I live in Toronto Now

Well I'm here now. Living in Canada. Doing as the Canadians do. Don't worry I'm not saying "eh" yet. Yet...

Its been about a month of settling in and figuring out my life. Things are still a little unclear BUT I'm slowly starting to figure out my next steps. My stuff arrives this week - YAY!

I'm about 3 weeks fresh from the 2 week workshop I did with my current theatre main squeeze, Maria Wodzinska. We are working on our piece Configurations of a Divine Bitch with the aim of producing it some time next summer or fall. The workshop was super fruitful and wondrous. We explored the Lecoq form mystere and attempted to theatricalize the mysteries of menarche, menstruation, orgasm, pregnancy, birth, menopause, and death. We made lots of beautiful objects and found their rhythms and sounds. We also had heated conversations around gender, how to build language around this exploration without falling into the trap of using binaries and gendered language to describe these biological events, and how often there is a negative reaction towards things associated with womanhood or femininity (those things are often the butt of jokes). In addition to making beautiful things we experimented with the bouffon form in relation to this topic. Leave it to me to always go back into the dirty and gross parts of my imagination even when I'm trying to explore something I hold as... dare I say "sacred." THEN AGAIN I've never been one to be truly reverent to anything. Despite my heavy dedication to Yoga and my craft as a witch, my inner critic and sense of humor are always watching for good material. Does everyone remember the first piece I made?? Ya. Anywho... We are still working on figuring out how to meld these forms together for our piece. I am hoping our next workshop will illuminate that for us. 

During the residency we also dove into Grotowski based training. Maria is doing her MA in integrating the techniques of Lecoq and Grotowski for actor training. We are experimenting with implementing that integration to see what emerges. It was pretty rad to relearn some of the Grotowski exercises I know and learn some new ones. We intend to continue this way of approaching training for all our future collaborative projects. Both of us believe so much in the strength of both approaches and hope we can successfully integrate them to make work that is engaging, sublime, and other-worldly.

In a few days Im off to LA to make more objects in my parent's basement for 4 weeks. I was supposed to do two residencies on Toronto Island for the month of July, but unfortunately Toronto Island is under water and won't reopen until the end of July. As a cheap substitute, my parents suggested I come to their house in LA and do what I was planning to do on the island. I guess I traded the private lake beach for the private salt water pool. Plus I get to check out mysore shalas in LA AND eat food at Cafe Gratitude. I'm not sad. Oh and my peanut of a niece lives in LA, shes my bff. #familyfirst 

I will probably post some pictures of the stuff I make in LA if it isn't terrible...

For now enjoy the pictures I am posting now.

xoxo Oliver Jane

 


 Perfect spot to make art in LA!

Perfect spot to make art in LA!

Toronto, Week Three and Four (WOAH)

I'm mid-way through week five, so at the moment I am at a total loss of what I did two weeks ago.

Hold on. Its coming back to me.

There was a bunch of really awesome days where I got a lot of work done. I remember working on a residency application... OH YA. There was one day when I spent 9 solid hours glued to a Adobe Premiere, creating an 8minute work sample. There might have been a mini melt down (thankfully I was alone) when I realized the aspect ratios for the video clips were different and it took me about 45 minutes to figure out how to solve that problem... WOW I'm bored just thinking about me being on a computer for a solid day - why am I sharing it with ya'll as if its something interesting to report? Anywho...

On top of working on a residency application, Maria and I spent week three developing the 5ish minute clown piece we performed last Tuesday evening. In the piece we baked a cake that became a baby. I pulled an egg from my breasts. Maria cracked egg everywhere. It was great! Gaulier trained clown, Chloe Payne helped us shape the piece towards the end of week three. The piece was actually Bouffan, not Red-Nosed Clown. Although in performing it for an audience it felt more like a Red-Nosed Clown piece (even though we performed is sans-mask)... I need to keep thinking about the subtle distinction, because the way the piece was shaped and the way it played out made the line between Bouffan and Red-Nosed Clown unclear to me. This is what happens when you perform Bouffan without the body... Check out images from our rehearsals and performance here.

I also did another devising session with some awesome Toronto folks in week four. I'm feeling like the main seed for the piece is becoming more clear and the direction of working is also beginning to become clear. Both Maria and I would like to dive into the world of Grotowski and see how that might inform our process and the end result. I also really want to find a solid choreography class to learn more about bodies in space and methods for creating choreography - so far my attempts at choreography have created things that feel robotic, un-grounded, heady, and put on. I'd like to find a deeper approach that creates something resonant and lyrical. Check out images from that session here.

