Creative Acts: Site Specific Dance & Music in Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park - Act One
Director & Choreographer: Meghan Flanigan
Composer & Musician: Timothy Nohe
Kate Brundrett, Ravae Duhaney, Josephine N. Kalema, Emily Kimak, Franki Trout
Rose Hammer Burt, Tiffany DeFoe, John Dierker, Will Redman
Sculptural Costumes: Antoinette Suiter
The first part of the presentation will showcase Thirty Oaks, a
site-specific work that celebrates the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park with
dance, music and visuals. This project will join
Flanigan, sound artist Timothy Nohe, and visual artist Antoinette Suiter in a multidisciplinary collaboration involving UMBC dance students and
Baltimore musicians. The piece reflects on the juxtaposition of the natural
and built environment, seeking inspiration equally from both the beauty of the trees and their rigid linear planting. The work sets a dialogue between the human instinct to preserve and enjoy nature while also transforming and polluting it. The audience will be invited to inhabit the park with the performers, enjoying the setting as well as the performance, and will be given the opportunity to contribute to the collective journal kept at the park.
Choreographer, UMBC adjunct faculty member, and Imaging and Digital Arts MFA Candidate, Meghan Flanigan is the director and choreographer of the work. Timothy Nohe, UMBC professor, created a sound composition for the work and directed the four musicians. Visual artist and and Imaging and Digital Arts MFA Candidate, Antoinette Suiter created sculptural costumes and sets for the project. The dancers for the project are UMBC undergraduate dancers who were drawn to the project as an opportunity to work outside of the studio or theater and to collaborate with other art forms.
Creative Acts: Site Specific Dance & Music in Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park - Act Two
Songs from a Public Diary
Composers: Shane Parks and Charles Miller
Vocalist: Madeline Waters
Keyboard: Charles Miller
Song 1: Dear Lover
Song 2: I Wish he Could See
Song 3: A Day in the Journal
(additional songs to be announced)
The second part of the presentation includes musical settings of texts taken from the public journal in the park. For years students, faculty, staff, and visitors have written in the journal at the site. Their entries range from letters of appreciation for the beautiful space and its peaceful atmosphere to college trials and tribulations. Often students write about stressful semesters or especially joyful relationships. Anyone passing the park can read the ever-changing book and add to it themselves.
Senior UMBC Linehan Artist Scholars and Music Composition Majors, Charles Miller and Shane Parks, have taken several of these journal entries and set them to music. Inspired by the language, tone, design, and emotion of the posts, the composers sought to embody the rare honesty displayed in the writings as music. The composers collaborated in a variety of ways for the project. Parks and Miller exchanged melodies and harmonies determining the best setting of each work, while constantly editing every aspect of the pieces. As a result of the collaboration, the compositions draw from many different genres. A single UMBC Vocal Performance/Music Major, Madeline Waters from UMBC will performs the songs with accompaniment by Charles Miller on keyboard.
Biographies – Thirty Oaks
Meghan Flanigan – director and choreographer
Meghan Flanigan creates work in dance, video and all places between.
She has lived in Bogotá, London, New York and Providence and has produced work,
taught and trained in all of those cities. Her work is inspired by
the people and places that surround her and has been developed in
theaters, site-specific locations, galleries and sometimes only in her
imagination. She is currently pursuing a MFA in Imaging and
Digital Arts at UMBC and creating work in the Baltimore area.
Timothy Nohe – composer
Timothy Nohe is an artist and educator engaging traditional and electronic media in public life and public places. His recent work has been realized in Intermedia works, including site-specific sound and video installations, sound scores for dance, and improvisational electro-acoustic sound performances. Nohe has exhibited and performed his work in a range of national and international venues, from North America to Europe and Australia. Nohe was the recipient of a 2006 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award from the Australian - American Fulbright Commission. Four Maryland State Arts Council awards have supported his work in the area of Media, New Genre and Installation-Sculpture. His professional affiliations include the Electronic Music Foundation and the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States. Nohe is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and an Associate of the Centre for Media Arts Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney.
