Shadow Company of Yes! And... Collaborative Arts
Saturday, September 19
Arch Street United Methodist ChurchMap
This original take on Pandora’s Box and the Fall of Man smashes myths, music and masks from around the globe to tell a very modern allegory. Inspired by current events, as well as the stories of cultures and people long forgotten, tell a new and old story of how one moment of temptation can change the world.
Arch Street United Methodist Church: Sept 11 at 7pm, Sept 12 at 3pm + 7pm
Yes! And… Collaborative Arts: Sept 18 at 7pm, Sept 19 at 3pm + 7pm
$7 / 60 minutes
SHADOW Company works all year long with the Yes! And.. Staff on the craft of theatre-making and focuses on providing the company members with the on and off stage experience to produce plays, dances, performance art, and even more. Each year, SHAWDOW produces a show for the Philadelphia Fringe as well as a musical in conjunction with Eastern University titled A Winter Sort Of Thing. This is the first show in several years that focuses heavily on mask and movement work. Cameron Hodges , 15, is in his first year at SHADOW and he says “This is something like I’ve never done before. I’ve been in other shows, but this is more hands on. This is the first time I’ve worked with masks to this extent and the movement work is really exciting.” SHADOW is not only an outlet for artistic expression, but an outlet for high school students from North Philadelphia, Germantown, Kensington, South Philadelphia, and Mt. Airy to take on leadership positions and further their artistic training through hands-on job experience with artists in the area by working with other Yes! And.. programming. The Yes! And.. staff is comprised of talented teaching artists that work with SHADOW Company to make their vision come to life. Natalie Hann, the SHADOW Company Director, is a graduate of Eastern University’s Musical Theater Program. Hann has been working with Yes! And.. for the last nine years and she says “It’s always an adventure developing a show with them [SHADOW]. You never know where it will lead. It’s interesting how in our experience with this show it is evident that across people’s ethnicities, cultures, and generations there is always a unifying factor of hope.” Yes! And.. resident playwright and artistic director, Brooke Sexton, has been working with SHADOW for the last six months leading workshops and brainstorming ideas to develop the characters and plot of The Fall. Julie Kersic, local visual artist and recent graduate of Tyler School of Art, lead SHADOW through the creation of their elaborate character masks using plaster cloth and natural materials. Trevor Johnson, has been working with recent high school graduates to develop a unique soundtrack for the show that utilizes his training in ethnomusicology to honor the traditional music associated with the myths incorporated in the script. Belle Alvarez, graduate of Temple University’s Dance Program, has been using her experience as a teaching artist for Dancing Classrooms Philly and BalletX to introduce SHADOW to improvisational dancing and physical theatre. Guest artist, Jon Froehlich, has been working with Alvarez to provide SHADOW with movement training associated with the art of masked theatre. He is a co founding member of the experimental physical theatre company, Cloud of Fools as well as an adjunct professor of acting and movement at PACE University. View a photo reel of Shadow Camp 2015 here!