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Programme for Tellabration

The Programme

Tellabration is an annual celebration of Storytelling throughout the state during the month of November organized by the Connecticut Storytelling Center (csc@conncoll.edu).
The Dragon’s Egg (www.dragonseggstudio.org) has happily been a part of this event for many years. Marya Ursin, executive director of the Dragon’s Egg, is the producer today, and will be introducing each teller. (mybeasts@aol.com)

Programme for the Telling

“The Three Dolls” a folktale from India. (And a second story tbd)
Storyteller:
Glenn Harper was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, and moved to Connecticut in 1996. He grew up listening to his mother reading stories, and enjoying Appalachian tales told during the yearly Vandalia Festival that took place in his hometown. His first real turn as a storyteller came at that same festival when he was an eighth grader. On the spur of the moment, he decided to participate in the Liar’s Contest by telling a “shaggy dog” story he’d learned in camp. It wasn’t until years later, however, that Glenn’s wife, Amy Lilien-Harper, suggested that he might enjoy listening to stories at the meetings of the local story sharing group. After several months of listening, Amy was again a driving force behind Glenn finally deciding to try his hand at telling in front of the group, but he never looked back from there. He now writes many of his own stories, be they modern fairy tales, new ghost stories or his particular specialty, hilarious tales of misadventure, often set in small rural communities. Glenn also enjoys art, photography, ballroom dancing, and especially playing with his two daughters. www.glennharperweb.com/storytelling

“Ponies in the Corral”: Three 4th grade boys, 1 girl, and 1 mother.
Storyteller:
Sara Ingram is a poet, dancer, and storyteller who has been a teacher of gifted and talented students for many years. Her book of poetry, SOUNDS OF HOUSE AND WOOD (Antrim House) celebrates New England winters, eccentric uncles and her librarian mother. Sara lives in Deep River and is a member of the Connecticut River Poets, and the Connecticut Storytelling Center.

“The Voyage of the Bluebird.” -a down East Maine tale of humor deep New England humor.
Storyteller:
Carl Peruzzotti, a native New Englander, is an avid boater, sailor and aficionado of all things nautical.

“Dragon Castle,” a Northumberland folk tale from northeastern England. It takes place in Bamburgh (Bom’ burr) Castle, which you can still visit today!
Storyteller:
Judy Petersen was a media specialist in Greenwich, CT, for 41 years. She’s been a storyteller since 1989. Judy is the former Artistic Director for the Connecticut Storytelling Festival. She continues to serve on the Festival’s Teller Selection Committee. She is a recipient of the Barbara Reed Award “for distinguished and outstanding service to the Connecticut Storytelling Community.” Judy is a member of the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Book Award Committee.

Second story by Glenn, tbd.

“Sky woman, and the beginning of America”
Storyteller/performer:
Mystic Paper Beasts/Marya Ursin

We thank you – the audience, the tellers, the Egg, and the Ct. Storytelling Center, for the stories that truly keep us grounded and flying! Namaste, marya

Tellabration is Sunday, November 15, at 4 pm, via zoom

Tellabration is Sunday!!! I hope you can join us!

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Marya Ursin is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Tellabration!
Time: Nov 15, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

You may donate via PayPal:  paypal.me/dragonseggstudio.
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Or by cheque to the Mystic Paper Beasts. 8 Hancox Street, Stonington, Connecticut 06378

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Tellabration!

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Programme
Dragon’s Egg Presents: Tellabration 2020 – Zooming Along!
November 15th, at 4 pm.
Scroll down for the zoom link.

Tellabration is an annual celebration of Storytelling throughout the state during the month of November organized by the Connecticut Storytelling Center (csc@conncoll.edu).
 The Dragon’s Egg (www.dragonseggstudio.org) has happily been a part of this event for many years.  Marya Ursin, executive director of the Dragon’s Egg, is the producer today, and will be introducing each teller. (mybeasts@aol.com)

