[act-ma] 2/18-2/21: Bread and Puppet "Manning" Project at MIT

Mary Curtin marycurtin at comcast.net
Fri Feb 4 17:31:13 PST 2011


Performance Workshop Opportunity for the Boston/Cambridge Community! 

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FEBRUARY 18-21

TO PARTICIPATE IN BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER'S

 

NEW LUBBERLAND NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY PRODUCTION -- "MANNING"

 

CHOREOGRAPHED BY BREAD AND PUPPET FOUNDER PETER SCHUMANN

 

AT MIT (The Cube in the Wiesner Building, 20
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Ames Street, Cambridge)

 

(no experience necessary...)

 

 

The  <http://breadandpuppet.org/lubberland-national-dance-company>
Lubberland National Dance Company, a branch of the
<http://breadandpuppet.org/> Bread & Puppet Theater, has produced dances
with political themes in response to current events, including 10 No-No-No
Dances against Israel's war on Lebanon (2006), 27 Dirt-Cheap Money Dances,
with Marx quotations in response to the financial crisis (2009), and 7
Dances for Gaza in commemoration of the victims killed on the Gaza
humanitarian aid flotilla (2010).

The Company's latest work-in-progress is called "Manning", and concerns
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/30/wikileaks-cables-bradley-mannin
g> Bradley Manning, the 23-year-old soldier who has spent the last eight
months in solitary confinement in a brig in Virginia, accused of providing
WikiLeaks with classified Defense Department documents.

The approximately eight dances are tentatively titled:

1) 23 Hours-A-Day-Intensive-Solitary-Confinement Dance in a 6' x 12' Cell
2) Banned-From-Exercise + Denied Pillow + Sheet Dance
3) Guards-Check-Private-Manning-Every-5-Minutes Dance
4) The Brig's Spokesman's "poppycock" Dance Saying His Treatment is "firm,
fair and respectful"
5) The American Academy of Psychiatry's
"Isolation-Can-Be-As-Clinically-Distressing-As-Physical-Torture Dance
6) Civilized Society's Anti-Torture Dance
7) Manning's, "We're-screwed-as-a-society-if-nothing-happens" Dance
8) Manning's
"Public-reaction-to-the-video-of-the-helicopter-massacre-in-Baghdad-gave-me-
great-hope" Dance

____________________________________________________________

These dances are choreographed by Peter Schumann and taught by Maura Gahan
and do not require prior dance experience.  We are looking for 10-20 persons
to take part in two days of rehearsals before a public performance on
Monday, February 21.  Participants should bring comfortable clothes to move
in for rehearsals, along with a notebook, musical instruments, water, snacks
and/or meals.  For the performance, participants will wear all white
clothes.

Schedule:
Friday, Feb. 18th:  Load-In & Meet Participants (TBA)
Saturday, Feb. 19th: Rehearse 10am-1pm; Break 1-2pm; Rehearse  2-5pm
Sunday, Feb. 20th: Rehearse 10am-1pm; Break  1-2pm; Rehearse  2-5pm
Monday, Feb. 21st:  Warm-up  5pm; Performance  7pm

All rehearsals and performance will take place in E15-001 (the Cube in the
Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street)

This special workshop is presented in cooperation with 4.360 Performance
Workshop: Art, Technology, and Live Space, taught by John Bell.  Funded by a
Director's Grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT, and a grant from the
MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology.

 

              

For more information contact John Bell
 <mailto:johnbell at mit.edu> johnbell at mit.edu
617-599-3250 

 





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