Antoinette Suiter - sculptural costumes
Antoinette Suiter received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in General Sculptural Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005. After several years off from school holding various jobs at bookstores, video stores, event companies, and as an art handler; she is attending UMBC working towards her Masters in Imaging Media and Digital Art. She is very interested in movies, particularly Italian Horror films, and draws influence from the elaborately fabricated worlds in the creation of her own intricate multimedia installations and stereoscopic photographs.
Kate Brundrett – dancer
Kate Brundrett is a junior at UMBC. She is majoring in Environmental
Science and aspires to be an ecologist, but still manages to take dance
classes in her free time. Kate started dancing in Hagerstown, Maryland at
the age of six. She has been dancing for 14 years.
Ravae Duhaney – dancer
Ravae Duhaney is currently a senior at UMBC pursuing a B. A. in Dance and certification in Elementary Education. She began dancing at the age of five with Umoja Creative Dance Studio, a company she danced with until age fifteen. In high school, she was a member of the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Dance Company, where she had the opportunity to perform in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Orlando, Florida. She received the “most dedicated member” award in 2006. Ravae continues to pursue her passion for Dance here at UMBC. She has performed in numerous pieces and choreographed two original works for department productions. She is also a member of the campus organization Perfected Praise Liturgical Dance Ministry. She is a Maryland Distinguished Scholar and a Dean’s List student.
Josephine N. Kalema – dancer
Josephine N. Kalema is originally from Kampala, Uganda, but
was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland . She is currently a Dance
Education and Mathematics Major at UMBC. Her dance background consists of
Kiganda dance, which is her native dance, and other East and West
African dances. At the age of 18, she began to study ballet and modern at
West Virginia Wesleyan College. After a year, she transferred to UMBC were she
continues to study ballet, modern, improvisation,
workshop, and composition. She has choreographed and
performed at showcases, churches, fund raisers, and weddings. She hopes to
continue her career in dance by teaching dance in public schools and other community programs.
Emily Kimak – dancer
Emily Kimak has studied dance and visual art at Goucher College, UMBC, Latrobe University in Australia, and most recently at Earthdance in Plainfield, Massachusetts through an Undergraduate Research Award to attend the festival for Somatic Experiments in Earth, Dance and Science. She will graduate from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in December 2010 with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, titled Integrative Arts. Emily plans to continue exploring the connections between movement, creativity and ecology in performance and career.
Franki Trout – dancer
Franki Trout is a Linehan Artist Scholar majoring in Dance Education at UMBC. She began studying dance at the age of 3, participating in the Dimensions Dance Troupe from 1998-2006 and the 24/7 Senior Dance Company in 2007. In spring 2007, she was named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar for Talent in the Arts. Franki has performed two seasons with Baltimore Dance Project and is a part of the newly formed, non-profit company, Rooted Dance Productions. She is also currently conducting undergraduate research in the modern dance technique developed by Jose Limon, and will be presenting a piece developed using these principles before the end of the year. After graduation, Franki hopes to dance professionally and teach dance in public schools.
Rose Hammer Burt – musician, reeds
Born in North Dakota and raised in the western United States, Rose Hammer Burt moved to the east coast in 2000 to pursue her Bachelors degree in classical saxophone at Peabody, where she also completed her Masters in Computer Music. She became increasingly involved with experimental improvised music in Baltimore, and became a member of the Red Room Collective and High Zero Foundation in 2005. Her playing encompasses Afrobeat, experimental improvisation, and highly complex composed music. Recently she has been exploring circuit-building and video manipulation, presenting a video work at the BMA in May of 2010 and collaborating on a handmade circuit installation for the 2010 Transmodern Festival. She currently teaches Audio at the Baltimore School for the Arts, at Goucher in the new MADArts program and is the Audio Specialist at the Johns Hopkins Digital Media Center. http://pcm.peabody.jhu.edu/~rose
Tiffany DeFoe – musician, reeds
Tiffany DeFoe is a saxophonist and stone-age giantess with a love for all kinds of music and a willingness to play in virtually any situation, which has occasionally gotten her into trouble, but usually works out pretty well. Current music projects include the Multiphonic Choir, The Bellevederes, Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes, Gunwife Gone, and the Baltimore Afrobeat Society. DeFoe volunteers with a community arts and activism center called 2640, and a collectively owned and operated bookstore called Red Emma’s.