Alright, I'm done (as they say, "you can stick a fork in me").

Lots of love,

Oliver Jane

 

I've been here for over two weeks now...

No surprise here that into week three I bought more books I probably don't need (talk about not traveling light... I will be shipping many books back to Philadelphia). I've got a belly full of super yummy Ethiopian Food (notice how I reference food in every post.. its no wonder I've gained 8lbs since I left Philadelphia), so Im ready to update y'all on the going-ons in Toronto.

Maria and I have been diving deeper into the clown piece we are making for the Good Vibrations Cabaret next Tuesday. Check out a silly video I made from our first jam session in the studio on my page for the Toronto project we have temporarily titled Configurations of a Divine Bitch

We also did a devising session on Monday the 25th with a merry-ol group of actors from Toronto. I taught the crew open canvas and lead some writing prompts, and Maria lead the crew through an exploration of owls. Afterwards we fed the group a home-made, all organic, locally-sourced, gluten-free (except the optional bread on the side), soy-free, and vegan meal as a thank you. The workshop prompted some interesting conversations around zealotry, the crisis that might turn a person to spiritual practice, forgotten spiritual traditions and paths, the complicated relationships between Gurus and their followers, appropriation of spiritual traditions/the decolonization of native or eastern spiritual traditions, and so much more. Maria and I are super interested in how animal work plays a role in this piece - I am especially interested because of the frequency animals appear as guides or guardians in many earth-based and shamanistic lineages. I'm really excited to run a longer - slightly more focused workshop next Monday with another group so that Maria and I can develop some of the seeds we found in open canvas and so that we can do a more in-depth exploration of animals. Check out images from this past week on my Tumblr, here and here.

I watched a documentary called The Burning Times about the witch trials in Europe and the modern resurgence of witches. The documentary wasn't very good (it was made in the 90s and its my understanding that some of the information in the documentary is inaccurate), but it made me think about my bloodline and how my lineage's practices were decimated by the spread of Christianity and patriarchs who were determined to control women (or murder women that could not be controlled). They would label any "troublesome" woman "witch," cruelly torture those women, and then murder those women. It was a war against the female population for 200/300 years. I am lucky that the women in my family found the bravery to continue their practices in secret and reclaim the title "witch" (this is a huge reason why I find it so important to call myself a "witch" - AND NO, I DO NOT PRACTICE WICCA - your ignorance irritates me), but the truth is the majority of their practices and knowledge were not saved - I sometimes feel a great sadness around that. I bring this up because it feels relevant to this project. In the West, earth-based spiritual practice valued and empowered women (and in many cases those who don't identify as any one gender), which was threatening to the patriarchal Christian tradition, so earth-based spiritual practice was wiped out. This is were intersectional feminism begins to creep into the conversation. Its also how this project becomes deeply person for me.

On a totally irrelevant note, I've been taking a lot of selfies this week. Mostly before yoga. Starting a rigorous and serious Mysore practice has apparently brought out my inner narcissist - this feels counter intuitive somehow. AND on a even more irrelevant note, I found out there is a clothing optional beach in Toronto and have begun making plans to go. 

Until next time!

xoxo

 

My first week in Toronto

I finished my first week in Toronto feeling full (literally and figuratively) and over-stimulated. 

Maria and I began our week with a grocery excursion and a trip to Staples.  I pulled out my top-notch home-maker moves this past week and cooked up a storm in the apartment each night. Cooking really complicated vegan/soy-free/gluten-free meals for others has become a a fun form of creative expression in my world. Maria, the working girl, has been coming home to some elaborately cooked meal - I feel like we are a modern twist on Leave it to Beaver (I even scrubbed the bathroom yesterday. No, I was not wearing a dress and pearls...). Anywho, we ate well and into week 2 my pants are too damn tight... 

At Staples we bought one of those AWESOME big white sticky-note pads so we could transform the dining room into our brainstorm/idea vomit space. I would like to thank Michael Rohd for opening my eyes to office supplies that make my creative process SO MUCH EASIER. Check out some of our brainstorming here.

I made several trips to the library during the first week, bought more books written by Starhawk, and started reading a book about Tantra (p.s. everything you know about Tantra is WRONG - westerners primarily associate it with sex, but it is so much more than that). I also read a bunch of plays by Howard Barker and A God in Need of Help by Sean Dixon. 

Maria and I will be performing in a cabaret on August 9th and we are using the occasion to share some stuff we are working on for this piece.

