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May
18
Wed
WE’RE GONNA DIE BY YOUNG-JEAN LEE, PRESENTED BY BOSTON’S COMPANY ONE THEATRE @ AS220's Blackbox
May 18 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
WE’RE GONNA DIE BY YOUNG-JEAN LEE, PRESENTED BY BOSTON’S COMPANY ONE THEATRE @ AS220's Blackbox
Written by Young Jean Lee
Original Music by Young Jean Lee, Tim Simmonds,
Mike Hanf, Nick Jenkins, and Benedict Kupstas
Directed by Shawn LaCount
Starring Obehi Janice
It’s time to get real and rock out about the one thing we all have in common:We’re Gonna Die. Playwright Young Jean Lee (Straight White Men) blends storytelling, stand-up, music, and theater into a darkly weird song cycle that lets us know we may be miserable anticipating our demise, but at least we won’t be alone. OBERON presents Company One Theatre’s production of this smart and life-affirming contemplation of the inevitable.
With stories and pop songs, We’re Gonna Die will break your heart and put it back together again.
Mease, Keith AB, Jamie Craighead, and Chase Filth @ AS220 Main Stage
May 18 @ 9:00 pm – May 19 @ 1:00 am

MEASE:

Mainly inspired by Phish and the Grateful Dead,Mease puts its own spin on the Jam Band scene, with a roller coaster of tempos, riffs and solos from each member taking you on a cosmic journey. Drummer, Drew Doyan and guitarist, Louie Ferro are masters of the feel and play off each others energy quite nicely; add bassist Chris Caduto and vocalist/guitarist Kyle Hogan and you have a funky concoction of funk and blues and psychedelic ecstasy.

KEITH AB:

Keith A/B is a singer-songwriter-guitarist from the Providence, RI area. His solo performances feature his aggressive, rhythmic guitar playing, clear soulful vocals and emotional lyrics. Keith does not fit in with the typical singer-songwriter formula and that’s OK with him. He’s equally at home in the coffee shop or dingy rock stage. Ever since getting a guitar for his 14th birthday (thanks Grandpa) he has been honing his songwriting to make you laugh, cry and pump your fists all within the same 3 minute song.

JAMIE CRAIGHEAD:

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Playing a mixture of folk, bluegrass and country all done by guitar and vocal!

CHASE FILTH:

Solo piano performance,tom waits influence, classical/ jazz/ contemporary

May
19
Thu
Free Speech Thursdays Presents: Providence Poetry Slam @ AS220 Main Stage
May 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

The Providence Poetry Slam is at AS220 on the first and third Thursday of every month!

 

May
20
Fri
Contemporary African Dance @ Live Arts Dance Studio
May 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Open Level Contemporary African Dance w/ Mekbul J. Tahir// Fridays @ 6:30-7:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6-class package *no class 3/11

The technique Acogny is the only recognized contemporary dance technique created in Africa. It was created by Germaine Acogny, the mother of African contemporary dance. Based on traditional African dance (especially Senegal and Benin) and Western dance techniques (classical ballet, release, and Graham technique), the philosophy of this technique is about identity: placing yourself inside the community and nature, and being aware of your own body. The technique respects every different body, and addresses life and the connection between human being and nature. Joy, play, love and music are the fundaments of the spirit of the technique.

NT4L36991Mekbul Jemal Tahir is an international choreographer, dancer, and teacher. He is one of the founding members of Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company, which is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since completing a five-year training program accredited by Middlesex University (UK) in 2001, he has been performing and teaching African contemporary dance, contact improvisation, and community dance and theatre in Ethiopia and abroad. Among others, his projects have included the 2005 Kin-Addis Project in the DRC, Ethiopia, and France, and the 2006 Can Do Can Dance Project in Hamburg, Germany. In 2007, he performed a lead role in As the Mother of a Brown Boy, which opened at Chickenshed Theatre Company in London and later traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was nominated for two awards. He is also one of the dancers who were selected to study Germaine Acogny’s dance and certified to teach her technique. Now a resident of Massachusetts, he divides his time between work with Adugna in Ethiopia and projects in Africa, Europe, and the United States.

Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents “Kill the Virgin” by Kevin Broccoli @ AS220's Blackbox
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents "Kill the Virgin" by Kevin Broccoli @ AS220's Blackbox

Counter-Productions Theatre Company is proud to present the world premiere of “Kill the Virgin” by Rhode Island playwright, Kevin Broccoli. This absurdist play explores the role of women as featured in one of the most popular modern film genres. Set in “Anytown, America,” the play tells the story of Ali, a misfit teenager who suddenly becomes aware that she is actually a doomed character in a horror movie. “I wanted to write a play about a girl who refuses to be a victim,” says Broccoli, “even when the world around her has other plans.”

