Dana Pestun

  • & Bulletproof Stockings!

    Tickets: $20 / $35 / VIP $59 includes dinner & music album with 13 artists
    Special Programs:
    • Comedy by MARION FINE (nee Hermes), Comedy Performance
    • Tzohar Seminary for Chassidus & the Arts, meet Faculty, Students & Director Amy Guterson
    • Torah by Rav Weinberg of Congregation Aish Kodesh
    • Zmirot, Personal Stories & Chizuk
    • Hospitality & meals provided for registered participants.Oneg Free & Open to community 8:45pm @ Cong Aish Kodesh
    RISING STARS: Stellar Performers age 12-16
    3:30pm Sunday February 12 at 244 W54th St. NY, NY, Penthouse Level
    Featuring: Rebecca Ashkenazy, Esther Berger, Tzippa Marchette, Natali Polonsky, Malka Russell, Chana Leah Yerushalmi & MORE
    Workshops in dance, face painting & harmony just for teens
    Discounts Online
    Hosted by ATARA: The Association for Torah & the Arts
    Artistic Expression, Torah Values

    Scene by Scene: How To Get What You Want
    If you are an actor, director, teacher, or someone who just wants to learn more about how to teach theater, then come be a part of this exciting workshop. Learn how to break down scenes and monologues in a way that’s easy and accessible. We will explore: how to define an objective, what are tactics and physical actions, How to direct actors who are stuck, How to direct and not dictate, learn how to guide without line reading, How can I relate to un-relatable character, What it takes to run a successful acting class.
    Playing with the Elements of Song: A Workshop in Music Composition
    Workshop emphasizes learning music composition through improvisation. Participants engage in playful improvisation with some of individual elements of song (melody, rhythm, harmony and words) to expand awareness of how they work together and the endless possibilities of variation.
    Choreography: A Dance Manifesto Composition Workshop
    A Dance Manifesto Composition Workshop, Form and Content through the Written Word workshop is designed to understand and use the choreographic principles of time, space, energy, and design to create dance material. The movement created during this workshop will be inspired by one’s own written dance manifesto.
    Puppetry: The World of Leah & Levy
    Morah Michal will take you into the world of puppets where children (as well as the young at heart) can empathize, advise, and learn from the adventures and misadventures of these friends. Learn elements of character development, voice, and content. Create your own characters and scene.
    Dance Bet Midrash, Rav Lach Shevet: "Lecha Dodi: The Journey Outward
    NISHMAT HATZAFONRav Lach Shevet, which literally means “you have been sitting for too long” is a Beit Midrash that incorporates movement and mediation into traditional Jewish text study. In a setting that looks more like a yoga study than a traditional study hall, Rav Lach Shevet delves into powerful and thought-provoking Jewish text. Through movement and textual analysis these passages transcend the esoteric and become deeply personal and immensely contemporary. “Lecha Dodi: The Journey Outward” is a workshop that will use dance as a medium through which to study an ancient liturgical text recited at the onset of Shabbat. Participants will have the opportunity to explore this text in depth and grapple with its messages by translating them into movement and allowing movement to expand upon the text. This mode of study will invite participants to form a new connection with Lecha Dodi.
    Improvisational Drumming/Percussion Group
    NECHAMA TARLOW, Music Therapist
    No Experience Necessary. Tap into your natural rhythm, tune into your innate musicality. Be part of a unique group sound that will evolve in the moment. Exit performance mode, leave all judgements behind, and have fun! You can bring your voice too, just in case you are moved to use it.
    What is Jewish Theater? A Discussion
    A panel discussion with theater artists on what defines Jewish theater. Does a piece have to be explicitly about Jews in order to be “Jewish”? Are we called to create theater as Jewish women, especially with the difficulties the performing arts industry poses to Orthodox practice? How do we make it work, and what, if anything, can we do to influence the theater landscape?
    Dance Therapy- Movement for Self Actualization & Change 
    Demonstration and workshop of how learning Torah in combination with movement can bring healing. Miriam presents a Torah theme based on the elements of air, earth, fire and water through movement, music and aesthetic, explains the kavannah behind each choice. Participants actively engage in her movements to physically process the Torah concept, leading to self-actualization and change.
    Jewish Visual Art
    Learn the motivations, processes and themes behind significant and moving works of art by observant Jewish visual artists, and how their learning and spiritual thought inform their work.
    Jazz Dance Workshop
    Technique and exhilaration! Learn new, original choreography to the music of Shaindel Antelis!

    TORAH: The Spirigual Power of Music & Dance
    Torah insights on the power of music and dance based on Chassidus that will be mainly based on work “Inner Rhythms” by Rav Pinson and discourses of the Rashab.

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