Full Disclosure Festival: RADICAL INTERCONNECTEDNESS

Full Disclosure Festival: RADICAL INTERCONNECTEDNESS is a weekend long festival that takes place on October 20 and 21, 2017 on the Town Common and in a variety of spaces all within walking distance of Downtown Amherst. Tickets are $20 and cover everything in the Festival for both days. Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3084411

The idea is this: regional artists are commissioned to create work within the theme of our inter-connection with one another and to the earth. Art includes original dance, theater, sculpture, film, immersive theater, folk opera, music, spoken word, and a woven natural web of connection built on the Common. Conversations with thought leaders who study the ways we are connected (physicists, social activists, etc.) will be offered in hidden nooks and crannies of local businesses. Conversationalists include State Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose, Alice Nash, Mari Castañeda, Terry Jenoure, Salman Hameed, Monte Belmonte, and David Teeple. Presented by Eggtooth Productions and The Amherst BID, sponsored by People's Bank.

 ART:
*from Walt, from me, to You, Katherine Adler's movement offering; Pacific Lodge.
*Water Project Folk Opera, Emma Ayres’ rough draft workshop of the Water Project about the Quabbin Reservoir in Grace Church with Planet Water by John Sheldon, Tony Vacca, Paul Richmond, Jo Sallins, and more; a musical journey into the spirit of water.
*Lungs by Duncan Macmillan, a love story about a couple who, despite reservations about the consequences, decide to have a child; at Knights of Columbus' Quigley Hall.
*The City, SOLD OUT An immersive binaural audio experience exploring the natural history of selected architecture and sites in downtown Amherst by John Bechtold.
*Under Quabbin, a film by Edward Klekowski with WGBY at the Amherst BID.
*Ayshia Stephenson and Samantha Wood create Touching Myself, in the tunnel at Bueno Y Sano.
*The Tunnel of Love, an original banner by Amy Johnquest aka Bannerqueen.
*Out to Dry, an interactive live art piece where participants share their thoughts on the Common.
*Fine House, an outdoor gallery of moving installations, where fine art & fun house collide.
*Melinda McCreven builds a horticultural web of connection on the Common.
*Giant Blue Listening Ear an interactive installation by Christian McEwen on the Common.
*Falsa performs 14th century Sufi music at Amherst Works.
*Wound, Joe Dulude’s photographic essay on pain & healing at 27-29 South Pleasant St.

Times and places - most shows happen both on Friday and on Saturday at the times and places below unless listed differently:

1. Pacific Lodge: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm and second show 8:00 pm -9:30 pm. 50 seats, house opens at 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm, first come first served. from Walt, from me, to You is an exploration of the universality and depth in the eloquent and inspirational words of one of America's most revered poets, Walt Whitman. This interpretation of "Leaves of Grass" seeks to promote inward scrutiny, interpersonal empathy, and cosmic unification. Within the Full Disclosure Festival and the theme of Radical Interconectedness, "from Walt..." transcends place and time, inviting the audience to read between the threads of truth as we "weave the song of [one]self" together within a single evening.

choreography, direction, script, performance : Katherine Adler in collaboration with actor Reynolds Whalen

text :  excerpts from "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman

lighting : Matt Cowan

music : Michael Hapka, Nils Frahm, Bartholomäus Traubeck

2. Grace Church:  6:45 - 7:45 pm. 100 seats, first come first served house opens at 6:15 pm. John Sheldon’s orchestra featuring John, Tony Vacca, Jo Sallins and special guest Senegal master drummer Mossamba Diop will perform a new version of Water Planet, a musical journey into the spirit of water. Using music and storytelling, the piece explores our relationship to the sacred element which makes life possible.

3. Grace Church: 8:15 - 9:15 pm - 100 seats, first come first served house opens at 7:45 pmThe Water Project Folk Opera is Emma Ayres' reimagining of her original play: The Water Project in a rough draft workshop. Set in a rural Western-Mass dreamscape of the Great Depression, the story illuminates the archetypal conflict of big business interest and political corruption versus the working-class poor. In the Swift River Valley during the year 1938, a clock struck midnight, ringing in disincorporation, heartbreak and loss of place, all in the name of progress. Some say it is a devil. Some say it is a dream. The water is rising

4. Knights of Columbus 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. 70 seats, first come first served, house opens at 6 pm. LUNGS by Duncan Macmillan is the story of a young, modern, over-educated couple who want to have a baby – maybe.  They love, bicker, succeed, fail; they are a little neurotic, a lot self-involved; bitchy, charming, lovable and so like every couple you’ve ever known, or been.  Over the course of a lifetime, they stay together (and don’t), and live out a relationship that is by turns hilarious, intimate, searing and sweet.  Stephanie Carlson and Lindel Hart perform on a bare stage as they explore the roller coaster of love.  The play is directed by Ellen W. Kaplan.

