Calendar of Events
June 3 & 4
1 - 9pm, parade starts at 7pm
Double Edge’s Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair explores how active participation defines the intersection of art, culture and democracy. Grown directly from the theatre’s questions about the roots of identity, the Town Spectacle extends this search to include the whole community through a kaleidoscope of history, art, and spectacle. This performance will not take place in a theatre—the territories of the town will be the stage map—and the ensemble will be joined by all walks of the Ashfield, Hilltown, and western MA community.
The event is free and open to the public, and spectators will be free to wander from venue to venue, with a map and schedule provided upon entry. The Spectacle will run from 1pm-9pm both days, culminating in a large parade/procession down Main Street at 7 pm, leading to a finale at the Ashfield Lake.
May-Aug 14 / June 7 - Aug 14
(see below for details)
This summer Double Edge is offering a special, three-part, Spectacle Immersion: beginning with participation in all elements of our first-ever Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair, followed by the Summer Intensive training program and culminating in the annual DE summer Spectacle performances on the Farm. Participating artists are immersed in all aspects of Double Edge's spectacle production process, with this year's unique focus on art, culture and democracy in Ashfield and beyond. Apply today - room & board included in tuition.
Summer Immersion: May - Aug 14, with start dates of May 5 or May 15
Abridged Summer Immersion: June 7 - Aug 14
Become a Member and join the celebration! Our annual Summer Member Asado, an Argentinian-style barbecue (with lots for every diet!) will be happening on June 11th.
Not a member yet? Click here to join. You’ll receive invites to this and other celebrations, complimentary tickets, and other great perks. Become a part of the vitality and evolution of Double Edge Theatre today.
Previews: July 14-15
Performances: July 19 - Aug 6 (Wed-Sun) & Tues Aug 1
8pm, rain or shine, at Double Edge Theatre
We The People intersects art, culture, and democracy and has its roots in Double Edge’s thirty-five-year question of what makes up identity. What are the paradoxes, the stories, the dreams that make up a human being, a community, a society? The audience will experience the beauty of the hills, pastures, and gardens of the Farm surrounded by music and flight, weaving through different paths toward a culminating grand scene.
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September 3 - November 22
3 months of in-depth training, original work creation, and immersion into the artistic life of the ensemble. The ensemble will mentor participating artists in Double Edge's rigorous, intimate, and holistic training methodology as it interconnects with our current research.
The Art Salon, a dynamic social evening of engaging presentations by established and emerging artists in the Pioneer Valley. The public is invited to meet the artists and join in a friendly, social gathering of conversations about the arts in our community. Light refreshments will be served. The Art Salon takes place several times per year all over Pioneer Valley, and Double Edge is pleased to host this special event. Learn more
This event is part of a series exploring the relationship between culture, community, and democracy, in conjunction with Double Edge’s Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair, and will celebrate Ashfield area artists under the leadership of Michal Kuriata, Double Edge's lead designer and painter.
11am - 2pm at the Farm
The Open Training consists of a two-hour training session led by the ensemble, plus a light meal with the company, and a tour of our center. This is an ideal opportunity to get a sense of what we do and how we work. All levels – even the simply curious– welcome to attend.
April 2, 3-5pm
At the Farm
Featuring Ilan Stavans
A discussion that aims to bring our community together around questions surrounding immigration. The forum will be led by acclaimed author Ilan Stavans, with special guest contributors/ responders from Ashfield, the Hilltowns, and the Pioneer Valley. This deep-dive conversation will wonder out loud how a rural hilltown can think, understand and respond to the questions surrounding immigration in these times of change.
Immigration: A Gathering is part of a series of events exploring the relationship between culture, community, and democracy, in conjunction with Double Edge’s Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair, June 3 & 4. The event will be co-presented by The Congregational Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church and The Ashfield Lakehouse. Light refreshments will be served, and further informal conversation (and music by Double Edge) will follow at the Ashfield Lakehouse.
Free to the public, reservations recommended (email us at firstname.lastname@example.org). Donations are encouraged and all proceeds will go towards the Uriona-Klein International and Latino Training Fund. Uriona-Klein Fund believes art and culture transcend all borders and supports the training, mentorship, and travel for international emerging artists and Latino artists from the U.S. and beyond.
