HONEYCOMB ZONE and MAD NOISE
at A.C.T.'s The Costume Shop
November 1, 6:00 to 9:30 pm presented by Footloose and Theatecture and Central Market NOW!
FREE from 6:00-7:15 pm at 1117 Market on the sidewalk and in the lobby live music by MAD NOISE and interactive excursion into Theatecture's HONEYCOMB ZONE where you can be part of the instantaneous creation of a whole world in the Honeycomb Zone. Play and build with interlocking giant toy sculptures made with prefabricated, lightweight cardboard hexagons. Directed/written/choreographed by Mary Alice Fry; Sculpture/set design by Cindi Valverde
Stay for dance performances and live music in the theater from 7:30 to 9:30 for a donation of $5-10 with:
Carolé Acuña and Brandon Kazen-Maddox will perform selections from Honeycomb Zone with live music by guitarist Robert Zhimantas.
The Wayfinders Performance Group,international ensemble of dance and theatre artists who have studied extensively with Anna Halprin bring excerpts from their new show "Homing Devices" which draws on the Tamalpa Life/Art practice with movement, drawing, writing, vocalizing and speaking. Director Joy Cosculluela performs with Anna Halprin's dance company and teaches movement-based expressive arts at Tamalpa Institute.
"Local buskers turn their hustle into performance art…"
MAD NOISE, a six-piece ensemble that bridges pop and jazz were twice named Best Band in the Bay in SF Bay Guardian's Reader's Poll for 2011 and 2012. Their first LP "From Busk till Dawn" is in the works and they will play selections from their large catalog of originals and standards. You can catch them every Saturday at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market in San Francisco and at various venues in the Bay Area. Khalil Sullivan (songwriter, guitars, lead vocalist), Anthony "Mogli" Maureal (drums/percussion), Aaron "Pharoah" Strong (harmonica), Chris Weir (upright bass), Marica Petrey (cello) and Brendan Lui (trumpet).
Be in the Honeycomb Zone on United Nations PLAZA
San Francisco, California, September 26, 2012: An article in today's SF Weekly by Lily Janiak says a lot about what the newly formed company Theatecture is all about:
"Footloose Artistic Director Mary Alice Fry has done the conventional theater thing before, where you "sit there and wait for people to come in and be polite." But she "just gets really tired of it!" Her new show, Honeycomb Zone, which she's presenting with Theatecture as part of the 24 Days of Central Market Arts Festival, is geared toward audiences who feel the same way.
The free show, staged in UN Plaza, is meant to attract everyone around: Twitterers, City Hall employees, the food truck crowd, the homeless, public transit users. Its initial draw, according to Fry, is the hexagonal honeycomb-like set pieces, designed by Cindi Valverde, which audiences use to build hives.
"Every time," says Fry, "it's completely different, the way people shape them. There's something about the way they fit together and surprise you and play with your imagination." While the giant, collective K'NEX-like building is going on, performers from martial arts, acrobatics, modern jazz, and flamenco "tell the story of two brothers who are seeking shelter," says Fry, all to live, original music composed by Bob Marsh and the Free Reed Vibrating Society. According to Fry, we live in an era when "people are taking it outdoors." Theater, she believes, should follow suit, especially if it's not a protest but "a celebration."
--By Lily Janiak
Mary Alice Fry uses the current bee colony collapse crisis as a jumping off point for the story of two homeless, teenage brothers searching for safe refuge after being separated from their family. They are unofficially welcomed to life on the streets of San Francisco by The Magician played by dancer/actress Carolé Acuña. In a round of poetic and kinetic dance theater motifs, The Magician trains the boys in self-defense and safety. Brandon Kazen-Maddox and James Arthur use their professional theater, circus, acrobatic and hip hop skills to portray in a highly dynamic fashion their transformation from fear to compassion. The Free Reed Vibrating Society adds musical support and acts as a Greek chorus.
The centerpiece of the show is the building of the mobile, cardboard sets which are taken apart, re-formed and repositioned to form hives. Cindi Valverde's sculptures of the family along with the prefabricated, interlocking hexagonal pieces are eye catching, clean and simple. The performance flows in and around the honeycomb modules including ones that will be interconnected some up to 6'x10' in scale!
Theatecture is a name combining theater and architecture with the mission "to offer people a customized experience of the urban landscape." The project contains creative elements anyone could relate to if they so choose. They may choose not to engage and that is part of the experience as well. The outdoor public space and architecture is utilized as an experience of place we all share as a freedom and right to occupy. It attracts humans like the bees to gather and connect in the airy open space. It sends a message that we care about the daily life of the local residents and reflects the multiplicity of diverse milieus.