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Holiday Bazaar and Party this Saturday

     

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We are having a Holiday Bazaar and Party at the Egg to celebrate the seasons, the Solstice, the joy of change, and any holiday you might like to celebrate, to sing and chat – with one another! 

   

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Come for the conviviality, the mulled tea and popcorn, the crafts and books for sale. 

 

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Please do come to spend some time with us, at the Dragon’s Egg.

 

   

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December 8th, Saturday, from 1 – 4

 

    xox marya

Amy Oesterreicher in residence Dec. 17-23


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PASSAGEWAYS: Songs of Connections, Abnormal and Sublime 

An original song cycle with text and artwork projections, all created by the performer. Music, humor and art, interwoven with autobiographical narrative, as the creativity of the artist becomes an unexpected passageway through profound crisis.  On passageways, there’s no way in, no way out, only through. So why not laugh, dance and paint our way towards the light?



Title: Passageways

This performance involves oral histories conducted and transcribed with actual transplant surgeons, patients, caregivers, and those affected by intestinal fistulas, combined with Tectonic Theater-inspired momentwork.  It also involves mixed media artwork, prose, poetry, and original music, all created by Amy.

 

 

DescripAmy2tion: Passageways is a multidisciplinary musical based on a “fistula” – an abnormal communication between organs that evolves from a surgery or sudden interference. The musical explores the physical and emotional repairs accompanying the path to recovery from a decade of the playwright’s autobiographical trauma, including sexual abuse by a trusted mentor, rapidly succeeded by a gastrectomy, coma, organ failure, six years unable to eat or drink, 28 reconstructive surgeries and the long-winded journey of PTSD that follows. This mixed media narrative explores trauma through the archetypal hero’s journey, incorporating live-painting, movement, and original music while illustrated by mixed-media art, and visual media. The story follows the exploration of a woman redefining “home” after trauma. She recreates herself through the discovery of the arts and is able to reclaim her voice and rejoin her community.  We start in the present, Amy having just been discharged from a final surgery which has created a medical “fistula” – an abnormal “communication” between two organs.   This most recent medical intervention which has promised to finally reconstruct her digestive organs, has instead, created a further setback.  As Amy starts a single sketch of a tree, she is overcome with a past that is too overwhelming for words.  Creativity provides a safe container to explore a past world which she once felt part of – a world of pleasure, pain, nature, trust, and betrayal. What tunnels of discovery will this “abnormal passageway” lead Amy through? Passageways is a literally “work in progress” continuously created for the audience with a paintbrush, music and projections.

 

 

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Our story begins with Amy alone on stage surrounded by artwork and supplies from the hospital. Afraid of the outside world and surrounded by voices of doubt, she is thrust from a place she has come to call home for the past few months and thrust back into a world that feels unfamiliar and much scarier than before. In seclusion, Amy retreats into the world of her imagination and uses her art as a way to communicate with the outside world. Determined to share her work with the community, Amy challenges her fears and mounts an art show. She is able to not only cope, but thrive as she puts the events of her life on display for her community.

Passageways utilizes music, spoken word, performance and projection. Everything in Amy’s isolated world is utilitarian and transformative. Creativity provides a safe container for her to explore her emotions and start to form ways for her to deal with the traumas of the past.

 Her world is ever-changing and its form is constantly shifting through the use of projection, art, and 12 original songs. Amy will be painting live on stage and we will be using painting not only in a practical sense but also deeply rooted in metaphor. This constant transformation of adversity to creativity will be present throughout all elements of the performance, from the musical score to her shifts in creating.

Disciplines: Performance, Music, Movement, Theatre, Live Artmaking, Oral Histories, Devised Theatre

 