Programme for the Telling

“The Three Dolls” a folktale from India.  (And a second story tbd)
Storyteller:
Glenn Harper was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, and moved to Connecticut in 1996.  He grew up listening to his mother reading stories, and enjoying Appalachian tales told during the yearly Vandalia Festival that took place in his hometown.  His first real turn as a storyteller came at that same festival when he was an eighth grader.  On the spur of the moment, he decided to participate in the Liar’s Contest by telling a “shaggy dog” story he’d learned in camp.  It wasn’t until years later, however, that Glenn’s wife, Amy Lilien-Harper, suggested that he might enjoy listening to stories at the meetings of the local story sharing group.  After several months of listening, Amy was again a driving force behind Glenn finally deciding to try his hand at telling in front of the group, but he never looked back from there.   He now writes many of his own stories, be they modern fairy tales, new ghost stories or his particular specialty, hilarious tales of misadventure, often set in small rural communities.  Glenn also enjoys art, photography, ballroom dancing, and especially playing with his two daughters.  www.glennharperweb.com/storytelling

“Ponies in the Corral”:  Three 4th grade boys, 1 girl, and 1 mother.
Storyteller:
Sara Ingram is a poet, dancer, and storyteller who has been a teacher of gifted and talented students for many years. Her book of poetry, SOUNDS OF HOUSE AND WOOD (Antrim House) celebrates New England winters, eccentric uncles and her librarian mother.  Sara lives in Deep River and is a member of the Connecticut River Poets, and the Connecticut Storytelling Center.

“The Voyage of the Bluebird.”  -a down East Maine tale of humor deep New England humor.
Storyteller:
Carl Peruzzotti, a native New Englander, is an avid boater, sailor and aficionado of all things nautical.

“Dragon Castle,” a Northumberland folk tale from northeastern England. It takes place in Bamburgh (Bom’ burr) Castle, which you can still visit today!
Storyteller:
Judy Petersen was a media specialist in Greenwich, CT, for 41 years.  She’s been a storyteller since 1989. Judy is the former Artistic Director for the Connecticut Storytelling Festival.  She continues to serve on the Festival’s Teller Selection Committee.  She is a recipient of the Barbara Reed Award “for distinguished and outstanding service to the Connecticut Storytelling Community.” Judy is a member of the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Book Award Committee.

Second story by Glenn, tbd.

“Sky woman, and the beginning of America”
Storyteller: Mystic Paper Beasts/Marya Ursin

Donkey

Marya Ursin is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Tellabration!
Time: Nov 15, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

You may donate via PayPal:  paypal.me/dragonseggstudio.
https://paypal.me/dragonseggstudio?locale.x=en_US

Or by cheque to the Mystic Paper Beasts. 8 Hancox Street, Stonington, Connecticut 06378

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 875 6261 0865
Passcode: 973889
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Join the MPB/Dragon’s Egg Community

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Greetings! Autumn, 2020

This has been an unusual year for the Dragon’s Egg, as it has been for all of us. The Egg was shuttered beginning in March, and has remained so until recently, when we have carefully and guardedly opened in a minimal way to small, longer residencies, a few rehearsals, and a couple of limited classes. We have rather stringent guidelines in place governing health, well being, as well as extensive cleaning guidelines that reflect the requirements of remaining safe during a pandemic.

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We offered our first zoom Narrative Project in August, on the theme of The Plague, by Camus, with local and distant participants, offering puppetry, poetry, dance, music, theatre, film, and, last March, just before all the closures, a promenade concert inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson at Hygienic Arts, including dance, theatre, music, puppets.. We thank the Hygienic in New London for this ongoing collaboration! Tellabration is zooming up to be on Sunday, November 15th, at 4 pm. The zoom ID for this performance is 875 6261 0865.
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We sponsored a summer Dance Sampler on zoom, and the hoopers have begun to re assemble in small masked numbers, and two regular (masked) dance rehearsals are happening weekly. Public gatherings, workshops, meetings, are all on pause.

We are committed to offering the space, safely, to artists, as they work on new and old work.
We had 10 residencies before we closed in March, and we now have scheduled, from late summer through December, 11 more residencies, some longer term. We welcome these artists!
The process of application for a creative residency can be found on the website, or by contacting Marya directly: mybeasts@aol.com.

The Beasts, too, have been curtailed in their gallivanting, though Marya has performed on zoom and is making a film of her solo show for use by YAMa, and is also working on further filmed projects for sharing with libraries and museums, as they, too, struggle to provide programs for children and families in a safe environment. Dan has a solo Hoxie show scheduled for next fall, so he, too, is busy creating.

