Tuesday, October 23, 2012

One week later!

It has been a week since the closure of our wonderful process making From the Field to The Table.
I am so proud of all the work that was accomplished during this process! If people have time and interest, there is going to be something called a "Performance Dialog" led by Peter Glazer, Chair of the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies on Wednesday, October 24th at 4pm in Durham Studio Theater. We will talk about the project and the performance, share ideas, and engage in conversation. The work continues.....

Saturday, October 13, 2012


The project has been officially shared with the public. It was a warm and vibrant reception of the work! Come out and see the show tonight if you can - it is filled with surprises and deeply poignent moments. Sending the performers positive energy and warm wishes. Hope to see you all there!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Watching the Dress Rehearsal I AM SO EXCITED!

Don't miss this show. It is rich and deep and funny and poetic. I am so proud of the work that is coming forth on the stage. What an honor to have this work presented on the TDPS main stage. The show is child friendly, runs about an hour and is filled with songs, poetry, sketches, dances, and more......

Are you coming to the Food Event on Saturday, October 13th?

Are you coming to the food event on Saturday, October 13th at 3:30pm in the lobby of the Playhouse Theater (see Public Events page of this blog)? Of course you are!
Note: there will be some catered food at the event - tamales, rice and beans! However, if you bring your own dish check out the information on the bottom of the "Public Events" page, which contains Potluck Food Safety guidelines. We hope to see you there!

After the food event there will be a pre-show talk with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, moderated by Catherine Cole (TDPS, Professor)

ROOM CHANGE for Jawole's Artist Talk on Friday!

Friday, October 12th
4pm to 5:30pm
Artist Talk with Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar
NOTE Room change to:
2401 Bancroft Dance Studio!
See you there.

Jawole is Here!!!!!

Yes it is true! Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (Artistic Director of the Urban Bush Women Dance Company) is here on the UC Berkeley campus!


We are so lucky that she is here, bringing her strength, power, and organizing principles to the project. She will attend dress rehearsal tonight and take part in a host of activities over the next two days.

Check it out!
Friday, Oct. 12:
11am-12:30pm: Dance Workshop with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (2401 Bancroft Dance Studio) Note this event only is for Berkeley students
4pm: Artist talk with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (NOTE NEW ROOM: 2401 Bancroft Dance Studio)
8pm: From the Field to the Table (Zellerbach Playhouse - get your tickets here)

Saturday, Oct. 13:
1-3pm: Workshop with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (2401 Bancroft Dance Studio)
3:30-5:30pm: Potluck food event (Zellerbach Playhouse lobby)
6-7pm Artist Dialogue with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Professor Catherine Cole (Zellerbach Playhouse)
8pm: From the Field to the Table (Zellerbach Playhouse - get your tickets here)

Sunday, Oct. 14:
2pm: From the Field to the Table (Zellerbach Playhouse - get your tickets here)
3pm: Post-performance discussion with the cast (Zellerbach Playhouse)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Paloma McGregor Leads Us Towards a Complete Piece!

Paloma has been working day and night to bring the project into a coherent vision for the stage. She is supporting the group with great wisdom and confidence as we "trust the process" and build the piece. It is a wild fun ride that has led to unexpected places. Going into the theater is exciting because the material is so rich, and we have so much to work with. All the participants are really bringing their energy and ideas forward and flowing with the work in the theter. I look forward to seeing the rest of the pieces come together tonight so that we have a complet and cohesive run on Wednesday. It is amazing to me how fast it all comes together! The show is going to be poetic, funny, deep, witty, honest, and alive. Please come and experience it for yourself - come see what we have grown!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Pictures - Early Rehearsals in the Theater

I thought that it would be fun to share some photos from our work in the theater. Thank you Glynn Bartlett for making our stage floor so beautiful! And thank you participants for your creative energy and fantastic commitment.

Working It Out in the Theater!

We are in the theater bringing it all together for the performance - next Friday night! Seven days to go.
I cannot tell you how thrilling, wonderful, exciting, challenging, and alive this process is. Lately I have been reflecting into the deep generosity and strength of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar - her leadership and artistic vision! With her company, a group of truly inspirational and amazing individuals, she has built a process that is an organizing force for change in this world. A process that is rooted in art making practices and community building! All I can say is, "It works. This is real." This is people staying in the room together and working it out! Thank you Paloma McGregor and Amara Tabor-Smith, Urban Bush Women, for being such powerful, honest, and dedicated organizers/facilitators/leaders. Art making has the power to change lives, communities, and global paradigms. It begins with honoring community and one another.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

September 29th Work day in the Garden

We worked in the Verdene Carter Park, Oakland, CA - weeding, planting, harvesting, moving dirt, and entering community together.

Pictures from our day at the Tenderloin National Forest!

Work in the Theater!

Last night was a fruitful one - we began the piece in a formal way. Working groups were formed and the first steps were taken towards creating the final production. I look forward to this evenings work. Working on community making first makes the practice of making collaborative work so much more fulfilling! Look for a new page on the blog in the next few days with photos/videos from rehearsals, site visits, and interviews.

Thank you Dr. Kimberly Richards and Sandra Bernabei!

We had such an amazing and intense workshop around Undoing Racism with Dr. Kim and Sandy Bernabei. On Thursday, September 27th participants processed all of this information by making physical and written responses, which were inspiring and full of questions and ideas. The concept of racism (race + ism) is a complicated one that involves race prejudice + power. Participants are now able to really engage in deep conversations about the role racism in our society, in our institutions, and within ourselves as we embark on the making of the piece From the Field to The Table! Who is allowed at the table? What is the real cost of food? How are culturally specific agricultural practices lost or de-valued in our society? These are important themes within the project and all are impacted by racially motivated laws and practices (past and current) and power dynamics in our ever globalized world.