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Denise Yvette SernaBy Denise Yvette Serna
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Denise Yvette SernaBy Denise Yvette Serna
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About

For Dante she was the erotic power that could destroy men. Freud saw in her hair a nest of terrifying snakes symbolizing castration. For Perseus and his patriarchal culture she was a dangerous female monster to be destroyed. 

Medusa’s reputation has transformed over time, and continues to intrigue and inspire us. Women see her as a noble victim of the patriarchy. The fashion house Versace celebrates the lure of her mysterious face and puts it on underwear, luxury bags, and expensive dinnerware. Politically charged media superimposes her image onto powerful, successful women. In our culture now she is once again a power player demanding to be recognized. Demanding we examine the journey from maiden to monster. 

Medusa still transfixes us.

Global Hive Laboratories is an international collective committed to breaking down barriers that might exclude portions of the population from artistic dialogue. Spearheaded by Co-Founder Denise Yvette Serna, the Global Hive will embark on their second internationally devised theatre project in 2019. 

The ensemble consists of international artists Denise Yvette Serna, Carolina Migli Bateson, Anna Donnell, Katie Merritt, Iman Kerroua, and Earl T. Kim. The ensemble will host workshops in - Piacenza (Northern Italy) London (England), Paris(France), and Chicago (US). The workshops will be conducted by the members of the ensemble and organized and facilitated by the native host. 

Every workshop will include invited multidisciplinary artists such as actors, dancers, musicians, performance artists, make up artists, coiffures, painters, interior designers, foley artists, sculptors, drag performers, illusionists, and more. The ensemble will also actively collaborate with creatives without a traditional practice, and artists who identify as disabled.

The workshops will be free of charge for the participants, and operate on a model of skill-sharing and alternative styles of audience/artist engagement. The workshops will provide participants with rigorous training in the Viewpoints, Butoh, and the Suzuki Method of Actor Training as well as other disciplines.  Our goal with these workshops is to cultivate a truly international ensemble with a shared language rooted in devising and composition that goes beyond borders and across cultures to resonate with contemporary audiences. 

In discussion, the project ensemble identified the physical, linguistic, aesthetic, and sensory variables that might exclude people from experiencing devised theatre, and committed to an intentional, thoughtful, and experimental approach to anti-exclusionary rehearsal and performance practices. 

In conversations around the contemporary social issues that were most pressing to individuals in the ensemble, the themes of intersectional feminism, a wider societal mistrust of women and femmes, and the role of powerful women in patriarchal power structures brought the most resonance. 

In an effort to find a cultural anchor to frame our experiences of these issues, we turned to the mythical figure of Medusa; common ground to all our countries and cultures, and a link between our aim in our modus operandi (anti-exclusionary theatre).

  • We will create opportunity for the audience to encounter Medusa’s journey, physical transformation, and isolation through all 5 senses, challenging the objectification of women, and humanizing Medusa’s experience. 
  • We aim to examine Athena’s position as a woman in a place of power within a patriarchal power structure, women’s position as oppressors of other women within that structure, and the ramifications of punishing victims of sexual violence, rather than their aggressors. 
  • We aim to deconstruct the legacy of mythology, and the historical precedent for the oppression, objectification, and exclusion of those whose identities fall outside of the majority, with specific focus on gender expression and ability. 

We aim to create an abstract sensorial journey to encourage audiences to reevaluate how they experience storytelling. We hope to create multiple access points for audience members, with intentional focus placed on the experience of people with disabilities, language barriers, and the aesthetics of access design. 

A global theatre is a theatre where all are welcome. 

Risks and challenges

We are coordinating travel and accomodation for 6 people, as well as creating a comfortable and hospitable rehearsal space for our community participants.

We have applied for funding and made partnerships with local theatres and drama groups to resource the workshops themselves, so our goal for this campaign is to take care of the needs of our artists. Each of us will be leading rehearsals and rigorous training sessions for the communities we are visiting, and we want to ensure that our most basic needs are taken care of.

We have estimated travel for 6 people costing between $2,500 and $3,000 USD, and another $2,500 for accomodation and meals.

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    A postcard from our workshops!

    We are going to be devising Medusa's story with workshops in England, France, and Italy this winter, and in the United States in the summer and fall. We'll send you a postcard updating you on what we're doing, where we are, and how much cheese we've eaten!

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    A letter from the team!

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    After our international workshops, and Chicago production, the Global Hive will take the project to London redevelop the work for a second full scale production. We will name you as a partner in the project, and list your name and our gratitude in our community engagement materials for both the Chicago and London productions.

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