Thursday, March 04, 2010

Performing Artists from Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi and Massachusetts

This is an informative memorandum from our friends at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)


Hello all-

Yes, it is that time of year again! Performing Artists from Alaska, Hawai`i, Mississippi and Massachusetts will be coming to the East Coast for the 10th consecutive year of the ECHO Performing Arts Festival, to enrich the local school curriculum and entertain and educate PEM's general audiences.

ECHO's 2010 Performing Arts presentation Celebrate-- Song, Dance &Story! has appeared in Alaska (cities and villages), Hawai`i (2 islands) and Mississippi, before finishing the tour this year in New England (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut.)

PEM will host school performances all week, but our big public performance will be on Saturday, March 6th. Individual performances of music, dance and stories in the galleries will augment the main performance piece (3:00-4:30) in the atrium,to produce an inspiring and engaging program that runs all day (12:00- 4:30).

And if you miss the group here in Salem, you can catch the main performance piece at the Children's Museum on Sunday morning, March 8th, at Brown University (sponsored by the Haffenreffer Museum) in Providence late that afternoon, at New Bedford's AHA! celebration on Thursday evening March 11th at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and new this year, at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum on Saturday afternoon, March 13th.

This years' cast:

Annawon Weeden (Mashpee Wampanoag), representing PEM

Joe Vinagre, Portuguese, representing the New Bedford Whaling Museum

Allison Warden (Iñupiaq), representing the North-Slope Borough of Barrow, Alaska

Stephen Blanchett (Yup'ik), representing the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage

Ani Lokomaika`i Lipscomb, representing Bishop Museum of Hawai`i

Ed Bourgeois, (tour and stage manager) from the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage

Please join us in welcoming the storytellers and support staff, and take the opportunity to engage them in conversation. They are traveling far from home, and will appreciate friendly gestures. In addition, they are all very interesting and talented people.

We hope to see you and your guests on Saturday, March 6th, for what promises to be an exciting, engaging, interactive celebration of storytelling, music and dance.

Dan E. and Merry G.

The ability to create and connect...lies at the very heart of any creative use of the mind...." George J. Seidel, U.S. Philosopher

Merry Glosband
Assistant Director, ECHO Project
Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
Salem, MA 01970

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