Fall 2019 Newsletter

Dear Family, Friends, Collaborators, Co-Conspirators,

I hope this email finds you all well. It has been awhile since you last heard from us (we like to stay on the shy end of mass communications) but the past year has been so full of developments for us that we simply cannot stay silent any longer. 

Premiere: The Garden

 We have been so very hard at work on the second part of our Rewilding Triptych, The Garden, in both the artistic development of the performance as well as the nuts and bolts of producing our first ever INDOOR PERFORMANCE as a company. So without further ado, Open Flame Theatre is now proud to announce that The Garden will be part of the Southern Theater’s Season, June 11th-14th 2020! This will be the world premiere, with performances to follow at Philadelphia Community Farm in Osceola, WI, and we are hatching plans to tour to Detroit, MI, New Orleans, LA, St. Louis, MO, and New York, NY as well. Stay tuned with us and/or the Southern for more info as this exciting collaboration develops.

Photo by Matthew Ryan Surline

Music Update: Crune

As many of you may know, I have been collaborating with Matthew Ryan Surline (Ely) for the past 3-4 years. This collaboration has taken the form of the occult-inspired, witch pop band Crune, a project conceived of and founded by Ely in 2014. From fall 2017-Summer 2018, Ely had an artist residency at Philadelphia Community Farm where we deepened and developed the world of Crune, which culminated in May 2019 with the release of our album, Witch Pop. You can buy a CD copy or download the album on Spotify, I-Tunes, and other streaming services. Ely and I are excited about continuing our collaboration into The Garden, which we will be working on side by side with our next full length album, Necromantic.

Photo by Brian Sheehan

Upcoming Performance: Leonora’s World

We are beyond excited to announce that we will be partnering with Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA, in their outdoor spectacle. Leonora’s World is a Living Art Spectacle that invites the audience to journey through the mysterious, magical, whimsical paintings of Leonora Carrington. Leonora’s paintings are brought to life in the fields, gardens, stream, and pond of Double Edge’s Farm Center. Saturated in the colors of Fall, a golden field becomes a winding labyrinth, a Wheel of Fortune spins the waters of the stream, and luminous characters wander through hidden interiors in the landscape. The performance includes an indoor vision of Carrington’s boundless painting The House Opposite in song and setting, and then travels into a moonlit discovery of dimensions moving from ancient terrain to the arctic.
The performances will take place at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA, October 10th-13th. Tickets and additional information can be found at https://doubleedgetheatre.org/leonoras-world

Photo by David Weiland

Upcoming Performance: Powderhorn Porchfest

We are excited to announce yet another opporitunity to see us — this time locally in the Twin Cities! Open Flame Musicians will be performing at the Powderhorn Porchfest Saturday, September 21st. We will be sharing an acoustic set from the Garden on Porch 4 (3201 17th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN) at 8:15PM.  Join us, and be on the lookout for further musical events in the Twin Cities coming soon!
More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/698296990602095/

Photo by Connie Chang

Finally, I am humbled to say that I, Walken Schweigert, have been chosen to be one of 60 inaugural recipients of the Jerome Foundation’s Jerome Hill Artist Fellowships.
You can find more info here: 

“What is the relationship between ritual and performance? Between song and story? How do we celebrate together? How do we grieve together? How can we harness the power of story and song to liberate our imaginations and expand our creative potential? What new traditions/rituals/rites of passage can we make for and with each other that affirm and express who we truly are? This is what I hope to explore in my fellowship. I hope at the end of it I will have made an honest contribution to a transforming cultural fabric.”

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