‘Ocean of Being’ to be presented in Waldoboro

Performers include Andrea Goodman of Barters Island

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Contemporary dancer/choreographer Susan Osberg will perform in concert with Music of a New Frequency - Anna Dembska and Andrea Goodman - at St. Paul’s Chapel on Dutch Neck Road in Waldoboro at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Tickets $10 at the door.

Classically-trained artists Susan Osberg, Anna Dembska, and Andrea Goodman have worked for decades at the forefront of experimental music and dance in New York City and now all live in Maine. In “Ocean of Being,” they dive into inner and outer space to create improvised performances attuned to natural forces, sensory impulses, and archetypal imagery.

Collaborating together in Susan Bickford’s performance event “Stillness Project” over the last three years, they discovered they share a history of formative years in New York City and have independently honed unique visions for music and dance performance. They will perform for the first time together as a trio in a new venue at St. Paul’s Chapel, which has been recently restored for the arts and workshops.

Osberg graduated from Juilliard and formed Workwith Dancers Company in 1979 in New York City. Her company performed annually in many venues including Dia Center for the Arts and Danspace/St. Mark’s Church. As a soloist and teacher, she performed internationally, was a founding member of Dance Across Borders and now teaches a DAB workshop - Dance as Ritual Dance as Performance in Bordeaux/Nerigean, France.

She performed with several companies before starting her own work, most notably Lucinda Childs in collaboration with Philip Glass and Sol Lewitt at BAM's Next Wave Festival. She was a teaching artist at Lincoln Center Institute and a Professor of dance at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, New York University, and Bard College. Her multidisciplinary choreography is influenced by Eastern and Western forms. Her meditative and spiritual studies, investigating both movement and stillness, have enhanced her living practice in the dance of life. She is also a writer and film maker. Her current film projects are — “Remembering Pina” and “Mining the Moon.” She lives in Waldoboro half the year and winters in Beacon, NY.

Music of a New Frequency

Vocal innovators Anna Dembska and Andrea Goodman have performed in Maine together since 2012 as Music of a New Frequency, creating spontaneous songs, improvisational journeys, and vibrational transmissions. These groundbreaking sonic explorers have combined their voices and original compositions in concert since their 1986 collaboration, It's Gonna Be, at La Mama Experimental Theater Club in New York City. Recently they have sung together in Stillness18, Susan Bickford’s site-specific performance event at Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, and in Figures of Speech Theatre's theatrical premier of David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion at Bates College. As Music of a New Frequency, they draw on years of sonic collaboration in vocal exploration, merging ceremony and performance to evoke essences of astrological moments, plant spirits, and alternate realities.

Goodman moved to Maine 29 years ago from New York City, where she performed as an original member of the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble. Goodman also sang in in two operas by Pauline Oliveros and Ione, “Io and Her and the Trouble with Him” and “The Nubian Word for Flowers.” She has collaborated with Figures of Speech Theatre since 1994 and offers vocal instruction, sound healing, astrology, and sacred ceremonies at Ruby-Throated Spirit Sanctuary, Voice Studio, and Labyrinth on Barters Island, Boothbay.

Soprano/composer Anna Dembska's works range across theater, opera, and concert music, from The Singing Bridge, an opera collaboration with Brooksville poet/librettist Beatrix Gates commissioned by the Stonington Opera House with a National Endowment for the Arts/Meet the Composer New Music/America grant, to Coyote at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Burnpile, an inter-media collaboration with visual artist Bachrun Lomele touring U.S. galleries and flea markets, is currently on exhibit at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles. Anna directs the Schoodic Summer Chorus and teaches voice in coastal Maine.

For more information contact Eric Stark 207- 832-7535.





Event Date: 
Wed, 08/22/2018 - 7:00pm