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Holiday Bazaar at the Egg on December 3rd

 

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The Holiday Bazaar at the
Dragon’s Egg at 401 Shewville Road, Ledyard,
is This Saturday,
December 3rd, from 1-4 pm.

Come chat and play and find some holiday gifts!

There will be soaps, and jams, and books, and pastries, and ceramics, and clothing, and body creams, and turned wood, and earrings, and more!

I look forward to seeing you!
namaste, Marya Ursin

Year end Membership Letter for the Beasts and Egg

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On a balmy (!) November day, we look back at the year for the Mystic Paper Beasts, and at the Dragon’s Egg. Marya applied for four grants and we were very fortunate to receive:

We received two General Operating Support Grant \for Theaters and Performing Groups, from Ct. Humanities and from the Dept of Economic and Community Development. Office of the Arts. We could not have stayed open without these, and are deeply grateful. They have made possible the continuing activities of the Egg, our capacity to serve performing artists who come to be in residence at the Egg, and our ability to offer public events to the community. Marya has re-applied for these for 2023.

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We also received an ARPA grant from Stonington to collaborate with the Stonington Garden Club on their wonderful summer tour of the gardens of Stonington. We had beasts roving, and poets speaking their poems to all who passed, and also gave a short performance to the COMO children in the Children’s Garden, as a part of the Grant. We had 17 performers involved on the two days!

 

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We also received a prestigious NEFA grant to offer a residency and performance opportunity to Cornfield Dance from NYC. This is an exquisite company, and their performance thrilled all who were able to attend: we had artists and poets actively present in the audience, sketching, and writing, until they just could no longer take their eyes from the dance.

This public help has been of enormous importance to us. Please support the public servants who make this happen, who place value on the arts, education, and humanities, and their place in society.

 

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We have had numerous events at the Egg – performances by dancers, actors, writers, poets, singers, music groups, improv groups. We also returned to our annual (or bi annual – but none since covid) NYC performance: The show at University Settlement was excellent-sold out! Nine covid era residents presented work, which included dance, comedy, film, music. Next year: 9/23/23 at 2 pm.

This year, we shall continue to host artists, to present work, and to open the doors to various community events. Look at the website for dates and for special announcements. www.dragonseggstudio.org

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The Beasts are back to roving, teaching, and performing. Marya has had nine shows this past month!

The Dragon’s Egg relies upon membership donations for its support. Levels of membership: “mouse” at $25 a year, to “dragon” at $100 and above. You may pay via PayPal, or by cheque.

We wish you well, and look forward to hearing from you.

Marya and Dan, and the Board of the Mystic Paper Beasts/Dragon’s Egg.

Tellabration! on November 20th at 4 at the Egg

 

Hands flowersTellabration is in One Week!! on Sunday, November 20th, at 4 pm, at the Egg.
Hold the Date!!

The Dragon’s Egg Presents

Tellabration! A Celebration of the Oral Tradition

Tellabration is a mammoth storytelling event – and that’s no Tall Tale! It’s a storytelling phenomenon, made up of dozens of storytelling happenings all over the world. Its purpose is to introduce adults, as well as children, to the pleasures of the oral art of storytelling. It is one of the programs offered by The Connecticut Storytelling Center, based in New London.

The Dragon’s Egg (Shewville Rd., Ledyard) will host a Tellabration for families on Sunday, November 20th at 4:00 p.m. https://www.dragonseggstudio.org/

Several storytellers will grace this beautiful space. Each storyteller has a unique style and repertoire, making this event like a little storytelling festival! Wendy Marans, Nick Checker, Eric Larsen, Steve Long, Carl Peruzzotti, and the Beasts, will all be a treat to hear.

A full listing of Tellabration sites in Connecticut with dates and times can be found by logging onto http://www.connstorycenter.org. and clicking on “Tellabration” or by calling The Connecticut Storytelling Center at 860-934-8165.

Tellabration at the Egg is Nov. 20th at 4

 

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Please come, and bring your friends of all ages!

The Dragon’s Egg Presents

Tellabration! A Celebration of the Oral Tradition

The Dragon’s Egg (Shewville Rd., Ledyard) will host a Tellabration for families on Sunday, November 20th at 4:00 p.m. https://www.dragonseggstudio.org/

Several storytellers will grace this beautiful space. Each storyteller has a unique style and repertoire, making this event like a little storytelling festival! Wendy Marans, Nick Checker, Eric Larsen, Steve Long, Beth Mitchell, Carl Peruzzotti, and the Beasts, will all be a treat to hear.

Tellabration is a mammoth storytelling event – and that’s no Tall Tale! It’s a storytelling phenomenon, made up of dozens of storytelling happenings all over the world. Its purpose is to introduce adults, as well as children, to the pleasures of the oral art of storytelling. It is one of the programs offered by The Connecticut Storytelling Center, based in New London.

A full listing of Tellabration sites in Connecticut with dates and times can be found by logging onto http://www.connstorycenter.org. and clicking on “Tellabration” or by calling The Connecticut Storytelling Center at 860-934-8165.

Come curl up for a story!

Contemplative Art Practice at the Egg Resumes

Are you interested in exploring the play between contemplation and art making? Do you (seek to) delight in the improvisational stage of the art-making process? Do you enjoy spaces where you can be both alone and together as you lean into the support of a community of fellow artists? Artist/facilitator, Jessica Cerullo, guides you between stillness and movement, in a space dedicated to the art of picking up and putting down influences. All disciplines are welcome: sketching, singing, speaking, writing, dancing, cross stitching, photographing, composing, etc.