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Look at the website for dates and for special announcements. www.dragonseggstudio.org

The Dragon’s Egg has no endowment: it was built through the generosity of its creators, and relies upon membership donations for its support. Levels of membership run from “mouse” at $20 a year, to “dragon” at $100 and above. Please be a dragon!! 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.

11/15 at 4 pm: Tellabration, zooming by the Egg: 875 6261 0865
Holiday Bazaar, possibly on December 6th from 1-4, but, probably to be postponed…
January 3: Poetry reading, via zoom: 868 0600 8766.
3/7/2020, or tba, at 12 noon: Hygienic Egg – perhaps on site, perhaps on zoom
April – Earth Day celebration, perhaps live, or on zoom 830 0842 8307
June or August, a late Saturday afternoon, date tba, 2020 – the Narrative Project

Yes, we’d like to join the Mystic Paper Beasts (gifts to the MPB are tax deductible).

You may pay via PayPal: paypal.me/dragonseggstudio.
https://paypal.me/dragonseggstudio?locale.x=en_US

Or by cheque to the Mystic Paper Beasts, 8 hancox, stonington, ct. 06378

Tella Tella Tellabration!

Maryavase
Dragon’s Egg Presents

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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 at Connecticut College in New London.

The Dragon’s Egg will host a virtual Tellabration for families on Sunday, November 15th at 4:00 p.m. Here’s the link to join in the fun:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87562610865?pwd=RFBYd0cyU2J6OStWby9uMk5VMkJGZz09

For more information email marya at mybeasts@aol.com.
Storytellers performing will be The Mystic Paper Beasts, Carl Peruzotti, Sara Ingram, Judy Petersen and Glenn Harper.

The program will be filled with a variety of stories. Each teller will shine with their own brand of storytelling with folk tales, literary tales and personal accounts.

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 860-439-2764.

Judy PetersenIngramGlennHarper

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Mystic Paper Beasts Theatre Company
8 Hancox Street, Stonington, Connecticut 06378
860 535 3346; www.dragonseggstudio.org
mybeasts@aol.com; dragonseggstudio@gmail.com

Board of Directors: Mystic Paper Beasts
David Jaffe, president David Dorfman Producer: Dan Potter
Kato McNickle, vice president Ara Fitzgerald Artistic Director: Marya
Marya Ursin, secretary Jeremy Pickard
Daniel Potter, treasurer Shannon Sexton Potter Dragon’s Egg
Jessica Cerullo Exec.Director: Marya Ursin

Greetings! Autumn, 2020

This has been an unusual year for the Dragon’s Egg, as it has been for all of us. The Egg was shuttered beginning in March, and has remained so until recently, when we have carefully and guardedly opened in a minimal way to small, longer residencies, a few rehearsals, and a couple of limited classes. We have rather stringent guidelines in place governing health, well being, as well as extensive cleaning guidelines that reflect the requirements of remaining safe during a pandemic.

We offered our first zoom Narrative Project in August, on the theme of The Plague, by Camus, with local and distant participants, offering puppetry, poetry, dance, music, theatre, film, and, last March, just before all the closures, a promenade concert inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson at Hygienic Arts, including dance, theatre, music, puppets.. We thank the Hygienic in New London for this ongoing collaboration! Tellabration is zooming up to be on Sunday, November 15th, at 4 pm. The zoom ID for this performance is 875 6261 0865.
.
We sponsored a summer Dance Sampler on zoom, and the hoopers have begun to re assemble in small masked numbers, and two regular (masked) dance rehearsals are happening weekly. Public gatherings, workshops, meetings, are all on pause.

We are committed to offering the space, safely, to artists, as they work on new and old work.
We had 10 residencies before we closed in March, and we now have scheduled, from late summer through December, 11 more residencies, some longer term. We welcome these artists!
The process of application for a creative residency can be found on the website, or by contacting Marya directly: mybeasts@aol.com.

The Beasts, too, have been curtailed in their gallivanting, though Marya has performed on zoom and is making a film of her solo show for use by YAMa, and is also working on further filmed projects for sharing with libraries and museums, as they, too, struggle to provide programs for children and families in a safe environment. Dan has a solo Hoxie show scheduled for next fall, so he, too, is busy creating.

