Benefit Performance of Saudade

Monday, November 23 at 7:00pm
First Congregationalist United Church of Christ
945 G St NW Washington DC 20001
Metro: Gallery Place

Suggested Donation $10
All proceeds to benefit refugee families in the US and abroad.

Based on interviews with DC area immigrants, Saudade is an exploration of melancholy and nostalgia using shadow puppetry.

Written by Cecilia Cackley, with puppet design by Katherine Fahey and sound design by Patrick Calhoun. Created in collaboration with Genna Davidson, Amy Kellett and Emily Marsh.

Saudade was presented as part of the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival and the Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival in Spring 2015.

Watch a video about the process of creating Saudade: 

The development of this project was funded in part by the Puffin Foundation, and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


In the spirit of a choose-your-own-adventure book, we are inviting audiences to interact with creatures of legend and mythology in our next show Malevolent Creatures. Rooted in the folklore of the British Isles, this devised work explores ritual, belief and decision-making through traditional stories of supernatural beings.

Selkie, artwork by Jordis Brier

Selkie, artwork by Jordis Brier

Follow along as we document our research and building process on our blog! You can also support the development of this project by making a tax-deductible donation through Fractured Atlas.

Artistic Team: Cecilia Cackley, Genna Davidson, Patricia Germann, Amy Kellett, Rachel Menyuk, Carol Spring, Elizabeth Dapo, Nicole Martin, Ana Cackley, Nelly Rodriguez.

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