Join us on Saturday, August 31 for a special work in progress performance of "The Journey was a Dream." Mark Mulherrin, instructor of visual arts and students at the Lavender Door  have been hard at work with visiting artist C. Ryder Cooley  to create an evening of original music combined with creative imagery. The songs revolve around the story of a band of traveling musicians and their strange transformation. Live music, video projections and puppets are used to create the dreamlike environment the musicians inhabit.
As an opportunity for students at the Lavender Door to expand their experience interacting with working artists, C. Ryder Cooley was invited to present her work this summer in the gallery. Ryder Cooley has participated in a wide variety of exhibitions, performances, collaborations, public works and educational projects. Her work has been displayed both nationally and internationally. In this particular performance, Ryder Cooley contributed with music composition, ukulele, bowed saw, voice and movement. See the link for a performance from Ryder Cooley using the same instruments:
According to Mulherrin, this is the first time a project of this nature has been presented at the Austen Riggs Center and we are very excited to share it with you. The unique project provides students with the opportunity to bring skills they already have but don't have an outlet for at Riggs - music performance or video, for example. Unlike other theater productions staged at the Lavender Door, there is no script for most of the process, it evolved from rehearsals. Some cast members admit this is the hardest thing they have done in this theater program, but they have stuck with it and have contributed greatly to the collaboration.
Please join us at the theater in the Lavender Door Gallery, 37 Main Street, on Saturday, August 31st from 7:30pm – 8:30pm for this unique event.