Look at the website for dates and for special announcements. www.dragonseggstudio.org

The Dragon’s Egg has no endowment: it was built through the generosity of its creators, and relies upon membership donations for its support. Levels of membership run from “mouse” at $20 a year, to “dragon” at $100 and above. Please be a dragon!! 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. (See over)

11/15 at 4 pm: Tellabration, zooming by the Egg: 875 6261 0865
Holiday Bazaar, possibly on December 6th from 1-4, but, probably to be postponed…
January 3: Poetry reading, via zoom: 868 0600 8766.
3/7/2020, or tba, at 12 noon: Hygienic Egg – perhaps on site, perhaps on zoom
April – Earth Day celebration, perhaps live, or on zoom 830 0842 8307
June or August, a late Saturday afternoon, date tba, 2020 – the Narrative Project

Yes, we’d like to join the Mystic Paper Beasts (gifts to the MPB are tax deductible).

You may pay via PayPal: paypal.me/dragonseggstudio.
https://paypal.me/dragonseggstudio?locale.x=en_US

Or by cheque to the Mystic Paper Beasts.

Oh! and we’d like an extra membership as a gift for our friends, who will be thrilled – thus it becomes both support for the artists, and a gift for friends.

____________$25 mouse; ___________$30-50 gazelle; ____________$60-99 lion; ___________more $- dragon!

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Your email address will assure that you receive announcements of Beast activities . namaste.

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The Egg is Partially Open

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The Egg is partially re opened! We are having residencies, though there are limitations regarding the numbers of people allowed, and we have various health forms re covid and such in place for residents to attend to.

There are a couple of classes happening – please check with the presenters, as well as rehearsals by local or near distant dancers.

Marya is offering limited massage, again, with strict guidelines in place.

The space is delighted by the fall light, and by the new prayer flags hung across the front.

We hope you are well, and hope to see you soon, perhaps at the Egg.

Do take care of yourselves, and thus of all beings.

The Plague Project Programme

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Programme for the Plague Project – a Zoom experience! August 15, 2020
A series of explorations and reflections upon Camus’ book, The Plague
—with wide latitude for choice of inspiration!
The actors, dancers, puppeteers, poets, and musicians give of their time and their generous talent freely. If you are able to give a donation to the Dragon’s Egg to help us support this work, the information regarding how to do so can be found on your invitation, or by emailing Marya at mybeasts@aol.com
Marya will be announcing each work in turn.

“The Echo of a Loud Noise”
Created and performed by: Kym Bernazky, Jamie Graham, Ellie Jackson, Ira Joan Macner, Sydney Maresca, Jessie Winograd

Bio: We explore how lived experience filters through the body in different historical and social contexts by weaving together our varied experience in dance, theater, writing, comedy, design, crafts, and fringe healthcare-adjacent modalities. Our previous collaboration, Chapter 1, Section 1 of The Dancing Mania, based on the Strasbourg dancing plague of 1518, premiered last summer at HERE’s SummerSublet: Coop. www.thedancingmania.com

“A Bible Story”
A poem composed and read by Sara Ingram
Sara Ingram is a choreographer, teacher and poet who has worked in the performing arts field for many years. SOUNDS OF HOUSE AND WOOD, her book of poems describing life on a snowy hill in Deep River, is available at Studio 33, Bank Street. This is Sara’s third Narrative Project. Praise be to Marya and Dan for their work and dedication to the arts as they keep it alive in our challenging time.

“Elegy for a Fallen Empire.”
Music composed and performed by Melanie Greenhouse

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Melanie Greenhouse is a poet & playwright who directed the Arts Cafe Mystic through its 1st decade.  After moving to Columbia,CT her muse has led her back to her piano where she finds solace in these dystopian times. This short piece is tentatively titled, “Elegy for a Fallen Empire.” But it could just as well be “Plague Elegy.”

“The Plague”
A cranky adapted from Camus’s novel of the same name
By Derron Wood and Flock Theatre
Flock Theatre is a professional theatre company based in New London, CT. Whether working with the timeless words of Shakespeare, modern classics such as Eugene O’Neill, puppet pieces, teaching in schools, or conducting their annual Burning of Benedict Arnold Festival, Flock Theatre is dedicated to creating original, collaborative, and educational theatre.

