Topic: firstworks

Dressed in drag, performance artist Taylor Mac gave an artist-in-residence lecture at the Granoff Center Thursday.

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Taylor Mac pushes back on theater conventions

September 13, 2019 0 comments

Before Taylor Mac’s artist-in-residence lecture began at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts Thursday, photos from the artist’s storied career in theater flashed on a large screen above the podium.

“Ajijaak on Turtle Island” featured animal puppets, dancing and songs to share the story of a young crane completing her first migration. This story originates from traditional Native American folklore about the environment and teaches audience members to protect natural habitats.

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Touring puppet musical inspired by Native American stories

February 5, 2019 0 comments

“Ajijaak on Turtle Island” captivated audiences last week at Moses Brown School with soaring kites, graceful puppetry and a heartwarming story about family and nature.

“Qyrq Qyz” brought together nine musicians who performed the musical compositions of Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky as Saodat Ismailova’s film projected behind them.

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Performance piece ‘Qyrz Qyz’ reimagines Central Asian epic tale

March 20, 2018 0 comments

Throughout last Wednesday night’s multimedia performance at the Rhode Island School of Design Auditorium entitled “Qyrq Qyz,” the composition of the stage shifted: The only set piece, a black mountain of fabric, was deconstructed and the performers rearranged positions and formations to the beat of the music.