with Double Edge Theatre and Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative
Double Edge Theatre and Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative (BDAC) are thrilled to announce the Art and Survival Fellowship. This in-person training and performance opportunity brings together established and emerging performance artists, educators, and activists to explore climate justice, cultural wellness, creative activation, site-responsive performance, and community-building across rural and urban geographies. Priority will be given to Black and Indigenous performers. Fellows who successfully complete the full fellowship will receive a $2,000 honorarium. All required travel, lodging and meals will be provided.
Fellows will experience facilitated workshops grounded in Art Justice and Living Culture — principles honed through Double Edge Theatre’s decades long engagement with the cultural, economic, and political realities in communities from Buenos Aires to rural Massachusetts. Ebony Noelle Golden, founder of Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative and Jupiter Performance Studio (JPS), will facilitate workshops rooted in her Body Ecology curriculum which brings a womanist and Black feminist lens to public performance, cultural organizing, and climate justice. Fellows will also receive rigorous physical training including aerial arts, and develop new solo works in a focused and supportive environment. In between immersions, fellows will participate in virtual gatherings, peer feedback sessions, and artist talks.
In addition to performing their own work at Double Edge Theatre in 2023, select fellows may be invited to participate in Ebony Noelle Golden’s new work titled In The Name Of...,the second in a tryptic of public performances centering Harlem as a site of prismatic Black liberation. In The Name Of... will be presented as an expansive multi-site processional ceremony at Double Edge Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Festival in 2022. Double Theatre is proud to be a JPS/BDAC touring partner for this transformative project, and to offer space for its continued development. From Double Edge Theatre’s Founder and Artistic Director Stacy Klein: “Since Ebony Noelle Golden’s voice was first resoundingly heard at DE’s Art and Survival Gathering in 2016, we have followed her work in Harlem building 125th and Freedom, and also upon her return for numerous residencies at DE’s Center. Golden’s commitment to her creative process, her cultural work, and her vision of change, dares to place her art as a transformational landscape, wherein the entirety of her community is invited to participate in re-visioning their environment. DE’s vision is to prioritize imagination in times of creative, emotional, spiritual, and political uncertainty and it is with this in mind, that we place our collaboration on the Art and Survival Fellowship and In the Name of... with Ebony Noelle Golden at the very center of our fortieth anniversary year and beyond.” The fortieth anniversary celebration will conclude in Summer 2022 with the Double Edge Ensemble’s original rendition of Euripides’ The Bacchae, as told entirely through the women’s ritual voice.