SKYFEST AUTUMN 2013 NEWSLETTER

While our season of free open-air public performances has recently drawn to a close, we are anything but dormant. Here is a sampling of current affairs:

Behold the Cosmos, our brand-new installation featuring sculptures, puppet figures and a 900 square foot painting, openned Friday, November 1st in Poughkeepsie, NY. Commissioned by the Bardavon Opera House for its SKYFEST-— a month-long celebration of Astronomy and the Arts—the installation will fill the dome in the main entrance of the Adriance Memorial Public Library. At the center of the piece is a whimsical metal construction entitled The Astronomer’s Chair by the late Woodstock sculptor Jesse Reimer. The installation can be viewed from 9-5pm on Monday – Saturday through November 30th.

Here’s a one-of-a-kind volunteer opportunity—-please join us Friday, December 8 at 6pm to help carry dozens of beautiful handmade lanterns in Poughkeepsie’s Celebration of Lights procession. The procession begins on Main Street near Garden Street, and culminates at Donegan Square Park with a Tree Lighting ceremony and fireworks. Contact us for details.

summer sun from Into the Light, photo by Patrick WaddenWe are once again joining with the Vanaver Caravan to present our dance/theater collaboration Into the Light. The production features giant puppets, masked dancers, and a vibrant company of two dozen dancers and musicians in the story of a girl who falls into despair and is rescued by a magical bear. Together they embark on a journey of discovery to find how people of many cultures have survived through the darkest times.  There will be three performances on Saturday December 7 at the Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck, NY, as part of that community’s not-to-be-missed Sinterklaas event. Into the Light will also be presented Sunday December 8 Shadowlands Theater in Ellenville, NY. Showtime is 3pm. You can view a short video from the show here.

Our Arts-in-Education Program is underway for the 2013-14 school year, offering three productions for student assemblies. Each show fuses visual storytelling with great live music and connects to the new Common Core curriculum.  We also offer an array of Artist-in-Residence programs designed to engage young people in a process of collaborative creativity. These intensive, hands-on workshops culminate in a student-made performance or installation. Upcoming school residencies include: King School in Stamford CT; Morse Magnet in Poughkeepsie, NY; Webster Magnet in New Rochelle, NY; St. Clements in Saratoga Springs, NY; Cahill School in Saugerties, NY & Smith School in Pine Plains, NY.   Our Arts-in-Ed program is supported, in part, by grants from TD Charitable Foundation, Macy’s, Kiwanis Club of Saugerties, Catskill Watershed Corp. and the NY State Council on the Arts.

Arm-of-the-Sea has signed an agreement with the Clearwater organization to begin the process of  transforming a neglected site on the Esopus Creek in Saugerties, NY into a home for our Theater. The overgrown 1.5 acre property, dominated by the ruins of a nineteenth century paper mill, is adjacent to our current studios at Cantines Island, and also to Tina Chorvas Waterfront Park where we present the annual Esopus Creek Puppet Suite. Clearwater was given the property in 1999 and had planned to build a winter port for its historic sailing vessel. Their plans changed, however, and now we hope to creatively adapt the site for our operations, as well as for community arts and ecology programs.  More updates this project to follow.

Osiris's garden from To Fuel the Fire, photo by Fionn ReillyAotS directors Marlena Marallo and Patrick Wadden will be artists-in-residence at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies for two weeks this December. Located in Millbrook, NY, the Cary Institute is a research organization with expertise in freshwater ecosystems, the ecology of infectious diseases, environmental chemistry, invasive species, and climate change. The Institute’s Writer/Artist-in-Residence Program was formed to inspire creative works that relay ecosystem concepts and the work of ecosystem scientists to the public. Invited artists reside at the campus, exploring its 2,000-acre campus and interacting with research staff. Wadden & Marallo will use the opportunity to research ideas for new shows and installations.

In closing we want to extend a thank you to the thirty something arts presenters that hosted one of our public shows this season and to all of you who came out to see a performance. We are booking dates for next season. Contact us to find out how you can bring Arm-of-the-Sea to your community.


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DUE TO UNSTABLE WEATHER, THIS WEEKEND’S PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD AT ST. MARY CHURCH HALL, 23 CEDAR ST., SAUGERTIES, NY