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Performances at Grassroots Art Park
CONVERGE’s Resident Creators, Hannah McCarthy and Beth Reitmeyer, will collaborate together on a final performance that will mark the culmination of their residencies.
CONVERGE will present its final performance event at the current Grassroots Art Park, located at 1231 Martin Street, on Saturday, September 4, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, held in conjunction with the WeHo Art Crawl; this event is free and open to the public.
CONVERGE partnered with The Packing Plant to create an ephemeral project, The Grassroots Art Park. The Art Park is home to sculptures and temporary installations, and serves as an experimental creative space for performances including live music and dance. The park is open to the public to enjoy, and provides visitors with an interactive and engaging experience while it exists.
This month, talented musical artists curated by the local nonprofit, Pitch Meeting, will be performing live music to open the event: Joel Guptill will perform at 5:00; Makena Hartlin will perform at 6:00. While listening to the music, visitors can draw their challenges and hopes from the past 18 months on orbs as part of Beth Reitmeyer’s interactive project, “For There Is Always Light”.
Beth’s orbs will glow and act as props in the headlining collaboration with Hannah McCarthy at 7:00 pm. During this piece, Hannah will lead a group of dancers in improvisational movement informed by her past 3 performances at the Art Park. The dancers will perform within the environment of Beth Reitmeyer’s installation, “Thunderstorm”: thundering, glowing cloud sculptures investigating clouds as metaphors to the hardships, dreams, and joys of life, especially the turbulence of the past 18 months, including the Covid-19 pandemic, crushing racial inequalities, and Nashville’s March 3, 2020 tornado. The dancers will react to the physicality of Beth’s sculptures and orbs while interpreting music created by our Pitch Meeting collaborators and featuring pianist, Tabitha Meeks.
In the words of Beth Reitmeyer, “[This performance] will give viewers the opportunity to pause and contemplate the hardships from the past year [and a half], its implications, the hope that comes from weathering these storms and allowing them to change us. The goal of the residency is to create an interactive experience that gives people an opportunity to share with one another the storm, to share the bad and good from the past year, and find hope through our community.”
Grassroots Art Park is charitably supported by Hines; power to the park is provided by Eagle Rock Ventures; and the Creator in Residency Program is generously sponsored by Core Development and Hines.
For more information or inquiries, please contact Alysha Irisari Malo at Alysha.CONVERGE@gmail.com.
Initiated and managed by Eric Malo and Alysha Irisari Malo, CONVERGE is a nonprofit project that uses design and the arts as creative placemaking tools to increase awareness and generate positive cultural change. CONVERGE is a fiscally sponsored project of
the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, a nonprofit organization.
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A Question and Answer session with the artists and collaborators will follow the performance.