Elder’s Acting Workshops
Reactivation of Memory through Art workshops
Reactivation of Memory through Art workshops were made to Acacia Network Senior Centers and it’s available to other senior centers. These experiences offer to seniors several health and social benefits. As a result of the brain-stimulating activities inherent in the “acting games” in which the seniors participated, they are able to achieve and maintain better memory and cognitive-health. Also, and very importantly, they improved and elevated their personal sense of self-esteem.
Also, the seniors’ capacity to feel free during the improvisations exercises to manifest their feelings and their dreams, were released – disinhibiting their ability to overcoming their psychological obstructions and their freedom to dream and have fun.
Reactivation of Memory through Art consists in two different concepts:
– Elder’s Acting Workshop (EAW): An artistic-scientific concept of with the final goal is to develop a short film with the seniors as protagonists. Through the creative activities used in the EAW, self-knowledge improves, fears and shames disappear, as well as to help express emotions and release anxiety.
– The Shining Stars in the Golden Age Talent Show: An artistic-scientific concept of with the final goal is to develop a Show Case in front of the audience. This concept adds the element of being in front of the live audience without the possibility of stopping the artistic number due to some forgetfulness as in the EAW that they can repeat the scenes.
BODA AT CASABE
A short film with the seniors from Casabe as a result of a acting workshop.
Boda at Casabe is a short Film with the seniors from Casabe Senior Center as a result of an acting workshop. The story was written based on their live.
This production was made under Beautiful Angel Productions as we finished walking the steps to formalize our new organization, Barrio Independent Productions (BIP).
Short Film “Senior Prom” 2018
(INSPIRED BY THE STORIES OF THE PARTICIPANTS)
1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Marko Santoni
LIGHTS AND SOUND: Marko Santoni, Belange Rodriguez, Jesus Papoleto Melendez
EDITION & SOUND MIXER: Marko Santoni
CAST: Senior Citizens from Acacia Network
Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, Carlos Manuel Rivera, Marko Santoni & Volunteers from Acacia Senior Centers Participants
Shining Stars in the Golden Age Talent Show (2019)
September 25 at 2:00 P.M. at Julia de Burgos Theater (EHCCI, INC.- 120 Street & 1St.)
After the success in “Shining Stars in the Golden Age Talent Show 2018” and in order to provide the elder Acacia Center participants continuity in the process of liberation and having fun, at the same time that they expand their physical health through the exercises during the rehearsals exercises we are ready to start the new auditions for Shining Stars in the Golden Age Talent Show 2019.
Shining Stars in the Golden Age Talent Show (2018)
November 29 at 2:00pm at East Harlem Multi Service Center (EHCCI, INC.- 120 Street & 1St.)
Through auditions the senior citizens participants can unleash their hidden talents, such as singing, dancing or reciting poetry. Then during the rehearsals with the coaches they can relive past experiences allowing them to feel: active, functional, creative, useful, and finally they feel able to do again what they once did or perhaps do what they dreamed one day and did not dare.
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: Amneris Morales
PERFORMANCE COACH: Belange Rodriguez
DANCE COACH: Elliott Ortiz
SING COACH: Marko Santoni
STAGE MNAGER: Ivan Goris
LIGHT DIRECTOR: John McGee Enterprises