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Seasoned artists collaborate on Live Music/Mime/Media theatrical performance that speaks to our impact on the legacy of humanity!

ONLY ONE DAY AND HALF BEFORE CLOSING!

Thanks to all who have been so supportive.  We are still hoping for a last surge of support by 8:30 pm Thursday evening, January 11!

New pix from rehearsal and a couple of short films to look into below!

Rick Wamer, Mime Artist, Choreographer, Director and International Performer has joined forces with Enrique "Hank" Feldman, Grammy nominated Composer and Musician to create a music rich mime theater performance with video elements, featuring Rick Wamer and Lorie Heald (Theatrical Mime Theatre) in performance with live accompaniment from Enrique Feldman. All music is composed, performed and arranged by Enrique during the performance, and at times, improvised in the moment.

WORLD PREMIER

The world premier of this collaboration will be followed by a Q & A with the creators and preceded by a performance of classic illusionary mime with improvised music that the entire family wil enjoy.

  • Dancing In The Universe: Our Place In The Cosmos
  • January 11, 12, 2013  7:30 pm
  • $10 General Admission
  • $8 Seniors, Military & Under 12
  • Stevie Eller Dance Theater
  • School of Dance
  • University of Arizona
  • Tucson, AZ

IMAGINE THIS...

You’ve entered the world of visual imagination…Musical inspiration…A journey that explores our impact on humanity'e legacy.

A pianist on stage creates melodic and rhythmic tapestries inviting you to take an auditory voyage into the lyrical world of poetic imagination.

For one hour, you experience and interpret the meaning of existence through a multi-arts staged audio-visual experience in one act: live and recorded acting, music and imagery, in six scenes:

➢ The Pregnant Void
➢ Sea of Emergence 
➢ Evolving Cycles of Creation & Despair 
➢ Ascendance of Creativity
➢ More than "I"
➢ Reclaiming Our Light

RIck and Enrique At Work:  Photo by Dan Williams
RIck and Enrique At Work: Photo by Dan Williams

The performance addresses age old questions of humanity in a mythic, yet contemporary fashion, concerning our place in the cosmos throughout time, and our impact upon our own legacy as a species - how we impact one another, the earth and our future. What is our responsibility? If we own the beauty we create, must we not take responsibility for the destructive forces we, too, create? How does the stress of being, in our time, impact our capacity to be self actualized, hopeful beings? Is this possible? Are we capable of ultimate joy and investment in the actualization of one another? Can we continue to learn, transform, change for the better?

Rick and Enrique take up the challenge of responding to these ontological questions by responding through their artistry and craft. They have come to be known for the lyrical, beautiful, and engaging performances they present.

Join us for this engaging, sometimes poetic, sometimes comic sojourn into their unique vision for humanity.

The world premier of this collaboration will be followed by a Q & A with the creators and preceded by a performance of classic illusionary mime with improvised music that the entire family wil enjoy.

  • We are piloting this duo production as a test to see if a full scale production project is merited.  
  • We believe it is, but need audience feedback and a scaled down prototype to find out.  
  • This prototype, though keeping production value and cast to a minimum, needs to be professional and well crafted.  
  • Your support will help us achieve the opportunity to build our concepts into a touring production.

Committed to access to the arts and learning for young audiences.

Rehearsal at Stevie Eller Theater at the UA School of Dance

Another great week of rehearsal and load in to the theater for a test run of the work as we have it to date...hoping to be able to make this idea into a full production with the community support!  Enjoy the new pix and videos:

We had a great rehearsal on the stage where we plan to make it all happen!  What an incredible synergy to work in this amazing theater - state of the art, wonderful dimensionality to the photos by Dan Williams!  Enjoy and thank you for your support and interest!

The music in this show is a combination of both film score and live piano.  The piano will be played both traditionally and in non-traditional ways, including playing "inside" the piano, along with vocals being sung into the piano as you can see from this image.

Enrique singing "into" the piano, while muting the piano, creating multiple layers of music live.  Location: Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, University of Arizona.
Enrique singing "into" the piano, while muting the piano, creating multiple layers of music live. Location: Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, University of Arizona.
A moment in creation of "Dancing in the Universe"; Enrique and Rick collaborating!
A moment in creation of "Dancing in the Universe"; Enrique and Rick collaborating!

We like to play and while many serious moments will take place, enjoy this new video that is something on the lighter side.

The music you'll hear in the following video is simply solo piano.  When you step into the Eller Dance Theatre on January 11 and/or 12, you'll hear a full score and sound design.  Your auditory and visual senses will be taken on a journey!

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The major risk we would anticipate would be a delay in production should an injury occur among the cast members. This is a physical theater production, and though not likely, injury is a possibility. Should this occur, we would reschedule at a time when the injured party could return or be replaced with an alternate performer. Should the need for rescheduling be required, it could be possible that we would need to change our performance venue. We are very qualified to do so, with established relationships with representatives from virtually every major venue in Tucson. We carry full liability insurance for any such mishap.

FAQ

  • The music will be a combination of live piano and film score! The style of the music will range greatly with elements from the classical, jazz, latin, ethnic, pop and rock worlds.

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  • YES! This world premiere will lead to a tour of performances. You get to see the initial performance, share your feedback with us after each show, and we're then going to make revisions with those comments in mind.

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  • We have known each other for approximately a decade, working together first as educators in the world of Arts Integration, and more recently as artists.

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  • Wow....great question! Both of us think in big picture terms. We both have been interested in creating Art that is both highly artistic and meaningful to a wide spectrum of people. Our desire to empower others to think deeply about who they are and why we're here, is at the root of this show. Thanks for that question... feel free to ask more questions like that at the Q&A after the shows.

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  • Yes!! This is a show that will dazzle the senses. There are some chaotic scenes, but there are no images used that are inappropriate. The overall feel of the show is empowering and thought provoking. Bring the entire family!!!

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