“I’m so excited to have the world premiere of this play happen at Counter-Productions,” says Broccoli, who believes that Artistic Director Ted Clement “has assembled the perfect cast.” The play features Victoria Ezikovich as Ali, Carolyn Coughlin as Lilly, Rufus Qristofer Teixeira as Steve, Marina Tejada as Diaz, Adam Florio as Marconi, Jerry Middlemiss as Leonard, Chelsea Titchenell as Tracy, Lexie Lankiewicz as Sara, Derek Smith as Evan, David Monteiro as Darius, and Jennifer Pierel as Jo. In true horror fashion, the production will include nudity, sexual situations, violence, and general gore, making it unsuitable material for children. To quote the playwright, “This play is one of the most twisted things I’ve ever written.”

“Kill the Virgin” will conclude Counter-Productions Theatre Company’s 2015-2016 season in residence at AS220’s Blackbox Theatre, located at 95 Empire Street, Providence, RI. It opens in May, on Friday the 13th, and runs for two weekends. Show dates and times are May 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st at 7:00pm and May 15th & 22nd at 2:00pm. Admission is $20.

For more information, visit www.cptcri.com

*Contains violence, nudity, sexual situations
*Not appropriate for children

Stone Soup Presents An Evening With Erin McKeown, Zoe Lewis & Natalia Zukerman @ AS220 Main Stage
May 20 @ 8:30 pm – May 21 @ 12:00 am

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ERIN MCKEOWN

brash and clever electric guitar playing with a singing voice that is clear, cool, and collected.

ZOÉ LEWIS

“a band in one body”, playing Gypsy Jazz, Swing, World-beat grooves, original tunes, quirky storytelling and a huge sense of humor.

NATALIA ZUKERMAN

finding her sound on slide guitar, lap steel, dobro and kinship in the earthiness and honesty of folk, bluegrass, jazz and blues music

presale: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2505695

J. Mamana, Bummer, Caloric, and Simulcast @ Psychic Readings
May 20 @ 9:30 pm – May 21 @ 1:00 am
May
21
Sat
Saturday Switch Series @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 am

Saturday Switch Series Masterclasses 10-11:45am, 3 Saturdays per month// $15 per class; $60 for 6 class package

Class Schedule:

January 9: Modern Dance w/ Ali Kenner Brodsky
January 16: Contemporary African Dance w/ Mekbul J. Tahir
January 23: Modern Dance w/ Shawn Hove
February 6: Modern Dance w/ Danielle Davidson
February 20: Modern Dance w/ Heidi Henderson
February 27: Modern Dance w/ Jessica Howard
March 5: Contemporary Ballet w/ Nicole Laliberté
March 19: Modern Dance w/ Nikki Carrara
March 26: Modern Dance w/ Katie McNamara
April 2: Modern Dance w/ Farah Saleh
April 9: West African Dance w/ Seydou Coulabily
April 16: Modern Dance w/ Carolina Rivera
May 7: Modern Dance w/ Sarah Mae Gibbons
May 14: Modern Dance w/ Ani Javian
May 21: Modern Dance w/ Shura Baryshnikov


Upcoming Class Descriptions:

May 14: Modern Dance w/ Ani Javian
Class celebrates the physics of movement. We will work with and against gravity through principles of swing, momentum, and drive. Warm-up will get us vertical, and phrasework will take us off-center into physically rigorous movement material. Improvisation, somatic practices, and old school modern inform our contemporary work. We will dance from our skeletons, our muscles, our senses, our imaginations, and our hearts!

May 21: Modern Dance w/ Shura Baryshnikov
In this intermediate/advanced contemporary class, we will draw upon the technical foundations of B.J. Sullivan’s Safety Release Technique to build safe and efficient patterning from the floor to standing.  We will work to drive movement powerfully with the spine, unleashing the kinesthetic joy which will bring us through moments of risk and disorientation in our dancing.  Accessing the floorwork again and again, we will refine progressions which allow for sophisticated plays of suspension, increasing speed, and surprising pathways.  If we accept that the body is always falling, we begin to understand that our task is only to guide it safely from up to down and then ride our momentum and structural organization from down to up again.