John Dieker – musician, reeds
“Multi-reedman John Dierker has become a major improvisational stylist…interweaving concepts augmented by howling lines, injections of blues-drenched choruses and Albert Ayler-like display of energy." (All About Jazz) A Baltimore, Maryland native Dierker has worked in a wide variety of musical settings collaborating with Peter Zummo, Jason Willett, Jad Fair, and The Basement Boys. John is a longtime member of Lafayette Gilchrist and The New Volcanoes. Currently he is working with Quartet Offensive, Microkingdom, and 3081, a group that includes Michael Formanek, Dave Ballou and Will Redman.
Will Redman – musician, percussion
Will Redman is a composer, percussionist, and teacher who plays and writes as much polyrhythmic, ecstatic, melodic, sculptural, off-kilter, corroded, harmonic, humorous, and bent music as is possible. He composes using pen and paper, computers and time. Will’s music has been performed, broadcast, and reviewed in the U.S. and in Europe. He has played music for audiences at festivals and in houses, dive bars, nightclubs, restaurants, art galleries, parks, amphitheaters, record stores, book shops, hotels, and concert halls. Will holds several degrees in music – BA from UMBC, an MA from the University of Southampton, PhD from SUNY Buffalo – and has studied composition with Stuart S. Smith, Michael Finnissy and Jeff Stadelman, and attended master classes with composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, Alvin Lucier, and Christopher Rouse; his percussion teachers have included Kevin Norton and Tom Goldstein. Will has played and/or recorded with John Dierker, Marc Miller, Steve Baczkowski, Mike Formanek, Dave Ballou, John Berndt, Todd Whitman, Tim Berne, Audrey Chen, Chris Speed, and many others. In 2005 Will co-founded the Open Music Foundation, an organization dedicated to the promotion of non-conventional means of communicating musical ideas. An excerpt of Will’s recent graphic score Book will be included in the forthcoming anthology Notations21 (April 2009). Will lives in Baltimore, is an adjunct lecturer at Towson University, and plays in the experimental-improv-noise-rock duo/trio/quartet/quintet/sextet Microkingdom (with Miller and Dierker) and the avant Jazz quintet All Coda (with Dierker, Formanek, Miller and Ballou).
Biographies – Songs from a Public Diary
Charles Miller – composer, keyboard
Charles Miller is a senior musical composition major at UMBC. He is a modern composer drawing influences from late Romantic music, early American jazz, and contemporary Art Rock. He also performs frequently throughout Baltimore and DC with his band Chasing Scarlet for which he writes, arranges, sings, and plays. Chasing Scarlet has headlined some of the larger venues in Baltimore and DC including Ram's Head Live, Bourbon Street, and the Rock n' Roll Hotel, bringing around 100 fans per show. Several of his compositions were performed at and around UMBC including a jazz septet and two orchestral pieces (performed and recorded by the UMBC Orchestra). Miller is a member of the UMBC Music Department's Council of Majors and a Linehan Artist Scholar. After getting his degree he plans to move his band to Toronto and pursue a career writing and performing his own music.
