Hello Dear Friends~
Sunday April 25th we'll be premiering a collective event. This is a collection of stories we've gathered from friends in various places in the United States who had pandemic passings of diverse sorts. They are not all about death by COVID-19, rather a transformation that occurred in this past year either due to isolation, illness, free time, introspection, aging and yes, in several cases, a passing.
We hope you will be moved by these pieces and perhaps inspired to share a Pandemic Passing of your own and be a part of our projected series of individual stories.
Pandemic Passings will premiere at 7pm EDT (4pm PDT) on YouTube. The link to the YouTube premiere is here: https://youtu.be/354Btcaqlg0
After the event, join us on Zoom for a Q&A! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4567968398
Sunday March 15, 2020; 1-4pm at the Garage Cultural Center, Montpelier VT Sliding Scale donations; suggested is $20
Come for an enlivening afternoon of story-sharing!
This workshop is open to all who are curious about the notion of passing, as in dying, and yet so much more. We will move, write, speak and sketch, as desired. You do not have to identify as a dancer, writer, speaker or visual artist to participate. As humans, we have all had something passed on to us and we will pass something on. Inevitably, we will all pass through to what the Celts call the Thin Place, through the veils between the worlds. Through imaginative exploration, we can become familiar with this place and lighten the fear of this transition.
Tracy Penfield is Artistic Director of the Passing Project. Tracy resides in central Vermont, where she is the Founding Director of SafeArt, Inc. Tracy is a dancer and fiber artist whose curiosity about passing is leading her to hold community engagement events on the topic. She warmly invites you to join her for this one. No experience in the arts is necessary and all abilities are welcome.
Pre-registration appreciated for planning: email@example.com or 802.685.3138
The Garage is accessible to all.
On Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at 5pm in the downstairs theater at The Savoy, The Passing Project will host a special showing of the film Passing. After the film there will be a Q&A with Co-creator Tracy Penfield, Musician and Composer Carl Papperman, Dancer Ali Palin. This will be followed by a reception with light hors d’oeuvres. Wine will be available for purchase.
Buy tickets here: https://www.savoytheater.com
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/228470018173059/
The Passing Project was created by Tamara Hurwitz and Tracy Penfield who danced together in Bozeman, MT, in 1981 and 1982, a brief two years that created a lifelong friendship. They each went their ways in terms of dance and life, and in 2012, Tracy said to Tamara, “Let’s make another dance, while we still can!” It became apparent that the theme of dying was now prominent for each of them: Tamara’s parents had both passed in recent years, her father only a half year before; Tracy had 4 friends who passed with cancer within the past few years. After Tamara spoke her father’s passing story, Tracy remarked on how beautiful it was and how rarely people share passing stories. True, they are not all pretty or smooth, but they can be important to know and to pass on. They had their theme for the dance: Passing.
The Passing Project will be hosting a special screening of their film Passing, which is a live recording of their performance piece also titled Passing. Followed by the film will be a Q&A with
Co-creator Tracy Penfield, Musician and Composer Carl Papperman, Dancer Ali Palin , which will then be followed by a reception with light fare.
March 8th, 2020 at 5pm at the Savoy Theater in Montpelier VT. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased ahead of time on the Savoy’s website or at the box office.
The Passing Project offers a variety of opportunities for the community, such as workshops, trainings, performances, and residencies. This event will be a chance for the community to learn what The Passing Project is all about.
About the Film
Tamara Hurwitz and Tracy Penfield are mature dance artists and choreographers who began exploring the idea of passing in 2012. They asked themselves “What has been passed on to us? What will we pass on? What are our Passing Stories?” Passing, the performance, had its premiere on April 28, 2018 at Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, Vermont, which commissioned the work. The Passing Project is holding a special event where we will premiere the film Passing, a live recording of that first show at the Chandler.
The film, shot and edited by Jay Beaudoin, encapsulates the vision and art behind The Passing Project and brings out the beauty of the performance. The piece is 77 minutes in length, a full-concert work. Passing is performed by seven dancers and four musicians onstage (cello, guitar, accordion, clarinet, flute, keyboard, voice). It features a set of hand-netted linen forms, created by Tracy. These forms represent the veils between the worlds, which part when a being is passing. When they part, one enters what Celts call the Thin Place. It is a place of transformation, of spirit, of soul. One may be accompanied to this place by a loved one in the living world and/or beckoned by one beyond.