it’s been a while since an Open Heart Show. the Project has always continued because it’s my life, but i haven’t put together a new community show since i left california. and hey, i may not until i’m back in california again, but i am putting on an Open Heart(575) Shadowjam next weekend, Saturday, July 2, at my house. (if you don’t know where that is, contact me. if i don’t know you already, you’ll have to convince me i can trust you.)
here’s the sched, then see below for more details if you’re wanting them. people tend to come and go through this process, being present when that fits with their moment. this type of engagement is wholly welcome.
4:00pm – house open for puppet crafting
Supplies that will be provided include but are not limited to: theater lighting gels, cardboard, double-sided tape, 575 poems, glue sticks, various sized blades, odds-and-ends, printed transparencies, scissors, ideas, joint mechanisms, other materials with varying degrees of transparency and type of texture. It is not required, but if you are so moved, you are encouraged to bring whatever materials inspire you too! Keep in mind that an overhead projector (OHP) will be our primary light source.
8:00pm – prepare space for sundown
We’ll break from crafting and prepare the space for the setting sun and jamming. Hopefully, we’ll be on the roof. Fingers-crossed for good weather. Seattle in early July? The chances are good, but never sure. Potluck will also take place during this time. Please bring something to share if you can.
9:30pm – gathering of the vibes
Beamster will open the Shadowjam with the Welcoming Story during which all those present are invited to bring their voice, movement, imagination, and fearlessness (even if it’s about fear) to the co-creation of a magical world that only exists in those moments of happening.
Midnightish – jam closes
we awaken ourselves from the collective dreaming, and a brief record of what we recall is generated before dispersing.
the theme of the night’s Shadowjam is Open Heart 575, a zine being created from a condensed selection of 70 poems i’ve written since February of last year. these poems explore my experience of the relationship between heart opening, cyclically debilitating depression, and radical intimacy, through the 5-7-5 syllable meter form of poetry commonly associated with the haiku. the 200-copy zine will be available to everyone present then later distributed at the whim of serendipity and deep connection. this is the thematic place from which i’ll be beginning my contributions of story, sound, and puppet. however you end up building on that will be understood to be connected to the theme. so as usual, the theme is a starting point, not a boundary.
If you want more info on what a Shadowjam is, you could start by checking out this post.
If you want more info about the Open Heart Project, this link starts you off with the grant report from the first incarnation in 2008 then the most recent one that had a show in 2013. there’s lots more in between.
I look forward to creating with you!