Bios

ShuraBaryshnikov2Shura Baryshnikov is an interdisciplinary performer, choreographer, and movement artist.  She often works as a movement designer and coach for Trinity Repertory Company, contributing to more than 20 theatrical productions at this and other regional companies over the last five years.  As an independent dancer and actor, Shura has performed with choreographers Heidi Henderson, Ali Kenner Brodsky, and Betsy Miller, among others, and with American Dance Legacy Initiative, Lostwax Multimedia Dance, Festival Ballet Providence, Bridge Rep of Boston, and Elemental Theatre Collective.  Shura’s performance work has been presented by the RISD Museum, FBP, the Providence Fringe Festival, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, and Earthdance’s Moving Arts Lab.  Shura is a Teaching Associate in the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs and has as also instructed at MIT, Dean College, Rhode Island College, Boston University, Salve Regina University and at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA.  Shura co-directs the Rhode Island-based contemporary dance company Doppelgänger Dance Collective.  www.shurabaryshnikov.com / www.doppelgangerdancecollective.com

NikkiCarraraNikki Carrara is a dance artist and educator living in Pawtucket, RI. Currently dancing with Elm City Dance Collective (New Haven) in the works of Kellie Ann Lynch, she has also recently performed the dances of Vincent Mantsoe, John-Mark Owen, Donna Jewel, Daniel McCusker, and Melody Ruffin-Ward. Her choreography has been presented in theaters, studios, art galleries, and fields, produced by Island Moving Company, Frazier Festival, Providence College, Perishable Theatre, and The Dance Complex. Nikki directs a vibrant junior high school dance program in Pawtucket, RI where she is happy to be the first dance teacher of many young budding artists. She is also a photographer, and loves to help things grow.

2013_SeydouSeydou Coulibaly is one of Mali’s leading dancers, teachers, and choreographers. He was named Mali’s #1 dancer in the final Biennale arts competition before the coup d’état in 1990. He then founded and was artistic director of Mali’s nationally respected and award-winning Troupe Komée Josée, which toured throughout Mali. Seydou now also works extensively in the US, where he teaches Mande dance, music and culture at Wheaton College, Brown University, and at his long-running class at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA.   Seydou also runs Yeredon, a cross-cultural school in Bamako, which aims to bring a greater knowledge of Malian culture to foreigners while preserving the work of Mali’s most talented artists. His film credits include Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad,” “Mali Djembekan,” “Street Party in Lafiabougou,” and numerous educational films on Malian music, dance and culture. Seydou’s djun-djun playing can be heard on Mohamed Kalifa Kamara’s Africa Kanben.

 DanielleDavidson3Danielle Davidson is Co-Artistic Director of Doppelgänger Dance Collective.  Danielle completed her training at L’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, in Montréal before joining JBQ as a soloist and touring internationally.  Since, she has worked with Ballet West, Ballet Espressivo, Opera Ontario, Debra Brown, and Productions Fila 13. She currently dances for Prometheus Dance Company, Lorraine Chapman the Company, and teaches at The Boston Conservatory. Danielle is also a choreographer who presents work in Canada and the US.

SarahMaeGibbonsSarah Mae Gibbons, CYI, LMT, OMT. Originally from Athens, Ohio Sarah Mae earned her BFA in dance and minor in education from The Ohio State University. Sarah Mae is currently based in Boston, MA choreographing her own work, both independently and collaboratively. Sarah Mae currently teaches master classes around New England in addition to regular classes at the Dance Place, as well as Mercersburg Academy summer youth dance program. Sarah Mae is currently studying Homeopathic medicine through the New England School of Homeopathy. She is a co-founder/co-director of “New Movement Collaborative,” an organization committed to facilitating art events and programs in the effort to enliven and strengthen the Boston dance community, and co-manages the Moving Target Master Class Series at Green Street Studios. Sarah Mae is also a certified Yoga Instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist.  Her current aesthetic and interests in massage, yoga and dance lie in reinvesting attention to the practice of touch and movement as personal radical self-care, allowing the body to be a means of education and discovering links between effort, emotion, touch and discovery.
 