Thats all for now. Check back in soon - SO MUCH is happening in week 2 and I cant wait to share.

xoxo 

Week Three... Chicago-land

Its been almost a full week in Toronto and I'm finally getting around to updating y'all about my time in Chicago. I'm multitasking at the moment; I'm trying to listen to the Buddhist Geeks podcast entitled "Ethics is a Fraud" while I reconnect to my week in Chicago. Maria turned my attention to the podcast after we had an in-depth conversation about ethics in spirituality. We decided that ethics should not be based on a foundation of hope, but then we decided spiritual practice demands a solid foundation of hope. I'm letting these thoughts land on me and slosh about in my guts. Its been nothing but ritual, yoga, reading about ritual, women, and god/spirit/intelligence/greater consciousness, and trying to cultivate a sattvic environment and creative process since I arrived on Sunday. I will go into more detail about that in my next post.

Chicago:

As I stated in my last post I went to a training institute with Michael Rohd of the Sojourn Theatre Company.  It was a week of thinking deeply about injustice, equity, and using an arts-based approach to serve communities. The time at the institute opened my eyes to the varying possibilities of building activism into art (for a long time I've been wondering why I usually keep those aspects of my life separate). In the past I have devoted only a small chunk of my time and energy to activism because art-making, making a living, fostering my spiritual practice, and going to school have been my priorities. Incorporating an art-based civic practice into my art practice allows me to utilize my very specific skill-set and pour more energy into the work my heart longs to do. I'm no Ethan Hughes (<3); I'm not going to give away all my possessions, ride my bike around the country, and offer service to people for free (thats a leap of faith my heart is not quite ready to make) BUT I can collaborate with the North Philly Peace Park (who is serving and empowering a needy community) to co-create a project that serves their needs. GAWSHHH I'm really excited to get back to Philly and start working on that project. I have so many dreams for it *le sigh*.

There were so many take-aways from the workshop: how to facilitate a group and foster true equity (aka how to prevent white people, especially men, from dominating the room), how to get a group of people who don't identify as artists or performers to feel safe enough to play, and how to foster conversations that build bridges between people of varying backgrounds. <3 <3 <3 It was also super helpful to learn how the institute breaks down an artist's practice - it has helped me clarify, for myself, what I want my art-making career to look like. The breakdown: 

  • Studio Practice: Artist makes their own work and engages with the public as an audience
  • Social Practice: Artist works with public on an artist-led vision in ways that may include an intention of social impact beyond a traditional audience experience
  • Civic Practice: Artist co-designs project with the public; the spoke intention is to serve a public partner's self-identified needs.

As of right now I know I want my career to be a mix of Studio practice and Civic Practice. In my studio practice I want to address the questions that haunt me, and utilize the forms that take my breath away. Cultivating a Civic Practice is how I will give back to my communities. I'm not really interested in making political plays that are meant to shape policy or change people's minds about a particular issue (I'm not clever enough to do that well OR capable of taking complex issues and whittling it down into an hour 1/2 play...) BUT I can (and already do) build relationships with organizations doing really important work for their communities, and then serve their needs with an art-based approach. Wouldn't it be funny if I ended up being asked to devise a play with community members to serve the organization's needs?... Watch, I will be eating my words one day. 

Chicago was awesome. I even made some friends there. 

Until next time.

xoxo

 

 

 

Week Two... Hanging with the Barn Arts Collective (AKA Art Hippie Paradise)

Its my third day in Chicago doing a workshop with Michael Rohd of the Sojourn Theatre Company <3 So far its dreamy and ultra satisfying... I'll tell more at the end of the week. Time is flying by! I'm already in Chicago and three weeks into my trip. So much has been happening and I barely have enough time to take it all in. Except tonight, I decided to have a night in :)

ANYWHO Maine was a trip! I'm really sad to not be there anymore. I was doing a residency with the Barn Arts Collective in Bass Harbor. The experience in Maine was nothing short of incredible and inspiring. I am super moved by the group at the Barn - both the collective itself and the 11 artists from NYC who were there with me. 