Shane Parks – composer
Shane Parks is a senior music composition major at UMBC. He composes in many genres including choral and solo songs using his own lyrics as well as settings of poetry or verse and solo and ensemble instrumental pieces. His Junior Composition Recital last fall featured an arrangement for the UMBC A Capella Group "The Cleftomaniacs," several musical theatre songs with original lyrics, a Cello Solo, and a setting of E.E. Cummings "I Carry Your Heart with Me Always (I Carry it in My Heart)." His compositions have been featured in two UMBC Music Department Honors Recitals. He is also the President of UMBC's Musical Theatre Club and recently directed their production of Sondheim's "Into the Woods," a member of the UMBC Residential Life Desk Staff at Harbor Hall, a Linehan Artist Scholar, and a 2009 Undergraduate Research Award Recipient, for which he presented his analysis on modern musical theatre at URCAD 2010. Upon Graduation in Spring 2011, he plans to attend a graduate school for Musical Theatre Writing or attend prestigious workshops for writers in New York.
Madeline Waters – vocalist
Madeline Waters is a sophomore vocal performance major here at UMBC. She is a
member of the UMBC Camerata and sings in the Opera Workshop. She enjoys drawing, playing the cello, learning new things, and having adventures. She is very excited to be working with such talented composers on this unique project.
Creative Acts is curated by Sandra Abbott and organized by the Center for Art, Design & Visual Culture, UMBC.
Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership Project
2000 – 2001
Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was an influential German artist who came to prominence in the 1960s. He is known for his performances, sculptures, environments, vitrines, prints, posters, and thousands of drawings. He was a charismatic and controversial artist, a committed teacher, and a political activist. Beuys highlighted the need for greater environmental awareness across the globe through his ongoing social sculpture project entitled, 7000 Oaks. With the help of over 20 organizations in Baltimore, 7000 Oaks inspired the planting of over 350 trees and several stones by over 500 people in Baltimore Parks and at the UMBC sculpture site in 2000.
Baltimore is among the major urban centers to embrace Joseph Beuys' ideas. Beginning in the fall of 2000, with the help of community volunteers, 242 indigenous trees were planted locally as social sculpture in Patterson Park, Carroll Park, Wyman Park Dell, and at UMBC. During the first phase, the project initiators provided 100 trees each at Patterson and Carroll Parks, 12 trees and 4 stones at Wyman Park Dell, and 30 oak trees and granite stones at UMBC. A special ceremony at each site celebrated the revitalized landscape.
October 28, 2000
Over 250 people from the Carroll Park Neighborhood assisted in planting 100 trees. A watering/maintenance plan continued for two summers. A granite stone was placed for the dedication.
November 11, 2000
Over 300 people from the Patterson Park Neighborhood assisted in planting 70 trees. A watering/maintenance plan continued for two summers. A granite stone was placed for the dedication.
On March 16, 2001, students from Highlandtown Middle School planted an additional 30 trees.
Wyman Park Dell
April 4, 2001
Twelve oaks were planted by 52 volunteers in Wyman Park Dell. Four granite stones were placed on the upper dell.
Thirty oak trees and 30 granite stones were planted in the spring of 2001 in an area dedicated as the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park.
UMBC Hallway Gallery Exhibition
April 9-20, 2001
Projects from the Joseph Beuys Education Outreach Program were displayed in the Hallway Gallery at UMBC. Participating schools were Highlandtown Elementary, School 34, and the 21st Century Threshold Project. (Curated by Cyriaco Lopez)
Organized by CADVC with special thanks to Renee Van Der Stelt, Museum Educator and Registrar
"For centuries, great thinkers have wondered about the auditory effect of a tree falling in the forest. Now, thanks to a unique partnership between a state university art gallery and 21 local organizations, modern philosophers can ponder a new question: If a community gathers around a tree planting, does the result become art?"
The Greening of Baltimore: UMBC Program Brings Together Forestry and Art
October 25, 2000
"Everyone can be an artist" Beuys often said. He didn't mean that you or I ever will be capable of painting a masterpiece. He meant that everyone is capable of creative acts and has both the ability - and responsibility- to shape his own world. Hence the trees. See?"
Conceptual Art Takes Root in Baltimore
The Baltimore Sun
Top Photo: Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park and Tree Partnership at UMBC
“The true capital of the world is the human ability for creativity, freedom and self-determination
in all their working places.”
– Joseph Beuys