Feral

About the show

A new collaboration in development led by Shoshana Bass.

A wolf-who-is-no-longer-a-wolf returns to the forest, within her the violation of domestication, a claim of ownership on her body. She yearns for instincts of which she feels only traces. This is a story of the disruption within a woman’s life when the wolf inside her howls, and the possibilities of reintegration with that feral voice (the tools for which have been inherited over generations, though perhaps not recorded or authenticated). The production takes us on a woman’s journey that experiences the tension between learned behaviors and intuitive knowledge, the cultural gaslighting of original knowing, and celebrates the transformational process that can lead to individual and cultural repair.

Artist bios

Shoshana Bass is co-artistic director of Sandglass Theater based in Putney, Vermont on the unceded lands of the Abenaki people. Having been raised in a traveling family of internationally acclaimed puppeteers, she has spent her life witnessing and in dialogue with artistic voices of diverse cultures, heritages, and perspectives. Now she performs, directs, and choreographs internationally. She was the festival director for Sandglass’ 2018 Puppets in the Green Mountains International Festival. Shoshana also produces the family-friendly “Winter Sunshine” series, as well as the social activist “Voices of Community” series. She is a touring ensemble member with the company in Babylon, Journeys of Refugees; Rock the Boat; and Punschi and her solo performance When I Put On Your Glove. She will be the lead artist for this new production. As a rural-based artist touring frequently to cities, she is especially interested in how our experiences, identities and inherited histories live in our bodies, and she works with puppets because they are a provocative means of inviting story and containing metaphorical worlds.

Gennarose Nethercottis the author of The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2018), selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series. Her other recent projects include the narrative song collection Modern Ballads, and Lianna Fled the Cranberry Bog: A Story in Cootie Catchers (Ninepin Press 2019). She is currently a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow. Nethercott tours nationally and internationally performing from her works (often with a hand-cranked shadow show in tow) and composing poems-to- order for strangers on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter. She is the founder of the Traveling Poetry Emporium, a team of poets-for-hire, and holds a degree in poetry, theatre, and folklore from Hampshire College. A born Vermonter, she has lived in many cities across the US and Europe, but is always drawn back to the forest. Genna will be a key writing partner on the project and participate as a collaborator in the development of text and story.

Maria Pugnetti is a multimedia artist and technical designer who has worked on numerous shows, collaborating with various arts organizations and theatre companies in the Southern Vermont area. Her skill set includes video and projection design, scenic painting, costume design, and sound and lighting design.

Dr. Paulina Trejo Mendez is a Mexican feminist, researcher and artist currently living in Europe where she did her PhD on the field of development studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research interests are forms of resistance to the violence of epistemicide (erasure of ways of knowing) and to femicide (erasure of racialized- gendered-feminized bodies). Her dissertation considers these while looking at the politics of knowledge within the field of development studies from a decolonial lens. Her artistic work is political, touches upon the colonial wound, medical violence, othering gaze, spirituality, embodied/enfleshed resistance and healing. She is cofounder of Comalli Collective focused on creative projects on art and healing. Paulina’s participation in the research for this project will open doors as well as provide foundational context. She will be our social dramaturg for this project and help with facilitating engagement beyond the performance.

dey hernández is an Afro-Caribbean bicultural worker (AgitArtecollective), curator, interdisciplinary artist, permaculturist, puppeteer (Papel Machete), movement artist (Danza Orgánica), designer and educator centering on collaborative projects + practices. As a border artist between Puerto Rico and Boston, through modeling, manifesting and building opportunities for liberation in the everyday, our work untangles how the complicated diasporic and colonial histories of this so-called nation persist and continue to operate throughout the world and within its own perimeters. dey holds a Master of Architecture (March) from the University of Puerto Rico. We work at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and ideology. Ella is based in Roxbury, MA.

Molly Es is a multi-faceted artist from Brattleboro, Vermont. As both a vocalist and drummer, her styles are wide-ranging from soul to jazz, to hip-hop, funk, reggae and R&B. As an actor and clown, Es's work by nature is largely comedic. She is an avid learner and teacher of beat boxing and vocal improvisation. This study has led her to explore improv as a solo artist by utilizing a looping pedal. Es has taught drums, voice, beat boxing, percussion and body percussion both locally and internationally, and is currently working on a solo album.

Thank you to our funders

This project is funded in part by grants from the Network of Ensemble Theaters NET/TEN Virtual Exploration grant and by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov. Feral is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project grant with co-commissioners The Yard (MA), Next Stage Arts Project (VT), Bunnell Street Arts Center (AK), Dancers Workshop (Wyoming) and NPN. More information: www.npnweb.org.

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