A performer reaches for an imagined object.

Something from Nothing (for Zoom)

For the first time on Zoom: One of Pig Iron’s signature intensives, a space to begin, a space to create.
SOMETHING FROM NOTHING is a workshop on devising, tracing the journey from a single impulse to a full performance. Alongside improvisations to find performative sparks, we train specific skills so that the resulting pieces are crafted with attention to the smallest detail. 
Learn the process of launching an original work through Pig Iron's tried-and-true creation processes. Participants will receive performance assignments which must be solved as an ensemble. Playwriting and directing duties will be shared among the ensemble, and decisions will be made collaboratively.

In this workshop we target generating original material, physicalizing characters, developing improvisations into finished pieces, and the role music and rhythm play in creation. We work on taking material developed through improvisation and turning it into pieces that are precise, exuberant, and moving. Our workshop culminates in an open showing, on Zoom, of short works created over the course of the program.
Creation and creativity rely on the artist’s ability to listen and respond to impulses–this is true both in person and on Zoom. New vocabularies of creation will unlock new forms, new venues, and new relationships, in this online workshop. Our work will embrace the challenges of the screen and stimulate fresh responses to our current constraints.
The workshop will be taught by Pig Iron School Core Faculty and longtime company member Sarah Sanford (with Co-Artistic Director Quinn Bauriedel.)

Artists and seekers of all sorts; “interpretative” artists who want to become “generative” artists; anyone who wants to make their own work.

Tuesday, January 5: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Wednesday, January 6: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday, January 7: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Friday, January 8: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Saturday, January 9: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Tuesday, January 12: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Wednesday, January 13: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday, January 14: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Friday, January 15: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Saturday, January 16: 1:00pm-4:00pm

All times listed are US Eastern Standard Time.