First the collective: these people are sent from above. Andrew and Brittany opened up their home to 12 strangers and were the most generous hosts. We ate well! We were taken on hikes, taken to lakes, given lots of time and space to make art, and given warm beds to sleep in. Did I mention they make really rad children's theatre and have an awesome cover band (with a brass section)?!! The rest of the Barn Arts crew stopped by frequently for band practice, meals, to join in on the art making, and to hang out by the camp fire. The collective is made up of some lucky and beautiful folks. They are valuable members of their community, they get to make all kinds of rad art, they are given free farm-fresh eggs (among other things) by a local fan, AND they live in rural Maine full time. Lets talk about how this experience is giving me a clearer vision of how to build my dream: a life on a homestead in a rural community, which doubles as a theatre company. I spoke to a bunch of the collective members about my dream (a few of them are basically living it...) and they gave me a bunch of feedback and hope. A girl's got to dream. ALSO I was really moved when the Barn Arts crew helped the residency members facilitate a conversation with the local community after the tragic events of last week (Alan Sterling and Philando Castile, rest in power #BlackLivesMatter). It was my first time facilitating a community conversation and I was grateful the Barn Arts crew helped us extend the conversation beyond the barn. I hope the conversation and direct action continues in their community after last week AND that it is extended beyond social media. 

The 11 artists from NYC: The group is made up of writers and actors. Its been really rad to observe and collaborate with this group. Their process is soooo different from mine - its been interesting to observe how our different approaches meet and can complement one another. Its also been surreal to walk into the house and see 11 people typing away on their lap tops... Needless to say, all hell broke loose when the internet went down (ok I'm being hyperbolic BUT it could have been hell on earth). Also SO random, but it was exciting to be apart of a predominantly queer and progressive group of folks. I haven't ever been put in a room full of strangers where I am apart of a queer majority. There was a lot of "Yass Queen" going around (this time I'm not being hyperbolic). Its the little things...

If you want to see images from my time in Maine and my studio time click here.

The time at the barn gave me A LOT of clarity on the Untitled Stevie Nicks Piece... I'm pretty excited about the process and approaching people for the collaboration. Amy and I are applying for residencies soon and slating to do the show in 2017. Whoop Whoop! Stay tuned to find out more info.

Love and Light, Oliver Jane

 

Week One... Hippie Paradise

Oliver Jane here.

Sitting in the guest room of a tiny cottage/homestead property in Lyndeborough, NH. The weather is beautiful, the goats are cheerful (and smelly, but the good smelly - i love goat smell...) and I'm relaxed as heck. Today I painted some trimming on the house, managed to finish two books on my list, and moved my yoga practice outdoor for some proper sun greeting. I know my heart is going to cry when it comes time to leave because this homestead is so close to the dream I have for my own life. I'm not sure if New Hampshire is the place I want to live - I'm still trying to figure out where I will end up once I finish my masters degree, but I digress...

ANYWHO!

This week is not about making art, its about prep-work for the following weeks. I'm using this time to learn more about permaculture, eat like a king (every meal is from the homestead, gluten-free, vegan, and soy-free <3), hang out with some super sweet dogs, get my goat fix, and tune into my spiritual/creative/intuitive juices by doing lots of reading, yoga, and meditation. 

Two creative questions that have come up for me recently in regards to my work: 

ONE How can I find more sincerity and poetry when addressing the topics and themes I am interested? (aka: What is my obsession with clown? Why does everything I make involve implementing the clown form? No, but like really?! Why do I always fall back on clown to communicate the thoughts and ideas in my head?) This is an especially hot question for me when I consider my one and a half month long residency with Maria in Toronto. I've read so many books to prepare and have so many thoughts on the material, but I am really unsure how to attack the material with sincerity. Im trying to move away from my critical and (if I'm being honest with myself) fairly sanctimonious attitude in regards the people who put themselves on a spiritual path and proselytize their practices (even though I am one of those people in many ways). I know Maria will challenge me to see my spiritual practice from varying perspectives, so I am confident she will help me cultivate multiple perspectives on the material so we can find a poetic language. My first guess is that I must lean into the poetry of the body to begin my exploration. Gosh, I love art experiments.

TWO How can this wild woman archetype break gender barriers in order to manifest its healing potential for women, men, and none-binary peoples alike? Women are not the only ones in need of liberation from the patriarchal systems that oppress. Also, I firmly believe liberation will only truly happen when men start to recognize how the patriarchal systems prevent them from living healthy and fully-realized lives (The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love - READ IT IF YOU HAVEN'T). I do not want to make work where I, as a woman identified person, use my art as a means to complain about how hard it is to be a woman... It's been done by others far smarter and more articulate than me AND I think the next step in fighting for liberation is to get the oppressor on our side, rather than just being pissy with them. How can I spread the healing message of our times greatest feminist thinkers like Audre Lorde and bell hooks? That's what I want to know.

If you missed David & Oliver: Mystic Masters check out some photos from the show here.