HeidiHendersonHeidi Henderson, choreographer for elephant JANE dance, a pick up company in RI, is a three time recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship. Heidi has danced in the companies of Bebe Miller, Nina Wiener, Peter Schmitz, Sondra Loring, and Paula Josa-Jones. Heidi is a contributing editor at Contact Quarterly, a vehicle for moving ideas. Heidi received her BA from Colby College and her MFA from Smith College and is in her tenth year on the faculty at Connecticut College. She has been teaching at the Bates Dance Festival for many years. elephant JANE dance has performed at the South Bank Centre in London, in New York City, at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival, at The International Festival of Dance in Taegu, Korea, at the Bates Dance Festival,  and at many venues in New England.
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Shawn Hove is a multidisciplinary dance artist investigating and working in dance as a choreographer, dancer, collaborator, educator, lighting designer and media artist. He is the founder/artistic director of shove gently dance. From 2005-2010, he was on faculty/staff of The Ohio State University’s Department of Dance. For ten years he served as co-director of the video team at the Bates Dance Festival, alongside Peter Richards, where they documented the Festival’s events. Shawn has danced for artists Wade Madsen, Deborah Wolf, Crispin Speath, Meghan Durham, and Noelle Chen. He was production producer for Norah Zuniga Shaw’s installation work based on Synchronous Objects. As a lighting designer he has designed for the Columbus Movement concert series, elephant jane dance, Race Dance, Meghan Durham, and Rachel Boggia. As media artist he has worked with Columbus Dance Theatre, Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and David Dorfman Dance. Shawn has created short films with Race Dance, and promotion clips for Adele Myers and Dancers, Bebe Miller Company, and David Dorfman Dance. He has been commissioned by John Mueller’s Dance Film to help create DVDs on Loie Fuller’s Fire Dance and Leonide Massine’s Gaite Parisien and Symphonie Fantastique.
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Jessica Howard is an independent performance artist, dance educator & choreographer working in the Boston and SouthCoast area. Jessica graduated with her Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre and Dance from Keene State College. She was recipient of the Alta Lu Townes Memorial Endowment and the Charles Hildebrandt Award in 2009. As a theatre and dance undergraduate Jessica was privileged to study under Marcia Murdock, Cathy Nicoli, Candice Salyers, and William Seigh and was selected to work with guest artists such as Paul Besaw, Mark Dendy, Pilobolus, and Sara Sweetly Rabidoux.  She currently performs with Lorraine Chapman, the Company and Ali Kenner Brodsky  & Co. Jessica is also the Abbess, Mentor & Guide of the P.O.T.E.G.P. Spiritual Guidance Center 501(c) 3. She is the lead instructor for the P.O.T.E.G.P. Instructor Training Program, a Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance. She has continued education in various forms of healing and mindfulness through various professional workshops and Festivals; Jessica has received training from the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) for Dance for PD. Jessica is also certified Wellness Professional through the National MS Society.
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Ani Javian is a performer, choreographer, and teacher. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and has also taught at Denison University and The Ohio State University. Ani’s choreography has been presented in New York, Connecticut, Ohio, and Michigan, and has received funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and The Greater Columbus Arts Council. Ani has performed for Molly Lieber, Paige Phillips, Betsy Miller, Natalie Desch, and Naomi Goldberg Haas’ Dances for a Variable Population, among others. She has an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance and English from Connecticut College.

AliKennerBrodskyAli Kenner Brodsky is the artistic director of ali kenner brodsky & co. and is the 2014 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship for Choreography. Kenner Brodsky was an artist-in-residence at The Joyce SoHo in NYC and was mentored by Phyllis Lamhut. Her company also performed at venues including the Puffin Room, DanceNow Festivals, the former Dance Space Center, WAX, Dixon Place and Dumbo Dance Festival. In 2009 Kenner Brodsky returned to Providence, where she co-produced two a+b seasons with Betsy Miller. ali kenner brodsky & co. have performed at various venues and festivals in New England including: AS220, The Dance Complex, The Movement Exchange, The Provincetown Dance Festival, Massachusetts Dance Festival, Elm City Dance Collective (CT), The Great Friends Festival (RI) and Dance for Peace (CT). She served as rehearsal director for and danced with national touring company Lostwax Multimedia Dance under the direction of Jamie Jewett from 2012-2015. Kenner Brodsky has performed with Andy Russ, Jessica Howard, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Betsy Miller, Emma Hogarth and with 83 paperbirds-moving lab. Kenner Brodsky has had the privileged of working with Providence band Brown Bird and The Huntress on original compositions for her work, as well as with Cyrus Highsmith on original art design.
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Nicole C. Laliberté, artistic director of Freedom Dances, has performed with Sidelong Dance Company, Boston Dance Company, EBA Dance Theatre / Maude Baum and Company, MJT Dance Company, and Honolulu Dance Theatre, among others.  Nicole holds her MFA in Choreography from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory.  Of note, she has taught at UNCG, James Madison University, Meredith College, Darton College, and Greensboro Ballet.  Very recently, she has been branching out as a dance writer as well. As an independent artist, student, teacher, and guest artist, Ms. Laliberté has staged choreography at The Boston Conservatory, The Boston Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, James Madison University, Darton College, Rhode Island College, American College Dance Festivals in Vermont and North Carolina, countless studios nationwide, and in the repertories of Maude Baum and Company, Albany, NY, and Sidelong Dance Company, Winston-Salem, NC.
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Katie McNamara is a dance-artist, teacher and mom living in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Katie spent her preliminary professional years in Philadelphia where she danced with Group Motion, Scrap Performance Group and Leah Stein Dance Company.  She was deeply influenced by the artistic community there and the raw spontaneity of its stage. During this time she co-founded and directed the Bald Mermaids, named “best new modern dance company” by Philadelphia’s City Paper.  Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, the Carriage House, Galapagos Art Space, the Projekt Theatre (Dresden, Germany) as well as during the Silesian Dance Festival (Bytom, Poland). Locally she has recently worked with LostWax, Stephanie Turner, Rose Pasquarello-Beauchamp and Betsy Miller. Some local choreographic residencies include Rhode Island College Dance Company, Providence College Dance Company, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University.  Most recently, she adjuncts at Dean College. Katie has been teaching Pilates for nearly two decades and presently teaches at Providence Pilates. She holds a BA in Dance and Anthropology from Connecticut College and a MFA in Dance Performance from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

