Babylon photo by Kiqe Bosch
“The past couple years of engagement with Sandglass, and with the Babylon project in particular, have opened doors to new rooms. This project is like nothing we have ever done before. The process is unusual in that our material is ever-changing with the current political and social landscape. The diversity of experience and skill set of our new ensemble leads to a creative energy, which is invigorating, sometimes clumsy, often surprising, and above all hopeful. The partnership and trust building process with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program and the resettled refugees who offered their stories has been a special aspect of the project.
I often feel that the work we are doing in rehearsals, discussions, and in the practice of this art form dreams of a microcosm of the world we want to live in- listening, breathing together even if we may disagree, living with unresolved issues and maintaining a healthy sustained tension in being with our questions. I hope that the culture of listening and connecting through common inquiry and artistry is infectious, and continues to open doors and windows. I am excited to see what will be revealed. As for Babylon specifically, I wish for it to tour extensively and experience a wide range of audiences as it continues to grow and develop.”
– Shoshana Bass, Ensemble performer and family member