For its tenth Fringe Festival production, Pones addresses the current political climate by sharing stories of fellow Cincinnatians to help build understanding and bridge divides in “Place/Setting.”
Food – it connects us all.
But, where is your seat at the table?
Performers from Pones, visual artist Pam Kravetz, and documentarian, Ian Forsgren invite you to sit down, share a meal and discover stories of local immigrants around our table.
This fast-paced piece changes from family dinner to art gallery, cooking show to dance. “Place/Setting” breaks down barriers, diffuses stereotypes, cultivates empathy and challenges us to explore ideas of belonging and home.
In February and March, Pones hosted four workshops with 14 immigrants from around the world, who now call Cincinnati home. Led by the artistic team and community organizer, Dan Joyner, these workshops involved story harvesting, deep learning, and, of course, the sharing of food.
Audience members will play a role in the show, as they sit at a Judy Chicago-inspired table, set with ceramic pieces created by 12 local ceramicists, including Didem Mert, Melissa Molasses, Carla Lamb, and Katie Swartz. In typical Pones fashion, we are not solely creating a dance show. Spoken word artist, Jyreika Guest- “J.Evelyn” will be joining the cast from Chicago; local musician Ian Gullett has composed an original piece using recorded language from around the globe; and the show involves 3 actors, 9 dancers, 4 choreographers, 1 playwright, and a documentary video. Each course is another story that prompts conversation, leaving the audience with a call-to-action to start dialogue on social issues currently alive in the city.
Come – all are welcome at our table.
Thursday, June 1st 7-8:00pm
Saturday, June 3rd 3-4:00pm
Tuesday, June 6th 9-10:00pm
Thursday, June 8th 7-8:00pm
Saturday, June 10th 8:30-9:30pm
Show length: 60 minutes
Ticket Link: http://www.cincyfringe.com/tickets/
Donor Levels / What it Funds / Perks
$25 – Shout out on social media and Donor Wall at the show
Pays for: marketing and promotional materials – It’s not too glamorous, but it may be the most important thing. If we create a show and no one knows about it — that isn’t ideal. We need help to print posters, place mats, napkins, postcards, and fund social media campaigns.
$50 – All Benefits of the $25 level
+ Cocktail Hour Post-Show with the Cast of “Place/Setting” at the Know Theatre
Pays for: a percentage of the food involved in the production – This show is about food. We are going to make some and share it with the audience. Ever seen someone pirouette while chopping onions? We’d pay for that.
$100 – All Benefits of $50 level + Champagne Open Rehearsal
Pays for: one collaborator stipend – In typical Pones fashion, we are not just creating a dance show. Spoken word artist, Jyreika Guest is joining from Chicago; local musician Ian Gullet is composing a musical piece; and the show involves 4 actors, 9 dancers, 3 choreographers, 1 playwright, documentary video and ceramic place settings crafted by 14 artists.
$250 – All Benefits of $100 level + One Piece of Ceramic Art of Your Choosing from “Place/Setting”
Pays for: one workshop participant stipend – In February and March, Pones hosted four workshops with 14 immigrants from around the world. Led by the artistic team and community organizer, Dan Joyner, these workshops involved story harvesting, deep learning, and food sharing. Help us thank these participants for their time and devotion.
$500 – All Benefits of $250 level + A 3-piece ceramic set signed by the Artist
Pays for: supplies to build and dress our dinner table – The audience will view this show in a unique way – around a dinner table. Your donation helps to fund the materials for building this large and ambitious set piece.
$1,000 – All Benefits of $500 level + Dinner and Drinks with the Ceramic Artist
Pays for: one lead artist stipend: Pam Kravetz is leading up the visual art team of 14 ceramic artists, Ian Forsgren is making a documentary video, and Kim Popa is casting, choreographing, and wrangling all the collaborators for this new piece. Show them some love!