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I'm pleased to share Creativity/Writing workshop offerings for 2020 which include a writing adventure to a magic mountain town in Southern Spain, a special package of guided writing sessions to catalyze your creative projects, free guided writing podcasts, virtual workshops to create from the encounter with gratitude and stories of Mongolia...and more.
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Friends in poetry:
Hinchas de Poesía, a digital codex of panamerican writing has published 2 poems
Both emerged from time spent long ago in Argentina, in Tierra del Fuego...
(and the quote in Night scene is from a remarkable book Uttermost end of the earth by Lucas Bridges about his growing up with the last indigenous tribes in Tierra del fuego....a complicated and poignant narrative)
in the valle
here's to all our journeys...
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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)
We encourage you to purchase tickets online.
$15 CASH AT DOOR AS AVAILABLE
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..."
READ AUDIENCE TESTIMONIALS
AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE PLAY IN AMERICAN SAMOA LAST YEAR
THE HOME PAGE FOR THE PLAY
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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