“SLACK EQUALITY”
Performance: Cecilia Fontanesi and Funda Gul
Video: Kurt Brungardt
Music: Nina Simone “Mississippi Goddam” (Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, 1964)
ABOUT THE PIECE: When Camus wrote “everyone has inside it himself this plague, because no one in the world, no one, can ever be immune,” he was not writing about one plague in particular. In face of the impossibility to be immune to the pain created and perpetuated in our society, Nina Simone sings “Can’t you see it, can’t you feel it, it’s all in the air.” We take a tragi-comic perspective on this matter, playing with the edges of a slack line.

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Kurt Brungardt is a writer and director and filmmaker. He has written over a dozen books, ranging from: The Complete Book of Core Training (Random House) to Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men (Penguin). He also writes for Vanity Fair and is the creator of the documentary series Undrafted, now in its seventh year. Brungardt has directed and devised plays and performances in New York, Los Angeles, and regional theaters. Most recently, My Father’s a Cop, co-written with Jerry Dean, premiered in New York City (2018) and opened in Los Angeles in in 2019. As a filmmaker and photographer, Kurt’s passion is capturing the moving body in sports, performance, and on the street.

Funda Gul is a Native of Ankara, Turkey. Funda has studied various movement disciplines beginning with Aikido in 2005 eventually earning her Black Belt. She then continued her movement journey and earned instructor certifications in Systema and Yoga. Funda teaches Contact Improvisation at Movement Research and continues her movement studies in House Dance, Parkour, Parcon, Authentic Movement, Tai-Chi, Qi Gong, Capoeira Angola, and Archery. Funda applies her martial arts skills into her movement teaching, in particular to Contact Improvisation. Her training in Yoga allows her to easily individualize the practice at hand according to students’ needs and abilities. This approach helps Funda create an all-inclusive space for practicing movement. Also, her main inspiration for movement follows the idea of “Function creates the form,” the idea that she has discovered during her martial arts and yoga training. In addition to being a talented mover, Funda also holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Cecilia Fontanesi is a dancer, aerialist, contact improviser, movement analyst, dance/movement therapist and neuroscientist. She graduated from the Laban / Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS, New York) where she currently teaches as Core Faculty. In 2015, she co-founded the collective of dancers Parcon NYC, dedicated to exploring the relationship with the environment through movement and social reflection. Since 2016, she works as a dance/movement therapist with people with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementias. In 2017, she started serving as Artistic Director Associate for the IDACO (Italian DAnce COnnection) festival in NYC. Cecilia is also currently completing a Ph.D. in Neuroscience on Dance for Parkinson’s at the Graduate Center (CUNY, New York).
www.overtimedancefoundation.org/cecilia-fontanesi
www.parconhub.com/parcon-nyc

“Plague Dream”
Monologue conceived and performed by Jason Rabin

Jason Rabin is a Boston-based writer, arts activist, and performer whose mind commonly dances around dreams, mythology, rhetoric, and social justice. A vocalist, songwriter, and blues harmonica player, he fronts the roots-rock band, The Ways & Means Committee (WAMC).

“House Rules”
Written and performed by Claire Porter, and maybe a cat or two
—a script about new rules around the house for me and the cats.
Reference to Camus’ The Plague: the powerlessness of the individual to affect his life (as seen in cats running the household).

Claire Porter / PORTABLES, www.cportables.com, are a series of comedic movement and language pieces (solo and group work), that investigate everyday subjects. These subjects include muscles (Namely, Muscles), grammar (Grammar Glamour), weather (Slipping into Weather), job interviewing (Interview), raising money (Fund Raiser), how we got here (Happen Chance), corporate greed (See you Around) and more. Porter’s Green Dress Circle was presented in Mikhail Baryshnikov’s GALA and she has been in residence at his center in NYC. Her piece Pronoun Emergency will be set to music by Toby Twining this year with support from NewMusicUSA. Porter is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow.

“Scene/Unseen”
Choreographer: Leslie Satin
Original Observer/Narrator: Jerri Hurlbutt
Performance Narrator today: Julie Malnig
Video Support: Lucas Rainey
Technical Support: Dean Rainey