11188203_10152894826703831_3692095739410711543_nCarolina Rivera was born in Santiago, Chile were she began her training at the prestigious school of ballet, Teatro Municipal de Santiago. She majored in Dance at the University of Chile with High Honors and the Excellence Award “Isidora Zegers Montenegro.” In Chile, Carolina has performed as a Soloist and as an Ensemble member in various operas at the renowned Teatro Municipal de Santiago, with musical theatre companies such as, Tea-M-Danz and Dance & Stage. In New York, she was a scholarship recipient at the Martha Graham School and joined Graham II, performing soloist roles (El Penitente), and chorus in the major pieces of Graham repertory such as Chronicle, Acts of Light, Rite of Spring, Heretic, and Appalachian Spring. Ms. Rivera has danced works by choreographers such as Jacqulyn Buglisi, Yung Yung Tsuai Lerner, Blakeley White- McGuire, Lone Larsen, Martin Lofsnes, Edgar Cortes, Shawn Rawls and Martha Graham. Ms. Rivera has also performed with 360 Dance Company, Edgar Cortes Dance Theater, Gwen Rakotovao Company and Anabella Lenzu Dance Drama. Currently Carolina can be seen with Alison Cook Beatty Dance and Emotions Physical Theater as well as performing her own work at venues in NY and Chile throughout the year. For more information please visit www.carolina-rivera.com

FarahSalehFarah Saleh  is a Palestinian dancer and choreographer. She has been dancing and choreographing with Sareyyet Ramallah Dance Company since 2010, and for them recently created Ordinary Madness (2013) and Hana and I (2014). She also toured internationally with Keffiyeh/made in China (2012) and Badke (2013) co-produced by the Royal Flemish Theatre (KVS), A.M Qattan Foundation and Les Ballets C de la B. She is currently a visiting scholar in the Departments of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and Middle East Studies at Brown University and is touring with her latest pieces A Fidayee Son in Moscow (2014) and Free Advice (2015).


NT4L36991Mekbul Jemal Tahir is an international choreographer, dancer, and teacher. He is one of the founding members of Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since completing a five-year training program accredited by Middlesex University (UK) in 2001, he has been performing and teaching African contemporary dance, contact improvisation, and community dance and theatre in Ethiopia and abroad. In 2007, he performed a lead role in As the Mother of a Brown Boy, which opened at Chickenshed Theatre Company in London and later traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was nominated for two awards. He is also one of the dancers who were selected to study Germaine Acogny’s dance and certified to teach her technique. Now a resident of Massachusetts, he divides his time between work with Adugna in Ethiopia and projects in Africa, Europe, and the U.S.

An Introduction to Meisner Workshop with Ted Clement, Part II
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
An Introduction to Meisner Workshop with Ted Clement, Part II

Admission: Free, but registration is required and limited to 12 participants. Use ticket link above to register.

Please join us for Part II of this introductory course in “The Meisner Technique.”

All are welcome: attendance at Part I not required.

Sandford Meisner, Master Actor and Teacher, described his technique as being “based on bringing the actor back to his emotional impulses and to acting that is firmly rooted in the instinctive. It is based on the fact that all good acting comes from the heart.”

Ted Clement is Artistic Director of Counter-Productions Theatre Company, a resident company at AS220. He serves as Region 1 Co-Vice Chair for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He is an Associate Professor in the Performing Arts Department at the Community College of Rhode Island, where he serves as Coordinator of the Theatre Program. He holds and Associate of Arts from CCRI, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Salem State University, and a Master of Fine Arts from the New School for Drama.

 

Meisner bpt (it’s free, but we require registration): http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2539191
Bread and Puppet Theatre Presents: “The Underneath the Above Show #1 (inspired by the forthcoming elections in the greatest country in the history of the universe)” @ AS220 Main Stage
May 21 @ 3:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED BREAD & PUPPET THEATER

Saturday, May 21, 2016
ONE DAY ONLY! TWO SHOWS! 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Bread & Puppet Theater returns to Providence’s AS220 (115 Empire St.) with a brand new giant puppet show inspired by the forthcoming elections in the greatest country in the history of the universe.

