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The title, Soulographie, comes from a poem by Jacques Prevert: Song in the Blood (the beginning below, and a translation by Ferlinghetti)   “Where’s it all going all this spilled blood is it the earth that drinks it and gets drunk funny kind of drunkography then so wise… so monotonous… …

shape, architecture

How does one progress in grief? One moves into a state, a definitional ending, and to witness the stillness, one grows still. Once you have stopped moving, how do you ever move again? How does witness to disaster not end in disaster?   The language must remain unstable. Because the …

gravity/grace/puppets

1/2/11 Good visit at the Woodstock of puppetry: the UConn conference (campus depleted for obvious reasons). Alison and Laurie presented works in progress; Dan laid out the status of his thinking, and his plans to develop Double Aspect through a course at Sarah Lawrence next year (Kym, Daniel, Raphael, Carrie …

daily mail

Some notes going into today’s puppet conference at UConn: PUPPETS 1/1/11 What Soulographie is. Why puppets. The series in 500 words. Soulographie is a set of 17 interlocking plays on various 20th century genocides in which the US was complicit. Key events center on the Tulsa Race Riot of 21, …

Peace and Trauma, Part II

by Erik Ehn PART II Vocabulary Peace and dramaturgy Theater and performance Community Theater’s contract with community Institutional approaches Cases * Peace: The chant is “no justice, no peace,” and art for social change, social justice, for peace—the terms tend to slide. The overlay is in the Solomonic framing, where …

Yermedea Workshop Friday, March 18th

      Yermedea: A Puppet Theatre Work-in-Progress is an adaptation of Erik Ehn’s Yermedea Raw that explores women’s bodies and agency in the time of genocide. Yermedea will consist of a short showing of the work-in-progress, followed by a conversation about the process and a Q&A, focusing especially on …

Thistle Rehearsal Photos

Photos taken during a week-long rehearsal of Thistle at California State University San Marcos. The rehearsal resulted in a workshop performance open to the public and streamed live online. See the workshop under the “Video” section.

daily mail

ok. thin ice – uncertain terrain – this blog deal. but will be posting daily until november 2012 starting april. come on along!   e

Sonoma Retreat

From February 20-22, 2011, a group of directors met with Erik Ehn at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art to discuss and workshop the plays of Soulographie.  Below are some photos of one of the workshops.