Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio


Austin Alexis, poet, in Residence in August

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This is what Austin says about his upcoming residency: 

     At Dragon’s Egg, I [Austin Alexis] plan to work on writing a full-length play. I already have thirty-four pages of a first draft, and plan to make substantial progress on the script while I’m in residence. The play is non-realistic in its presentation, but is loosely based on real-life news events that happened in the 1990s. I also plan to rewrite some linked short stories I’ve been working on. The setting of some of the stories is Upstate New York (such as Woodstock), so rural Connecticut should be stim51D5XQXVKQL UY250ulating for me and will feed into this project.


Austin Alexis is the author of Privacy Issues, winner of the 20th Annual Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, and also two chapbooks, both published by Poets Wear Prada: Lovers and Drag Queens (2007) and For Lincoln and Other Poems (2010). His fiction, poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of journals, including Kansas Quarterly, Connecticut River Review, Barrow Street , The Journal, The Pedestal Magazine, The Big Spoon (Ireland), Red River Review, Candelabrum Poetry Magazine (Britain), The Arts Cure, Tuesday Shorts, Poetry Now, Lips, Danse Macabre and others. His works have appeared in a number of anthologies, such as Chopin with Cherries, Off the Cuffs (Soft Skull Press), Vwa, Dinner with the Muse, And We the Creatures, Empty Shoes:Poems on the Hungry and the Homeless (Popcorn Press) and Bowl of Stories (Oregon Council of Teachers Prize Publication). Some of his theatre, film and dance reviews have been translated into Japanese. One of his plays was selected for the Samuel French Short Plays Festival. He has received a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Scholarship, a Millay Colony for the Arts Residency, an Allen Ginsberg Award Honorable Mention and a prize connected with the Poets for Forests Competition. He has taught at Hunter College, Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus), Empire State College and in an NEA-funded literature program for the Jamaica Queens Center for Arts and Learning. He reads his work at many venues, including Cornelia Street Cafe, The Bowery Poetry Club, The Back Fence, Space on White, Internet and conventional radio, and cable television. Some of his fiction and poems have been used as texts for modern dance performances. He lives in Manhattan and continues to write fiction, poetry and reviews.      

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Colleen Hughes at the Egg


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You Sound Like a Girl
Starting in infanthood, women’s voices are constantly critiqued, conditioned, and policed: shrill, harsh, babyish, sexy, sing-songy, girly, loud, quiet, etc. No wonder so many women are silenced, since every time they open their mouths they are subject to scrutiny. And, what does it even mean to sound “like a girl?” You Sound Like a Girl is a performance and companion voice workshop that seeks to both answer and dismantle this question.

Since August, 2017, we have been conducting workshops about the cultural, physical, and emotional baggage surrounding the way women sound.The stories and themes that emerge from these workshops will be turned into the multimedia storytelling performance of You Sound Like a Girl, which will be paired with a future iteration of the voice workshop. The performance of You Sound Like a Girl will bring necessary conversations to light, while the workshop will help attendees access the freedom to use their own voices.

After almost a year of workshops with women ages 11-88, we are now working on developing the performance aspect of You Sound Like a Girl! We’ll be spending 4 days at the Dragon’s Egg in Mystic, CT this July and then the month of August back in NYC developing the performance, and then presenting it to the public at the end of the summer.

Beasts as Pollinators!

Pequotsepos Nature center had a wonderful evening fundraiser, celebrating Pollinators! on the evening of the Summer Solstice.
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The Mystic Paper Beasts had a wonderful time romping and flitting and fluttering mongst the guests and festivities.   Performers were Dan Potter, Shannon, Marya Ursin, Jeannie Williams.
Thank you to the nature center.
Do visit them.  They have many wonderful and educational/fun activities for all ages. 
Blessings on this gorgeous Day!
xo namaste, Marya

Intro to Belly Dance! July 16


Wednesday, July 11 5:30pm-7pm


Bellydance with Erzulie erzuliedancer@gmail.com



This is the fifth class of the 

Summer Dance Sampler at the Dragon’s Egg:  

Wednesdays at 5:30 – 6:30 (unless otherwise noted, as in this case)   June 6 – August 8;  @$15


Each class is a separate registration, and pre registration is required so that we can see if the class is a “go” or not.  If there is not sufficient pre reg, I let anyone know who has pre registered, and also post it on the calendar as cancelled the day before the relevant class – so check the calendar if you have not signed in and had hoped to come to a class!    

You may also be in touch with me at mybeasts@aol.com.


Payment by cheque for each class, noted for the particular class, can be sent to Mystic Paper Beasts, 8 Hancox, Stonington, 06378.


Contact the instructor directly with questions about the class itself.


Please pre register with me at mybeasts@aol.com, and be in touch with Erzulie with any questions!  RSVP in order for us to know if the class is a “go”!   @ $15 to the Mystic Paper Beasts, or cash on the evening is fine, too.   But let me know!!  xo m


Belly Dance with Erzulie


Middle eastern dance or as it’s popularly known—belly dance—is a fun way to get in shape, bond with fellow dancers, learn about new music and culture and have fun!


