Open Eye Figure Theatre Presents our Platform Series 2017

SenseAbility

September 29 - October 1, 2017

Created and performed by Craig Harris
Story to stage collaborators: Craig Harris, Kym Longhi, and Jim Peitzman
Director: Kym Longhi
Projection Design and Installation: Jim Peitzman
Costume Design and Digital Illustration: Candy Kuehn

Open Eye's Platform Series showcases new work by artists in performance, puppetry, and object theatre.

In SenseAbility Craig Harris brings his signature multimedia dramatic work to the Open Eye stage to explore how our personal experiences and cultural narratives help us navigate our ongoing struggle to make the world a better place.

Inspired yet haunted by the voice of Elijah, Harris invites the Prophet of all time into our time, imagining him on a shared journey of transformation. Performing his newest stage composition, Harris weaves music and visual textures with his memories of Bethlehem and new family connections in the West Bank.  

An immersive sensory landscape surrounds the audience with the sounds, sights, smells, tastes… even the touch and feeling revealed in the visceral experience that is inescapable in a life under sustained occupation. 

How is destiny revealed in the face of scarcity and uncertainty? How is resilience, even joy, possible under such challenging circumstances? Can we imagine the Prophet Elijah as another sojourner on our pathway toward greater understanding?

Despite a constant struggle to be one’s best self in the malaise of loneliness, doubt and oppression, Elijah beckons us to take up our mantle and discover what is possible. What destiny awaits those that seek a new SenseAbility?

About Craig Harris
Craig Harris is the Artistic Director of Interference Arts and is a composer, designer, performer and writer. Harris’ multimedia dramatic work resides between the poetic and narrative realms, integrating original music, evocative soundscapes, immersive visual projection, movement and story telling. His work has been seen at several venues in the Twin Cities, including the Ritz Theatre, Illusion Theater, Walker Art Center, Intermedia Arts, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Cowles Center. He has collaborated as composer and designer with Ballet of the Dolls, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, Off-Leash Area and Katha Dance Theatre. Harris received his PhD in music composition at Eastman School of Music.

Learn more about Craig Harris' experiences in Bethlehem/West Bank:

About Interference Arts
Interference Arts employs music, inter-media performance work, and arts-based community development to promote healthy individuals and vital, sustainable communities. Interference Arts builds on the foundation that the arts play an important role in addressing human challenges, breaking down traditional barriers to communication and problem solving. Learn more at interferencearts.com.

 

 

Tickets
$18 General Admission
$15 Student or Senior
$10 Economic Accessibility Ticket
Or pay-as-able at the door

Performance Schedule
September 29, 7:30pm
September 30, 7:30pm
October 1, 2pm

Run time: 65 minutes. No intermission. Recommended for ages 12 and older. 

Accessibility
Contact Open Eye at maria.bianchi@openeyetheatre.org or 612-874-6338 for accessibility information.

Construction near Open Eye
Please be aware that 35W construction will affect your route to Open Eye. We recommend using map apps to navigate to the theatre, following posted detour signs, and reviewing the current detour map.

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This project was made possible with support from the Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment, a fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation's Foundation.

We are grateful for support from Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council for their support of Elijah in the Wadi.