Commenced in 2007 and now composed of 10 actors from around the world, Open Program evolves under the guidance of the Associated Director of the Workcenter, Mario Biagini. The Program functions as a doorway to the outside world, meaning that in its daily artistic practice the team facilitates a kind of shuttling between the inner aspects of the Workcenter’s research and greater society. In this sense, Open Program aims to re-discover the very nucleus of theatre: the moment of meaningful contact between human beings.
From 2007 till 2015 Open Program has been working creatively utilizing as textual material the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, in an attempt to rediscover the living aspect of the poetic word as a tool for contact and action, and, through its rhythmical and sonic qualities, its complexity of meanings and the ways in which these specificities can manifest within the performative practice of the actors. Starting from Ginsberg’s poems, the members of the Open Program composed countless actions and songs, embracing different musical styles and genres, reflecting the artistic variety and versatility of the group.
Other artistic material was created from the work on songs of tradition of the South of the United States, exploring the ways in which these songs can trigger performative processes thanks to their potentialities as catalyzers for contact and interaction.
These two threads of work gave birth to a deep well of creative material which was eventually organized and composed into four diverse performative pieces: I Am America, Electric Party Songs, Not History’s Bones – A Poetry Concert and The Nightwatch. These different forms of performative events (a theatrical piece, a cabaret-style concert, a full-fledged concert and an all-night-watch) are not actually performed at the moment, but they were an important and instrumental step in developing the current stage of the team’s research.
Presently, the encounters and performing events proposed by the Open Program are created starting from the work on songs from the Afro-American tradition of the South of the United States and the Afro-Hispanic tradition of South America. Moreover, a new work by the women of the team, with the working title Dark is My Mother, is being created, drawing from a number of different traditional sources reflecting the cultural and ethnical diversity of the group.
The team of the Open Program aims to rediscover the living aspect of performance as a tool for inter-human contact and personal transformation, beyond cultural and social differences.
Performance Events by the Open Program:
See also: facebook.com/openprogram