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Justine Sedkey and Terminal Moraine in Fluxus Fest Week 3, 2021

Fluxus Fest

year 2, live in NYC

A celebration of performance and presence Featuring: Karl Ronneburg, Calvin Hitchcock, Sarah Thomas, Anastasia Shmytova, Hannah McLaughlin, Liana Kleinman, Tyler Cunningham, Ben Murphy, and Alexander Ronneburg.

 

Evening Program:

 

FLUXUS pieces performed in a surprise order, including but not limited to: Duet #2, by Anastasia Shmytova and also Hannah McLaughlin (2021); 5 Books, by Anastasia Shmytova; (2021); Air PROMPTUS, by Liana Kleinman and Tyler Cunningham (2021); fluxus piece round 2, by Ben Murphy (2021); Choice 8, by Robert Bozzi (1966); “enmeshment", by Calvin Hitchcock (2021); Selections from the "How not to be chill" performance workbook, by Karl Ronneburg (2020); Selections from 25 Orange Events, by Bengt Af Klintberg (1963-65); Vaseline Symphonique, 1921 Fluxversion, by Tristan Tzara; Bean Snow, by Anne Tardos (1994); # 257, by Bob Lens (Date Unknown); Lessons, by Davi Det Hompson (1969)

year 2, week 3

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FEATURING Terminal Moraine's performance of "Finding Chaos in Shapes" by Maria Alejandra Bulla, Justine Sedky performing Anne Tardos' "Bean Snow", and James Vitz-Wong's original "Wait for 212".

year 2, rope play (the knee plays)

Welcome to Rope Play. Grey Grant's forthcoming Fluxus play about kink, queerness, the political landscape of the US in 2020, dead friends, tummies, bellies, and drag. Tonight, you'll experience none of the above, but instead will be treated to a special presentation of the knee plays that connect each act of the play together. Each of the three knee plays is composed as a Fluxus score. These three knee plays are performed by Grey Grant.

Black Hearts, Black Voices (year one) 

We’re trapped. We’re reaching out. We swiped right on dozens of pretty boys and spun the bottle in a circle of our queers. We moved in with mom and dad. We moved out from mom and dad and were subsequently triggered in Trader Joe’s. We stayed up until 3am, stared at the wall, and tried to imagine an idyllic, domestic future. We woke up next to someone who knows what it means to be black and queer. We broke down our ego for our own sake. 

This inaugural episode is led by  Executive Director:

Maya Johnson.

 

Storytellers::

Samantha Williams, Mattea Williams, and Maya Johnson,

 

Music and sound design:

 Sajada Domino.

Michigan Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region (highlight reel)

Michigan Trees: A Guide to the trees of Michigan and the Great Lakes region is a new folk opera for classical and folk vocalists, steeped in mythos and Michigan, all the while remaining relevant to the present experiences of trans* folks. In the opera we follow the journey of Orna, a trans-woman as she grapples with self-acceptance. She travels to the north of Michigan--guided by the Mother of Trees--to transform into a white-pine that will sit upon Chapel Rock, on the edge of Lake Superior, overlooking it all. 

Cast and Creative Team

Allison Prost - Orna, As She Sees Herself

Grey Grant - Orna, As She Feels She is Seen

Kate Moss, Kara Huckabone, Samantha Kao- Mother of Trees (MI)

Hayley Boggs, Zoe Hart, Samatha Kao - Mother of Trees (NYC)

Danielle Gonzalez, Sofia Carbonara - percussion (MI)

Riley Palmer, Tanner Tanyeri - percussion (NYC)

 

Rehearsal Pianist - Samantha Kao

and with Converge New Music:

Megan Rohrer, Malhar Kute, violins; Ryan McDonald, viola; Hanna

 

Brooke Rumora, cello

Composer/Librettist - Grey Grant

 

Producer - Fifth Wall Performing Arts

 

Director, Music Director, and Dramaturgy - Karl Ronneburg

 

Sound Design and Operation - Peter Littlejohn (MI)

Lighting Design - Emily Yang (MI)

 

Front of House Manager - Madeline Endres (MI)

Artwork - Tanner Porter

Einstein in the HOUSE

Ann Arbor, MI, April 20, 2017

It's so incredibly beautiful to be part of a community of people who, when you have an idea as insane as "Let's put on a full, free, student production of Einstein on the Beach--in my house", have no qualms about diving in and hopping right on the crazy train/bus/spaceship ride that is this show. 

A lot of people (both audience and cast members) asked me at one time or another what I thought the show was about, and I never really found a good way to describe it. But here's one more shot: I think Einstein on the Beach(/in the House) is about how the littlest things (counting numbers, basic human emotions, solfege, musical cells that repeat over and over, the atom) can grow to become complex and twisted systems (nuclear technology, the justice system, commercialism, gender roles)--and about how understanding that duality can lead us to appreciate the things that make life worth living--namely, love and each other.

-Karl

So enjoy our adaption of Phillip Glass and Robert Wilsons' masterpiece!

Directors – Grey Grant and Karl Ronneburg

Conductor - Victor Huls

Choreography – Grey in collaboration with Dancers

Mise en Scene (making cardboard trains) – Levin Kim and Andrew Zick

Lighting - Karl Ronneburg and Sam Burck

Person 1 – Karl Ronneburg

Person 2 - Grey Grant

Train Conductor/Judge /Bus Driver – Phoebe Wu

Crazy Eddie – Thomas Kratofil

Kid Judge- Jacob Rogers

Stenographers – Kayla Mathes, Melanie Holt

 Dancers – Melanie Holt, Daz Dandylion, Kayla Mathes, Grey Grant

Einstein -- Teagan Faran

Soprano Soloist – Hayley Boggs

Alto Soloist - Madeline Gotschlich

Soloist for “Building” - Rebecca Rosen

Chorus: Soprano – Christina Swanson, Maya Ballester, Hayley Boggs Alto – Madeleine Gotschlich, Rebecca Rosen, Marty Gray

Tenor – Grant Rossi, Walker Durell

Bass – Walker Durell, Dayton Hare, Thomas Kratofil

Flute 1/picc- Noniko Hsu

Flute 2/sop sax- Lisa Keeney

Bass Clarinet/ Bb clarinet - Jordan Kauffman

Organ 1 - Karalyn Schubring

Organ 2 – Annie Jeng