The Ume Group's 5-Year Anniversary fundraising campaign launches March 27 (Easter Sunday) on IndieGogo! To celebrate we're throwing a party on Saturday, April 2 for everyone who contributes during the first week of the campaign.
FREE admission AND drinks for those who contribute (in any amount) to our IndieGogo campaign by Saturday, April 2.
Doors open at 8pm. Secret location, TBA.
Featuring performances by...
THE UME GROUP
LAUREN SKY & LEAH BELTRAN
PLUS dancing, games, tarot, the return of our signature "Sweet Dreams" cocktail and a chance to mix and mingle with members of The Ume Group Ensemble.
To contribute to our IndieGogo campaign and get FREE admission and drinks on Saturday, April 2, visit: https://igg.me/at/TheUmeGroupTurns5
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UNFIX NYC - A New Festival of Performance & Ecology
UNFIX NYC is a new festival of Performance and Ecology taking place at Grace & St. Paul Church on April 29-May 1 2016, presented by Ren Gyo Soh. UNFIX Festival started in Glasgow (Scotland) in 2015, created by performance artist and Butoh dancer Paul Michael Henry (www.unfixfestival.com), and Ren Gyo Soh is excited to bring it to New York as their 2nd anniversary celebration and fundraising event.
UNFIX is a multi-art form event fusing live performance, dance, installation, workshops and debate in a bid to unravel the knots in how we're living. Ecological crisis and renewal addressed through our bodies and physical sense of being alive.
This New York City version is the first collaboration between UNFIX and Ren Gyo Soh, which the two groups hope to make an annual event. We want to simultaneously celebrate and question our relationship to each other, to the planet on which we live, to our own imaginations and the structures that mould us in this time of ecological crisis.
This year Ren Gyo Soh, a Butoh-based theatre company in NYC celebrates its 2nd anniversary, and is using the opportunity to present UNFIX as a bridge between performance and ecology (or artists and the Earth on which they work). Our program will include live performances, installations, workshops, and yoga with live music.
*UNFIX NYC is presented by Ren Gyo Soh, sponsored by The Ume Group and Grace & St. Paul Church.
Click the links to register, OR buy multi-day festival passes here.
Day 1 - Friday, April 29th 6-9pm: Ren Gyo Soh Spring Workshop (Register here.)
Day 2 - Saturday, April 30th 7-10pm: Performance / Installation / Discussion (Buy tickets here.)
Day 3 - Sunday, May 1st, 2pm - 3:30pm: Yoga with Live music, meditation - sending a prayer to the planet (Register here.)
Detailed Festival Schedule
Day 1 PROGRAMME: Friday, April 29th 6-9pm: Ren Gyo Soh Spring Workshop
A butoh-based ritual movement workshop for all ages & abilities.
DAY 2 PROGRAMME: April 30, 7pm-10pm PERFORMANCE / INSTALLATION / DISCUSSION
Day 3 PROGRAMME: Sunday, May 1st, 2pm - 3:30pm: Yoga with Live music & meditation - sending a prayer to the planet
More About UNFIX
-from Unfix Festival, Glasgow Scotland by Paul Michael Henry-
Why have a festival of Performance and Ecology?
The festival theme aims to identify an untapped resource for artists: Ecology is perhaps the grand theme of our times, uniting issues of climate change, sustainability, political independence / interdependence, and the various flows of ageing and death, economics, culture and emotion.
Rather than restricting ourselves to ‘environmental art’, UNFIX takes a broad definition of the term and includes ecologies of Imagination (the connections between the ideas, myths, dreams and archetypes we live by), Politics, Environment, Soul and Mental Health (the ecology of the individual psyche and questions of balance and happiness; ecologies of emotion and the forces of love, conflict, anger, shame).
This wide net is intended as an offer to artists to find methods of rethinking human inter-relationships and environmental approaches through our bodies and physical sense of living, both in daily life and the concentrated forums of performance and culture.
UNFIX is conceived as an act of love, a bear hug to the world, a prayer of sorts. As humans we don’t have to ‘work hard’ and ‘earn a living’; we already have one by virtue of being alive. The question is how to engage with it. How we can love each other more, and stop killing the planet?
We can no longer pretend to be separate from one another.
- From Ren Gyo Soh by Yokko, The Artistic Director -
I share deeply the point of view Unfix Festival is pushing. I believe we can do something about the direction our species is traveling in through arts. The world we see is a reflection of our mind.
"A long time ago, Nature and Human beings coexisted. We lived together on this planet, the earth. However, looking around, and back over recent history, its clear we have forgotten something. If we can start taking care of Nature, Mother nature will start taking care of itself. I believe we can stoke an awareness in ourselves as individuals and small communities, through our bodies and psyches. It might be a small step, but it can also become a ripple, and then a big wave. It is time for each one of us to think, feel and transform from our insides out, in resonance with the world. Be the change that you wish to see in the world."
- Mahatma Gandhi
For me, Butoh & ecology is quite natural connection. Here are two of my favorite quotes from founders...
"Butoh is a dance of life"
- Kazuo Ono
"My dance is expansion of human concept- letting a human body metamorphosis into anything including an animal, a plant, even an object which does not have a life, and the fundamental ideology of my butoh is finding the possibility."
Upcoming Performance: "EDGED" The Ume Group's Social Action Project in Collaboration with Vanessa Teran
WHAT: Join us for a fun, undead-themed performance party with a cash bar, dancing, games, a costume contest and incredible pop-up performances featuring The Ume Group, and special guests!
Funds raised go to benefit our 5-Year Anniversary NY Season at The Irondale Center in August 2016.
WHEN: Halloween! Saturday, October 31, 2015, 8pm - midnight
WHERE: Grace & St. Paul's Church, 123 West 71st Street, New York, NY 10023
(72nd Street on the 1, 2, 3, C, & B trains.)
HOW MUCH: $5 online, in advance / $15 at the door
FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY
The Ume Group - physical theatre / butoh dance
Jon Schoss - comedy
Leslie Erin Roth - physical comedy
His Majesty, The Baby - experimental sketch comedy
Lampazo Group - physical comedy
Margherita Tisato - butoh dance
Leah Beltran - butoh dance
Borts Minorts (aka Chris Carlone) - experimental music
Chango - psychedelic smoothie for your ears
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