6-04-03

Gnosis presents "The Crossing"

Gnosis, the Atlanta-based experimental performance group founded by choreographer/performer Elle Udaykee Trapkin and composer/multi-media artist Allen Welty-Green, will be presenting their latest work, "The Crossing", at 7 Stages Theater June 27 - 29, 2003.

"The Crossing", created by Trapkin and Welty-Green, uses aerial and earthbound dance, video and still image projections, text and original music to relay the universal story of the spiritual journey. From a descent into a metaphorical hell, to the transformation and freeing of her spirit, Trapkin's character is directed on this journey by her "angels" - her spiritual guides, who themselves are also on a journey of discovery.

In addition to Udaykee-Trapkin's performance, "The Crossing" will feature performances by aerial dancer/equilibrist Shad Sterling and dancer/choreographer Amy Estlund, both of whom are making their performing debut with Gnosis. "The Crossing" will also feature video images by multi-media artists Theron Schmidt and Rajni Shah, formerly from Atlanta, now living in London, England. Local visual artist Madeleine St. Romain is creating projected visual images as well as designing the costumes, and local writer Cornelia Powell is creating a series of texts that will be incorporated into the performance. The music for "The Crossing" was composed by Allen Welty-Green and will be performed live by his musical ensemble, Z-Axis.

In addition to "The Crossing", the program will also include guerilla performance by local theater artist Priscilla Smith, and a selection of repertoire works from Gnosis' touring production, "Reality Check". These selections include Gnosis' first foray into aerial dance, "Suspension", a subterranean video meditation, "Holy Ground", and a dance/video exploration of the media culture, "In the Country of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man is King".

Performances will be at 7-Stages Theater in Little Five Points, 1105 Euclid Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307. Showtimes are Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 at 8:00 PM, and Sunday June 29 at 5:00 PM. Admission is $15 general, $10 students. For reservations, call the 7-Stages box office at 404-523-7647 or visit http://www.7stages.org. For more information about Gnosis or "The Crossing", email gnosis-arts@mindspring.com.

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