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Leslie Satin is a dancer, choreographer, and writer, and teaches at NYU’s Gallatin School. Her dances and workshops have been presented in NYC, elsewhere in the US, Europe/UK, Israel, and South America. Satin has often collaborated with visual artists, composers, and writers, and has performed with Meredith Monk, Jeremy Nelson/Luis Lara, David Botana, Sally Gross, Marjorie Gamso, Yoshiko Chuma, Einat Amir, and others. Her performance texts and critical essays on dance appear in many journals and edited collections. Her recent/current scholarly and choreographic work focuses on dance, space, and OuLiPian Georges Perec.
Jerri Hurlbutt is a writer and editor based in St. Paul, MN. Raised on a farm, educated in the city (NYU), and trained by life, she has written and published numerous essays, as well as poetry. Her interests range from the language of love and movement to tracking dementia’s loss of language. Jerri has danced with choreographer Li Chiao-Ping, most recently at the Chazen Museum in Madison, WI.
Julie Malnig is a dance and theater historian who teaches at New York University’s Gallatin School. She is the editor of Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader. She is currently writing about popular dance in the 1950s.

“Poison in the Veins”
Created and performed by: Clare Byrne
With a possible appearance by dancer/musician/comedienne Amy Larimer, of the Raving Jaynes.

Nick s House Party May 2019 Clare Points at Hiro
Byrne is a dancer-and-choreographer-turned-singer-songwriter who has lived, performed and taught in New York City, and Burlington, VT.  She now calls Guilford, CT home. Her debut double LP Celestials was released in 2019: www.celestials.me. She is currently working on a live album project, and is also beginning a Masters in Religion and Music at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. More info can be found at: www.clarebyrnemusic.com

“Pied Piper”
Based on the Fairy Tale “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”. Puppets created by Peter Yackovetsky. Song used is “Bourée” by Jethro Tull.
Performed and conceived by Peter Yackovetsky.

Peteryackovetsky

Peter Yackovetsky first started acting at the age of 10, in a children’s production of Aesop’s Fables. Later that same year, he played Captain Hook for the same director, and realized he wanted to be an actor. A graduate of DeSales University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting/Directing, he was a member of the Shakespeare Tour, an ensemble production showcasing scenes and sonnets from Shakespeare for elementary schools. In addition to this, Peter was active in several student projects, both film and stage, including the senior children’s show, The Princess King. Peter has participated in ensemble productions at The Dragon’s Egg before, in their productions of Animal Farm and The Odyssey. Peter is also a contributing artist on the website TinyBroadway.com, where he teaches puppet-making for children.

“If I Get Frozen, You Keep Going”
Created and performed by Ara Fitzgerald (Boston) and Martha Moore (Paris).
Assembled found texts and excerpts from La Peste by Albert Camus
Music: Trumpet Fanfare Funny, by SFX-FX
Tired Trumpets by Flipps Music Team
Taps Military Trumpet Bugle by Audio Monkey
Zoom performance filmed by Peter Cunningham
Special Thanks: A deep bow to Marya Urisn for her inspiration and for bringing us together virtually.

Ara Fitzgerald creates dance/theatre as a choreographer, writer, improviser and performer.
Current projects: Tree Hugger, Love Letters to Minkie (1917) and links to two books, Scripts for Solo Performer and Don’t Sit Down, Reflections on Life and Work by Martha Myers can be found on her website https://www.arafitzgerald.com.

Martha Moore is a choreographer, performer, collaborative artist living in Europe.
Current projects: Livingroom Dancing, Vaguely Furious, and the ever evolving performance series, john & jane installations, co -signed with the visual artist Perrotin.

Prompter and Assembler of the Narrative Events: Marya Ursin
Marya Ursin is a dancer/mime/yogi/writer. She studied dance with Merce Cunningham (and taught 8 years at his studio), mime with Marcel Marceau, and continues to take ballet barre and Cunningham classes. She is on faculty for the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill and is adjunct at Conn. College. Marya danced for various companies, and currently is co-Artistic Director, with founder Dan Potter, for the Mystic Paper Beasts, for which she has written some 60 plays. She has performed in ~1000 venues, including DTW, BAM, Whitney, Yale, Naropa, Walker Arts Center, Edinburgh (Scotland), Glastonbury (GB), dozens of museums etc. She is Executive Director for the Dragon’s Egg dance/theatre retreat center. She has written, and co illustrated (with her artist husband, Dan Potter), two story books, and is working on a third. She produces a dance/theatre concert in the fall in NYC, and “assembles/directs” theatrical extravaganzas based on classical and contemporary texts every spring and summer. She has an MA in Integrative Health, is a 500 RYT yoga teacher, and is a licensed and registered MsT.
She is blessed by her family, and by this fierce creative circle of friends and artists, for whom she is widely and wildly grateful.

