Sailing A Sinking Sea is a feature-length experimental documentary exploring the culture of the Moken people of Burma and Thailand. The Moken are a seafaring community and one of the smallest ethnic minority groups in Asia, traditionally spending eight months out of the year in thatch-roofed wooden boats. Wholly reliant upon the sea, their entire belief system revolves around water. Sailing A Sinking Sea weaves a visual and aural tapestry of Moken mythologies and present-day practices. As a viewer you will swim under the sea past fishes and mermaids, sail boats across turquoise waters, land on 13 different islands, step inside sea shanties on stilts, delve into the minds of shamans, become possessed through the worship of sea gods, dance between lovers and emerge drenched in Moken mythology.
The film is originally scored by Bitchin Bajas (Drag City). For the first time ever, Bitchin Bajas will be performing a live score to the film. Bitchin Bajas create meditative textured compositions, blending acoustic and electronic instruments over rhythmic pulses and drones.
The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Song is an original adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s short stories written by Joseph Wesolowski. Our story, through the use of Physical Theatre, Mask Work, and Puppetry, tells the tale of Mowgli, a boy torn between two cultures. Being constantly met with prejudice, Mowgli fights to find his place in the world. Through trials and tribulation Mowgli is able to discover the true meaning of home.
The evening will consist of a performance of MEAT by Brooke Allen directed by WildClaw company member Norine McGrath, and WORM FOOD by 2015 Deathscribe Winner Joseph Zettelmaier directed by WildClaw Artistic Director Josh Zagoren both accompanied by full Foley designed and performed by WildClaw company member Ele Matelan. The centerpiece of the evening will be a fully staged performance of SHAVE AND A HAIRCUT written and directed by filmmaker and special fx artist, Ryan Oliver.
‘Sister Cities,’ written by Colette Freedman and directed by Ashley Neal, is the story of four estranged sisters whose reunion weekend is inextricably flipped 180 degrees by the sudden death of their mother. Written by internationally known playwright and author, Colette Freedman, ‘Sister Cities’ has been produced all over the world, and was a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Now it is making its Chicago premiere.
The four sisters will be played by Nicole Fabbri, Katlynn Yost, Anna Donnell, and Norma Chacon with Rainee Denham as their mother.
Sister Cities is a dark comedy that features beautifully crafted roles for five women. It will have you rethinking what it means to be family, and what the true value of life, choice, and freedom are for you.
There are 7, 36 x 40 inch prints in handmade wooden frames, along with 20, 11 x 17 prints, also in handmade frames.
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About The Chicago Improv Den:
The Chicago Improv Den is an advanced, supplemental, improvisational training program. We are focused on training our students to be the best actors, listeners and—most importantly–ensemble players. This program commits itself to doing this through a carefully considered curriculum with a variety of Chicago’s best improv minds, as well as bi-weekly labs that reinforce curriculum.