Event (Edmonton): Story House – Adisi Performance Works & Old Stories In New Ways

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Event (Edmonton): Story House – Adisi Performance Works & Old Stories In New Ways

WELCOME TO STORY HOUSE, A STORY PERFORMANCE EVENT BY
ADISI PERFORMANCE WORKS & OLD STORIES IN NEW WAYS:

Two Theatrical Stories by Tololwa M Mollel
Directed by Jan Selman

We are pleased to invite everyone to the free end-of-August story performance event with music below. The event is part of long term projects, ADISI Performance Works & Old Stories in New Ways, by director and U of A drama professor Jan Selman and writer and story performer Tololwa Mollel. The projects are multifaceted and will take several years with planned creative work and research to take place both in Canada and in East Africa. These projects will feature, over time, performances of stories that Mollel has adapted and will adapt from intercultural sources, through a collaboration of a range of interdisciplinary and culturally diverse performers and artists, and through a variety of artistic forms of performance.

See key details below.

EVENT: STORY HOUSE
Presented by ADISI Performance Works & Old Stories and New Ways
Two theatrical stories by Tololwa M Mollel
Directed by Jan Selman:

“Urashima Taro”, a compelling new version of an ancient Japanese tale
“From Lands of the Night”, a resonant story rooted in contemporary East African spirituality, inspired by a tale from Haiti

DATES OF PERFORMANCE:
August 29, 7 – 8 p.m.
August 30, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
August 31, 7 – 8 p.m.
Performances are free.

VENUE:
Second Playing Space
Timm’s Centre for the Arts ( http://timmscentre.ca/timms967/ )
On University of Alberta Main (North) Campus
The North East corner of 112 Street & 87 Avenue

STORY HOUSE is part of StageLab Festival ( http://www.drama.ualberta.ca/en/StageLab%20Festival%202012.aspx ) for new theatrical works at the Timms Centre for the Arts at the University of Alberta

STORY HOUSE AT STAGELAB FESTIVAL 2012
Performances of the two stories combine theatrical storytelling, drama, original music and dance movement. Jan Selman, assisted by John Battye, directs the performances through a collaboration of five outstanding performers, musician/composer Karen Porkka, choral master Garth Prinsonsky, and choreographer Marie Nychka.

ADISI PERFORMANCE WORKS & OLD STORIES IN NEW WAYS
These are multi-faceted long term story performance projects by theatre director and U of A drama professor Jan Selman, and writer and story performer Tololwa Mollel, with creative work and research in Canada and East Africa. These projects will feature, over time, performances of stories adapted from intercultural sources, through a collaboration of a range of interdisciplinary and culturally diverse performers and artists, and through a variety of artistic forms of performance.

THE WORD ‘ADISI’
Adisi is a hybrid word for ‘story’ from Kiswahili, an international African language spoken mainly in the East African countries of Tanzania (where Mollel was born), Kenya and Uganda, but also in Rwanda, Burundi, Eastern Congo and a few other countries The word connotes the significance of ‘story’ in the East African region and beyond.

For more information about the other events at the Festival: http://www.drama.ualberta.ca/StageLabFestival202012.aspx

ADISI PERFORMANCE WORKS is grateful for funding for the StageLab project from the Faculty of Arts Support for the Advancement of Scholarship (SAS) Fund, a Winspear grant, and the President’s Fund for the Creative and Performing Arts. It also recognizes and thanks the Canadian Centre for Theatre Creation and the Department of Drama for support in kind.

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