Design by Soumitra Dasgupta
Happy New Year!
I wish you all the best and that your next 12 months are filled with love, peace, happiness, health, luck… and money, for good measure 🙂 This past year has been filled with all sorts of wonderful changes and surprises. I am excited to see what the future will bring.
At the end of December I had the opportunity to attend the HOPE conference (Healing Our People Everywhere) in Rapid City South Dakota. The conference focusing on bringing light to, discussing and generating solutions for the epidemic of child sexual abuse in Indian Country. It was a truly inspirational and healing experience. I had the great honor of presenting during the “Arts and Healing” session, talking about my work in general and the Act III project in particular.
Act III is a dance theater piece about the stigma attached to rape survivors. I am currently setting the work on a group of women from the Kansas City community and we will be performing the piece in April. The Metropolitan Organization Countering Sexual Assault (MOCSA) has been helping with this project and it promises to be a powerful and moving experience. If any of you are interested in learning more about the particulars of the project and/our supporting the work, please feel free to contact me directly.
Also at the end of December, I was offered a position with the Heart of America Indian Center (HAIC). HAIC is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the greater Kansas City Native community and to educating others about the diverse cultures and histories of the Native peoples of Missouri and Kansas. I am excited about my new work and the possibilities for helping the community that it presents.
Recently I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with the video artist Lisa Marie Evans. She has recorded “The Little People” in it’s entirety, featuring the sound artistry of Mark Gabriel Little, the paintings of Soumitra Dasgupta and video projections of Soumitra which Lisa Marie edited. The results will be shown at the Cumulus exhibition opening on January 15th at the Paragraph.
Also coming up is a performance of a portion of “The Little People” as part of:
A MODERN NIGHT AT THE FOLLY
A Choreographers’ Showcase
Saturday February 6th, 2010 at 8pm
The Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.; Kansas City MO 64105
On Saturday, February 6, 2010, at 8:00 pm, City In Motion Dance Theater will present its seventh annual A Modern Night at the Folly. This performance is Kansas City’s only adjudicated showcase, featuring ten of the area’s most talented choreographers. This eagerly anticipated one-of-a-kind event provides the audience with insight into the current direction of our region’s modern dance artists. This season also celebrates the 25th anniversary of City in Motion. Since 1985, City in Motion has provided opportunities for local choreographers to present their work through the Choreographers’ Showcase, the New Dance Series, and Dance in the Park. “A Modern Night at the Folly” is a continuation of that tradition.
This year’s performance will feature the choreography of Michelle Brown, Jeff Curtis, Penelope Hearne, Maura Michelle Garcia, Jane Gotch, Jennifer Owen, Lindsay Pierce, Suzanne Ryan Strati, Patrick Suzeau, and Paula Weber.
This event is partially funded by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, The Neighborhood Tourism Development Fund, a grant from The Greater Kansas City Community Trust and Foundations, and by The Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.
Tickets may be reserved by calling the Folly Box Office at 816.474.4444 or by contacting Ticketmaster at 816.931.3330. Ticket prices are $18 in advance, $15 for students and seniors and $20 at the door. (Tickets subject to convenience charge. Call the Folly Box Office for details.) The Folly Theater is located at 300 W. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105.
For more information about City in Motion and their events, call 816.561.2882. The contact person for the “A Modern Night at the Folly” is Jane Gotch; she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816.560.0530.
I believe that is all the news I have for now. I hope to see all of you at one event or another…or all of them 🙂
Until we meet again, please take care and be well,
Maura Michelle Garcia
MIXED BLOOD WOMAN
“Every interaction with a living being is an opportunity to positively affect the world.”