At Elmer's Store
An exhibit of paintings by Double Edge Resident Designer Michal Kuriata will be held March 2nd through March 29th at Elmer’s Store, located at 396 Main Street in Ashfield. Gallery hours will be held during Elmer's regular business hours.
The exhibit is part of a series of events exploring the relationship between culture, community, and democracy, in conjunction with Double Edge’s Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair, June 3 & 4.
Flexible dates for 5-8 months (see details below)
Alumni are invited to apply for an Advanced Spectacle Immersion, with flexible dates for 5-8 months, beginning any time January through March and ending either in June or in August. Open to Alumni only. 2017 is an especially exciting time for Advanced Training at Double Edge as participants will be included in creating an original Spectacle in the Center of the Town of Ashfield. Subsequently the Town Spectacle material will be used to create our annual Summer Spectacle at the Farm.
The Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair will include the entire DE Company, artists and community members from all over Ashfield and the Hilltowns, and our Advanced Students. During the day there will be performances all over town, and in the evening these will come together in a parade ending at the Lake (or even above the lake!) Advanced Immersion Students will engage in this unique Spectacle creation process and exchange with community participants.
Email or call Jeremy at email@example.com
or 413-628-9947 to schedule a conversation about participation.
3pm - 5pm
Would you like to participate in the Ashfield Town Spectacle or the Ashfield Culture Fair? Does your organization or group want to present, participate or display something? Do you want to learn stilts or fly or play music with us? Or perhaps you’d like to design the event poster or contribute to the Ashfield visual arts mural?
We welcome ideas and participation - please join us for work sessions of stilt walking, flying, music and more, as well as discussion of history, ideas and questions, and planning and figuring out how to use the town to its best and most full imaginings. The work sessions are open to anyone who is curious about the project!
Jan 18 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm workshop
Jan 19 7:30 pm concert with opening by Tenores de Aterúe
At the Farm
Co-produced with Elmer’s and the Inn at Norton Hill
A program of traditional polyphonic Georgian songs and chants by Ensemble Adilei on their first U.S. tour!
Adilei’s main passion lies in the songs from the province of Guria in Western Georgia, a style often compared to jazz because of its strong improvisational component where all the voice parts move independently of each other to create contrapuntal polyphony. Gurian song is also characterized by krimanchuli, a yodeling technique often present in the upper voice. For the members of Adilei singing is the primary mode of communication with the world: it is more of a lifestyle than a performance practice — it is not just relegated to official concerts. They sing every time they gather, wherever that may be. Learn more about Adilei on their website or in this video.
Tenores de Aterúe will be opening for the Ensemble Adilei concert. Learn more about Tenores here.
Concert tickets are $20, workshop participation is $25; $40 for both.
To purchase tickets, click here.
September 23 & 24, at 7pm
Forest Park, Springfield, MA
Presented by City Mosaic
In partnership with Springfield Public Schools and the Community Music School of Springfield
Directed by Stacy Klein
Created by the Double Edge Ensemble
Based on Double Edge’s Once a Blue Moon - Cada Luna Azul, this large-scale outdoor performance features the Double Edge Ensemble and renowned Argentine guest musicians Manuel Uriona (Bersuit Vergarabat) and Micaela Farias Gomez (Santadiabla), and will showcase youth performers from Springfield Conservatory of the Arts Public School.
The story follows a traveler who returns to his hometown after many years. Memories of his past and stories about the town’s colorful inhabitants evoke reflections about an increasingly universal theme: how progress can displace people. Inspired by Alejandro Jodorowski and other Latin American writers, the show is imbued with the excitement of a Latin American carnival, and draws upon memory, culture, and song.
Free and open to the public. The Spectacle will begin at the Forest Park Carriage House.
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This project is made possible with funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts.
August 5 -7
Co-curated by Matthew Glassman and Nick Slie (Mondo Bizarro)
Web streamed live online via Howlround
Art & Survival is a series of gatherings focused on collective thinking and dialogue which bring together a diverse array of artists, scholars and interdisciplinary practitioners. All sessions will be available to the general public via live webstream. Please click below for schedule and list of participants.
