Encore Creativity for Older Adults at Chautauqua

Encore Creativity for Older Adults to Offer Choral, Movement and Theater Institutes at Chautauqua 

Encore Creativity for Older Adults is pleased to return to the famed Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York in collaboration with two of the nation’s premiere creative arts programs to present an innovative program for adults over the age of 55, August 25-30, 2013.  The Encore Choral, Movement and Theatre Institute is now in its sixth season at Chautauqua and is on track to exceed the very successful 2012 program, which had more than 100 older adults from across the country participating.


Encore will partner with The Dance Exchange, based near Washington, DC, and the Stagebridge Theatre of Oakland, CA to offer three concurrent performance institutes, Choral, Movement, and Theatre. Chautauqua Institution will be the premiere summer location in the U.S. where older singers, dancers and actors of all levels of experience can learn, play and perform.  The institutes will attract adult students from all over the country to learn a new art, or continue to perfect lifelong skills.


The Encore Choral Institute, in its sixth season, will bring back Encore Founder Jeanne Kelly and Dr. Barry Talley, retired Director of Musical Activities for the United State Naval Academy, to conduct the Encore Chorale. Encore Chorale is the nation’s largest choral program for older adults.  Singers will begin their day with a stretch/Yoga class followed by a full choral rehearsal.   After lunch singers will choose from a vocal technique class, a choral sectional, movement or theatre class, or free time.  Another choral rehearsal will follow.   Repertoire will include spirituals, oratorio selections, songs from the American Songbook and a medley of Fiddler on the Roof.   Choral, movement and theatre participants will combine forces to present Fiddler on the Roof as the program finale.  All levels of vocal experience are welcomed.


The Encore Movement Institute with The Dance Exchange is directed by Shula Strassfeld, Resident Artist and Healthy Living Coordinator.  The movement track will explore the themes of family, tradition and change from Fiddler On The Roof, through movement, imagery and story. Each session will use tools from the Dance Exchange toolbox to generate movement that expresses individual ideas and feelings and that celebrates the uniqueness of each dancer’s body and movement style. What we share in the Friday performance will reflect where these explorations take us. Group work, solos, duets will all be sampled. As well the group will learn choreography for one or two songs that will be sung by the chorale as part of the Fiddler medley. Whether you crave the exploration or the set choreography, you can find much to challenge and excite you in this program. And remember, there is clinical research to prove that dance, of all the arts, does the most to stave off aging and memory loss.


While the Institute will move with energy and vigor, Movement Institute participants are encouraged to go at an individual pace that is comfortable and appropriate for them. This Institute is appropriate for a wide range of adults 55+, including those who have a background in dance, as well as those with no previous experience but with an interest in a structured movement experience.


The Encore Theatre Institute with Stagebridge Theatre will be headed up by Dr. Stuart Kandell, Director of Stagebridge, Oakland, CA and David Barnet from University of Alberta, Canada.  Students will take the stage and hear the sound of applause!   They will experience the excitement of acting, the art of storytelling, and the thrill of performance.  In the acting portion, they will work together on ten minute plays and short scenes from famous plays.   The actors will learn techniques of developing characters, expressing themselves through movement and voice and learn methods of learning lines.  In the storytelling portion, they will tell a personal or traditional story of their choice, expressing character and setting, at the same time learning to hold the audience’s attention.  The Institute culminates in a performance of short plays and stories. The Institute invites all levels from beginners to advanced.  Actors just bring the desire to create, share their talent and have a lot of fun.


Students will be given the opportunity to choose an afternoon class of voice, movement or theatre.


Students will stay at the historic and grand Athenaeum Hotel overlooking picturesque Chautauqua Lake. The excellent hotel food is included, whether dining in the elegant dining room or on the hotel porch.


Check-in will be 3pm on Sunday, Aug. 25, followed by an evening opening reception and dinner at the Athenaeum Hotel. Institute classes begin bright and early Monday morning. The institute will end with grand finale performances on Friday afternoon, Aug. 30


There are no gate pass fees or parking charges. Bus transportation is provided free for travel around the institution grounds.


Camp Fees:   includes all educational programs, concerts, room and board

$1,220.00   single occupancy

$1,040.00      double occupancy

$695.00      commuter – all hotel meals

$530.00      commuter – lunch and opening reception and dinner

$720.00      non-participating spouse


Please contact Encore at 301-261-5747 or email info@encorecreativity.org for more information.


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