Amy Oestreicher (playwright) is an Audie award-nominated playwright, performer, and multidisciplinary creator. A singer, librettist, and visual mixed media artist, she dedicates[JC1]  her work to celebrating everyday miracles, untold stories, and the detours in life that can spark connection and transform communities. As a PTSD specialist, artist, author, writer for The Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, and health advocate, Amy has headlined international conferences on leadership, mental health, disability, creativity, and domestic violence prevention. She is a SheSource Expert, a “Top Mental Health” writer for Medium, and a regular lifestyle, wellness, and arts contributor for over 70 online and print publications. Her story has appeared on NBC’s Today, CBS, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, and MSNBC, among others. Amy has written, directed, and starred in her autobiographical musical, Gutless & Grateful, which has toured over 200 venues from 54 Below to Barrington Stage Company since its 2012 NYC debut. Gutless & Grateful has won seven national awards (including The Singular Award for an innovative original performance), is listed as part of the National Initiative for Arts and Health in the Military, and is currently being licensed to students across the country for academic projects and competitions. Her plays have been published by Eddy Theatre Company, PerformerStuff, Narcissists Anthology, New World Theatre’s “Solitary Voice: A Collection of Epic Monologues,” and were finalists in Manhattan Repertory’s Short Play Festival, NYNW Theatre Fest, #MeTooTheatreWomen, “Women in the Age of Trump,” and Tennessee Williams’s New Orleans Literary Festival. Amy has delivered three TEDx talks on theatre’s ability to transform trauma, and trained with Primary Stages, Fiasco Theatre, and Tectonic Theatre Project in their Moment Work Institute’s Teacher Training Program. She was recently selected to work with Moises Kaufman on the full-length drama Leftovers, exploring the impact of trauma on communities and the gifts that can be reaped. Her play Factory Treasure is the one-act winner of Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest. Her play Fibers, compiled of oral histories transcribed from three generations of survivors, premiered at Museum of Jewish Heritage this year. Her short play, We Re-Member, inspired by her grandparents’ sewing corporation and legacy as Holocaust survivors, has been featured in immigration and cultural festivals in six states. Her original songs are published with PerformerStuff and have been featured in Singer/Songwriter Showcases in New York (including the Duplex, and 54 Below), Colorado, and Massachusetts. Amy participated as a playwright and performance artist in the National Musical Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, where she helped develop the multimedia ensemble piece Born of Myth (2016), and was a writer, actress, composer, and set designer for Playwrights and Librettists, a festival of 27 thirty-minute plays in five days. Her full-length drama Imprints, exploring the physical and psychological impact of trauma, premiered at the Producer’s Club in 2016, and is currently in development for a full New York production as Flicker and a Firestarter with Playlight Theatre Company.  “Resilience and the Power of the Human Spirit,” Amy’s collaboration with Beechwood Arts on the immersion salon, has toured the world as a public installation, incorporating her monologues, art, writing, and recipes to express the life-altering detours and invaluable gifts of her resilient journey. As an active member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, League for Advancement of New England Storytellers, Dramatists Guild, Fairfield County Cultural Alliance, International Center for Women Playwrights, International Women’s Art Salon, Theatre Artist Workshop, and several art guilds throughout Connecticut and New York, Amy is an Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor Professionals Scholar, and the first annual SHERocks Herstory National Performing Artist Honoree. 

TAPA Dance Company at the Egg

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SHE // FEMME // THEM – TAPA Dance Company

Last weekend, TAPA’s Dance Company continued their residency to rehearse and devise their upcoming performance, “SHE // FEMME // THEM” – a devised multimedia dance concert which explores feminine energy, feminism, and the experience of woman/femme-identified people in society. It is such an honor to witness young men and women dancing together, finding strength in vulnerability, and using their strength to lift each other up. 


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The TAPA Dance Company’s upcoming dance concert “SHE // FEMME // THEM” is an investigation of the feminine in all of us. We come from women. Each of us carries her Chromosome. So, to allow systems and ideologies that perpetuate sexist relationships and images of the self, is an offense to all of humanity. We must make art about it.

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Some souls
Feel like they were meant to be together
To dance together
There is trust
To carry each other’s weight
To let them lift you up
We notice the ways we were socialized to hold back
To doubt ourselves
To be afraid of letting go
To lead someone else
To hold power
We notice the gifts that our ancestors passed down to us in our blood
To be strong
To survive
To protect
To be joyful
To be present
To be sensitive
Who did they want us to be?
How do we want to be remembered, if at all?
What do we want to preserve in our bloodline?
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– Matt Garza, Creative Director – TAPA Dance Company
 

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https://www.tapaprovidence.org/dance

TAPA at the Egg in November

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TAPA Dance Company: Senior Ensemble

Goodbyes are so much harder when you know you have been living in a dream. The TAPA Dance Company just took our Senior Ensemble for a two day residency at The Dragon’s Egg for a series of peer-facilitated workshops on yoga/meditation, conceptual performance art, authentic movement, (contact) improvisation, self care, artistic process, and anti-oppression community building. It is a privilege and honor to guide and be guided by this ensemble of young artists – their (com)passion, honesty, determination, and courage is overflowing in their work and I truly don’t know how I will be able to say goodbye this coming June. Being on retreat inspires new ways of thinking, creating, relating, questioning, and existing.

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What if schools felt less like factories to maximize (/create an illusion of) efficiency and more like retreat centers aimed to be inclusive, thoughtful, and healing? How can we create space in our economy for the ideals of our classrooms to exist for our students after we send them out into the world?