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Performances: July 20 - August 21, Weds- Sun; 8pm, rain or shine
The performance follows a traveler (Carlos Uriona) who returns to his hometown of Agua Santa after many years. He evokes the memories of his past and the stories of the town’s colorful inhabitants, including Luna, la Señora, and the Peddler, as well as the events leading to his departure. The story reflects an increasingly universal situation in which ‘progress’ displaces people, in this case causing a flood. It is a story of memory, culture, and song. As every year, the highly visual and imaginative performance will lead the audience alongside the hills, pastures, river, and gardens of Double Edge's Farm, and will include sets created in collaboration with local and international visual artists and craftspeople, and the excitement of the Latin American carnival.
May 28 & 29 at 7:30pm
Jamaica Plain, MA
In partnership with Hyde Square Task force, Charlestown Working Theater, and the City of Boston
Based on Double Edge’s Once a Blue Moon - Cada Luna Azul, this large-scale indoor/outdoor performance features the internationally recognized Double Edge Ensemble and renowned Argentine guest musicians Manuel Uriona (Bersuit Vergarabat) and Micaela Farias Gomez (Santadiabla), and will showcase youth performers from Hyde Square Task Force.
The story follows a traveler who returns to his hometown after many years. Memories of his past and stories about the town’s colorful inhabitants evoke reflections about an increasingly universal theme: how progress can displace people. Inspired by Alejandro Jodorowski’s Where the Bird Sings Best, Isabel Allende’s Eva Luna, writings by Borges and Marquez, as well as poetry by Pablo Neruda and Octavio Paz, the show is imbued with the excitement of a Latin American carnival, and draws upon memory, culture, and song. Wrapped in a world of magic realism, audience members encounter and mingle with townspeople while traversing the landscape, which has surprising similarities to Boston's Latin Quarter.
Free and open to the public.
The spectacle begins at HSTF's Blessed Sacrament Church Building, 361 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, and travels in parade to Mozart Park.
This project is made possible with funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts, ArtPlace, the Boston Foundation, and the Boston Cultural Council.
May 13 & 14 at 7:30pm
Bar Harbor, Maine
Presented by College of the Atlantic
The Odyssey is a traveling outdoor spectacle which re-imagines Odysseus’ mythical journey using Double Edge's signature mix of flight, poetry, unforgettable imagery, large-scale puppetry and a live musical score. Double Edge’s Odysseus is a complex figure – the man of twists and turns who not only outwits his adversaries with daring schemes and escapes, but who must face the consequences of his owns actions and the loss of his comrades in the timeless turmoil of war. Recreated for the College of the Atlantic campus, the performance invites the audience to see each site transformed by encounters with flying Gods, a giant Cyclops, the haunting songs of sirens and much more.
The Odyssey at College of the Atlantic is made possible with funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts.
The performance is free and open to the public; reservations required. For reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org 207-801-5736
Geddy Aniksdal's My Life as a Man
April 1 & 2 at 7:30 pm
Lars Vik's Mr. Fumblebody
April 2 at 2 pm matinee
About My Life as a Man:
An autobiographical excursion into the story of Geddy Aniksdal’s Norwegian working class origin, which then becomes her working class characters. Her stories in theatre, the reasons why she makes theatre, the meeting with others made possible through the work. A story of finding a room of one’s own.
About Mr. Fumblebody:
The character Mr. Fumblebody is inspired by (and is an homage to) the great silent movie comedians Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin – and early Jaques Tati. In this hilarious show, suitable for ages 5 and up, Mr Vik combines physical slapstick with vivid audience participation and hilarious improvisations. Performed in English.
Concert 7:30 pm Workshop 3-5 pm
Master singers at the oldest church in Tbilisi, members of the Anchiskhati Church Choir will present a program of secular and sacred music from the Republic of Georgia. In their first appearance in Ashfield, the members of Anchiskhati will sing folk songs from all regions of Georgia, accompanying themselves on chiboni (goatskin bagpipe) or chonguri (four-string lute), as well as haunting selections from their vast repertoire of church chants.
Springfield, MA - CityStage
October 29 & 30
This tour is made possible with major support from the New England Foundation for the Arts National Theater Project, with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and with funding from the Davis Foundation.