“The Underneath the Above Show #1 (inspired by the forthcoming elections in the greatest country in the history of the universe)” is a new work written and directed by Bread and Puppet founder Peter Schumann. It takes place in a distant, mountainous country much different from ours, where successive unsuccessful cardboard kings reign with fleeting promise over an over-life-size, technicolor cardboard electorate operated by a hardhat workforce prone to coffee breaks, until the eternally-hopeful population installs a jolly old god in the highest office of the land. It’s a hilarious, timely antidote to the election-themed entertainment on TV. And, with its raucous energy and bright palette, it makes a great spring hurrah!


Schumann says that The Underneath the Above Show #1 is “a puppet show contribution to the ongoing U.S. presidential election campaign. In our show the normally slightly overweight three-dimensional electorate is reduced to its proper election year cardboard two-dimensionality. Hardhat workers help to demonstrate the elementary dissatisfaction of this cardboard electorate and its desire for a new king who will promote life, health, home, and general protection from evil.”


After the performance Bread and Puppet will serve its famous free sourdough rye bread with aioli to the public, and Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press – will be for sale.

This show is appropriate for all ages, but contains some loud noises.

“The Underneath the Above Show #1” performs one day only, Saturday, May 21, at 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage at AS220, 115 Empire St., Providence, RI.

TICKET INFO: $10.

For more info, please see Bread and Puppet’s website: www.breadandpuppet.org and www.as220.org

INFORMATION ABOUT BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER:

Bread & Puppet Theater is an internationally celebrated company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance and slapstick. Its shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper maché and cardboard. Founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side, The theater has been based in the North East Kingdom of Vermont since the early 1970s.

Art Impact-Nepal @ Aborn Gallery
May 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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“Art Impact – Nepal” Art Show
Lumbini World Peace Forum and Civil Innovation Lab

Event to support survivors of Nepal Earthquake

opening reception Saturday May 21st from 5-6:30 p.m.
Exhibition up May 24th – May 26th, from noon to 6 p.m.

Lumbini World Peace Forum and Civil Innovation Lab will be running Art Impact – Nepal – an International photo and photography exhibit. Paintings, thangkas, photos and handicrafts will be for sale at the show, and the proceeds will go towards building residential art studios in Lumbini and other damage villages to allow villagers to learn and make handicrafts to earn more money to rebuild their homes.

This exhibit at AS220 in Providence from May 21st to 26th, will feature art work by Dorjee Karmarong and Ajit Kumar, survivors of the Nepal Earthquake, and photos after the earthquake by Robin Low, co-founder of Civil Innovation Lab. There will also be handicrafts and products made by survivors living in temporary shelters in Nepal.

Artists from Nepal will be at the show, and they will talk about Nepalese art, and how the earthquake affected their art. They can also update on the progress on the Nepal earthquake recovery 1 year after.

Help empower disaster survivors by purchasing the artwork and goods they create. Support efforts to match local resources with global needs and capacity-building!

Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents “Kill the Virgin” by Kevin Broccoli @ AS220's Blackbox
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents "Kill the Virgin" by Kevin Broccoli @ AS220's Blackbox

Counter-Productions Theatre Company is proud to present the world premiere of “Kill the Virgin” by Rhode Island playwright, Kevin Broccoli. This absurdist play explores the role of women as featured in one of the most popular modern film genres. Set in “Anytown, America,” the play tells the story of Ali, a misfit teenager who suddenly becomes aware that she is actually a doomed character in a horror movie. “I wanted to write a play about a girl who refuses to be a victim,” says Broccoli, “even when the world around her has other plans.”

“I’m so excited to have the world premiere of this play happen at Counter-Productions,” says Broccoli, who believes that Artistic Director Ted Clement “has assembled the perfect cast.” The play features Victoria Ezikovich as Ali, Carolyn Coughlin as Lilly, Rufus Qristofer Teixeira as Steve, Marina Tejada as Diaz, Adam Florio as Marconi, Jerry Middlemiss as Leonard, Chelsea Titchenell as Tracy, Lexie Lankiewicz as Sara, Derek Smith as Evan, David Monteiro as Darius, and Jennifer Pierel as Jo. In true horror fashion, the production will include nudity, sexual situations, violence, and general gore, making it unsuitable material for children. To quote the playwright, “This play is one of the most twisted things I’ve ever written.”

“Kill the Virgin” will conclude Counter-Productions Theatre Company’s 2015-2016 season in residence at AS220’s Blackbox Theatre, located at 95 Empire Street, Providence, RI. It opens in May, on Friday the 13th, and runs for two weekends. Show dates and times are May 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st at 7:00pm and May 15th & 22nd at 2:00pm. Admission is $20.

