Double Edge Theatre Performs in Ashfield this Fall “The world that I paint? I don’t know if I invent it. I rather believe it invents me.”
(Ashfield, MA) On October 19-21, Double Edge Theatre will present Leonora's World, a sold-out Fall Spectacle which will travel across multiple sites in the autumnal landscape of the Farm. These spectacle performances will be followed in November by the local Ashfield premiere of the intimate, indoor performance Leonora y Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro, conceived and directed by Stacy Klein. Its world premiere was this past March at Peak Performances at Montclair State University. The performance was chosen as “Critic’s Pick” by the New York Times, and reviewer Elisabeth Vincentelli called it ‘"...a peek into an expansive world - a hallucinatory, symbol-heavy tour of Carrington’s fervid mind.” Leonora and Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro is drawn from the art and life of the British-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington and her encounter with the Chilean Jewish filmmaker and writer Alejandro Jodorowsky. The two met in Mexico City - Jodorowsky traveled to Carrington looking for mentorship from this legendary art mystic - and worked intensely together for one year, their work culminating in a performance called Penelope. In their world, the boundary between life and work, dream and reality, is permeable, with only a thin veil separating the physical and spiritual realms. This surreal performance is steeped in magic, inhabited by otherworldly creatures, and reveals not only the alchemical melding between great seers but also their spiritual tug of war around issues of gender.
Double Edge Theatre, an artist-owned organization, was founded in 1982 by Stacy Klein. The Double Edge Ensemble leads the company in applying vigorous physical training and the principle of an artist’s autonomy to create work intimately woven with the community, and creates performance cycles which tour internationally. These performance cycles include the Women's Cycle, the Song Trilogy, and the Garden of Intimacy and Desire, The Chagall Cycle, and, currently, The Latin American Cycle, which is inspired by the magical realist literature and surrealist visual art and literature of South America. In 1994, Double Edge moved from Boston to a 105-acre former dairy farm in rural Ashfield, MA, to create a sustainable artistic home. Today, the Farm is an International Center of Living Culture, a base for the ensemble’s extensive international touring, with year-round theatre training, conversations and convenings, greening and farming initiatives, and a popular indoor-outdoor traveling spectacle which takes place alongside the hills, pastures, river, and gardens of the Center. The DE facilities include two performance and training spaces, production facilities, offices, archives, music room, and outdoor performance areas, an animal barn, vegetable gardens, and two additional properties: housing in the center of town for resident and emerging artists and DE’s Emerging Artists Studio; and a design house, with design offices, studios, costume shop, and set, costume, and prop storage. A vision of future facilities includes a public archive/gallery, a meeting space called Ohketeau (meaning to plant something to grow), which gives primacy to the voices of Native youth, and a fully developed farm.
Photo by Maria Baranova
Header photo by Tamara Sloan