INTERSECTIONS: An Artist’s Perspective

On the way to Atlas for one of our shows.

On the way to Atlas for one of our shows.

Life has been a little overwhelming of late, so it’s taken me a few weeks to be able to sit down and collect my thoughts about this year’s INTERSECTIONS festival. Performing there was a fantastic experience and I want to take the time to share a little of what made it such a special event.

Artists, even when working in groups such as orchestras, or dance and theater companies, can feel isolated. It is one of the ironies of being a working artist that you are often too busy with your own projects to have the time (and money) to see other people’s work. To that end, one of the best things about INTERSECTIONS is that it brings all the artists together in one building. Walking around before and after our show, you could hear snippets of music coming from different theaters, classical mixing with jazz mixing with flamenco. In the lobby between shows you could pick out dancers and musicians talking with audience members, everyone making space for the small children running around with their families. The free cafe concerts in the lobby and art activities for children made the space a welcoming one for audiences of all ages and fans of all kinds of art.

Puppets and instruments on tables backstage.

Puppets and instruments on tables backstage.

INTERSECTIONS takes place at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H St. NE and all the staff there worked incredibly hard to make us feel welcome and to encourage us to support each other’s work. While each performance was assigned one of the four ‘roadmaps’ (Sound, Movement, Story or Family) everyone was very enthusiastic and interested to hear about what was going on in other roadmaps and other theater spaces. Meetings, parties, and off site events were opportunities to make connections and learn about music, dance and other arts traditions that were unfamiliar. Serendipitous moments abounded (possibly my favorite was listening to Victoria Vox and Christylez Bacon improvising music together).

The Fabulas Mayas team, toasting a sold out show with cupcakes!

The Fabulas Mayas team, toasting a sold out show with cupcakes!

My one regret was that due to my crowded schedule, I was not able to see more performances by my fellow artists. A huge thank you to festival director Mary Hall Surface, and everyone at Atlas for making this such a wonderful experience. I hope to be back again another year!

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Intersections Photos

Performing at the 2014 Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival was an absolutely incredible experience. I’m hoping to write more fully about it soon, but in the meantime, here are some photos I took over the past two weekends.

Setting up the screen in Lab 2.

Setting up the screen in Lab 2.

Puppets waiting on the floor.

Puppets waiting on the floor.

Puppets and instruments on tables backstage.

Puppets and instruments on tables backstage.

View of the pyramid and screen from the audience.

View of the pyramid and screen from the audience.

The Fabulas Mayas team, toasting a sold out show with cupcakes!

The Fabulas Mayas team, toasting a sold out show with cupcakes!

 

 

Announcing INTERSECTIONS 2014!

IntersectionslogoWe are thrilled to announce that BOTH our collaborative projects this year will be presented as part of the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival 2014!

Under the Canopy by Arts on the Horizon and Fabulas Mayas, co-produced with GALA Hispanic Theatre will each have multiple performances as part of the fifth year of INTERSECTIONS. This festival seeks to connect the broadest possible audience with the most exciting new ways of making community-inspiring art. With performances for all ages and audiences, from music to dance to circus to storytelling and new plays, there is truly something for everyone. Tickets go on sale January 9, so we hope you will join us at Atlas Performing Arts Center on H St. NE from February 21-March 8 to see our shows and some of the other amazing work at the festival. As we get closer, we will have more information here or you can also check out the festival website.

A Day in the Life of Fabulas Mayas

Here are some photos giving you the backstage view before and during the show Fabulas Mayas at GALA Hispanic Theatre. We have one more public performance tomorrow at 3pm! 

Getting ready in the dressing room, that's Bob Sheire and Carol Spring.

Getting ready in the dressing room, that’s Bob Sheire and Carol Spring.

Bob making faces at his Creator headdress.

Bob making faces at his Creator headdress.

The view backstage, with the shadow screen, puppet tables and masking.

The view backstage, with the shadow screen, puppet tables and masking.

A few shadow puppets that are too big for tables wait on the floor, along with costumes.

A few shadow puppets that are too big for tables wait on the floor, along with costumes.

Our projector! Source of all light and backgrounds!

Our projector! Source of all light and backgrounds!

The shadow screen, with a glimpse of one of the gorgeous backgrounds painted by Amy Kellett.

The shadow screen, with a glimpse of one of the gorgeous backgrounds painted by Amy Kellett.

Three-fourths of the cast of Fabulas Mayas (Cecilia was taking the picture). From the left, Carol, Jose and Bob.

Three-fourths of the cast of Fabulas Mayas (Cecilia was taking the picture). From the left, Carol, Jose and Bob.

 

 

 

 

 

Fabulas Mayas is onstage NOW!

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Come see our first public performance of Fabulas Mayas this weekend at GALA Hispanic Theatre! Our school audiences this week have giggled, given advice to the characters and asked ten thousand questions about the puppets and how they were made. We hope you will join the fun!

WHAT: An hour long show for all ages, adapted from Mayan folktales

WHERE: GALA Hispanic Theatre at Tivoli, 14th & Park Rd. NW. Columbia Heights Metro, parking in the Giant lot next door.

WHEN: 3pm on Saturdays October 26 & November 2

HOW MUCH: $12 adults, $10 students

WHY: Because it’s AWESOME.

Fabulas Mayas Rehearsal

A few pictures from the rehearsal process of Fabulas Mayas at GALA Hispanic Theatre:

The setup behind the shadow screen, with projector and puppet tables.

The setup behind the shadow screen, with projector and puppet tables.

One of the backgrounds for shadow puppets, drawn by Amy.

One of the backgrounds for shadow puppets, drawn by Amy.

Cast member Jose Pineda, trying out one of our percussion instruments.

Cast member Jose Pineda, trying out one of our percussion instruments.

Playing with a shadow puppet on the projector.

Playing with a shadow puppet on the projector.

The cast, director and stage manager who somehow all managed to wear blue on the same day.

The cast, director and stage manager who somehow all managed to wear blue on the same day.

 

 

 

 

Building Fabulas Mayas

We’ve been hard at work building lots and lots of puppets for our show Fabulas Mayas, which opens next week at GALA Hispanic Theatre. Here are a few pictures of the process:

Lots of paper mache mice waiting to be painted.

Lots of paper mache mice waiting to be painted.

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Snail’s base, getting a first coat of paint from Genna.

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There are SO MANY shadow puppets in this show.

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The head of a child puppet, waiting for hair.