FOR DELAWARE’S VETERANS, A TRIBUTE IN SONG AND DANCE AT DELAWARE ART MUSEUM, BABY GRAND
There are approximately 85,000 veterans living in Delaware, and for many of them, the most difficult battle took place here at home as they reentered society. To help facilitate a community dialogue about this process, the Delaware Art Museum, in partnership with The Grand Opera House, will host Re-Entry: A Performance Tribute to Veterans, a Delaware Division of the Arts supported project, directed and choreographed by 2017 DDOA fellowship recipient A.T. Moffett. Inspired by interviews with veterans and their families, Re-Entry blends dance, choreography, and original music with storytelling to examine how the civilian-military divide and the process of re-entry has changed throughout American history.
Re-Entry will take place on two dates in two different locations. The Delaware Art Museum will host the Re-Entry Veterans Workshop on Saturday, October 21 at 10:00 a.m. This free workshop invites both veterans and civilians to join together in a conversation to share stories about the American re-entry process. They will also collaborate to create lyrics for a unifying song reflecting themes of veteran and civilian life. The goal for participants is to understand how the arts can be used as a vehicle to share our unique stories in an expressive way, as well as to build connections within the Delaware community. This workshop will be facilitated by Moffettand Marielle Kraft, a Maryland middle school educator.
Three weeks later, these original lyrics will be incorporated into the project’s culminating performance at The Baby Grand in Wilmington on Friday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m.
“Attendees will see original choreography and music, live musical performances, live poetry, storytelling, and swing dancing,” says Moffett. “They will also learn about our shared history through the stories, struggles, and triumphs of the veterans whose stories we are sharing. My hope is that both participants and audience members will gain a deeper understanding of the veteran experience and gain knowledge toward action for how we might all better support our veterans.”
The performance is episodic, alternating between the past (WWII) and recent history (Iraq War), and will feature stories about three veterans depicted through dance, music, poetry, and artifacts such as letters, photographs, and memorabilia. The featured veterans are Tuskegee Airman Leroy “Boots” Battle, Army pilot Edward Shearer who served on the European Front, and Air Force pilot Charity Winters Air Force who served in the Iraq War. The focal point of the production is a storage chest. By removing items from the storage chest, performers use movement and artifacts to tell the stories of these veterans. The finale will be a collage of story, movement, and song created and performed by the cast of veterans, artists, and artist-veterans.
“The goal of the project is to get to the heart of the veterans experience through their stories and through the embodiment of these stories,” explains Jonathan Whitney, Community Connections & Performance Programs Specialist at the Delaware Art Museum. “Part artistic and part research frame, this work seeks to evoke a deeper emotional and cognitive understanding of veterans experience on the part of the audience and the performers. As a vital hub and community resource, the Delaware Art Museum wants to showcase the things most important to our community, including veteran stories.”
Also, in honor of Veterans Day, the Delaware Art Museum is pleased to announce that it will offer free admission on Friday, November 11, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to all active and retired military personnel with ID.
“The Delaware Art Museum proudly supports our military and their families,” says Sam Sweet, Delaware Art Museum’s Executive Director and CEO.
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About Connected Series
The Delaware Art Museum launched its Connected Series in 2014. Connected features events throughout the year produced by the community, for the community. Events and projects can be proposed and submitted by anyone in the Wilmington community and should be inspired by arts and culture and encourage engagement. All events are free and open to the public. Connected events take place at the Museum, unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit delart.org.
About A.T. Moffett
A.T. Moffett is an artist and educator based in Wilmington and serves as Director of the Dance Minor program at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Moffett’s choreography has been performed at the Delaware Contemporary, The Grand Opera House, the DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Triskelion Arts in New York City. From 2015-2017 she served as Associate Artistic Director of Same Story, Different Countries, an interdisciplinary arts-based research project and performance exploring historical and contemporary issues of racial oppression in the U.S and South Africa.
Her research has been published in The Journal of Dance Education. Collaborative interests have led to co-founding TRANSForm Dance Collective and ongoing creative projects blending dance and other art forms. As a performer, A.T. danced professionally with Myra Bazell, Tania Isaac Dance, Stephan Koplowitz, Mary Anthony, Donald McKayle, and the Sokolow Dance Foundation. She holds an MFA from the University of Oregon and a BA from Radford University. For more information, visit atmoffettdance.com.
Partners and Sponsors
This production is supported by the Delaware Division of the Arts, co-presented by the Delaware Art Museum, and the Grand Opera House. Support is provided in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.
ABOUT THE DELAWARE ART MUSEUM
Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is recognized for its cornerstone collection of works by celebrated American artist and illustrator Howard Pyle, a Wilmington native, complemented by hundreds of works by some of the most talented illustrators.
Also renowned for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the largest and most significant Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom, assembled by Samuel Bancroft, Jr., a Wilmington textile mill owner with a taste for Dante Gabriel Rossetti and other contemporaries of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
The Museum is famous for the preeminent collection of urban landscapes by American painter John Sloan and his circle. The Sloan collection lives alongside an esteemed survey of American art–spanning more than 200 years–from early 19th century through the present, including masterworks by Raphaelle Peale, Frederic Church, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, Robert Motherwell, and Dale Chihuly. Visitors also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden, featuring large-scale works by Tom Otterness and George Rickey.
For more than 100 years, the Museum has occupied a vibrant place in the life of the Brandywine Valley. More than a collection of beautiful objects, the Museum is a vital source of experiences and discoveries for visitors from around the world.
The Delaware Art Museum is at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806. Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday: Closed. Adults (19-59) $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Students (with valid ID) $6, Youth (7-18) $6, and Children (6 and under) free. Admission fees are waived Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. thanks to support from generous individuals. For more information, call 302-571-9590 or 866-232-3714 (toll free), or visit delart.org.
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