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Teobi’s Dreaming: Friday Performance
March 21, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm| $18
A Performative Inquiry into Biology and Being
The 2014 Premier
Conceived and Directed by Todd Thomas Brown
featuring Camille Mai, Ellen Oliver, Schuyler Karr, Tiffany Austin, Adrian Arias, and Kenya Moses.
The Red Poppy Art House is experimenting with its first foray into presenting a multi-performance theater/dance production. We are pleased to announce the production of Teobi’s Dreaming – A performative Inquiry into Biology and Being, a new work by Red Poppy Art House founding artist, Todd Thomas Brown. If you’ve been to the Poppy for any of its exceptional programming in music, you’ll encounter a very different environment this time around as the Poppy converts aspects of its space to draw on a black-box theater aesthetic. Teobi’s Dreaming represents the first step in this kind of programming as the Poppy seeks to support interdisciplinary and/or experimental works that continue to diversify both the artistic content and the intersection of artistic and cultural communities that convene within its walls. Come see what it’s all about!
About Teobi’s Dreaming
Teobi’s Dreaming is a multi-disciplinary theatrical performance that explores questions on human biology, ancestry, and the fleeting moments of spontaneous presence that we experience in our daily lives. Consider how we walk though life confident about certain facts; we know where we live and where we keep our plates, sneakers, and laundry, and yet we are mostly unaware of what goes on inside our bodies in each passing moment. Teobi asks, where is my spleen? Do I know? Is it that I have a body, or does my body have me? Teobi’s Dreaming plays upon the idea that our biology and DNA are not aspects of some biological machinery storing genetic information and code, but rather they represent a continuity of stories, poetry, and dreams, moving forward through time – a bio-poetic organism, the body-being in which we live.
Conceived as a “performative inquiry,” during Todd Thomas Brown’s Artist Fellowship at San Francisco’s de Young Museum, Teobi’s Dreaming engages stillness, humor, reflection, challenge, and insight, to facilitate the capacity within us to hold questions that we cannot answer. As the poet Rilke said, “Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
Cast | Camille Mai, Ellen Oliver, Schuyler Karr, Tiffany Austin, Adrian Arias, Kenya Moses, and Todd Thomas Brown
Music | Camille Mai, Schuyler Karr, and Tiffany Austin
Choreography/Dance | Ellen Oliver & Kenya Moses
Visual poetry/performance | Adrian Arias
Three Performance Special Engagement
Evening Performances: Thursday & Friday, March 20 and 21, 7:30PM
Sunday Matinee: March 23, 3PM
Buy advanced tickets here http://teobisdreaming.bpt.me/
Teobi’s Dreaming is supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.