Hearing Voices Storytelling Fest & Camille Claudel Opera

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 04/03/2012

 Dmae Roberts features the 8th Annual Hearing Voices Storytelling Festival  in Hillsboro and talks with organizer Heather Waisanen and Oregon storyteller Leslie Slape. In the second part of the show, she features an opera based on the tragic life of French sculptor Camille Claudel and her love affair with Rodin.

The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) hosts the 8th Annual Hearing Voices Storytelling Festival April 7 – 14. The festival features four professional storytellers: Tim Tingle (Canyon Lake, TX), Kirk Waller (Oakland, CA), Habiba Addo(Portland, OR and Ghana, West Africa) and Leslie Slape (Rainier, OR).

The week-long storytelling extravaganza features thirteen storytelling performances at the WCCLS member libraries, the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro and the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains.

Leslie Slape has been storytelling since she was a little girl. When she had children of her own, she began telling tales professionally. She is equally at home in large and small venues, from festivals to the fireside. Her storytelling inspirations are far-ranging, from folktales to history and biography. She especially loves tales from Russia, where her grandfather was born.

See a schedule of events: http://www.wccls.org/voices

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Later in show, Dmae talks with Theresa Koon, creator of Promise, a new opera. She started working on it 16  years ago, and she found a childhood connection to the Claudels and met with the family for additional research.  Promise for four shows only – two at the historic Ainsworth House and Gardens in Oregon City; two at the Scottish Rite Center in Portland. The Libretto and Music are written by Theresa Koon, the work is directed by Kevin Yell and conducted by David Hattner.
 
Camille Claudel was a risk-taking artist in France who studied with the famous Rodin in Paris during the late 1800s. This operatic drama and movement hybrid travels through her life as a sculptor, lover, sister, daughter and the artist she became. Although most known for her progressive, sensual and autobiographic works, Claudel haunts history for destroying many of her own sculptures. Her life, and eventual unraveling, is threaded through her close relationship with her brother, the famous writer and diplomat, Paul Claudel. Theresa Koon’s passionate portrait paints Claudel’s tumultuous struggle with her family, her affair with Rodin and her burning inner conflict of whether or not to allow her creativity out in the world.
Promise Libretto and Music was written by Theresa Koon, directed by  Kevin Yell and conducted by David Hattner
 
Featured Artists include Eleanor Stallcop-Horrox, Jon Kolbet, Doug Webster, Stephen Guntli, Erika Little, Shannon Jones, Katie Krueger, Catherine Olson, Carrie Rambo and Musicians Erica Melton, Greg Ewer, Justin Kagan, Jerry Simas.
 
Performance Dates: April 13 & 14 @ 7:30pm – Ainsworth House & Gardens, Oregon City. April 20 @ 7:30pm & April 22 @ 2pm Scottish Rite Center Theater, Portland
Tickets: $20 adults/$15 Students/Seniors atwww.boxofficetickets.com
 

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