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I am pleased to introduce Hand Me Down: Bestowing Our True Inheritance through Life, Lessons and Legacy, a production of Barrie Barton’s Community Choreography, taking take place at the Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th, 2011. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Bereavement Center at CarePartners Hospice and Pallative Care.

Read more about it at the Mountain Xpress:

A community quilt of stories: Movement theater woven around themes of “home” and “legacy” comes to Diana Wortham

by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt

Hand Me Down, Bestowing Our True Inheritance Through Life Lessons and Legacy, a production by the Community Choreography Project, is a collage of personal stories woven around themes of “home” and “legacy.” As Barrie Barton, choreographer of the production, puts it: Hand Me Down is a showcase of movement theater that strives to “take artistic expression away from the experts and give it back to all of us.”

The theme for the show was inspired after Barton left her job of 22 years, working as a dance teacher with Buncombe County Schools, and after she turned 50. “It seemed like a time to look at what I had contributed to my community,” she says, reflecting on the thought that set her fourth community production into motion.

Photo by Doc Klein

Working closely with a cast of 16 — with actors ranging from age 34 to 64 — Barton asked everyone to consider a set of questions: Where do you come from? What is home? What do you carry through this world? What do you hope to leave behind? From here, a community dialogue was sparked — providing a foundation for the production as a whole.

Creating an original score as a team, and thinking deeply about these questions, however, is no easy task. For the past seven months, the cast has been hard at work examining these ideas through creative writing, conversation and free-form movement, trimming material down as they go and pairing it with expressive dance and spoken-word/prose poetry.

“Legacy,” for example, explores the meaning of names. “There is a lot of significance around our names,” says Barton. “Some people are juniors and some are seniors; some people are given a family name. I’m Jewish, so I was given a Hebrew name. Names are changed when we marry and when we divorce.”

As she speaks, Barton looks to a dancer moving through the rehearsal space at Jubilee Community Church. The dancer lifts her arms quickly and lets them fall slowly back to her side. “This woman has gone through multiple divorces, and talks about her family tree as if it’s been hit by lighting — splitting into all these [fractured] sections,” Barton says. “But, when you sew all of these stories together, it [creates a] quilt, a beautiful collage of stories.”

The hope is that audience members will recognize a piece of their life story, home or legacy when watching these vignettes. As Barton says of her experience guiding this production: “People have these stories — these experiences in their life that they think only happen to them, and there’s this liberating feeling when realizing they are not alone.”

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Hand Me Down promises to create a space where people can see themselves — their struggles, hopes, aspirations and fears — through the stories and lessons shared by others. “These common themes will unite us,” says Barton. “Here, you come to watch yourself.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AND MORE PERSONAL STORIES HERE: http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2011/041311a-community-quilt-of-stories

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Join Community Choreography for an exceptional evening of colorful dance, uplifting music, engaging story- telling and comedic skits in the community performance of Hand Me Down, Bestowing Our True Inheritance Through Life, Lessons and Legacy directed by Barrie Barton. Plan to attend, Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at The Diana Wortham Theatre, 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available at The Enchanted Forrest, Malaprop’s Bookstore and Diana Wortham Theatre. For more information;  828 6581217.

The cast and crew invite you to experience a spicy, eclectic blend of real-life stories with physically expressive choreography that are both humorous and deeply engaging. Join with them as they  unfold their lives and experiences in ways that are certain to be provocative, entertaining and promise to make real the humanity we all share: truly community at it finest.

The Laurel of Asheville wrote about the show. Here is an excerpt. Follow the link for the full article:

Hand Me Down is combination of multimedia, movement theater, poetry, music, and stories created in a spirit of collaboration between the dancers and the choreographer. The cast includes more than 50 members from Asheville and the surrounding area. The dancers say they have drawn inspiration from their own life stories and have chosen them to share those with the audience. The result is a passionate and poignant interpretation of a universal message.

Barrie says, “The production is a tapestry of compelling complexities and joyous reminiscences of our home and the legacy we receive from those who not only came before us, but also for those who will follow.”

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CCP invites participants to engage in artful play, imaginative exploration, and spontaneous expression through movement, stories, creative writing, and choreography. Each project is motivated and inspired by particular themes from the participants’ lives. Through the production, their collective stories emerge and are interpreted through movement, music, and voice.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://thelaurelofasheville.com/issues/2011/04/hand-me-down-it-s-a-tapestry-of-stories-dance

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Hand Me Down, Bestowing Our True Inheritance Through Life, Lessons and Legacy is an evening of multimedia, movement theater, music, and story inviting you to genuinely delve into the compelling complexities and joyous reminiscences of our home and the legacy we receive from those before us and to those who follow. Based on the lives of 38 community members, choreographer Barrie Barton distills the collection of stories and movements into a passionate and poignant interpretation that conveys a universal message.

With 3 highly successful keynote performances from 2006 -2009 reaching over 1000 audience members, Barrie presents her fourth Community Choreography Project Hand Me Down: Bestowing Our True Inheritance Through Life, Lessons and Legacy.


The word Legacy will be milling, muddling and meandering through the halls of Jubilee in the coming months, which is where the rehearsals for Hand Me Down take place. Collaboration between Jubilee Community and Hand Me Down, Bestowing our True Inheritance Through Life, Lessons and Legacy (see there’s that word already) is afoot.

For the month of March, the Hospitality room of Jubilee features photography by Paul Howey and Doc Klein of rehearsals for Hand Me Down. The photography show features two co-created pieces developed by choreographer Barrie Barton: There’s No Place Like Home and From that I am; From this I live. Both pieces examine the ordinary moments and memories of our sense of place and how we view our contributions to this life.

Jubilee is located at 46 Wall Street, Asheville NC 28801, Phone: 828-252-5335.

Hand Me Down rehearsal. Photo by Doc Klein

JUBILEE! asks– WHAT IS YOUR LEGACY?

“I hope my legacy involves an enduring belief in fairness in how we treat other people. Personally, in a family, in a group, in a country – the way we treat others is paramount. In fact, one of my mantras is, ‘Life is not fair. But it is interesting.’” Jim Taylor

“If I left this realm today, who knows? Our legacy is not decided by us but by those who look at it later. We all hope to be thought of favorably but let’s be honest. Our opinions are biased. The best I can hope for is to take what is in front of me today and do the best I can with that. The legacy part will take care of itself.” Griggs Ward

“My legacy? I hope my legacy turns out to be a sense open-mindedness, acceptance, and compassion for all. . From whatever influence I might have had on my children, may they be inclined to pass it on to their children, and may they pass it to their children, and so on. What a wonderful, anonymous legacy that would be.” Paul M Howey

“I want the people who remember me to look at my life and say, ‘No matter what happened, she kept on dancing.’” Sheryl Cramer

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