About the Grant

$10,000 to support Walter Thompson and Fay Simpson's The Lucid Body Soundpainting Project (MAP 2004), a work with children that uses Thompson’s 700 catalogued hand signals to compose music.

About the Project

Director/Choreographer Fay Simpson and composer Walter Thompson will work with eighth grade students at the Woodrow Wilson school in Union City, New Jersey, to create a new work entitled Lucid Body Soundpainting. This project will explore the dynamics of contemporary culture in one of the most innovative ways imaginable: through the eyes of children. Simpson will lead students through the process of creating – through improvisation in movement, dance, and spoken text – palettes for inclusion in a new spontaneously composed performance piece. Based on their own life experiences in the urban neighborhoods where they live, Lucid Body Sound Painting will explore students’ lives through movement, music and drama.

In their work with Fay Simpson through improvisation, student performers will develop a series of “palettes”, or rehearsed pieces of movement and spoken text. At the same time, they will also be learning the language and process of Soundpainting from Composer and Conductor Walter Thompson. In soundpainting, musicians, dancers, actors and visual artists improvise material across all media as directed by Thompson using his composing/conducting system of gestured signals. Participants will learn the signals of spontaneous composition and will practice working as an ensemble using a variety of mediums including voices, instruments, found objects, movements, and text. Once students have created performance palettes through their work with Fay, these rehearsed pieces will be incorporated, whole or in part, into the spontaneous compositions that Walter creates during the performances.

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