For more information, visit www.cptcri.com

*Contains violence, nudity, sexual situations
*Not appropriate for children

May
22
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Core Workout with Daniel Shea @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Core Workout with Daniel Shea // Sundays @9-10am //only $5!    *no class 5/29

A gentle workout that uses floor barre, dance and training techniques to improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a hand towel; dance shoes or bare feet. Open to everyone- no dance experience required.

Daniel Shea is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a dance and fitness instructor. Since training and fitness are his business (www.shea-training.com) he is passionate about form & discipline…but it has to be enjoyable and fun. Daniel has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years. He has studied dance at the – Joy of Movement Center (Boston), Pacific Ballet (San Francisco), Joe Tremaine Dance Center (Los Angeles), Stanley Holden School of Ballet (Los Angeles), Debbie Reynolds Studios (Los Angeles), MJDC Dance Studio (Rhode Island).

Beginner Ballet @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Beginner Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 10:30-11:30am // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes *no class 3/27

If you’ve always wanted to try ballet, this class is for you. In this fundamentals-based class, students develop basic ballet vocabulary, strength and coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have little or no ballet experience.

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.

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Intermediate Ballet w/ Stephanie Albanese @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
May 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Intermediate Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 12:00-1:45pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes *no class 3/27

This ballet class makes classical dance a joy! The class focuses on fundamentals, beginning with a thorough warm up at the barre and progressing to the center for choreographed combinations.  Students build muscle as they refine body alignment and learn weight placement to develop coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have some prior ballet experience.

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.

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Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents “Kill the Virgin” by Kevin Broccoli @ AS220's Blackbox
May 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents "Kill the Virgin" by Kevin Broccoli @ AS220's Blackbox

Counter-Productions Theatre Company is proud to present the world premiere of “Kill the Virgin” by Rhode Island playwright, Kevin Broccoli. This absurdist play explores the role of women as featured in one of the most popular modern film genres. Set in “Anytown, America,” the play tells the story of Ali, a misfit teenager who suddenly becomes aware that she is actually a doomed character in a horror movie. “I wanted to write a play about a girl who refuses to be a victim,” says Broccoli, “even when the world around her has other plans.”

“I’m so excited to have the world premiere of this play happen at Counter-Productions,” says Broccoli, who believes that Artistic Director Ted Clement “has assembled the perfect cast.” The play features Victoria Ezikovich as Ali, Carolyn Coughlin as Lilly, Rufus Qristofer Teixeira as Steve, Marina Tejada as Diaz, Adam Florio as Marconi, Jerry Middlemiss as Leonard, Chelsea Titchenell as Tracy, Lexie Lankiewicz as Sara, Derek Smith as Evan, David Monteiro as Darius, and Jennifer Pierel as Jo. In true horror fashion, the production will include nudity, sexual situations, violence, and general gore, making it unsuitable material for children. To quote the playwright, “This play is one of the most twisted things I’ve ever written.”

“Kill the Virgin” will conclude Counter-Productions Theatre Company’s 2015-2016 season in residence at AS220’s Blackbox Theatre, located at 95 Empire Street, Providence, RI. It opens in May, on Friday the 13th, and runs for two weekends. Show dates and times are May 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st at 7:00pm and May 15th & 22nd at 2:00pm. Admission is $20.

For more information, visit www.cptcri.com

*Contains violence, nudity, sexual situations
*Not appropriate for children

Springing Out with ROO: The Channel Series @ AS220's Blackbox
May 22 @ 8:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Springing Out with ROO: The Channel Series @ AS220's Blackbox

It’s May and the otters are back! Join us for another week of works in progress from your favorite rompers! All performances take place at the AS220 Blackbox at 95 Empire. $3-5 suggested donation or FREE with Brown/RISD student ID.


Sunday, 5/22, 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm)
The Channel Series
hosted by Marcel Mascaro

Kicking of a monthly multimedia arts event presented by N.G.R.: working to unite people through critical conversation and community building via space, sound, light and artistic thought.

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Intro to Offset Printing @ AS220 Printshop
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dates: Mondays, May 23, 30 & June 6, 13, 20, 27; 6-10pm
Instructor: Jacque Bidon

Colorful ‘zines, single-page artists’ books, posters, and flyers can all be created in large quantities using the Printshop’s Offset Press. The first class will be spent in the Media Arts Lab using the Adobe Creative Suite to turn your ideas into formatted files ready for the press.

