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Goose Route Arts Collaborative flies again with Phoenix: A Performance Cafe

By Staff | Jun 1, 2012

More than 10 years after its founding and just over a year since Founding Director Kitty Clark returned from a sabbatical in Vancouver, Canada, Goose Route Arts Collaborative will fly again on Friday, June 15 with its presentation of phoenix: A Performance Caf. Featuring the artistry of four local artists and two visiting artists, the Performance Caf takes place at the Shepherdstown Opera House, 131 W. German Street, Shepherdstown. The one-night-only performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each ($8 for students) and can be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by contacting Goose Route at goose.route.arts@gmail.com or 301-693-5303.

Participating artists include storyteller, champion liar, and WV native Adam Booth, whose stories blend generations of Appalachian and Jewish heritage with life lessons and a little bit of mischief; new media artist Monica Larson, who will add her take on Shepherdstown’s 250th birthday with a new digital short, Point of View, that uses the ubiquitous mobile phone to generate video; original jazz, funk, and classical music of trombonist Cam Millar and the Cam Millar Ensemble with musicians Brian Cambrel, Chris Crawford, Mark Lysher, Danny Webber, and Bob Strain; visiting dance artists Katherine Ferrier (N.H.) and Pamela Vail (Pa.), members of The Architects, who will be performing their unique style of dance/movement improvisation; and kittyclarkmoves, with dancers Kitty Clark and Amy Hatzis performing dances on the themes of fire and water, including Clark’s latest piece, phoenix, which exploits yoga postures by exploring their potential for mobility while also serving as a ritual purging and rebirth for performer and audience alike.

“The Performance Caf is the best way we know how to re-inaugurate Goose Route Arts Collaborative,” Clark says. “Mixing up artistic genres gives all audience members something to love as well as something new to experience, and in focusing on new and original art, we pledge ourselves to honoring and supporting the courageous act of creation.”

Clark continues, “Audience members attending this Performance Caf will see and hear the premieres of many new works of art, and we are very excited to bring it all together in one venue.”

For 10 years, Goose Route produced the popular Goose Route Dance Festival, and while that program is currently on hiatus, new programs are underway, including the “Off Stage/On Site” (OS/OS) program, in which original dances are created for and draw inspiration from the site in which they are performed.

“We feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to re-birth,” Clark says. “We know that there is a need for an organization such as Goose Route to exist, to bring new performance to our community, to use movement as a way to express the human condition.”

Phoenix: A Performance Caf has received funding through a grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and through a grant from the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County.

For more information, call 301-693-5303; email goose.route.arts@gmail.com; or find Goose Route Arts Collaborative on Facebook.