Kahlo/Aoi: A Thread for a Nest
Written by Judy Halebsky
Devised in collaboration with
Thingamajigs Performance Group
and Voices from Theatre of Yugen's Apprentice Program and Writing Workshop.
A Thread for a Nest is a noh-influenced poem sequence about a weaver challenged to address her past. Based loosely on the struggles of art and companionship in Frida Kahlo's life, the weaver considers the confines and opportunities of her work.
Judy Halebsky is the Artist-in-Residence at Theatre of Yugen. Her book of poems, Sky=Empty, won the 2009 New Issues Poetry Prize and was recently named a finalist in the 80th Annual California Book Awards. She has also published a chapbook Japanese for Daydreamers and in journals including Five Fingers Review, Ping Pong and Eleven Eleven. With a collective of Tokyo poets, she edits and translates the bilingual poetry journal Eki Mae. She trained in Performance Studies at UC Davis and in Noh theatre and Butoh dance in Tokyo. She teaches writing and literature at Dominican University of California.
Using unusual musical instruments, Thingamajigs Performance Group (featuring Suki O'Kane, Edward Schocker and Dylan Bolles) combines traditional Eastern sensibilities with modern American technologies and performance practices. This ensemble of musicians adapts and changes with each performance, creating pieces in a collaborative process that sometimes incorporate voice and multimedia elements. Their process provides each ensemble member with equal creative input in guiding the work to fruition. They have devised this unique system of creation through a deep musical and philosophical understanding that has grown out of more than ten years of shared creative exploration.
Myth of Ten Thousand Things
The Myth of Ten Thousand Things is a process-based collaboration between Dylan Bolles and Sasha Hom which combines written and oral storytelling, music, performance, installation and graphic arts to tell family stories. In song-like structures Hom speaks of such things as learning how to surf while pregnant, linking themes of ocean and family to international Korean adoption and mythological birth stories, while Bolles plays a variety of instruments, sometimes singing. In episodic explorations of voice and place, Bolles and Hom cultivate performance environments that embed practitioners and audience members into a continuous field of change.
Dylan Bolles makes performances with people and environments, many of which involve the design and construction of new musical instruments and the cultivation of co-creative relationships based in listening practice. His activities include a wide range or performance-based collaborations, time-based arts, installations, and sound compositions. These works strive to build communities based in shared temporal experience.
Sasha Hom has completed one amorphous unpublished novel/moments in a box, and is working on a non-fiction book about nomadic times on the road and the water, learning to be a parent in strange places with unpopular beliefs, informed by births and deaths and love in the vastness of an ocean.
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