Thats all for now.

xoxo

 

 

So much to tell!

OKKKKKK  Where ever do I begin?! Warning: this is a long post with a lot of updates.

It's during months like this that I feel like a screw might come loose. First of all, the Summer Solstice is fast approaching and all this fiery energy from the springing up plants and the shining sun is bombarding me with more stimuli than my little body can handle. Second, I'm assistant teaching full time for the month of June, taking a summer class, planning a 2 month trip for July and August, driving to northern New Jersey once a week, AND creating and producing a show at the end of June... Lets just say when it rains, it pours. And lets just say I'm holding on for dear life this month.

Now that I got that out of my system... Despite my big load, everything happening is super soul enriching, intellectually stimulating, ultra fun, and transforming me into a huge geek. Here are the highlights:

+ I'm producing, creating and performing in a show as part of the Philadelphia Solow Fest with super hilarious playwright David Jacobi! Click here to find out details about the show we lovingly call David & Oliver: Mystic Masters. It's June 23rd and 24th at 7pm. David dabbles in Chaos Magick. I dabble in Eastern Philosophy and Shamanistic modalities. But make no mistake...we are MASTERS. Join us in my lush garden and let us feed you spirituality, the occult, and vegetarian grub...

+ I'm assistant teaching for world class theatre educators Quinn Bauriedel, Sarah Sanford, Aaron Cromie, and Aram Aghazarian as part of a summer clown intensive at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training. I'm so grateful to be in the room with these master teachers as they ignite the participant's imaginations, expand their observation skills, and push them to find their own creative voices. I've been geeking the F out over the pedagogy for teaching this material. I almost pee my pants with excitement when I witness lightbulbs go off in the students minds after a teacher has geniusly (I decided its a word...) guided the students towards discovering the lesson of the class themselves. I LOVE THIS STYLE OF TEACHING. Yep, Im a geek.

+ I'm taking a music theory class and expanding my skills in the realms of performance. Don't expect me to be composing something sexy for my next performance piece, but I am expanding my understanding of music and slowly learning my way around a piano. I'm really excited to have a greater understanding of music so that I can better communicate with my musician collaborators. This is going to come in handy when Amy and I start to dive into Untitled Stevie Nicks Piece (working title that is my nod to my art-lady crush Young Jean Lee).

+ Speaking of the art-baby love-child Amy and I are incubating... I will be whisking myself away to Maine in July to participate in the Hamilton Project at the Barn Arts Collective. I will be mingling with artists from all over the east coast, helping them workshop pieces they are trying to birth, and devoting time to workshopping Untitled Stevie Nicks Piece with new collaborators. I'm hoping some fresh eyes and ears will help me dig deeper into the material to find the heart beat of the piece. Just so we are clear: the piece is not a biography about Stevie Nicks, rather it is an exploration of fan-girldom, female role models, how exaggerated femininity can be used to empower, and how femininity is perceived and valued in the American landscape. Its also about how, as listeners, we find ourselves in popular music; how it can enrich our lives, how it can allow us to indulge in our inner experiences (for better or worse), and how it can aid in building intimacy and community. Some of my research consists of me singing songs written by Stevie Nicks at Karaoke, and adorning myself in pounds of chiffon and lace in public. I love my job!

+ During the second week in July I will be in Chicago taking a workshop with the Sorjourn Theater to help me address a question I had in my last post: How can I use my skills as an artist to give back to my community? The workshop will ready me for a potential collaboration with the team at the North Philly Peace Park. The collaboration is intended to serve their needs, so what we end up doing could be so many things. Will we make a play that tells their story? Will we do free workshops with the children in the local community? Will we help them gain visibility in Philadelphia and spread their vision to other communities? Check back to find out.

+ Last, but certainly not least, I will be living with Toronto-based theatre performer and director Maria Wodzinska for the rest of July and all of August. While I enjoy my time away from Philly and do an inhuman amount of Kundalini Yoga and Hatha Yoga, Maria and I will be experimenting in the studio together for our first collaboration. Together we hope to theatrically address our questions about connecting to greater consciousness, how the wild woman archetype fits into the spiritual seeking narrative, and where we locate our own inner wild women. There are more questions, but I'm still searching for the words to articulate them. To give you an idea of where we are headed here is a list of books I've been reading for this particular exploration: Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories by Angela Carter, The 5th Sacred Thing by Starhawk, Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man by Gopi Krishna, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa, The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin, Become What You Are by Alan Watts, and The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga by C. G. Jung. 

xoxo,

Oliver Jane

 

 

Two Semesters In

Now that I am taking a handful of classes, school has become my priority for the last couple months. Its been a bit of a bummer to have my personal projects take a back seat, but I'm making some really exciting plans for the summer - I will be sharing those updates once everything is finalized.

