The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Once a Blue Moon - Cada Luna Azul

Double Edge's 14th annual Indoor/Outdoor Traveling Spectacle

ASHFIELD, MA - In July and August, Double Edge Theatre will present its 14th annual Indoor/Outdoor Traveling Spectacle Once a Blue Moon - Cada Luna Azul with previews July 15-17 and performances running Wednesdays - Sundays July 20 - August 22 plus Monday August 22 at 8 pm.

Once a Blue Moon is the first Latin American based spectacle in Double Edge’s history, taking inspiration from Alejandro Jodorowski's Where the Bird Sings Best, Lawrence Thornton’s Imagining Argentina, Isabel Allende's Eva Luna, and other great works of Jorge Borges, Gabriel Marquez, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, and Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus. The highly visual and imaginative performance will lead the audience alongside the hills, pastures, river, and through the gardens of Double Edge's Farm, and includes expansive murals and colorful settings by local and international artists.

The performance follows a traveler (played by 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, 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, imbued with the excitement of Latin American carnival. Audience members, traversing the landscape, encounter and mingle with the townspeople of Agua Santa. Music by Argentine guest artists Manuel Uriona and Micaela Farias Gomez.

“... Some of the best theatre there is.”
Jesse Seaver, The Huffington Post full article

"The visual fantasia may delight the senses, but they also elevate the commonplace surroundings into the realm of myth."
Ian Thal, The Arts Fuse full article

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