When is Contemplative Art Practice
10:30 – 12:15 the last Monday of the month

2022/23 Dates

October 31 10:30 – 12:15
November 28 10:30 – 12:15
December 26 10:30 – 12:15
January 30 10:30 – 12:15
February 27 10:30 – 12:15
March 27 10:30 – 12:15
April 24 10:30 – 12:15

Where
Dragon’s Egg Studio
401 Shewville Road, Ledyard, Connecticut

Cost
$40 for the whole series no matter the number of times you attend the practice. No pre-registration necessary – just show up. Pay in person via cash/check/venmo. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Funds support The Dragon’s Egg Studio.

Also
It is important to arrive on time (arrival window of 10:30-10:45), departing early is just fine. Those new to contemplative practices are most welcome. The Dragon’s Egg Studio space is large with many windows. Masks are required upon entering the studio.

About Jessica and the Contemplative Art Practice Lineage
Barbara Dilley developed Contemplative Dance Practice (CDP) inspired by her studies with Tibetan meditation master Chögyum Trungpa Rinpoche. I studied with Barbara when I was an MFA student at Naropa University 2004-2006. In subsequent years, I practiced with CDP NYC and Barbara’s dance art lab. I also assisted Barbara in the studio, and supported her in the developmental stages of writing her book, This Very Moment: Dancing, Teaching, Thinking. The Contemplative Art Practice I facilitate is a variation on Barbara’s Contemplative Dance Practice.

Nicky Checker Project

 

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From Nicky Checker:

FORTHCOMING, PROMISING THEATRE PROJECT!
This play adaptation was selected by the Dept. of Economic & Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, to be among grant recipients for a performance related project regarding cultural significance in our state.

It is a solo-performer adaptation of a stage play I had written that premiered at the Eugene O’Neill Theater years ago, ELEGY FOR AN ICON … and then saw multiple presentations over time. It was lauded publicly for its responsible and credible adherence to Native & Colonial history regarding the Pequot War of 1637.

The research I did for that piece was massive, and an invaluable asset was Dr. Kevin McBride, associate professor of anthropology , University of Connecticut and former Research Director for the Mashantucket Museum. Dr. McBride also assisted me in the series of features I wrote for The Day newspaper’s Norwich Times (and other Times editions) on the controversial colonial commander, John Mason, whose ghostly presence still lingers.

Given ongoing controversies over the 17th Century Pequot War, and how it still impacts cultural issues, I believe the resurrection of my old stage play — in its forthcoming incarnation — to be a solid vehicle for helping to better inform the public on Connecticut’s earliest roots and the individuals, both Native and Colonial, who planted them.

Thanks to Tamara Dimitri — Program Specialist, Art in Public Spaces & Grants Accessibility Coordinator — for guiding me through the application; Jeanne Sigel of the Garde Arts Center for encouraging the notion of a solo-performer adaptation of my old play (which I hope to also present at a Garde venue); Dr. Kevin McBride for updating me on all his latest historical discoveries via recent archaeological excavations; everyone tribal from this region and those of colonial roots who helped in my research; all cast & crew from our many past productions; the late Arthur Pignataro who believed in my play from the onset and directed it multiple times.

Now, more than ever, I look forward to presenting this work as one that serves a worthy purpose. In ways it is actually a dramatic seminar in which the history is conveyed by a single performer via responsible role playing.

We are honored to say that there will be a private reading at the Egg, preparatory to the public performance in December.  Look for announcements re the latter!

Holiday Bazaar at the Egg on 12/3

 

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The Dragon’s Egg will offer its annual Holiday Bazaar this year 
on Saturday, December 3rd, from 1-4.

I am looking for artists, artisans, crafts, clothing, books, jewelry, decorations, foods, candles, all manner of offerings!

Please do be in touch if you would like to participate this year, and please share this information as you like. mybeasts@aol.com

And, in any event, do come!!

Tellabration at the Egg is Coming

 

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The Dragon’s Egg Presents
Tellabration! A Celebration of the Oral Tradition

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Tellabration is a mammoth storytelling event – and that’s no Tall Tale! It’s a storytelling phenomenon, made up of dozens of storytelling happenings all over the world. Its purpose is to introduce adults, as well as children, to the pleasures of the oral art of storytelling. It is one of the programs offered by The Connecticut Storytelling Center, based in New London.

 

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The Dragon’s Egg (Shewville Rd., Ledyard) will host a Tellabration for families on Sunday, November 20th at 4:00 p.m. https://www.dragonseggstudio.org/

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Several storytellers will grace this beautiful space. Each storyteller has a unique style and repertoire, making this event like a little storytelling festival! Nick Checker, Eric Larsen, Steve Long, Beth Mitchell, Carl Peruzzotti, and Wendy Marans will all be a treat to hear.
A full listing of Tellabration sites in Connecticut with dates and times can be found by logging onto http://www.connstorycenter.org. and clicking on “Tellabration” or by calling The Connecticut Storytelling Center at 860-934-8165.

 

University Set the Egg and Amazes

 

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Hi!!
Dragon’s Egg Presents was Today, at University Settlement in NYC, and…

It was indeed wonderful! A mix of dance and film and music and comedy, dramatic, serious, strong, graceful.
I did not have a chance to take photos, alas, so have only a handful…

Lindy fines

All went smoothly, the audience was enthusiastic (and full house), old and new friends were present.

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The University Settlement Speyer Hall was a wonderful venue, and the staff there so very helpful.
We went out for tea and pastries at Ceci Cela afterwards (on Delancy), so the day continued rich and sweet.
This is our first nyc concert since right before covid, and I hope to organize.produce it again next fall, same place, so plan on it!
Thank you for your support.
Happy dark of the moon!
namaste, marya

 

Morgan

Dragon’s Egg Presents!! Sept. 24, 2022 at 2 pm

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