“…the artist is a self-critically engaged agent in particular situations, calling for reclamation of the sacred and the future in a world that seems in many ways to be dying.” – Deborah Haynes
Laura, or Scenes from a Common World
Laura, or Scenes from a Common World—the newest original work from Square Top Theatre—explores the borderlands between film, theatre, dance, literature, and the contemporary fine arts. Laura combines visceral physicality, lyrical poetry, and evocative cinematography to explore one woman’s struggle to make herself at home in the world. Her struggle begins as a common one. A boy has left her. In losing him, she becomes less sure of the roles other people play in her self-creation. She seeks security in isolation only to find that landscape, community, and physical embodiment all ground who we are in ways she cannot escape. In this spare five-part drama, inspired by the Apollo and Daphne myth, audiences see Laura seeking freedom by running away from the world, yet finding freedom, ultimately, in rootedness. The project draws together artists from across the globe. Director Charles M Pepiton (USA/Washington), poet Damon Falke (USA/Norway), and artist Wes Kline (USA/New York) previously collaborated on Square Top Theatre’s Now at the Uncertain Hour. For Laura, this team will be joined by performer Alexandra Kazazou (Greece/Poland) and movement director Daniel Han (USA/Australia). (Click here for more info.)
Now at the Uncertain Hour
An intriguing theatrical event from Square Top Theatre for live performance, online streaming, and broadcast radio written by Damon Falke. The premiere performance reached a combined live onsite/offsite audience of 46,053. The show takes the audience on a journey through the landscape of a soldier’s memory as a collector attempts to make sense of what will be left behind. The show asks: in the midst of the relentless currents of time, what can we take hold of that will go on, that will not be lost? The stories blend with the sounds of old time banjo and modular synthesizer to create a unique listening experience. The show premiered in May 2014 at Edwards Opera House, on North Country Public Radio, and online at NCPR.org. Now booking performances. (Click here for more info.)
Double Edge Theatre – Emerson College Residency – November 2014
Observed the DET residency at Emerson College to document trainings and continue conversations with Artistic Director Stacy Klein, Ensemble Leader Carlos Uriona, and others regarding DET pedagogy and actor training methodology. The goal of this project is to articulate DET’s pedagogy in writing.
Refractions by Stephen C. Behrendt – Shechem Press
Worked to coordinate and publish poet Stephen C. Behrendt’s fourth collection of poetry. The five part collection includes original woodcut prints from artist Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton.
Double Edge Theatre – Winter Training Intensive – January 2014 (Participant)
An immersive introduction to Double Edge Theatre’s 31-year-old original training methodology layering individual and group work, rigorous physical training with improvisation, design, dramaturgy, the voice, and work with objects and flying.
SLU Adirondack Semester – Wilderness Site Specific Performance Workshops – Sept-Nov 2013 (Workshop Leader)
A series of performance workshops with students living and learning at Arcadia, the SLU yurt village in the Adirondacks, during the semester-long wilderness emersion program. An opportunity for students to discover the difference between merely seeing and really looking at nature. Students experience a deeper, more visceral sense of knowing the natural environment through the creation of individual site specific performances. The workshops explore a variety of physical theatre and journaling techniques equipping students to read and express the various textures, smells, sounds, and movements found in their particular sit-spots in the wilderness.