StoryHarvest: 2nd Annual Celebration of Art and Food from Seed to Table
Cultivate community, art and the harvest bounty with StoryHarvest, conceived by multimedia storyteller Ellie Markovitch!
11-3 Street Theater Workshop @ the Sanctuary (3361 6th Ave.)
3-4 Parade! Starts @ Troy Central Little League (Swift & 7th); ends @ Freedom Square (6th Ave & 101st St.)
4-5 Bread and Puppet's “The Circus of Possibilitarians” Performance @ Freedom Sq.
5-6 Korean percussion ensemble Sonagi Project @ Freedom Sq.
6-8 Community potluck, Art gallery opening & "Troy Food Profile" presentations @ the Sanctuary.
Please note: Parade happens rain or shine! Rain location for Freedom Square performances (4-6 pm) @ the Sanctuary.
11-3 Be the Media Institute for Subversive Papier Mache' workshop with Bread and Puppet Theater, occurs from 11-3. Learn how to make cardboard politicians, picture stories (cantastoria), hand puppets, and giants for rallies, parades, and your own media productions!
3-4 The workshop culminates in a parade through North Troy to Freedom Square. Workshop participants will join Bread and Puppet Theater in a prologue to their performance.
4-5 Bread and Puppet Theater will perform"Circus of the Possibilitarians" at Freedom Square. It is a satirical horse and butterfly circus, addressing pertinent national and international issues in a clownish fashion, including rotten ideas, a wild dancing horse and some mellow lions, a solemn salute to the world’s casualties and much more! The Dire Circumstance Jubilation Ensemble provides a little bit of brass and a lot of noise. Please take note that if some of the circus acts are politically puzzling to adults, accompanying children can usually explain them.
5-6 The Sonagi Project will perform at Freedom Square. They create music informed by various traditional genres. Influences include pungmul gut (farmers’ percussion band ritual), samulnori (modern percussion quartet), and pansori (traditional vocal art of storytelling)—genres that have roots in Korea’s indigenous shamanic culture; the group also incorporates jeontong minyo (traditional folk songs) as well as elements of Buddhist music. In building on traditional forms to give their music a contemporary sensibility, Sonagi Project takes liberties with certain techniques and rhythms, and at times embraces outside sources. Indeed, some of their original works contain African and Brazilian influences. Yet their music preserves the sentiment, emotion, and spirit of Korean tradition.
6-8 Community Potluck:
Meet your neighbors, have fun, and enjoy the harvest bounty together!
Plus, during the community potluck, you can meet the photographers and celebrate the opening of our new art exhibition, Planting Seeds: Four Lenses on North Troy. Come see the photographs of our local artists Patrick Dodson, Brian Jones, Brenda Ann Kenneally, and Ellie Markovitch, as they focus their lenses on the area surrounding the Sanctuary.
Also, view "Troy Food Profile" presentations, where students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Tech Valley High School will present their work in the Sanctuary. RPI School of HASS (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) students in Professor Abby Kinchy's "Food, Farms, and Famine" class (Science and Technology Studies) have done a "Troy Food Profile," as well as interviewed members of the Troy community working with food issues. Leah Rico's RPI "Visual Literacy" class (Communications and Media) have been making origami fruit and games related to food. RPI Professor Kathy High's Eco Chic (Arts) class are making a giant worm out of plastic bags plus posters to focus on our toxic culture and solutions like composting. Tech Valley High School students took a field trip to North Central Troy and collected and analyzed soil samples. Their findings offer "food for thought!"
All events are free; donations welcome!