Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Phase Two of my collaboration with The Mothertongue Project is underway.
Freeing the Breath Healing the Body Healing the Breath Freeing the Body
This week I reflected on my time in Greece last summer and visiting The Theatre at Eppidarus. This ancient theater is on the site of one of the earliest surgery hospitals. Even brain surgery was performed there. At that time it was recognized that theatre has the power to heal. Thousands of people flocked to see a show and get a healing. My collaboration with the Mothertongue project speaks to that ancient tradition. Using theatre to heal both the performer and community. This is the spirit that I started week 2 and our work with Gender Dynamix.
The participants have very little (if any) performance/acting experience. The process is a bit scary. I will ask them to go places they haven't gone before both physically and mentally. So small group meetings with Sara Matchette ( Mothertongue Co-Artistic Director) the participants and I gave us a chance to commune without the stress of having to perform in anyway. It was nice to see everyone physically more at ease and ready to start the process of building Creative Instructions…. low stress, trust building, on one meeting. We all need to get to know each other feel that we are safe place so that we can share experiences and create theatre in the traditional sense of the words.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
A Negro Speaks of Rivers, by Margaret Laurena Kemp ( Land, Water and Violence)
Before there was an epidemic of violence, there was an epidemic withdrawal of resources (land and water) from urban communities. This principal mechanism for locking millions of out of the mainstream of society and into poverty.
Women, Walking and Water, by Mothertongue Project w/ Margaret Laurena Kemp ( Refugees Voice )
Africa is the continent which experiences the greatest proportional incidence of death from water related diseases... Africa is also the continent which is making slowest progress towards meeting the MDG in water and sanitation… On the basis of the existing rate of progress, the HSRC has made a preliminary estimate that (if current demographic trends remain constant) it will take another 45 years or to 2035 for the continent as a whole to achieve the MDG
Noxolo Nogwaza was found murdered on April 24, 2011, in a vicious attack that seems to have been motivated by her sexual orientation. Nogwaza's face and head were completely disfigured by stoning, she was stabbed several times with broken glass, and the evidence suggests that she was raped. A beer bottle, a large rock, and used condoms were found on and near her body.
The Magnet Theatre in Observatory on 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 October
Margaret Laurena Kemp will collaborate with The Mother Tongue Project to create a new work that uses a physical approach
to theatre/storytelling to facilitate exploring stories of women, walking and water. These meta-mythical narratives will be drawn from East and Southern Africa.
In creating this new work she will share her expertise in Fitzmaurice Voicework and The Michael Chekhov Technique as applied to play development and rehearsal. These are the same practices she uses to create her own work. At the end of the residency The Mothertongue Project will have a new original work new creative techniques that will be the lasting legacy of the residency.