Holy Fool Arts, a theatrical production company bridging the worlds of faith, art, and activism, has kicked off their Summer 2017 tour. They are heading West with upcoming events this week in Kentucky, Colorado and New Mexico and next week in Southern California. Next month, they will head to the Bay Area, Portland, Seattle and then back through the Midwest. Check HERE for tour dates and locations.
As faith-rooted artists of the Judeo Christian tradition, spiritual activists, and justice advocates, Holy Fool Arts is inspired by the ancient vision at the heart of the world’s spiritual traditions of human life in harmony with the rest of creation. While they are most known for producing the Carnival de Resistance, they have a number of programs to offer this summer, including pieces of ceremonial theater that re-contextualize stories from scripture in the light of current ecological issues around resource extraction and water. One of these pieces, Wade Through Deep Water, introduces two prophets, Miriam and John the Baptist, whose water-logged lives kept them swimming in transformation.
Weaving poetry from Catholic mystic Thomas Merton and Jewish feminist Alicia Suskin Ostriker with beautiful storytelling, high energy song and dance numbers, live music, dramatic characters, and large silk props, all are invited into the grief of the divine feminine and journey toward reunion with this aspect of God.
Miriam remembers scheming by the Nile in a conspiracy of women whosaved baby Moses (Ex 2:1–10). Her body sings a song of deliverance and the people follow her, yet we also lament her fate to endure solitary confinement in the desert and later “die in a dry place” (Ex 15:20–21, Num 12, Num 20:1–2). Miriam’s struggle speaks to the reality that privatized water and desertification are consequences of ignoring the voice of the divine feminine .
Meanwhile, John the Baptist calls all to a “dirty baptism,” because all the water is dirty and threatened. With fierce love, he calls for repentance, challenges us to abandon false hopes about technological saviors, and helps us feel the pain of the water. Surrounding the performance is a participatory ceremony including poetic reflection, ritual and dialogue about local watershed issues.
A quick update from the road from Tevyn East:
The tour has been a ridiculous scramble as the bus broke down 12 days ago in DC and we’ve been knitting things together with last minute rentals, borrowing vehicles, finding last minute places to crash, etc. We haven’t canceled a show yet, but as we still don’t know when the bus will be ready, we’re getting close to that time where we might have to cancel at least one or forget about getting the bus out to the west coast (where it is supposed to have solar installed). Despite the headaches and continual uncertainty, we’ve been covered in grace and generous acts of support from friends. The adventure continues.