Shaking the Tree realizes how important it is for emerging theatre groups/artists to have access to space in the exploration and creation phase of a new work. In this pilot project, we will provide a week long residency to an emerging theatre group/artist that includes access to rehearsal space, basic tech support, marketing, and a two-three night performance run of their workshopped piece. Shaking the Tree audiences will benefit by attending this free event and learn about exciting emerging theatre/performance groups in the community.
December: Red Balloon Theatre Collective Performance dates: Dec 19th - 21st at 7:30 Tickets are FREE, reservations are encouraged
Say hello to Red Balloon Theatre Collective-- What started as a company within a company, RBTC is compiled of 6 former members of the Third Rail Repertory Theatre mentorship cohort. But even more simply put-- they’re a group of local professional artists seeking something different. They collaborate. They feel. They wanted to ‘do the damn thing’.... so they went out and did it. Thus, Red Balloon Collective came to be.
The Ensemble features: Alanna Archibald, Kayla Hanson, Hailey Houser, Emily Estrada, Claire Aldridge, and Erin MacGillivray.
This gutsy all-female RBTC ensemble will use the phenomenal opportunity of the Open Space Residency at STT to devise a 30 min performance piece to workshop with our audience in December of 2018 titled THE WAYS WE COPE: a workshop. Through movement, poetry, and mixed-media, THE WAYS WE COPE will create an unconventional experience on themes of coping, solitude, and pure resilience. The goal of this workshop and collaboration is to create the bones and beginnings of a full devised production with the intention of submitting it to premiere during Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival in 2020. The group has teamed up with some amazing collaborators on this workshop opportunity, including Cambria Herrera, Trevor Sargent, some friends over at Third Rail, and more! The core of RBTC’s mission is to continually lean into honesty and vulnerability (or as they affectionately call it— to ‘stay soft’) and to encourage a dialogue between artist and audience alike. By utilizing resources and maintaining a stasis of empathy, the ensemble is beyond excited to have those who join them in December to be a breathing part of the creation for THE WAYS WE COPE.