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Conversations on Living Culture

Posted April 10, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.

Monday, April 28, 2014 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic, Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: 207-801-5736; news.coa.edu/2014/04/10/conversations-on-living-culture/

A College of the Atlantic Human Ecology Forum will revolve around a discussion by Double Edge Theatre Company

BAR HARBOR, ME – Members of Double Edge Theatre Company will host an open presentation and discussion at College of the Atlantic’s Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center on Monday, April 28 at 6:30 pm. The discussion, Conversations on Living Culture, is part of COA’s Human Ecology Forum series, as well as the COA Performing Arts guest artist series investigating mission and methods in contemporary performance. A physical theatre training session for COA students will take place the following day.

“I don’t know of any theatre company in America whose ideals, mission and practice more clearly coincide with the work and mission of this college,” said Jodi Baker, a faculty member in performing arts at COA. “This visit is a great opportunity to begin forging an exciting new creative alliance.”

Double Edge Theatre’s mission is to create a ‘living culture’ by developing the highest quality of original theatre performance based on the long-term imaginative work of the actors and their interaction with the communities where the work takes place.

Conversation on Living Culture explores the Double Edge Theatre Company’s approach to artistic sustainability, community collaboration, organizational best practices, and how these principles meld with long-term research. The conversation will include a presentation on the company’s Farm Center in rural Ashfield, Massachusetts – which celebrates its 20-year anniversary this month – and a Q&A.

Double Edge Theatre’s Training Workshop on Tuesday, April 29 will provide students with an introduction to the company’s acclaimed, signature methodology for devising ensemble performance work that employs the individual’s full potential, awareness, energy, and the collective imagination and focus of the group. Training will be physical (movement based), mostly wordless, and imaginative – including work with objects, improvisation, and etude creation. Opportunities to observe the workshop are also available.

The event is free and open to the public. For more details, contact Jodi Baker at 207-801-5736 or jbaker@coa.edu.

About Double Edge Theatre

Founded in Boston in 1982 by Stacy Klein, Double Edge moved its operations to a former dairy farm purchased in rural Ashfield, MA, in 1994. Double Edge’s Farm Center has grown into an international center for performance, training, research, and cultural exchange, with year round training programs for emerging and established artists. http://www.doubleedgetheatre.org.

About College of the Atlantic

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more information, visit www.coa.edu.

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