Erzulie is a celebrated Boston performer and has a decade of teaching experience so let her introduce you to the magical arts of belly dance. Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes, bare feet or dance shoes and be ready to shimmy



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This year’s (15th!  annual) Narrative Project,


conceived and assembled by Marya Ursin,

was a great success!



It explored the story 


and themes


of the novel


Jane Eyre


by Charlotte Bronte, 


with reflections in dance, 











and with Beastie Bits tossed in to entice a story line through our minds.


The performers were, as ever, incredible, and the event a great success, for Audience, Performers, and for the Dream walk we all take, out and about.

namaste, and blessings to all. 


photos are by hooping Amanda!

the Nadine Project Happened!


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A wonderful concert took place last week at the Egg,

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open for any who wanted to be present to view the work that was in progress, intensively workshopGetPart 13ped,

under the guidance of Libby Nye and Janet Soares, and collaboratively performed.

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What a privilege to be there!  We thank all who participated: the five dancer choreographers, Cristin Cawley-Gill, Daniel Fetecua, Christy Williams, Jennifer Yackel, Megan Flynn, who gathered from near and far, and were highly skillful in body and vision.  

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And generous!  So generous to share, to dance, to create, to be. 

And wGetPart 27e wish you well.

namaste, marya

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the Nadine Project – 6/30 at 4

Nadine4 On June 30 at 4 PM, the NADINE Project will present an informal showing of works-in-progress at the Dragon’s Egg. Dance artists returning for this residency are Cristin Cawley-Gill, Daniel Fetecua, Christy Williams and Jennifer Yackel, working under the direction of directors Libby Nye and Janet Soares.
Newcomer, and former Mystic resident Megan Flynn is also joining the NADINE group for its nearly 10th season. 
All are welcome!
The NADINE Project (New Artists Dance in New England) was created to encourage young professional choreographers and support their work in a congenial environment. This ‘playground’ residency for making dances is under the mentorship of its founders, Libby Nye and Janet Mansfield Soares.  In four-day residencies at the Dragon’s Egg in Ledyard, Connecticut, choreographers and dancers, invited by invitation, enjoy the availability of rehearsal space and living accommodations.  Nye teaches daily contemporary technique classes in preparation for choreographic sessions guided by Soares. Together, they coach works-in-progress toward completion while showcasing work and promoting future performance opportunities.  
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Jane Eyre Project

Jane Eyre – this year’s Summer Narrative Project at the Dragon’s Egg
This Saturday!!! 
June 23, 4 pm, at the Dragon’s Egg, 401 Shewville Road, Ledyard.

This summer will be our 15th annual narrative project – wow!  We began with Dante, have cycled through Faust,

Shakespeare, Ovid, and last year – Animal Farm. 

This year’s theme will be Jane Eyre, by Bronte.  
Woman writer, woman protagonist, mistreatment,  the Red Room and the stool, Mr, Rochester and love, madness in the attic, voices in the air, independence and integrity, fire!  – a good story with many themes and moods – enjoy the exploration!
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There will be dancers, actors, musicians, poets, beasts-  all performing some sort of “take” on the book, in this one time only performance, assembled/directed by Marya.

Appropriate for all ages.  Donation of $5 is suggested.  The show should last between 1 and 1 1/2 hours.

Do come join us!

xo marya

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Summer Narrative Project!
June 23, 4 pm, at the Dragon’s Egg.

This summer will be our 15th annual narrative project – wow!  We began with Dante, have cycled through Faust, Shakespeare, Ovid, and last year – Animal Farm!

This year’s theme will be Jane Eyre.   Woman writer, woman protagonist, good story arc, – enjoy the exploration!
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This is an assemblage theatrical event, with a variety of artists: dancers, theatre makers, musicians, masked beasts, all working on their own, and coming together on the final day.  Marya then “assembles” them into an order, adding “beastie bits” to cover gaps in the story, and we have a show! 
This is a one time only event, rare, unique, = so come to this singular event!


The Event will be on Saturday, June 23rd, with a single showing at 4 pm. 

This is always an amazing time for all – performers and audience alike.

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I look forward to it, and to you coming to be audience.  
Suitable for all ages.  By donation (suggested $5).

xo namaste,  marya

Lena Poitras returns with Yoga

Yoga found Lena early on in high school. After watching her mom do yoga videos she tried them herself. The experience was so physically different from any other “workout” and so mentally challenging that she immediately knew this was a powerful discipline.


Since then, yoga is practice Lena turns to that guides her ability to respond to life with grace. She has been especially influenced by teachers like Bryan Kest, Sharath Jois, Devarshi Steven Hartman, and Meghan Currie. She has explored many different styles of yoga. Her training in Kripalu Yoga allows her the freedom to vary her classes from vigorous to gentle and draw upon the methods of all her teachers.

Lena strives to offer a yoga classes that are rejuvenating and challenging and that will challenge all levels of experience.