Sandglass Theater teamed up with Vermont Performance Lab to bring two New Orleans’ companies, Mondo Bizarro and ArtSpot Productions for two weeks of pageant performances, a New Orleans-style dance, a documentary film, a gumbo supper, beignet party, and school workshops.
Cry You One
Sept 9 – 21, 2014
Part song, part story, part procession, this multi-event presentation is a powerful musical and theatrical journey about the affects of one of our country’s worst environmental disasters, the human displacement it caused, and its relevance to other communities, like southern Vermont. The show marries the spirit of New Orleans music and storytelling with the beautiful Vermont landscape and our own stories of hurricane Irene.
See the whole schedule and learn more about the residency and performances here.
Lenelle Moïse in
November 2-3, 7:30pm
Sandglass Theater’s Voices of Community Series kicks off on Saturday, November 2nd and Sunday, November 3rd, with poet/theater artist Lenelle Moïse and her one-woman show Womb-Words, Thirsting at Sandglass Theater in Putney, VT. This is a collaborative presentation by Sandglass Theater, Next Stage Arts Project, and Green Mountain Crossroads. Tickets are $16, $13 for students and seniors, and can be reserved by contacting Sandglass Theater at (802) 387-4051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mixing a brew full of womanist Vodou jazz, queer theory hip-hop, spoken word, and song, Womb-Words, Thirsting is an interactive performance ofpatchwork poetic storytelling delivered, slam-style, from the gut. Haitian-American solo performer Moïse, re-conceives memory, dances revolution and reclaims F-words. Watch as she channels protective parents, first girl crushes, tough neighbors and the fiercely divine feminine. Womb-Words, Thirsting is an illuminating, empowering and hilarious evening of theatre about growing up immigrant, working-class, politicized and queer(ed).
Moïse draws emphatic accolades for her work, with The New York Times stating that she “brings fierce passion” and Curve Magazine describing her as, “Piercing, covering territory both intimate & political…vivid & powerful.”
Haitian-born, international performance artist Gina Athena Ulysse states, “[Moïse] tells stories of migration, hope, adaptation, fear, love, desire, loss, mobility, stories of secrets, defiance, and stories of triumph. She tells them with the fullness of her being.”
2013 marks the ninth year of Voices of Community: A Performance Series on Diversity. In co-presenting Moïse with Next Stage and Green Mountain Crossroads this year, these three local organizations aim to further the reach of this artist’s rich work in our local communities. Through performances and workshops, the series serves to create a sustained dialog between nationally acclaimed artists and local community members about issues of diversity and identity.
“Lenelle’s one-woman show is exactly the sort of performance we want to see succeed in reaching as wide an audience as possible. As an LGBTQ organization, we want to promote the voices of our community members and make sure they are heard. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to have Lenelle perform locally,” said Deborah Potter, Executive Director of Green Mountain Crossroads.
Workshops with Lenelle Moïse
While in residency, Lenelle will conduct two workshops for the community, at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill in Putney, on Tuesday, October 29, from 6:00-7:30pm and Wednesday, October 30, from 6:00-8:00pm.
Her first workshop, SPOKEN WORD, SELF-NAMING & RESISTANCE, combines live demonstration, writing prompts, theatre exercises, audio recordings and group discussion to explore performance poetry as an activist art-form, building on the notion that “the personal is political.” Moïse recounts the history of the Spoken Word – especially as it relates to jazz, the Black Arts Movement, Hip Hop and Slam – and participants collectively interpret texts, practice persuasive performance techniques and start composing their own “I Am…” poems in a constructive environment.
Her second workshop, RADICAL VOICE & MOVEMENT, is an interactive and highly physical performance workshop for actors, musicians, dancers, poets or anyone interested in radical self-expression, during which the voice & body are explored as political texts that compliment the written word.
In these performances and workshops, Sandglass’ Voices of Community series welcomes the partnerships with Green Mountain Crossroads and Next Stage Arts Project. Through the development and operation of the Putney Historical Society’s 1841 building, and wide-ranging events and programming, the non-profit NSAP is committed to enhancing the village of Putney as a culturally and economically vibrant rural town center. Green Mountain Crossroads supports the rural LGBTQ community in becoming stronger, healthier and more visible in the local tri-state corner. Performance and the arts are a strong aspect of GMC’s community-building work.
“This collaboration with Sandglass and Green Mountain Crossroads in presenting Lenelle Moïse speaks to the essence of our mission: “celebrating the diversity of artistic expression by fostering a collaborative, inclusive environment for audiences, performers, and community based arts and educational organizations” said Maria Basescu, Executive Director of Next Stage Arts Project.
This presentation is made possible by funding from the National Performance Network and the Vermont Community Foundation.