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Sitting in the present
The future does not exist
Leaning on our community is not always easy
Trusting ourselves is not always easy
But when we let go of our weight
When we trust the universe
When we step back to listen
When we share our secret language
We move out of our defensiveness
Healing is full of stains 
Tension feels inevitable 
Love is the answer 
The youth know
Listen to them
Trust them 
Trust each other
Love without conditions
Allow the wind to move you
Let go of your weight
Swing


– Matt Garza, Creative Director – TAPA Dance Company

Holiday Bazaar on December 8th

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Greetings!

December 8th – Saturday – from 1- 4 pm

Hold the date for our annual

Holiday Bazaar

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and holiday gathering of friends, littles and large,

at the Dragon’s Egg,  401 Shewville Road, Ledyard!

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I look forward to seeing you there, to sharing a bit of tea, to wandering mongst the vendors, hearing music, chatting with friends.

namaste, marya

Tellabration at the Egg

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Tellabration!  2018

November 11 at 4 pm, at the Dragon’s Egg

 

 

 

Tellers and Tales:

 

Diane Postoian “My Grandmother’s Broom and Other Shorts.”

 

Susie Scheyder: “Ode to Mama,”

 

Beth Mitchell:  “The Tree of Life Cycle Never Gets Boring”

 

Carl Peruzzotti: The “Voyage of the Bluebird” is from “Burt and I, and Other Stories from Down East,” a collection of humorous tales celebrating traditional Maine culture.

 

Susie Scheyder: “How Will You Change the World?”

 

Mystic Paper Beasts (Dan Potter and Marya Ursin): “Bringing the Sun”, a Native American story

 

 

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Brief Bios:

 

Beth Mitchell earned her masters in education in 2014. Beth started as a youth singing in the school chorus, and, in high school, painting with classmates.  This led to her associate degree in visual arts, and then a B.A. in painting and drawing at ECSU.  Working with children and youth heightened her interest in kids’ art, puppets, and Native American stories..

 

Carl Peruzzotti lives in Noank, where he enjoys boating, sailing, fishing and all things nautical.

 

Diane Postoian has been a performer and a classroom teaching artist for 40 years. She is the former director of RI’s Looking Glass Touring theatre. In 2006, she received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from RI College.  

 

S. Jane (Susie) Scheyder is a mom, a children’s book author (One More Thing, and How Will You Change the World?) and a novelist (Four romantic comedies in the Clairmont Series.)  She loves storytelling of all kinds, and enjoys working part time at the Connecticut Storytelling Center, where she writes grants and promotes the wonderful tellers there. She and her husband, Paul, are newly empty nesters, so they are currently having fun redefining the nest!

 

The Mystic Paper Beasts Theatre Company (Dan Potter and Marya Ursin are today’s beasts):

The tales told by the Beasts are either original, or are versions of folktales and myths, expressed through humor and dance in whimsical masks which are hand made by Dan Potter, and with writing and direction by Marya Ursin.  The Beasts have performed throughout the Northeast, and as far west as New Mexico, and in Europe, in some 1000 venues.

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l’Ana Burton Dance at the Egg

Dance!!
With l’Ana Burton! Lucky you, if you can come! Do come!
at the Dragon’s Egg.
 
ADULT CREATIVE DANCE WORKSHOPS
 
November 7
November 21 (night before Thanksgiving)
December 5
 
5:30-7pm   except for This Wednesday, which will be from 5 – 6:30.
 
Show up – $15.00 per class
 
HOPE TO SEE YOU
 
 

Residencies: Matt Garza and TAPA

Matt Garza will be hosting a series of residencies at the Dragon’s Egg this fall and winter for his students at TAPA, for the teachers, and for the glitter goddesses and friends.  Meanwhile, he is busy in Providence with other offerings:

 

1) “DANCE OF LIFE” BIODANZA COMMUNITY DANCE WORKSHOP BEGINS THIS FRIDAY!

http://embodyfreedom.net/danceoflife/#workshop 

 
3) RESTORATIVE YOGA @ THE LIBRARY (FREE)

Rochambeau Library – 708 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906
 
Thursday 10/25 at 5:00pm
Thursday 11/8 at 5:00pm
Saturday 11/17 at 1:30pm
Saturday 12/8 at 1:30pm
Saturday 12/22 at 1:30pm

3) LIBERATION DANCE WORKSHOP SERIES 
Should be able to send final details and dates to you so soon! Excited and hopeful to have this group up and running by mid-November! Feel free to reach out with questions and feel free to share with folks who might be interested:
 
The Liberation Dance Workshop is a space that aims to explore the relationship between the individual body and the collective body. How can movement support individual and collective liberation? Especially designed for those who have always wanted to take a dance class, but haven’t yet found safety and freedom in their dance practice, this is a “movement for everyone…literally everyone” class. Through yoga, meditation, authentic movement, contact improvisation, and Aesthetics/Theatre of the Oppressed work, this is a ten week workshop aiming to begin building a continued community of folks who want to explore liberation through movement and dance. There will be both Wednesday & Saturday options for this series and the cost will be sliding scale. 
 