I shouldn't complain because all of my classes are enriching. How many times in life does one take a welding class? I get to heat up metal and hit it very hard with a hammer - its as cathartic as one would expect. I'm taking the time to expose myself to new worlds and new disciplines (in and outside of the classroom), which is expanding my vision for what my art-making and my life outside of art-making could look like.

For instance, I met the people from North Philly Peace Park at a conference this weekend organized by Diverse Design (a group of graduate architect and city planning students from the design program at UPenn). I am humbled and inspired by the individuals from NPPP who had a vision to serve a community, and were able to successfully empower, feed, and educate those in need. Although the organization is going through transition right now, their battle with the city of Philadelphia has shown that when a community comes together as one voice, people can make an impact. Its was so exciting to learn that the first Earth Ship ever built in an urban setting was built by NPPP minutes from where I currently live. It is also exciting to picture their vision: urban farms without fences in the heart of North Philadelphia where neighbors and children are free to come and put their hands in the dirt, gather on the land, or eat the food grown on the land. 

I can't stop thinking about the intersection of art-making and activism, especially the notion that art-making has great potential for community building and healing. I've seen other artists who have successfully employed art to serve their communities, but I am still searching for how I can better serve those around me with the skills I have. I am truly humbled by the amazing people I encounter in Philadelphia and in my travels - I hope I can learn from them and help heal the communities most in need.

Mother F'in Artist

The last couple months:

I've been enrolled at UArts for a little over 2 months. On my way to earning those three letters at the end of my name.

In the meantime I have been collaborating with my dear friend Amy Frear to create a devised take on "biopics" that centers on the life and work of our hero, Stevie Nicks. Needless to say, I have been overdosing on Fleetwood Mac for several months. I am excited to say that Amy and I are becoming members of Mascher Coop-Space  so we can devote lots of time to the project. 

I've also been jamming with sculptor/visual artist/conceptual artist Tucker Rae-Grant in his studio every week. We have been teaching one another about our respective crafts, while exploring space, materials, the forces the cause movement, rituals, vulnerability, human connectivity, and authenticity through a series of projects we have been making collaboratively and separately. We've taken a crack at zines, video confessionals, journaling, responding to sculpture through movement, responding to space through movement, taking a table and transforming it into something unrecognizable, 100 drawings in 7 days, wearing each other's clothes, painting each other's nails, and coming up with exciting dares for one another. Our latest effort is a collaboration on a sculptural installation where we are asking two questions: What motivates us to slow down and breath with our environment? AND How can space encourage us to turn inward? This installation may or may not involve performance OR an immersive experience for the onlooker... Things are still being incubated, so only time will tell.

Until then.

xoxo

Getting Dirty in the SWAMP

Tomorrow I will be wading through the muck and mire in rural Pennsylvania for the promotional photoshoot for Pig Iron Theatre Company's latest project, a collaboration with Philadelphia-based band Dr. Dog called SWAMP IS ON. 

From Pig Iron:

"With generous support from the Knight Foundation, PNC Arts Alive, and the Independence Foundation, Pig Iron is happy to welcome The Dr. Dog Pop Detachment and The Pig Iron Psychedelic Signals Auxilliaryto our facilities here in Philadelphia for a concert and experiment series. The Auxilliary will be tuning in to rare frequencies that operate beneath and around approved government bandwidths, using proprietary equipment that they’ve been keeping under wraps for years. We’re happy to have members of Dr. Dog, disaffected scientists from the former Orbital Tracks program, and Pig Iron artists working together to decode messages from the Swamp, and despite what you’ve heard we’re going ahead with our concert SWAMP IS ON. Come bring your old cassette tapes – the ones you can say goodbye to, permanently – to SWAMP IS ON, part of the 2015 Fringe, at 4 special transmission-concerts, September 9-12, at Union Transfer. Doors open at 7:15, the transmissions with visuals start promptly at 8pm, and our friends Dr. Dog will play a full concert following the Detachment/Auxilliary research protocols"

read more here

Come check out what Pig Iron and Dr Dog cook up in September for the Philadelphia Fringe!

New Website

There are so many things in progress, including this site.  Its taken me years to finally get a site together... Here it is!  Stay tuned for project announcements and musings.

hugs and kisses,

Oliver Jane