5. Amherst Works: 8:00 pm on Saturday only with Salman Hameed. Falsa performs 14th century Sufi music, described as a "cure for modern day alienation" and one that's "not about means to ends but about meaning and transcendence". Umer Piracha on Vocals, accompanied by Tom Deis and Paul Arendt on Guitars/Harmonium, and Greg Foran on Percussion. The effect of listening to Falsa is to be transported both inwards and across centuries of joys, sorrows and longings.

6. THE CITY IS SOLD OUT. IF YOU HAVE A SLOT CHECK IN AT THE TICKET BOOTH TEN MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR TIME. 

A letter, addressed to you, arrives under mysterious circumstances from someone you've never met. A poem's fragments begin to surface in the waking lives of unrelated people. A voice in your head is growing more urgent. And the recurring dream of an ever-growing city seems to hold the answers for you to uncover.

John Bechtold's The City is an audio-based solo theatrical journey around downtown Amherst. Participants should be prepared to walk at for much of the performance and navigate varying terrain, including stairs. A charged smartphone and headphones will be required. The performance will last one hour.

7. BID Visitor Center at 6 pm.  UNDER QUABBIN, a film by WGBY. Beneath the millions of gallons of water that flow into homes across eastern Massachusetts is a story of buried history, scientific discovery, & individual hopes & dreams destroyed in the name of progress. Produced by Libby and Edward Klekowski, the film chronicles an unprecedented search for the remains of four lost towns under the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown, MA

8. Bueno Y Sano Tunnel: 6:30 and 7:30 pm Samantha Wood and Ayshia Stephenson-Celadilla with Zhu Yijie present Touching Myself - Two friends meet at a bar and say what they really mean.

Audre Lorde laid down an ultimatum when she said the erotic means satisfaction is possible, in every aspect of life. In a culture that throws up road blocks to every angle of a woman's satisfaction,
what happens when two friends see this possibility when they look at each other?

9. Laughing Dog Bicycles window: On display - a hand stitched Victorian velvet bedspread TUNNEL OF LOVE hand painted by Amy "BannerQueen"Johnquest

10. 27-29 South Pleasant St. (3rd floor --above Oriental Flavor and Metacomet café):  Joseph Dulude’s Wound is an expression of the danger that our current political state of the danger that our current political state could take us to. Those of us who are different - who are POC, who are LGBTQ, who rally for what is decent and right and equal in our society - are in danger of being attacked, abused, and often killed. “Wound” seeks to make those fears tangible and warn against a reality that is all too terrifying and all too imminent.

11. Common: OUT TO DRY connects our Festival audiences with local businesses. A clothesline wraps around the common & participants enter local/contiguous businesses to pick up a square of cloth (we supply along with Sharpies & clothes pins) & people write a message & hang. Businesses include: Fire and Water Yoga, The Chopping Block.  Squares with messages form a live installation on the Common. Businesses participating (where you may get fabric and clothespins) are: Amherst Coffee, Chopping Block, Fire and Water Yoga, Hastings, and LimeRed Teahouse.

12. Under the Merry Maple on the Common: 7-9 pm. FINE (tree) HOUSE, a multimedia dance theatre event, where fine art and fun house collide. Featuring Lori Holmes Clark, Robyn Coady, Joe Dulude II, Fiona Herter, Verity Nichols, and Crystal Nilsson. This performance is inspired by Magritte, O'Keefe, Dali, Kahlo, Warhol... to name a few! Original score by Sam Watson. Text by William Shakespeare and Michio Kaku. This continuous immersive performance repeats every 23 minutes. Catch what you can, when you can!

13. Common: Melinda McCreven builds an organic Web of Connection: using discarded, found, and reclaimed objects as well as nature based materials, eco-artist Melinda McCreven weaves a web that reflects upon experiences of connection and disconnection amongst and between human beings; with animals, and with The Earth and the processes of Nature. She invites you to rest under and inside of this installation to observe, to listen, to discuss, to feel...and, in the spirit of the origin of the word "radical," to consider the roots. 

