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Presenting: Works in Process

Saturday, April 20th and Saturday, April 27th, 7 pm

Join us for the culmination of cfpa’s Spring 2019 Works in Process Residencies. With the support of free rehearsal space and a mentor specifically chosen for this project, three local performing artist have moved an existing work (and way of working) further down a developmental path. The final piece of this residency is to invite audiences into conversation with the artist’s process, with this public presentation and discussion. All three artists will present work on both nights. All cfpa events are pay-what-you-can (donation) at the door. To reserve your seat: eventbrite

Nora Montañez will present a portion of her solo piece, “Sabor a Mi”, a bilingual autobiographical survival story, which was first built in 2017 as part of the Anything But English series (Pangea World Theater/Patrick’s Cabaret), and subsequently developed through Catalyst Arts PUSH Lab.  In 2018, she used a McKnight/MRAC Next Step grant to travel to Peru for research. This spring at cfpa, Nora has integrated her travel research (including her lessons on the cajón) into the structure of an interactive, bilingual, multi-media storytelling experience, laying bare the human question, “Where do I belong?” Nora’s mentor for this project has been Jessica Lopez Lyman. www.jlopezlyman.com/

Beth Ann Powers has built a solo durational/endurance performance piece, originally devised as part of a larger collaborative piece (“Superhero”) that performed last year at the Southern.

In this solo piece, Beth has excavated her personal relationship with mental illness and recovery, and investigated how durational/endurance performance can create space for an audience to find themselves in a piece, in ways that are both intimate and offer the audience agency/aegis. Beth Ann’s mentor for this project has been Kira Obolensky. pwcenter.org/profile/kira-obolensky

Alexandra Bodnarchuk has continued work on her dance piece “The Nature of Cloth”, developed this past fall through the Generating Room: Open Proposal Initiative at the Cowles Center.  In that residency,  Alexandra gathered data about the human experience of “shame” and “conformity” through a series of focus-group workshops. This spring, she has dug deeper into innate animalistic behaviors and investigated ways to interrogate a range of different cultural narratives of shame and conformity, in pursuit of building space for diverse audiences to experience themselves reflected in the work. Alexandra’s mentor for this project has been April Sellers. aprilsellers.com/

More information about the artists here.

All public events at cfpa are PayWhatYouCan donation at the door.

Advance reservations are encouraged.

cfpa’s ReClaim series is an assembly space to connect all kinds of audiences, artists, experiences, and stories. Our events explore the vitality and evolution of American identity, and the ways in which creative works reflect our lived experience (or not). Our events grapple with the stories we hear and see, the stories we make and tell, and the ways in which we are (or are not) changed by creative representations of our experiences. We support artists who engage fiercely with the complex and contradictory nature of the human experience. We support audiences who yearn for greater personal engagement between works of art and the daily life of our community. We assemble for lively questions, dynamic conversation, and to encourage new ways of understanding each other’s lives.