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Constellation Moving and Movement Alien at the Egg

 

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Maia Ramnath & Medea Exogiinos (aka Constellation Moving & Movement Alien) are back in residency this week, moving into new ideas.

 

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While still wrapping up the details of their long-term solo synthesis project– in which each focused in a unique way on locating oneself within the world, individually and together– they’re now investigating what comes next in both those intertwined stories.

Bringing their usual blend of circus, dance and theater approaches, Medea is on the handstand canes exploring the nature of the spirit; Maia is on the rope imagining doors to possible futures.

And – A little poem inspired by Maia and Medea, at the Egg: from the sylvan tongued poet, and sometime yogi, Lana Orphanides!

If only I could
Balance in space as if
There were no gravity
Nothing in this rollerblade world
To bring me down
my legs somersaulting
Through time
Finding some kind of celestial
Wisdom, leaving behind
The ferocious gravity of earth
Oh I would swing and circle
Swing and circle fearlessly
Carefree and dreaming

Team Awesome Robots becomes 1d at the Egg!

 

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In residence at the Egg, yay!!!   Including a return of three NTI alum, sweet things… and a company of excited and exciting performers and writers.   

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1D is a new play development group from New York City, led by Chris Diercksen.

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Wholly focused on the development and advocacy of new plays, 1D shepherds scripts from first draft, through readings with trusted collaborators and an occasional development retreat, to staging workshop productions.

The plays we develop are ambitious in their theatricality – often far more ambitious than our means as producers.

With that in mind, our workshop productions are both experiments and proof of concept. They are a humble showcase of writing and performance that beg the audience to invest themselves in the shared reality of the play.

Ending and Beginning

Kitty outside a s window

“All the ills of mankind,

all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books,

all the political blunders,

all the failures of the great leaders

Kitty riot

have arisen

merely from

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a lack of skill at dancing.”

–Moliere

Peacock mating dance

Happy Solstice!!

 

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Winter Solstice 2022

Happy 2023!
2022 was rich, and full, for us.

Dan had a wildly successful one man show at the Hoxie, and has been in five
group shows, as well. He continues to manipulate refuse and wit into clever new beings.

Marya wrote/won four grants for the Dragon’s Egg/Beasts, two from the State, one
from the Town, and one from NEFA. Whew! We are so grateful for these.

Marya is teaching and performing a lot, and has hosted multiple “events” at the Egg,
and out and about, including at University Settlement in NYC. She visits the magical Aarya
and Ana every week in Brooklyn, and we have had lovely times with them, with Giselle
and family, with cousins, and with friends new and old, through the year.

Dan has travelled to Europe and to N.C. to visit family, to Costa Rica with Marya, and will return to Hanoi in January.

Plus, Marya had pneumonia and covid last Jan/March (lingering effects are waning), and Dan had a medical emergency in July (readily resolved with fluids and antibiotics).
Yes! we are well.
Cats are furrily purrily fine. Garden was overgrown, but is now looking nicely in bed. Ahhh.

May you be well, may we all walk in peace.
Marya and Dan

Marya Ursin and Dan Potter
8 Hancox, Stonington, Ct. 06378
mybeasts@aol.com; danpottervia@gmail.com
www.dragonseggstudio.org

Photo by Hank Hivnor

Holiday Bazaar 2022 was Lovely

 

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It was a lovely Holiday Bazaar at the egg last weekend,

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full of warmth,

 

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wonderful wares

 

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and people! 

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I hope to see you soon at some future event!

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.