14. Common: Saturday 4:00 pm-6:00 pm: The Giant Listening Ear. Christian McEwen’s LISTENING EAR is intended as a joyous and subversive antidote, reminding us of the special pleasure to be found in long, meandering, face-to-face conversation, most especially with friends and family. But there is more to it than that, especially now. Our country is woefully divided, ever more so since the Election. It’s time to explore a braver, more generous, more incisive kind of listening, not just with friends and allies, but with strangers too, and those with whom we disagree. The LISTENING EAR helps initiate that conversation, and encourages all of us to keep on listening — through the challenges, and out the other side. It gives everyone a real chance to be heard.

15. Common, Saturday only 6:30-8:30 pm: A Climate Change Tango - An Obstacle Course for all Ages! Ezzell Floranina, The Rainbow Players & friends will lead you through live action scenarios, improv games and live news and weather updates to practice how to get through climate disasters together.  It's a team effort to play and get across flooding waters together or to cross a bridge on fire, deal with polar bears in our backyards or earthquakes down the road...You'll be guided and cheered on by the supportive characters of all our favorite fairy tales- Mama Bear, Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood!  Brought to you by the brilliance of improvisation, song, and live music!  Come and play...!! Fun for the whole family.

 Conversationalists:

A. State Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose at the High Horse back table from 5-6 pm on Friday and 7-8 pm on Saturday. Just a year out of college, Solomon focuses on getting at the root of problems, knowing there is more agreement to be found at the structural or system level. He pushes for bolder legislation to be considered, with a focus on energy and education.

B. Alice Nash, professor at UMASS, at Amherst Books  from 5-6 pm. Alice is an Associate Professor of History.  She has received three grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, most recently Teaching Native American Histories, a Summer Institute for Teachers that met for two weeks in the Wampanoag homeland (Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard)  in July 2017. Alice and co-director Linda Coombs (Aquinnah Wampanoag), in partnership with the Five College Consortium, worked with 24 teachers from across the country to explore the importance of place, identity, land, historical trauma, and how to find and evaluate teaching resources.

C. Mari Castañeda, professor at UMASS, at Collective Copies from 6-7 pm. Mari has spent her life studying digital media and telecommunication policy, Latina/ethnic media studies, and global communications. My work promotes "engaged scholarship" and aims to address inequality, power, community voices, and the role of intersectionalities in shaping media and cultural spaces.

D. Terry Jenoure, Ed.D. arts educator, at the Laughing Dog Bike Shop upstairs from 6-7 pm. Terry is a musician, writer, and visual artist born and raised in the Bronx, New York into a Puerto Rican and Jamaican family.  An accomplished violinist and vocalist, she began training at the age of seven and is a protege of the Free Jazz Movement.  She has performed and taught on five continents and served for 18 years on the graduate faculty of Lesley University.  She is the Director of Augusta Savage Gallery at Umass.

E. Salman Hameed, Astrophysicist, 8:00 pm on Saturday only with Falsa, Sufi band at Amherst Works. Salman’s primary research interest focuses on understanding the reception of science in the Muslim world and how Muslims view the relationship between science & religion.

He recently led a 4-year National Science Foundation funded study on the reception of biological evolution in diverse Muslim societies. He is also leading a study to understand and analyze the discourse and participants in online Islam and Science videos. His other research interests include analyzing reconciliation efforts over sacred objects and places of astronomical importance. His past astronomy research focused on understanding star formation in spiral galaxies.

F. Monte Belmonte, sound collage artist and philanthropist, from 5-6 pm at the Amherst Coffee Bar. Monte is the winner of the 2016 Volunteer in Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Western Massachusetts. The morning radio host for WRSI, Monte spends his time and energy for the betterment of nonprofits in western Massachusetts including the Young Shakespeare Players, public television station WGBY and the Food Bank’s Task Force to End Hunger. He regularly supports, energizes and helps others to support nonprofits throughout Western Massachusetts.

G. David Teeple, sculptor, at the Visitor’s Center from 8-9 pm with his film/slides on his ongoing series of environmental installations. He has placed water-filled glass tanks in various contexts: for instance, on a river where the tanks appear to be floating on the surface. Utilizing Snell’s law of refraction, the works challenge the relationship between perception and interpretation and how we interact with place. Part ritual, part experiment, part conceptual and aesthetic art action, the installations absorb and reconfigure both the surrounding imagery and the structure of the sculpture itself, creating visual phenomena that extend beyond the parameters of water and glass.

 

Phone

413-522-1445 

 

Location

Downtown Amherst, MA

 

October 20-21, 2017

 

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Print by Alie Mahoney.