Six weeks will be spent on press with Jacque Bidon, where you will learn how to run the ABDick 9850 Offset Press – a commercial press capable of creating hundreds of prints in a matter of minutes. Finishing processes will be covered including folding using our pneumatic machine, using our saddle stitch stapler, and trimming on the guillotine.

Register here – shop.as220.org/products/introduction-to-offset-printing

Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance with Betsy Miller // Mondays @6:30-8:00pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes *no class 5/30, 7/4

This is a contemporary release technique with an emphasis on flow. Class begins with a full-bodied warm-up designed to activate the core and connect breath with movement while finding anatomically efficient pathways. Structured improvisations and set exercises explore dynamics, weight shifts, and flow to develop a quick mind and a listening body. Class finishes with a vigorous, high-energy dance phrase.  Students will be encouraged to explore, take risks, and develop as versatile technicians. For intermediate and advanced dancers of all ages.
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DIVERSITY FELLOWS! Present TRAINING DAY! @ AS220's Blackbox
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Do you know how to interact with others in our current era of diversity and multiplicity?

Do you want to learn?

Join the DIVERSITY FELLOWS! for TRAINING DAY and learn how!

Saturday April 30th and May 1st

6PM SHARP at the AS220 Blackbox (aka the Diversity Zone!)

$10-$25 sliding scale.

($10 students; no one turned away)

***Warning: This performance is an interactive, participatory happening!  All audience members will be on stage, so come prepared!

 

TRAINING DAY explores the languages and performances of diversity and multiculturalism in various institutional locations, from the classroom to the boardroom to the yoga studio to the wide open spaces of the West. This live art diversity workshop animates institutional forms of diversity discourse through participatory attempts at transformation. The workshop is led, in turn by pairs of diversity counselors from various institutional sites (played by the DIVERSITY FELLOWS!), each of whom refer to different modes of performing diversity, multiculturalism, anti-oppressive ethics, and tolerance.

During this three-hour diversity workshop, conducted at fast-forward speed, the FELLOWS, embodying these personas, lead audiences on a semi-improvised journey through trust knots, role-plays, privilege lines, and sticky situations. The workshops use song, dance, video, discussion, and team-building activities to take audiences through the many stages of institutional diversity performance. Peppered with language from a range of popular and academic texts addressing racialization, privilege, institutional diversity, identity politics, neoliberal multiculturalism, representation, and futurity, TRAINING DAY pushes diversity training to its edges, to its most absurd abstractions, asking participants to consider the underlying assumptions and contradictions of performing the sanitized institutional norms of diversity and equality in the era of neoliberal multiculturalism.

 

DIVERSITY FELLOWS! is a critical camp collaborative interested in interrogating aspects of (their) Americanness. Aimed at blurring the lines between performance, politics, and the presentation of self in every-day life, the FELLOWS use race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and more as both lenses and performed identities to produce genre-blurring pieces that refer to pop-cultural tropes, critical theory, and queer performance tactics, creating chaotic environments out of seemingly simplistic interactive structures: Green card interviews, diversity workshops, make-up appointments, karaoke. Grounded in performance training from L’Ecole Internationale de Jacque le Coq and the American Conservatory Theater, educated in queer theory, postcolonial theory, performance studies, and public humanities from UC Berkeley and Brown University, Reya Sehgal and Marc Boucai unite theory, politics, and physical performance in their collaborative work. The DIVERSITY FELLOWS! have performed at conferences and performance festivals in Santa Cruz, Detroit, and New York City, and produce political performance variety shows in Providence, RI.

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Live Arts Venues

Main Stage:
The AS220 Main Stage hosts over ten events a week and is a 200 capacity performance venue and gallery space. The venue contains 4 powered main speakers, three monitors, in house compression and efx, projection / dvd capabilities, and a 6 foot screen. A full inventory can be viewed here.  While the Main Stage hosts a wide array of artistic programming, it primarily is used as a concert venue. It is located at 115 Empire Street.

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Black Box:
The Black Box is an extremely versatile 90 capacity performance theatre. It has a surround sound system, Subwoofer, digital projector with 8′ X 12′  screen, and full theatrical lighting. The space focuses on theatrical and dramatic works and encourages users to customize the space to suit the needs of their production. The Black Box is on the first floor of 95 Empire Street.

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Dance Studio:
The dance studio hosts regular dance, yoga, and fitness classes and is available for rental for rehearsals and private instruction. The Dimensions of the marley floored room are  28′ X 42′ and it is equipped with mirrors, ballet barres, an easy to operate sound system and sunlight!

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Psychic Readings:
Psychic Readings is an intimate and mysterious multi-purpose room. It has a capacity of 45, but also has an “Annex Room” which moonlights as an art gallery. Psychic Readings is run in conjunction with the AS220 Artists in Residence on the third floor of the Empire Street building.

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