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Sunday, August 5th, 2012. Portland Stage Company. 6:30 doors, 7pm show!
All ages, general admission, donations welcome.
For the first time ever, the Transcendence Project and Seeds of Peace International Camp will share their collaborative efforts in Portland. The creation will be a community concert and artistic event that will both serve as the culmination of the Seeds of Peace program for international educators and a collaborative community concert that gathers local artists, musicians, and dancers with visiting artists for one night of creative and cultural exploration.
Artists and educators from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, and U.S.A. will share best practices, strengthen techniques and develop new skills and resources for educating and empowering youth through the expressive arts. They will learn from a diverse range of visiting faculty, staff, and one another, and will create an ongoing and growing network of educators and artists who are committed to using the expressive arts as a vehicle for empowerment, cross-‐cultural understanding, and peace building.
Check out our Kickstarter campaign to fund this project. Watch our videos and learn more!
UPDATE: "WE did it!" Together, we raised $3,151 to ensure that this show could go on for free to the public and to expand the work that Seeds of Peace is doing. Heaps of gratitude to: Amanda Beal, Sydney Sparrow, Michael Gutierrez-May, Jim Frederick, Andrew Gray, Jamie Worster, Ilana Sumka, Jay Davis, Adam Burk, Karen Tucker, Virginia Dearani, Johanna Franzel, Julie Winn, Erin Curren, Michele & Warren Dahlin, Benjamin Fox, Brad Steinfeld, Susan Margot Ecker, PJ Cragin, Janice Cohen, Marilyn Branzo, Kristin Knutson, Nick Callanan, Nancy Frederick, Micah Hendler, Aaron Frederick, Michael Shaughnessy, Greg Adams, Brad Steinfeld, Alyssa, Andrew Gray, Jay Davis, Joanne MacKay, Anne Riesenberg, David Morse, Carlyn Watts, Llana Sumka, Daniel Kieval, Audrey Mahowald, Peggy Johns, The Passim Iguana Music Fund, Carol Wishcamper, Raffi Der Simonian, Alison, Christin Marden, Jon Queally, Allison Flowerdew, Jamie Worster, Patricia Bicknell, Paul McGowan, Celene Lyon, Chris Harris, Victoria Marshall, Matt Mattingly, Jan Kearce, Amy Mendall, Tom Kasprzak, Ingrid Dahlin-Doherty, Virginia, Dearani, Mary Ann Kraus
The Transcendence Project is the vision of people who believe that music is a powerful and vital tool for promoting change by allowing us the capacity to transcend personal, cultural, economic, and physical boundaries through music. Presently, The Transcendence Project is lead by Emilia Dahlin; a songstress, with support from Deb Bicknell, a Portland based organizational consultant/facilitator - both have come to the project with experiences and beliefs that making, playing and sharing music together can heal communities, people and unite us. The Transcendence Project is still in its very nascent phase - an exciting time for community members, musicians, and all who are interested to come and join in the creation. Music making is as dynamic and emergent as the Transcendence Project itself.
"One night when I was working in the Middle East, local musicians came to play for us. Sitting in a foreign land, not understanding one word of what was being said I could see and feel how music soothed us, taught us, spoke to each of us and the collective in a way that transcends most things."
The Transcendence Project:
- manifests as community educational workshops, performances, and storytelling events.
- works to unify our communities (and communities within our communities).
- utilizes technology to connect musicians and audiences globally, as well as locally.
- morphs and changes as its participants and collaborators do.
- grows at an organic and sustainable rate.
"After a decade of performing, I left home to participate in global service journey, Beyond Boundaries (the vision of mentor and friend, Gigi Coyle). As we traveled, again and again, I witnessed the power of music to connect people. During that time, I spent a month in Brazil with Claudio Miranda, a musician in activist from Sao Paulo. When Claudio and I met, the only common language we shared was music. We instantly connected and I was inspired by his story. In his neighborhood (dubbed "the most dangerous neighborhood in the world" by the U.N. in '96), music has truly saved lives. I'm inspired to bring these possibilities to my own community." -Emilia Dahlin
You are an integral part of this! As listeners, players, collaborators, and supporters. Please contact email@example.com for more info or to get involved.