AS ALWAYS, FOR OUR RESTORATIVE MOVEMENT COMMUNITY:
All bodies are welcome. 
All ages are welcome. 
All skin colors are welcome. 
All abilities and levels are welcome. 
All sexualities are welcome.
All faiths and beliefs are welcome.
All vocations and professions are welcome. 
All parents and family members are welcome (even crying babies).
We must practice and breathe as a community together.

 
ABOUT MATT GARZA
Matthew Rolando Garza (he/him/his or they/them) is a Queer Latinx performance artist, choreographer, curriculum writer, educator/youth advocate, and unicorn originally from South Texas. The Dance Artist in Residence at TAPA: Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, Garza is also a founding member of the Glitter Goddess Artist Collective and a senior company member of New Works/World Traditions Dance Company; an Art21 Educator; a Project Wayfinder Guide; a facilitator for the Youth Leadership Institute; an instructor for Brown University’s Leadership Institute; an adjunct professor in the Theatre Department for CCRI’s program in the Men and Women’s prisons; and a committee member for PRONK: Providence Honk Fest. Garza holds a B.A. in Education History from Brown University ‘11 and a dual M.A. in Educational Theatre & Social Studies Education from NYU. His favorite movement traditions include Latin (Salsa, Merengue, Bachata), West African, Hip Hop, Vogue, & Contemporary dance. In his free time, Garza enjoys glitter, painting, singing, practicing/teaching yoga, dismantling white supremacy, eating spaghetti, and making costumes.

Kirtan with Shakti Ma

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This is a kirtan event being offered by Barbara Macleod, “Shakti Ma” and friends, for all our enjoyment and benefit!  I hope you will join us!
Wednesday, October 24th, at the Dragon’s Egg.  
The event will begin at 6 pm. 
By donation.
 
Kirtan with Shakti Ma and Friends in honor of Sara Mae Williams
 featuring Chris Gonsolves on percussion
 
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Kirtan is an ancient sacred form of Bhakti- devotional yoga. Shakti has practiced chanting Mantra and sacred prayers from ancient religions for decades now. She uses vibration and sound to clear stagnant energies in her physical body as well as elevate her emotional  body. Shakti invites you to join her in celebrating the magnified healing  properties of community chant. 
 
The repetitive nature of mantra helps to induce a trancelike euphoric state of relaxation. It is said this state of altered consciousness creates pathways to deeper healing. 
 
Shakti translates as the Feminine force of creation and represents the power of Divine Mother. Shakti Ma is honored and pleased to return to her home @ the Dragon’s Egg after 7+ yrs to bring a soulful evening of UNITY and rhythm. 
 
Shakti has played with/for many traveling Swamis and Kirtan Wahlas here in Connecticut and in California. She presently resides in sunny Ocean Beach, CA. where she frequently plays for the local Krishna Temple and offers private home sessions. She has presented her music to graduating students of international meditation teacher Davidji and has released a CD of healing Mantra Music with San Diego based band KARISMA.
 
Shakti had the pleasure of meeting Christopher Gonsolves @ one of her kirtan’s @ the EGG about a decade ago. It was her niece, Sara Mae, that introduced them and they had an instant connection. Christopher is a Stonington based local musician. His intricate patterns and intuitive rhythms deliver you to an ancient place within. Shakti and Chris played regularly at local yoga studios for years before Shakti moved to CA. It will be a Blessed reunion for all.
 
For more info on Shakti Ma and her music  go to ShaktiMaMusic.com
 
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Sara Azriel brings her music to the Egg

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Sara Azriel is a vocalist/songwriter/composer/pianist and music educator based in Rhode Island. www.saraazriel.com
 
After a decade of debilitating creative anxiety, I am most gratefully using the space to create a new relationship to my writing process. The piece I have been working on is about the creative process — I am essentially writing myself a new way of being. 
 

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Sara Azriel | Honeydoll Music

t: 310.999.4774

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