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Conference 2009

November 20-23, 2009

REGISTER AT WWW.ATARA2009.EVENTBRITE.COM
Observant Women in the Creative, Performing & Media Arts

Motzei Shabbat, Nov 21 7:30pm Art Exhibit 8:30pm Performance
Sunday Night, Nov 22 7:30pm Performance

MOTZEI SHABBAT Highlights…
  • RACHEL FACTOR – Dance performance
  • SHAINDEL ANTELIS – indie rock – www.myspace.com/shaindel
  • BRACHA ADREZIN – opera vocalist
  • RIVKA NAHARI – classical piano / opera
  • The Brava Women’s Ensemble of Brooklyn – women’s choir
  • SHEVA RAICHMAN – dance performance
  • AMY GUTERSON – Master of Ceremonies
  • Learn about arts training programs & the work of theater companies around the globe
  • Visual Art Exhibit and Craft Vendors
    AND MORE…

SUNDAY NIGHT Highlights…

  • The PENI-NOTES – Women’s Choir of Teaneckand many more.
  • Comedienne ELANA GREENSPAN, Master of Ceremonies!
  • RIVKA LOMIANSKY – Indie-Rock
  • Yocheved Polonsky – dance
  • Reina Potaznik – dance

SUNDAY, NOV 22 10am-4:30pm
9-11am Registration and Coffee
10-10:50 Morning Movement. FLOW: The Foundation of Movement in languages of choreography and yoga.

11-11:50 SESSION I

  • Dance Fusion – Torah concepts fused with a mix of dance styles & FUN!
  • Music Therapy 101 – Tips & Techniques
  • Acting 101 – Improv, Games & More
12-12:50 SESSION II
  • Using Theater to Teach Children – Learning “As If” they were thereLUNCH & OPEN MIC Show Your Stuff!
  • Ear Training & Harmony Skills
  • Modern Dance with Keri Roth!
  • Acting for Film – From Script to Screen: Role of the Actor
1:50-3pm SESSION III
  • MASTER CLASS with HENYE MEYER & TOBY GREENWALD: Scriptwriting & Producing – Cover-to-Cover Production Manual for a Community Musical, with perspectives from theater directors from ISRAEL & ENGLAND
  • Bollywood Dance – Indian and other ethnic styles as seen in Indian films
  • Advanced Scene Study for Teens – with Rivka Lomiansky of Neshama Theatre
  • Vocal Training with Bracha Adrezin – Breathing & Vocalizing Techniques from the world’s leading vocalists
3:10-4:30 SESSION IV
  • DANCE AS A VEHICLE FOR SPIRITUALITY – with RACHEL FACTOR of Machol Shel Bnos Miriam, Jerusalem Women’s Center for Theater Arts
  • STORYTELLING – with PENNINAH SCHRAM, world reknowned Storyteller

Optional
4:30pm – Hoola Hooping Lessons with YOCHI
5:00pm – “Becoming Rachel” a film by Amy Guterson, with Q & A
5:00pm – Learn about the Bialystoker Shul
5:30pm – Walking Tour of the Lower East Side
6:00pm – Dinner on the Lower East Side
***7:30pm Performance***
Schedule subject to change / may be updated.
COMING SOON: ADDITIONS OF Visual Art Sessions: BATIKKING, ART THERAPY, OTHER
SOME DESCRIPTIVE HIGHLIGHTS…
STORYTELLING – ACTING FOR FILM – ADVANCED SCENE STUDY FOR TEENS
MUSIC THERAPY 101 – FLOW: THE FOUNDATIONS OF MOVEMENT – & MORE
From Script to Stage to Screen: Creating a Musical for Your Community
What is involved in writing a play for the Jewish community? Covering both hashkafic and practical issues, such as rabbinic approval, avoiding clichés, humor, stagecraft, amateur verses professional, problems in casting, budget and funding, venues, behind the scenes support, and creating and distributing a DVD! Includes reading list for further study. Learn perspectives of theater directors from Gush Etzion, Israel and England.
Kernels of a Pomegranate: The Art of Storytelling
Stories have the power to transform and inspire. With our voices, we can create bonds and lasting memories between people while we transmit Jewish values and traditions. In this workshop, Peninnah Schram will explore the power of storytelling and what makes a story Jewish, discuss theatre and storytelling, illustrate effective storytelling and share techniques for telling through non-threatening participatory creative dramatic exercises. We will also work through the process of learning a story and integrating stories within the classroom and in your life.
Using Theater Arts to Teach Torah to Children
Explore the role of drama in engaging children in learning Torah. Understand use of theater games, pantomime and rhyme. Learn about the teaching model of “Keelu,” – “as if” you were a character, understanding characters and text through the use of drama.
Vocal Release for Growth and Transformation
Powerful breathing and vocalizing techniques of the world’s greatest opera singers. Every woman can use these techniques to release stress, feel revitalized, and connect emotionally and spiritually. Singers can transform their voices with this approach, yet all women can connect with their inner power and catalyze their growth. Experiential,safe, and fun!.
Bollywood Dance
Bollywood dance is the dance-form used in the Indian films. It is a mixture of numerous styles. These styles include belly-dancing, kathak, classical, Indian folk, and western popular, modern, and jazz. South Asia traces an unbroken tradition of linking theatre, music, and dance to the 2nd century BCE.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING

Shabbat, Nov 20-21
The Lower East Side of Manhattan

  • Oneg and Musical Seudat Shlishit for women
  • Torah on the topic of Arts & Music
  • Improv Acting Games
  • Hanging out with creative women with a Torah lifestyle!

MONDAY Nov 23

Discussion with Industry leaders – Issues for Observant Jews in the Arts
Gender * Secular Content * Compensation * Arts in Education * More
For involvement as an artist/industry professional: conference@artsandtorah.org

MOVIE NIGHT AT STERN COLLEGE FOR WOMEN, 5-11pm

  • 5:10pm – The House on Riverside. Two young girls learn the value of honesty and hard work. Set in 1930’s NY. 74 min.
  • 6:50pm – The Chairlady. A comedy about the life of a woman struggling between community recognition and home life.
  • 9pm – Q & A with Filmmakers Panel
  • 9:30pm – Diamonds in the Dust. During an archeological dig of 2009, we return to ancient Israel just before the Churban Sheni.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: http://atara2009.eventbrite.com

Conference Prices
    • ECONOMY Full Conference $110
    • VIP Sponsor Package $220
      Per Diem
    • Performances: $20 General Admission, $36 VIP Seating, Beverages

$15 students and families 3+ Classes: $15/class, $25 Master Class

  • Full-day Sunday Workshops: $50
  • Monday at the Movies: $13/First movie, each additional movie $5