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CLAY PRACTICE

RECENT EXPERIMENTS IN MOVEMENT/SOUND/MATERIAL FROM SHANNON BROOKS

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CREATED AND PERFORMED WITH:

AUBREY DONISCH

KIMYA IMANI JACKSON 

LU DONOVAN


A SMALL CHORUS EXPLORING SOUND AND MOVEMENT

AND A PILE OF CLAY

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3/16 at 7PM 

3/17 at 3PM

The Rotunda 

4014 Walnut st. Phila. PA

 

Suggestion donation $5-$30

 

pay at door

absolutely no one turned away for lack of funds. 

IMAGINE A PILE OF CLAY IN THE MIDDLE OF A ROOM 

CLAY PRACTICE grows our trust in impulse and experiments with sensation.

 

In this practice we move and sound with clay to experiment with our senses, and to  s t r e t c h out time into the space between each clay particle - into the time and space between each cell in our bodies -  to explore questions like:

  • What is there to feel? How does it feel? How do we know and take action through touch?

  • How do we feel into each other and ourselves? How do we connect to the memories, ghosts, and histories embedded in our environments, bodies, and imaginations? 

  • How do we erode? 

  • What are the edges of our capacity? What is burden? 

  • What is impossible? What do we believe?

  • What is excavated? What do we build? And who profits?

CLAY PRACTICE is deeply influenced by (Shannon's) personal experiences with low-vision/blindness, madness, and chronic illness.

FAQ:

  • IS THIS IS A PERFORMANCE?
    Sort of! It is a practice! I am telling myself this is NOT a performance to take the edge off, and to explore if there are new spaces, places, and experiences to be felt together. But there will be an "audience" (people attending the event), and "performers" (people who are sharing movement/sound research).
  • WILL I BE TOUCHED?
    Participants/audience will not be touched by a person or with clay unless they give consent to be touched! You will have the option to wear a brightly colored wristband (offered upon your arrival) to signify consent for physical touch. You will also be asked verbally for consent before you are touched by a person or clay.
  • WHY DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK!?
    A lot of people need events/spaces to be masked in order to attend. This is an access need. When we wear a mask we open up the space/experience to everyone. By not masking we actively exclude a large group of people. If you do not want to mask for any reason we ask you please stay home! Please don't come ! You can catch the event later through video recordings.
  • IS THERE AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION?
    Only if you want! There may be prompts or opportunities to participate, but if you do not want to - sit back! enjoy!
  • WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO ?
    25% of funds raised through ticket sales will fund the labor and materials for Hook&Loop/UNDUE BURDEN's accessibility team for their residency at Painted Bride in Oct/Nov 2024. 75% of funds raised through ticket sales will directly fund: #1: the labor of my collaborators including: Lu Donovan, Kimya Jackson, and Aubrey Donisch. Stage/production support provided by the sound museum collective. Front of house. #2: materials and ACCESSIBLE studio space. I have been searching far and wide for accessible studio space so my collaborators who need accessible space to participate, can participate! It is hard to come by and often expensive. Your donations and ticket costs help us afford accessible practice space.
  • CAN I BRING MY CHILD?
    Yes!

ACCESSIBILITY:

  • THE ACCESSIBLE ENTRANCE WILL BE THE ONLY ENTRANCE OPEN - we are all taking the ramp. The accessible ramp entrance is on the right side of the building toward 41 st. Take the concrete path from Walnut Street and you'll find the ramp. If you're reading this you will probably be one of the few people who aren't shocked when they realize the not-accessible entrance is locked on purpose - that is the first part of the "show" - enjoy! 

  • This is a 100% masked event. Please bring you own masks! There will be a small box of K/N95 masks available.

 

  • If you are sick or are feeling any symptoms please stay home! A recording of this event will be made available. 

  • There will be a HEPA filter in the space borrowed from The People's Filter PHL. You can reserve tickets to sit by the filter by filling out our RSVP form. 

  • There is a driveway adjacent to the ADA entrance, anyone is welcome to use that driveway to get out of their vehicle.

  • The Rotunda has an ADA accessible restroom on the first floor. This restroom serves one person at a time and is also equipped with a changing station. All of their restrooms are gender-neutral.

TYPES OF SEATING:

 

There will be designated areas where there can and can't be clay. You have the choice to sit:

• On a canvas drop cloth, close to the clay, with the option to physically interact with clay. 

 OR

• Off the canvas drop cloths with no option to physically interact with the clay.

There will also be seats available next to the HEPA filter borrowed from the People's Filter PHL.

 

RSVP is highly suggested. Please reserve your seat via our RSVP FORM. 

FULL CREDITS:

 

Created by Shannon Brooks

Created and performed with:

Aubrey Donisch 

Kimya Imani Jackson 

Lu Donovan

 

Chorus: full credits TBA!

​Production: Gladys Nobriga and the sound museum collective 

 

Gina Renzi and the Rotunda team

Creative support from:

Leah Stein

Asimina Chremos 

 

This project is funded out of Shannon's pocket and cannot exist without generous donations from people like you. Thank you:

  • Ellen Schonfeld

  • Max Beinstock 

  • Annie Heath 

  • Gavin Riley 

  • Kelsey Lurie

If you would like to make a donation you can! Please CLICK HERE to make a Paypal donation. You will be emailed by me to confirm and thank you for your donation. OR you can come with lots of cash to one of these events! 

INFLUENCES and

THANK YOUS:

  • Leah Stein

  • Pauline Oliveros

  • Rocks

  • Krishna Washburn 

  • Kayla Hamilton 

  • Shavon Norris 

  • Blindness/low-vision

  • PTSD

  • Lea Keiffer 

  • Hana van der Kolk 

  • Asimina Chremos

  • The idea and practice of magic. 

  • SinsInvalid 

  • The feeling of someone playing with your hair during class in grade school. 

  • Ana Mendieta

  • Samita Sinha

  • Leigh Huster

  • Annie Wilson

  • Annie Heath 

  • The sound and texture of someone moving close to you. 

  • Rocks in Ireland 

  • Fleisher Art Memorial - shout out to Gerard 

  • The Leeway Foundation - shout out to Melissa and Nicole 

  • All the fruits. 

  • Josie Smith

  • Pochinko clowning taught through Donna Oblongata 

  • Everyone in Hook&Loop and UNDUE BURDEN

  • The song "sorrow" by life without builidings. 

  • A phone call with bad connection. 

  • Happening events. 

  • Probably YOU

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