SALON: Jed Hancock-Brainerd and Rebecca Noon of Strange Attractor discuss Rhode Islanders’ relationship with the ocean and their upcoming performance.
Hancock-Brainerd and Noon researched Rhode Islanders’ relationship with the ocean in preparation for a 100-person Sea Pageant performed on August 21, 2017 on First Beach in Newport during a solar eclipse. They found materials related to the ocean and epic poetry; recreation; performance; transportation; the slave trade; sailing races; shipping; immigration; indigenous, Colonial, and Victorian traditions; ecological changes; and hopes for the future. They will use their findings to create an epic choral piece with a group of generative artists, that includes dancers, poets, musicians, and visual artists that they then teach to a chorus of 100 performers. Join us as they will share some of what they learned and some of what they are creating.