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MAPLE STREET DANCE SPACE and FARAWAY IS CLOSE
A SPECIAL WORK-IN-PROGRESS PREVIEW OF
THE GOOD MANNERS OF COLONIZED SUBJECTS
a solo play about a human animal, fragmented by colonization, who journeys through memoir and myth to confront fear and reclaim lost poetry and dance, indigenous to her spirit, collective to the species.
Written and performed by India-born, New Mexico-based artist Shebana Coelho,
it interweaves poetry, monologues, improvisation and
choreography drawn from flamenco and Indian classical theater and dance.
At a time when the lingering effects of colonization are manifesting in fraught conversations about borders and fear of the other, this fierce and cathartic narrative unravels the insidious ways colonization works inside and outside the skin, through culture, history, emotion and offers a healing alchemy of metaphor and movement.
SUN, NOVEMBER 24 at 1PM
MAPLE STREET DANCE SPACE - back studio
3215 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque
Duration: approx 75 minutes.
There will be a brief interactive session with the artist after the performance.
Tickets $12 ONLINE via Brown Paper tickets (link above)
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The umbrella organization for the play is Faraway is Close, a new cross cultural experiential project founded by Shebana Coelho, that offers creativity and writing adventures to nurture "the stories under the skin, indigenous to your nature, the stories only you can tell."
The play has been workshopped in Santa Fe, Honolulu, Hawaii, American Samoa, Gravity Hill Farm, NJ. Most recently, excerpts were presented at the Pan Asian Repertory Theater's Nuworks festival in New York City.
"This incarnation of the play was developed in collaboration with former Maple Street Instructors Alice Blumenfeld and Aparna Sindhoor - many of the first gestures of choreography found shape in the front studio! I'm grateful for the beauty and inspiration of the space, for Romy for holding and creating and sustaining that space and the wisdom and insights and talents of Alice and Aparna in helping me manifest this play which continues to deepen my journey..."
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inLAND is a day-long retreat on Sunday, September 15 from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. The retreat cost is $130. We have space for 15 beloveds. Please register early to ensure your place.
SHEBANA COELHO is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, originally from India, who has conducted Faraway is Close cross-cultural creativity workshops in New Mexico, Hawaii, Mongolia and American Samoa. She received a Fiction Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a Fulbright to Mongolia. Her stories, poems and articles have been published in US and international journals and her multimedia documentaries have been broadcast on BBC Radio Four, Public Television (PBS), and the Discovery Channel among others. More about Shebana >
DEBORAH LITTLEBIRD is co-founder of Hamaatsa, an indigenous continuum and sustainable living farm where she facilitates storywork camps and contemplative retreats on a 320-acre wild land sanctuary. She is the producer of Slow Story which perpetuates the orality of tribal American people for future generations by bridging this ancient technology with today's digital technologies. An herbalist, botanical farmer and farm-to-table chef, Deborah shares her passion for plants and food as medicine. More about Deborah >
inLAND is a new incarnation of the creative collaboration between Shebana Coelho and Deborah Littlebird that began with the Hamaatsa Story Video, Heirloom Food and Story and Slow Story Series.
"Sharp barbs softened by the grace of the mind and body and hands like fluttering birds moving through the fire of flamenco was a perfection."
"it resonated strongly; flamenco's force and connection to source (a wordless language that will not be silenced) vying with colonialism's proper diction and dominance."
"Your very personal depiction of the struggles of culture and colonization was very profound. I especially like the way you helped us
understand fear, and in your own way, confront it. "
- audience response to NuWorks performance at the Pan Asian Repertory Theater
Gratitude for all the collaborators and consultants
who helped shape this performance:
Fernando Barros Lirola
Deborah & Larry Littlebird
Tan & Jivan Coelho
Jayant and Kaveri Kalawar
the Navarasa Sadhana workshop, G. Venu, Natanakairali Arts
suddenly...but really it's been happening for years...
suddenly...but really, the path is always unknown...
suddenly....but really, the mystery of when, how, what next - that mystery matters
suddenly...so much is connecting to so much else....
this solstice of gratitude
the dance emerges as speech as song as rune as story
the film becomes memory reimagined
becomes sitting around a table with kindred spirits who want their own mystery
who want to sing too
in serving this light that calls to you
or the dark for that matter
something emerges that only you can live..
that story under the skin
indigenous to the species
particular to you
humming under the breath
Sit across the table from the beloved
call the flowers by name and they will
si pudiera decirte lo que se siente, no valdria la pena bailarlo.
if I could tell you what it feels like
it wouldn't matter to dance it
kehta hai kaun nalaay bulbul ko be asar
who says the song of the nightingale has no effect
parde mein gul ke lakh jigar chaakh ho gaye
look closer in the garden, see the flower, the petals torn into a thousand tatters..
ghalib in the garden
always there is someone in the garden
it was understood in Mongolia
that it matters to take the time
to sit under
the flowers and call their scent
I remember he was a grandfather
and he had a thousand cattle
that's how he was introduced to me
may you call to you what seeks to bloom
may it bloom
may it bloom
I'll be performing a 35-minute excerpt from The Good Manners of Colonized Subjects as part of the Pan Asian Repertory Theater's Nuworks festival in NYC - on Wed, June 26 at 7pm; and Saturday, June 29 at 2:30pm.
Tickets and Location info here
...or rather a poem of a few years ago, called THE PARTING OF WIDOWS, published today in this journal called One from Jacar Press which is a lovely community oriented press. And it's a powerful issue, imho.
The "second look" (the last section) is revisiting the Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz
The other thing that's interesting about the magazine is that the editors only publish an issue when they find 21 poems that they all like...