CONTACT: Jana Marcus, Marketing & Communications
jana.marcus [at] cabrillo.edu
August 13, 2010
Aptos, CA— Former Cabrillo College faculty member and legendary performer Tandy Beal, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of her performance troupe Tandy Beal & Company and her collaboration with musician/composer Jon Scoville, with the premiere of her newest work HereAfterHere: A Self Guided Tour of Eternity at the Cabrillo Crocker Theater, September 10 -12.
HereAfterHere, which sold out four previews, is a multi-media dance-theatre experience which combines original music, video, theatre, dance and interviews based on people’s concepts of an afterlife. The multi-media performance includes over 20 dancers and actors, original music composed by Scoville, video segments by Jess Damsen, Denise Gallant, Ben Jaffe, Bruce Lee, Nada Miljkovic, and also features Guggenheim fellow Ellen Bromberg and galactic videos from the DVD “View From the Center of the Earth” by Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams.
“My concerts weave the serious with the humorous as a way of coming to the ‘big questions’ from different directions,” explains Beal. “HereAfterHere shapes a multi-generational language for a multi-generational audience of the timeless question of what happens after we die. The Bible, the Qu’ran, Blake, Milton, even the New Yorker cartoonists, all celebrate the human capacity to imagine a place where none of us have yet gone. HereAfterHere will collectively imagine the unimaginable and the inevitable,” concludes Beal.
Ms. Beal once again breaks new ground by inviting the community into the art-making process. HereAfterHere intends to open a community dialogue about the age-old questions of the afterlife by engaging the community in conversation. Beal has started a website (www.tandybeal.com/hereafterhere) where the public can log-in their thoughts and read what others have to say on the matter. Some of the stories will be included in the show. Beal is also conducting public interviews where people can share their thoughts on video. Nine days of interviews have already been completed with doctors, veterans, the homeless, the terminally ill and children, with more planned in the future. At each performance there will be a video truck at the entrance to the Crocker Theater where attendees can record their thoughts, pre- or post-show, about life after death. As audience members exit the theater, that night’s earlier video interviews will be projected in the lobby. This is a rare chance for the public to participate in the unfolding of Beal’s art-making process.
“Including highlights of the video interviews and the web log into the concert reflects the diversity of our community’s beliefs and exposes each of us to the others’ viewpoints and imaginings, enriching both the work process and the end result,” shares Beal.
As Beal adds, “For forty years I have been making dances, performing, writing, directing, teaching, running non-profits and, through it all, dreaming … trying to make sense of this life by making moving images. My creative work springs from a sense of the great mystery of being here on this strange planet and the desire to communicate about this with a wide range of the community in celebration.”
Tandy Beal & Company is funded in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, NEA, CAC and The Packard Foundation.
The September 10th opening performance is a benefit for Hospice of Santa Cruz. A $50 donation per ticket includes premiere seating and an invitation to the reception that follows the performance. Regular priced tickets are also available for the opening performance ranging from $12 to $35.
What: Tandy Beal & Company: HereAfterHere - A Self Guided Tour Of Eternity
When: Friday and Saturday , Sept. 10 & 11 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 12 at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos
Tickets: $12 -$35 (plus service charge) at 831-420-5260 or www.santacruztickets.com
**Tickets for Hospice of Santa Cruz Benefit, Sept. 10: $50 includes premiere seating and reception after performance. For Benefit tickets please call 831-430-3082
DON’T MISS THESE OTHER EXCITING EVENTS FEATURING HEREAFTERHERE:
• Tuesday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.: Discussion at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Sukie Miller’s book Afterdeath. Tandy Beal will read and show video clips from HereAfterHere. Hospice representative, Julie Boudreau, will also speak. This event includes the release of Jon Scoville’s new CD of original music composed for HereAfterHere. FREE EVENT.
• Saturday, September 11, 3 p.m.: “Cultural and Religious Attitudes on the Afterlife.” A symposium including prominent religious speakers such as Lama Tharchin (Vajrayana Foundation), Rabbi Paula Marcus (Temple Beth El), Patrick Conway (Resurrection Catholic Church), and Nancy Abrams, Philospher/scientist/author. FREE EVENT at the Cabrillo Crocker Theater.
• Saturday Evening, September 11: Post-show discussion with Reverend Deborah Johnson, of Inner
Light Ministries. Cabrillo Crocker Theater.
About Tandy Beal & Company
Tandy Beal & Company has produced Beal’s work in Santa Cruz and beyond since 1974, in dance, theatre, music, media and circus on a spectrum of topics, from the celebration of beauty to the contemplation of the human predicament and the mystery of life. Tandy Beal & Company has created work for and with Frank Zappa, Carl Sagan, Bobby McFerrin, Tim Burton, SoVoSó, Pickle Family Circus, Moscow Circus, Lou Harrison, Hi Kyung Kim, Korean National Treasure Aeju Lee and Jon Scoville.
About Cabrillo College
Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.