LUSH VALLEY


workshop showing by kristinmarting


top: Irene, middle : Mari, Jen, Paul, bottom: Rudy, Dax and Suzi

So we finished up our six day workshop with a showing of  an hour of really rough material for 7 guests today – we used placeholder text for this phase, but were able to explore some exciting conceptual approaches in terms of interactive activities, one on one interactions, live video interviews for our intimate audience  and applying a school play sensibility to historical material — it was fast and messy but interesting to explore –

The performers were all phenomenal at jumping in gamely and making the most of what we were starting to explore  – Sincere Thanks to Suzi, Jen, Irene, Rudy, Paul, Mari and Dax –

Jane Shaw made so much fit together smartly with her intuitive sound work. And Yana with her smart notes.

Tal added the biggest discovery for me of the workshop with the live video interviews and the open and intriuging quality of the questions we explored.

Karyn & Anne were phenomenal at keeping us organized and where we needed to be

very helpful feedback from our guests about live vs recorded video, lush valley vs usa , etc.

we learned a lot and can’t wait to start working with new material from our two writers Sylvan & Thomas — we start our next phase in December, but have several dramaturgical sessions between now and then — lots to shape and determine.

i am really looking forward to where the next growth takes us –   Kristin



Day 2 of the workshop by yanaland
October 22, 2010, 9:45 am
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Lush Valley…. Welcome to you from Yana

We made discoveries today: a major choice to explore is what if we lose America and The American Dream, yet in fact we inhabit them and their ideals in a much deeper way, a way that expands beyond.

We discovered thresholds as an important concept.

Our day began with a meeting about structure and new life beginning, in labor we trust.

We read from American plays.   Choosing material that was particularly connected to our themes.  Staged compositions connecting language with archetypes and coming together.

We discussed our grand parents, (how can we expand on that?), generations of visions.

We did compositions with the full cast, layers of ideas intertwining.

Looking at ways of making passages into Lush Valley. Later we spent time discussing Immigration Officials, and their training we worked on scenarios where they battled ideals.

The whole team brainstormed and discussed many aspects of Being Immigration officers and Governmental employees.

We are searching.



Work-in-progress showing at Baruch College by kristinmarting

We are excited to spend a week in residence at Baruch College from October 20-28. Joining us for this phase are writers Tom Bradshaw and Sylvan Oswald as well as new performers Jennifer Kidwell and Paul Zimet and designers Clint Ramos and Oana Botez.  Continuing with the project are Marc Bovino, Irene Longshore, Rudy Mungaray, Mariana Newhard, designer Jane Shaw, Suzi Takahashi, and Dax Valdes.  We will share what we develop over those days on Wednesday, October 27 at 4pm.  We have limited space for guests so please email lushvalley@here.org if you’d like to join us.

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Happiness by yanaland
June 24, 2010, 1:57 pm
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This post connects to the joy of participation and a parade (danceparade.org) that is a pleasure to create.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-happiness-project/201005/in-which-i-go-dance-parade-and-reflect-happiness

May 25, 2010, Happiness

In Which I Go to a Dance Parade and Reflect on Happiness.

Dancing in the streets!
Published on May 25, 2010
Danceparade

This Saturday, my husband suggested that we all go downtown to watch the annual dance parade. I’d never heard of it, but for the past three years, New York City has had a dance parade, where thousand of dancers, from all sorts of dance organizations, dance their way down a parade route. Some of the dancers were from “real” dance schools or groups, others were from dance/exercise classes, and many groups, we suspected, had been organized for the sole purpose of marching on Saturday.

This outing turned out to be tremendously fun. We found a place where we could perch on a high railing, so we had a good view and a place to sit. The weather was lovely. And the dancers were more fun to watch than practically any parade I’ve ever seen.



Ambition by yanaland
April 7, 2010, 12:36 pm
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“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.”

Mark Twain

How do you find support for your ambition?
posted by Yana



Hello world! by kristinmarting
July 3, 2009, 4:58 pm
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This is the LUSH VALLEY blog. An interactive live art event, LUSH VALLEY invites audience members to abandon their spectator hats and become key players in shaping an alternative national ethos through real-time video interviews, citizenship tests, lectures, voting and historical hallucinations. Have a hand in building LUSH VALLEY, your own idyllic-yet-realizable society, and rediscover this country as the home of differences.

LUSH VALLEY is set in a government office staffed by eight immigration officers who process audience members nightly for citizenship to Lush Valley.  The LUSH VALLEY experience features everything from intimate monologues delivered to individual audience members to surreal comic book group scenes and choreographed sequences of bureaucratic alienation performed by the entire company.  Within this complex framework, a narrative built around the hopes and worries of a cadre of immigration officers transpires as they question each other’s motives and ethics in granting and denying citizenship.  During the show each night, real-time audience feedback shared through person-to-person interaction, texting, on-site kiosks and online social media is incorporated into the proceedings.  This production has evolved through a very open, public collaboration that helped define the project through online dialogue (via blog and facebook), in-person community think tanks, video interviews and public art actions.

Director Kristin Marting, dramaturg Yana Landowne, and video artist Tal Yarden (along with writers Robert Lyons and Qui Nguyen and designers Oana Botez, Chris Kuhl, Clint Ramos, and Jane Shaw) created LUSH VALLEY, a live art participatory performance that chases the elusive idea of the American Dream. The performance began in April 2010 with our first think tank & continued through our premiere on September 11, 2011 at HERE. We are currently planning a tour to 3-5 American cities leading up to the 2012 election.