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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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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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Asheville Aerial Arts Open Auditions

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
6-10pm
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46 New Leicester Hwy (Moose Heart Dr.) Ste 103
Asheville, NC 28806
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Registration Contact: Christine Aiken
Christine@ashevilleaerialarts.com 828-301-5615

The Asheville Aerial Arts are looking for supportive, non-competitive artists of integrity to join their aerial family. Membership dues $50 monthly covers open workouts and 2 rehearsals weekly. We perform and teach at various events. Should have a demonstrated history of discipline and commitment to the arts. Knowledge, strength, balance and flexibility are equally important. Must be 18 years of age and have health insurance (beginning 5/11). This is something that you can train and get involved with~ so if you are interested please do come on out!

Who is Asheville Aerial Arts?
Asheville Aerial Arts is a group of performing artists that perform, practice, and explore many types of aerial arts. We are artists, spotters, trainers, directors, make-up artists, photographers, and administrators that are striving to bring aerial acts to the forefront of the arts community. The troupe formed March of 2007 debuting at the Patron Party Frost for the Asheville Arts Council’s White Ball in June of the same year. Beginning immediately, their growing popularity soared amongst organizations and individuals hiring the troupe for public and private performances as well as aspiring performers interested in joining the company. Asheville Aerial Arts has continued to grow and foster under its Artistic Director and Founder, Christine Aiken. Members of our troupe have trained and performed all over the world and are diverse in their performance style. More information is available about our troupe, staff and performances at http://www.ashevilleaerialarts.com. Asheville Aerial Arts is based out of Aerial Space. More information on our home studio can be found at http://www.aerialspace.org.

What does Asheville Aerial Arts do?
Asheville Aerial Arts is available for performance and instruction bookings. We individualize each event to coordinate with your event theme including aerial apparatus acts in silks, sling, lyra, spanish web and trapeze. We perform at large functions, private parties, fund raisers, schools, festivals, and theatre performances. Our aerialists are professional performers, each with their own unique aerial arts style and skills. We are continuing to develop our skills and repertoire through aerial workshops, rehearsals, recruiting, and experience.

We are available to perform for a variety of events and functions. Your guests will be astonished and intrigued by our aerial acts. Rarely will you find a more versatile form of entertainment to compliment your party, performance, or event. Each performance is customized to accomplish your visual goals in the venue of your choice. The cost is calculated based on the type, duration, magnitude, and scope of the event. 

Find Asheville Aerial Arts on Facebook and Twitter.

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THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS!*

We are offering two free tickets to whoever can convincingly write “why they should receive two free tickets to this week’s Asheville Vaudeville Halloween Special”?

Post your answer as a comment to this blog.

Asheville Vaudeville Halloween

Fri, October 29th & Sat the 30th
Gala and Costume Party at 6:30PM both nights, show at 7:30
Asheville Community Theatre, 35 East Walnut St.
$12 tickets available at the Box Office or at AshevilleVaudeville.com

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Asheville’s LARGEST vaudeville variety show returns with an all-new Halloween Special featuring some of Western North Carolina’s BEST comedy, juggling, magic, acrobatics, aerial arts, short plays, sideshow and more!

We’ve pulled out all the stops this time to bring you more than 45 of the region’s most sensational performers in an all-local, all-Asheville production that includes the contributions of more than 20 regional theatre companies and performance troupes. And to top it all: Asheville Vaudeville just won “Best Live Show in WNC” in the 2010 Mountain Xpress Reader’s Poll!

That’s right folks: we’ve got everything from acrobats to belly dancing on stilts, sketch comedy, knife juggling, opera, aerial arts, marionettes and more – culminating in TWO full nights of entertainment.

Asheville Vaudeville is a charity organization that gives A THIRD of all ticket proceeds to MANNA Food Bank. Two sold out houses feeds 5,000 meals to our hungry friends and neighbors

Visit www.AshevilleVaudeville.com and buy your tickets today!

Also find them on facebook and twitter:

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS!*

We are offering two free tickets to whoever can convincingly write “why they should receive two free tickets to this week’s Asheville Vaudeville Halloween Special”?

Post your answer as a comment to this blog.

*Ticket contest deadline is Thursday night at 2am. Make your post by then and you will be entered to win a pair of tickets. Winners will be notified through this blog on Friday by Noon. You can choose the night that you wish to attend.

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Now in its ninth year, the Asheville FringeArts Festival will be a four-day, multi-venue, wild, strange, wacky and exciting performing arts extravaganza happening in spaces all over Asheville. It is the festival that asks artists of all genres and media (actors, dancers, musicians, poets, performance artists of all kinds) to explore the edges of their work, to collaborate across genres and to bring new and innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences.

Be part of a truly unique performing arts experience.

Find out more about the Festival and apply online at www.ashevillefringe.org

The Asheville FringeArts Festival needs volunteers to help make this festival happen.
If you feel the calling, email them at info at ashevillefringe.org

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival is presented by the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre.

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