Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Performance Process for July 4th

This video of the Declaration covers various rehearsals
and final performances of the process so far. Stay tuned
for more. Record your own version and post it here.

video

Saturday, July 5, 2008

July 4th Event







Hope you had a wonderful July 4th.

To those of you who chose to participate or witness our performance, Thank you all for making the July 4th memorable.
After six presentations in 3 tunnels and a park bench we did our bit to spread the word.

The chorus members have invested a fair bit of time to make the Declaration formidable. As I mentioned before, I want to continue to rehearse and grow the group. This is with the aim of:
1. Memorizing the text so the real drama of it can come out and
2. Grow the chorus to 50 or so members by the end of October
3. Present the document to more groups and be part of existing and future events designed to raise awareness of our history and our civic responsibilities as citizens.

Our next meeting will be at:
Tunnel number 1:
7:00pm on Wednesday July 9th.
see map below!
Its a pleasure to work with all of you. Please continue to invite friends and colleagues. As you have seen it does not take long to incorporate new people.

Regards,
Jesai

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Where we are on the 4th

July 4th: Where to go!

WHAT: CHORAL SPEAKING PERFORMANCE OF
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

WHEN: FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2008 at 1:15, 1:45, 2:15

WHERE: Three Central Park Pedestrian Tunnels off 64th Street (between Columbus Circle and 64th Street) - Central Park West, see map.

This site specific event will be the first of many such readings by a growing group of concerned citizens organized by the project director, Jesai Jayhmes. The passages will be arranged in a choral speaking format to augment the power of the text and:

to introduce the general public to the entire document
to engage people emotionally in the struggle for independence
to alert the audience to the relevance of the document today

The project is sponsored by the Ethical Communications Committee and the Social Service Board at New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th Street,
Central Park West

Friday, June 27, 2008

Doing it in the tunnels

July 4th is pretty close. We are taking our project to Central Park and picnicers and passersby will hear the powerful chant of the Declaration of Independence emerging from pedestrian tunnels just inside the park at 64th and Central Park West. Come by and check it out.
email freedom@yourdeclarationofindependence.org for your script.
record your own on youtube, read it with your own group.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Next Rehearsal June 21st 2-4pm, NYC

We had an excellent first rehearsal. Thanks to all who were able to make it. We began with a vocal warm-up that included some breathing, body alignment exercises and vocal projection practice. These strategies really help to control and overcome fear and nervousness when speaking.

We then progressed to the text of the declaration itself and developed it in a variety of ways, musical, rhythmical, oratorical and personal. Various strategies for bringing the text to life and making it relevant and vital for listeners were explored. We were all struck by the timeliness of the message in the declaration in these days of usurpations of the Constitution.

PLEASE, join us at the next rehearsal. It does not matter if you are going to be here on July 4th or not. Each of our sessions is a stand alone experience as well as a continuous development towards public presentations.

Sat. June 21st 2:00 to 4:00pm
NY Society for Ethical Culture
Room 507 (5th floor) Elliot Library
email to say you are coming: freedom@yourdeclarationofindependence.org.

Bring friends, family and colleagues, and your sense of fun and adventure.
I will be performing the Declaration in New Haven, June 20th at the Neighborhood Music School with a wonderful eclectic band. I'll post it here.

Regards,
Jesai

Monday, June 9, 2008

Your freedom of speech?

Do you exercise your freedom of speech? Use it or you loose.
Join the event, The July 4th performance of the Declaration of Independence.
freedom@yourdeclarationofindependence.org

Friday, June 6, 2008

Your Declaration Musical Jam

Join the public performance of the Declaration of Independence, and/or create your own original version. Get a script at freedom@yourdeclarationofindependence.org video

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Actors, Speakers, Singers, Performers, Musicians:

Actors, Speakers, Singers, Performers, Musicians:

Open Call to Performers in New York City July 4th 2008:

Be a part of A Dynamic Choral Speaking Performance of

The Declaration of Independence!

The project is sponsored by the Ethical Communications Committee and the Social Service Board at New York Society for Ethical Culture www.nysec.org/.

Your committment is from June 18th to July 4th.

Sessions include training in voice and public speaking and will be energetic, challenging and fun. The project may continue to grow right up to election day.

Contact freedom@yourdeclarationofindependence.org to sign up and get rehearsal schedule, script and other details.

Jesai Jayhmes (project director) is an actor, director, teacher and speaker coach who has worked in Europe, Australia, Canada and the US creating many interactive site specific performance projects. Jesai is also a public speaker trainer and has coached top seminar presenters, sales professionals and professors.

The Declaration of Independence Part 1

video video

Its amazing what is in it!

The Declaration written in 1776: Wow! Isn't that happening NOW?
Get involved...perform it aloud...in groups....alone...live...online:

"He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices and the amount and payment of their salaries"

"He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to the civil power"

"He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foriegn to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws"

"He is at this time                                

transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries                      

to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, 

already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy 

scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages,                   

and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation."

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Declaring Your Freedom

Congratulations!
You may have taken the first step toward creating your ideal life.
The Declaration of Independence inspired people all over the world to embrace their freedom. As you take the time to find out what is in this document make a commitment to freedom in your own life.

Freedom means different things for different people.

You may wish for financial freedom, freedom from pain, freedom to travel, freedom to express yourself, freedom for others. We uphold freedoms that support and encourage the right of every individual to grow and contribute to their full potential, that we are all uniquely human, and gifted in individual ways that serve each other.

Even though freedom is very personal, it is difficult to achieve it on one's own. No one is an island. We are all fed by the same breezes and currents. It is by forming alliances with those of like mind that success is most easily achieved.

Making Your Declaration of Independence helps others to have the courage to take steps in their own life to create freedom. Read the posts below to learn more about this project.

Request the script of the Declaration of Independence at freedom@yourdeclarationofindependence.org.

Yours in Freedom,
Jesai Jayhmes

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Where and when

Actors, Speakers, Singers, Performers, Musicians, Citizens:

Open Call to Performers in New York City July 4th 2008:

Be a part of A Dynamic Choral Speaking Performance of
The Declaration of Independence!

The project is sponsored by the Ethical Communications Committee and the Social Service Board at New York Society for Ethical Culture www.nysec.org/.
It is directed by Jesai Jayhmes.
Your committment is from June 18th to July 4th.
Sessions include training in voice and public speaking and will be energetic, challenging and fun. The project may continue to grow right up to election day.

Contact freedom@yourdeclarationofindependence.org
to sign up and get rehearsal schedule, script and other details.

Jesai Jayhmes (project director) is an actor, director, teacher and speaker coach who has worked in Europe, Australia, Canada and the US creating many interactive site specific performance projects. Jesai also trained with the Roy Hart Theater in France and the Suzuki Company of Toga in Japan and taught at Yale University Theater Studies. His acclaimed solo performance of “The Macbeths” (adapted from Shakespeare’s Macbeth) was recently performed in Beijing at Mao Live House. He has also appeared in the Outer Limits, Stargate, Andromeda, Poltergeist, and Dead like Me. Jesai is a public speaker trainer and has coached top seminar presenters, sales professionals and professors.

Your Declaration

It is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it and institute new government.