Chicken frog

Daniel Potter (creator of the Plague Doctor puppet) began creating sculpture and puppeting at the tender age of eight, and continued with these and with theatre while at the Putney School, Harvard College (AB, 1968), l’Ecole des Beaux Arts, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (M. Architecture 1973). In 1976, he co-founded the Mystic Paper Beasts Theatre Company. Currently, Dan is Producer of the Company, for which he builds and paints masks, and performs in them in the pieces designed, written, and directed by Marya Ursin. They have been commissioned to create new theatrical works for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Yale Art Gallery, the RISD Museum of Art, the Yale Museum of British Art, the Cambridge River Festival, NYC Downtown Halloween Parade, and the Mystic Aquarium, among others. Dan’s primary area of artistic creation is welded or plasma cut metal sculpture, and painting. He has an upcoming (fall 2021) one man show at the Hoxie Gallery in RI. Dan is also a potter; his pottery, painted by Marya or by him, is shown and sold in Ct. and NY. In addition, Dan and Marya enjoy three shared daughters, Giselle Potter. Chloe Potter, and Ana (Tiwathia) Tiwathia, and five amazing grands.

Thank you for being in the Audience. We perform for you, for the skies and seas, for one another, for all and no time, here and now.
May you be at peace. May all beings be at peace. Breathe.

Isaacnewton plague

Narrative Project: the Plague

The Plague Project

Melanie covid

August 15, at 4 pm, via live zoom
An Assemblage performance project, open to all; donations are welcome.

Performers will include Clare Byrne, Ara Fitzgerald, Cecelia Foxanesi, Melanie Greenhouse, Martha Moore, Claire Porter, Jason Rabin, Leslie Satin, Jessie Winograd and dancers. Perhaps more….

For the past 17 years, the Dragon’s Egg has offered a one time only live assemblage “Narrative Project”, in which Marya sends a prompt to artists, with the request that they respond to the topic, reflect on it, in dance, theatre, puppet, monologue, mask, poetry – in the medium of their choice. Each of these offerings if 5 minutes or less. Marya assembles them together.

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Typically local and distant performers, under her loose guidance, create semi improvised, antic bridge intervals using Mystic Paper Beast masks.
This year, we shall be on zoom! Live, on August 15, at 4 pm EST, and these intervals will not be present, but Marya, as MC, will instead be the guide as we see the reflections the performers bring.
This year, the theme, the prompt Marya sent out, on March 8th, was Camus’ The Plague. Little did we know. Performers may diverge from this text widely, or they may have used a single line as inspiration for their reflection.
We hope to see you!
Contact Marya for the Zoom invitation for The Plague Project, 2020.

Photo of:
CECILIA FONTANESI AND FUNDA GUL
Photo by: Kurt Brungardt

Dragon’s Egg Re Opening Plans

Marya with chair 710 19 ripostes copy

Greetings!

I hope you are faring well in this glorious season of sun and thunderstorms, that you are sheltering in place as much as you can, and taking care of yourselves and of others by wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

The Egg has been closed to all activity since early March, and is beginning to open, but very guardedly.

The Mystic Paper Beasts board met last week, and we have implemented various guidelines, changes, in how we welcome artists, teachers, students, events, to the Egg, in this time of Covid 19.

Most teachers are hesitant to return to teaching in the fall, though some may teach some classes. They cannot teach while there is an artistic residency, as we do not want there to be exposures one way or the other between participants of either.

We have a resident for the entire month of August, a musician who will also be spending time in contemplation, as she plans on a future spiritual retreat at a Buddhist Center.

Then, in September and October, we have residents: Shura Baryshnikov, Melissa Riker, Moving Architects, Two in Seven Billion, Falls Kennedy.

The number of artists allowed is limited to four, and the duration is likewise limited. Between each there will be an interval, during which there will be a deeper cleaning/disinfecting of the Egg.

There are requirements for complying with state medical guidelines, a waiver, strong cleaning protocols.

All of these are posted on the website, under “About Dragon’s Egg”.

We expect these new guidelines to be in effect until the end of the year, at which point we shall re assess,

Thank you all for your support in these endeavors to both be open for artists, and mindful of a larger picture of health and well being.

I shall keep you posted.