Sun, March 18 2018 · 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
In the Heart of the Beast

In the Heart of the Beast Theatre’s new artist incubator facilitated by Alison Heimstead is celebrating 7 years of radical, genre-expanding, boundary–pushing work. Join us in March for two weekends of experimental performance from four emerging puppeteers generously funded by the Jerome Foundation.

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Week 1: March 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m., March 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Star Girl Clan by Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra & Magdalena Kaluza

Star Girl Clan is an expansion of a working collaboration between artists Magdalena Kaluza (Guatemala) and Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra (El Salvador). Daughters of refugee immigrants, the Star Girl Clan collaboration is a healing exploration of the historical trauma passed down through the artists’ Central American fathers and the stories of their home countries. The main character of the story, Abuela (performed by 9 year old Imix Ybarra), is a Minnesotan elder of Mayan descent. Intergenerational trauma and internal racism have driven her to ignore her heritage. This is a story of Abuela’s encounters with various spirit animals and their efforts to instill her with love and cultural pride. Narrated with a Pre-Columbian soundscape performed live by Curandero (Xilam Balam & Rico Simon Mendez), Star Girl Clan Ch’umil Ali Alaxik is a magical realism journey into the Maya cosmovision. Inspired by dreams, identity, struggles and the spirit realm, Star Girl Clan Ch’umil Ali Alaxik is an intergenerational story of emergence and healing transformation. Calling on our ancestors and cellular memory to inspire a new generation of descendents to look up into the stars.


The MoFo by Shelby Richardson

The last remaining life-form on Earth (a strand of E. Coli bacteria) guides the audience through a museum exhibit dedicated to an attempt to understand the “female object” through the interpretation of relics from our forgotten human species.

All we have is what we have. What is in your pockets now? What is that wrapper from? How do the objects within, above, surrounding us start to create and encompass our shared identities? What of your identity has been sucked up in the engine to be spewed out, torn, tattered, and wasted; and what control do we have in restoring it? Let us try to become aware together of what has held us, named us and defined us.

These are our fears.  We made this to help you scare the monsters out from under your bed.

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