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The Edge Performance Festival (2012)

The Edge Performance Festival (2012)The Edge Performance Festival (2012)

After an exciting inauguration last year, The Edge Performance Festival is back. Two new events have been added to the program: a staged reading of Caridad Svich’s The Way of Water, about the effects of the BP oil spill on the anniversary of this event, and Hour of 5’s Performance Work which will feature five-minute acts such as scenes, monologues, dances and songs. This year’s festival will again feature Solo Explorations, Undergraduate One-Acts and midnight sing-along screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” costumes can be rented in advance or in the lobby before the show — contact The Enchanted Cellar at 530.752.0740.)

Events are rated PG-13 excluding the ”Rocky Horror Picture Show” which is rated R.

Josy Miller, Ph.D. candidate in performance studies, directs a staged reading of international playwright Caridad Svich’s new play The Way of Water. The play is centered around the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast, and explores its effect on human health, poverty, the news media, and the environment in America. Through the lives of four people trying to get by in the wake of the disaster, Svich explores the idea of compromised dreams and the way to lead an honorable life. The reading featuring UC Davis graduate and undergraduate actors is free of charge.

Hour of 5’s Performance Work (on the same ticket as the One-Acts) offers 10 short acts by undergraduate students. Host and MFA candidate in acting Will Klundt will open the show with the original song “The Joy of Being Friends.” It will be followed by a series of poems, music, scenes, martial arts, devised theatre and comedy.

Solo Explorations: Here I Go is comprised of three new individual pieces by graduating Master of Fine Arts candidates in acting:

Travelin’ Light by Afi Ayanna encompasses the ever-changing nature of identity, the oral tradition of storytelling and the history of memory. Ayanna was inspired by the music and women of the classic blues era and the Harlem Renaissance. It’s “what you get when you mix a real Victrola, live music and classic threads,” she said.

Where Eagles Dare: Mission to Mars by Jeremy Oase: “Come experience this serious and heartwarming tale of NASA mission specialist (in charge of cockroaches) Shane Thompson, who blasts off from Earth on a mission to Mars in order to save mankind,” Oase said. It’s inspired by true events (“kinda”), and “a person from the studio audience will be eaten alive. Any volunteers would be most appreciated.”

We Do What We Do by Will Klundt. Klundt is interested in how a performer creates a rapport with the audience, and what can be done with that rapport. He said the Occupy movement and issues of power, violence and duty as well as dance inspired him. Original music will be composed and performed by third-year dramatic art major Dan Cato Wilson.

The new Undergraduate One-Acts are as follows:

  • No Need for Words, a non-verbal account of two lovers at a cafe. Written by Mark Joseph Suarez, directed by Ryan Geraghty
  • Welcome to Heaven, about a young man’s experiences after his death. Written by Jennifer Adler, directed by Kevin Adamski
  • The Tomato, a Twilight Zone-esque comedy/drama about a squabbling married couple and their mysterious visitor. Written by John Malin, directed by Reha Pathak
  • An adaption of Feet, which oddly showcases the images and actions of feet by a diverse group of characters. Written by F.T. Marinetti, directed by Jaki Joanino

Main Stage Dance choreographies are as follows:

  • Only One Direction by Avery Lincoln, third-year dramatic art and psychology double-major. Lincoln said she has noticed people all around her who were unwilling to acknowledge that others were there. “We, as a society, travel through life isolating ourselves from others. However, we, as individuals, long for interpersonal connections,” Lincoln said.
  • A Mother’s Love by Angel Rodriguez-Spindler, third-year dramatic art and psychology double-major. A Mother’s Love explores the darker side of love between parent and child brought on by Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a rare condition in which a primary caretaker exhibits exaggeration or fabrication of the symptoms of his or her patient. “I want to make the audience not only aware of the effects of this syndrome, but I want to also make them slightly uncomfortable in seeing the darker side of ‘a mother’s love,’” Rodriguez-Spindler said.
  • Anonymous by Iu-Hui Chua, first-year master’s candidate in choreography. Chua’s piece looks at the current ideas of womanhood, body, and feminism to explore present day relationships between the feminine, society and self. Chua was inspired by her all-female ensemble and the life experiences, perspectives, and stories they each contributed to create the piece.
  • Out of Our Mouths by Stephanie Treen, third-year sociology major. Out of Our Mouths is a modern dance piece that explores the concept of the darkness inside humans and the effect that pain can have on manipulating the human spirit.  Dancers will emerge from “body bags,” according to Treen: “They exit these bags in different ways, much like hidden things can escape from dark places into a world where the light shows them as they really are.”
  • W8up by Lauren Godla, fourth-year exercise biology major. Godla was inspired by observations of how technology affects our lives. “As I go about my daily business I can’t help but notice the irony in certain technological devices most people have,” Godla said.“It is not infrequent that I see couples, friends, or families eating a meal together and half of the group is engaged in some sort of activity involving their cell phone.” W8up will question our dependency on our devices and their effect on isolating us from our physical surroundings.
  • Nocturnal Creatures by Sarah Abelson, fourth-year dramatic art major. Abelson’s piece explores animal movement and behavior, and how the line between human and animal behavior can become blurred. “I’m also interested in the way that animals move and how they decide to travel in packs or alone,” Abelson said. Dancers will portray “creatures,” or animal/human hybrids.
  • The Cloud Factory by Christine Germain, first year master’s candidate in choreography. This piece investigates the candid perspective of children who are questioning adult’s conscious or non-conscious choices regarding environmental issues, and abuse of power. Going from observing the clouds in their multiple creative forms to the disillusion of a not-so-perfect world.
  • A Study In Tangents by Piper Sloan is derived from studying the use of diagonals in space and on the body as well as movement that is based on where the hand leads the body.

The most famous of all midnight movies “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” starring Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon, is an overtly sexual, highly provocative and comedic portrayal of gay and transgender culture, and sexual quirks. The film is a stylized macabre musical as dark as it is daring. The film has garnered a tradition of audience participation and interaction and that is precisely what audiences are encouraged to do at these screenings — interact and sing and dance along!

Thursday 4.12

Friday 4.13

Saturday 4.14

Sunday 4.15

Solo Explorations

7:30  p.m.

Arena Theatre

Solo Explorations

7:30 p.m.

Arena Theatre

 

 

Main Stage Dance

2 p.m.

Main Theatre

Main Stage Dance

8 p.m.

Main Theatre

Main Stage Dance

8 p.m.

Main Theatre

Main Stage Dance

8 p.m.    

Main Theatre 

One Acts/Hour of 5’s

5 p.m.    

Lab A    

The Way of Water

9 p.m.

Arena Theatre

One Acts/Hour of 5’s

9 p.m.

Lab A

Rocky Horror

12 a.m.

Main Theatre

 

 

Thursday 4.19

Friday 4.20

Saturday 4.21  PicnicDay               

Sunday 4.22

Main Stage Dance

8 p.m.    

Main Theatre

Main Stage Dance

8 p.m.    

Main Theatre

 

Main Stage Dance

2 p.m.

Main Theatre

 

One Acts/Hour of 5’s

9 p.m.    

Lab A

 

One Acts/Hour of 5’s

3 p.m.

Lab A

 

 

Rocky Horror

12 a.m.

Main Theatre

 

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