Tomorrow night TPT will premiere a two-part documentary on the role art plays in both developing and healing the human brain.
Dancer Maria Genne in a still from "Arts & The Mind" which airs tomorrow night at 8pm on TPT2
Hosted by actress Lisa Kudrow (known best for her role in the TV show Friends), ARTS & THE MIND looks at how music, dance, painting, poetry and theater can improve physical and mental well-being in the young and old.
Footage for the program was shot around the country, but according to Executive Producer Gerry Richman it includes three major Twin Cities components: Maria Genne's intergenerational dance project Kairos Alive and her Dancing Heart Program, which brings dance to nursing homes; art therapy programs at Mpls Children's Hospital; and a moving segment featuring veterans with PTSD viewing artwork about previous wars at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
The profiles of successful art programs is interwoven with the insights of leading American neurologists, psychologists and educators.
The underlying message of the show is that art is not a "luxury," but central to the development of the human brain in youth and keeping minds sharp as they age.
Episode One airs tomorrow night at 8pm on TPT2; Episode Two airs on Friday Sept. 21.
Posted at 2:30 PM on September 13, 2012
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Theater
Pirates are getting a lot of attention in the Twin Cities.
Megan Fischer is Enid Arabella in "Buccaneers"
Photos by Joan Buccina, Buccina Studios
Written by Liz Duffy Adams, Buccaneers tells the story of feisty Enid Arabella, who is captured by the tyrannical pirate Johnny Johné. Enid manages to save not only herself but the rest of the children forced to serve as crew on the ship.
Buccaneers, like two other recent CTC productions, Pippi Longstocking and A Wrinkle in Time, is a big story with a heroic gal at its heart.
Artistic Director Peter Brosius says CTC is naturally drawn to stories that show young people wrestling with real decisions and complex situations, just like they are in real life.
We live in a world where the leadership of women is literally essential for creating just and economically successful societies. CTC is also a place where we have a majority of our departments run by women. We commission and produce leading women writers consistently and consciously. It is hugely important that in a culture that objectifies and commodifies women in all manner of media that we create and support true, rich and complicated portraits of young women finding their voice, acting with agency and making a difference.
Bradley Greenwald is the tyrannical pirate Johnny Johné and Megan Fischer stars as Enid Arabella in "Buccaneers"
Photos by Joan Buccina, Buccina Studios
In Buccaneers, Enid Arabella not only saves the day, she also manages to install a democracy on board the ship with her young comrades. Not bad for a ten year-old.
While history is filled with stories of female pirates, playwright Liz Duffy Adams found her inspiration closer to home.
The play was inspired by my nieces. When the older one was 8, she was obsessed with pirates. I had written a play (for grown-ups) called Wet, or Isabella The Pirate Queen Enters the Horse Latitudes, and she wanted me to tell her about it. After I'd told her the story of that play, she began telling it back to me, except it was a completely different story, that included a wicked pirate king called Johnny Johné and a young man named Tito Orlando. So when I needed to think of something for CTC, I naturally thought of my niece, and her pirate story. I kept only those two character names (her story included a kitten rescued at sea, and a sea monster).Buccaneers runs through October 21 at Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis.
But most of all, I was inspired by her wild indomitable spirit, and then by that of her younger sister. Girls can be so fierce - I could easily imagine either of them ruling an empire! I wanted to tell the story of a girl fending for herself in a dangerous world, and coming out on top of it.
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Carin Bratlie, artistic director of Theatre Pro Rata was riveted when she saw Katherine Glover's one woman show "Dead Wrong" at this year's Minnesota Fringe Festival. The play is Katherine's unflinching interpretation of the true story of a woman who's the victim of a sexual assault, who then sends the wrong suspect to jail. Freshwater Theatre is helping re-mount the show at Nimbus Theatre in Northeast Minneapolis. The play runs through Sept. 19.
Matt Peiken calls Rosy Simas one of the most sensitive movement artists in the rich Twin Cities dance scene. Matt, the founding editor of MNuet.com, a new online magazine for classical music in the Twin Cities, says Rosy Simas Danse concerts are always fresh and innovative while helping audience members get in touch with their own emotions. Rosy Simas Danse performs at the Southern Theater on Sept. 14 and 15.
Radio K digital media producer and DJ Tom Steffes resisted the blogospheric mania over the Montreal-based electronic duo Purity Ring at first. But when the group's debut full-length album "Shrines" came out recently, he was floored. Tom says Purity Ring juxtaposes light, lifting melodies and hip hop production values with death-obsessed, diary entry lyrics in a way that's unique in electronic music. Purity Ring plays First Avenue's Mainroom on Friday, Sept. 14.
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