There will be a handful of tickets at the door for $25. Please call Roke at 510.681.9740 to check before you come or to be on waiting list.
When: July 29, Sunday, 3 pm Where: CounterPULSE, San Francisco
--------------- THE PERFORMANCE ---------------
Join us for a one-of-a-kind multi-disciplinary performance, "Playing with Fear," directed by Roke Noir, produced by Siren Theatre Project and presented by an all-women cast and crew.
Share in the real stories from a diverse group of Bay Area women who collaborated for over three months facing, understanding, and playing with their fears. This unique hybrid, an experimental ensemble performance, exposes their explorations through word, image and movement. Join us in this life-changing journey to see magic unfold as these raw personal stories tug at your heart's core and leave you transformed forever.
"This innovative initiative offers a type of performance generosity that challenges, exalts, and leaves audiences celebrating the human mind's full potential. For artists, the private and personal mix together in a display of fragility and indulgence, creating a performative moment that I, as a life long audience member, have learned to hunger for that moment when something cracks open and the room achieves a feeling of collective communion." Join us in this life-changing journey to see magic unfold as these raw personal stories tug at your heart's core and and leave you transformed forever.
----------- THE PROJECT -----------
For years I've been envisioning the 2012 Siren Project initiative "Playing with Fear" regarding 'women and their fears,' which addresses fear's impact on our mental health and well-being. It is a project close to my heart because of my personal journey as a queer woman from India, as I deal with how mental health challenges have impacted my family and me over the course of my life. This project is about aligning my demons and my angels, unleashing my creativity on my fears, and learning to dance with it.
I've chosen to take this journey with women artists in the S.F. Bay Area, my current home, and in Bengal, India, where I grew up and where my family lives. I wish to share the collective "coming out" creations through performances, theatre, online media and publications, locally and globally.
By giving women voice and visibility, this project inspires our sense of uniqueness, applauds our daily play with fear, and encourages us to break social taboos between "us" and "them".
- Roke Noir, Siren's Founding Artistic Director
----------- THE PROCESS -----------
About 30 women had responded to the Siren call: "If you want to be in a circle of courageous artistic women, are interested in growth through exploring your fears, whether common, unique or medically labeled as a mental illness, and love to express yourself through collaborative creativity, this is for you."
We started with a weekly "Playing with Fear" circle in which a group of S.F. Bay Area women artists explored their relationship with fear through creating individual and collaborative bodies of work (prose, poetry, play, spoken word, physical theatre, dance, music, art, documentary films, masks & puppets etc.). We used a variety of exercises, somatic and written stories, sharing our creations, growing from the collaboration of this creative process.
The project transformed the stories of the participants - who were diverse in age, religion, race, sexual orientation and profession, as well as body shape and size - into a rich, textured, and powerful multidisciplinary performance "Playing with Fear - Expose & Exploration", to be staged on July 29th at CounterPULSE, SF.
In parallel, the project continues through dialogues, circles, interviews, research and documentation involving many more women in the S.F. Bay Area and India to give shape to a grand finale multi-media theatre extravaganza: "The Circus of Fear" World Premiering in the Fall of 2012 at Mission Cultural Center (Sep. 21 - 30). This project will also be implemented through workshops, dialogues and shows in Kolkata, India during the Winter of 2012-13.
--------- LOGISTICS ---------
Doors open at 2:30 pm Show starts at 3:00 pm (doors close) Show ends by 4:30 pm
Please arrive on time. The doors will be closed once the show starts. Late entry will not be permitted.
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