The Anxiety Piece – (Live performance)
The Anxiety Piece melds physical theater, dance, and comedy, to explore the universality of generalized anxiety in American culture. This one-act production follows the hilarious and moving journey of Body and Mind as each experiences and responds to daily life together and apart. Characters grapple with challenging emotions, sensations and thoughts in highly physical and often whimsical ways. Articine’s internationally award-winning artists, in collaborative partnerships with mental health professionals, have infused the work with strategies to support positive mental health and offer touching and healing moments for audiences to discover. Subject matter: generalized anxiety
Mind is the task oriented, uptight, rule-following manifestation of anxiety. Linear thinker who sometimes forgets to check in with Body. Can be played by actors of any age and gender expression. Clowning, dance and somatic engagement experience is a plus.
Body is the honest, precocious and wild manifestation of anxiety. Lives in the moment and reacts in reptilian ways to situations. Feels best when in sync with Mind. Can be played by actors of any age and gender expression. Clowning, dance and somatic engagement experience is a plus.
Shadows – (Live performance)
Inspired by Neil Bousfield’s wordless novel of woodcut images, Shadows is a portrayal of a poor couple, working opposite shifts in the same factory, as they struggle through addiction and family crisis to find hope. They see that every decision is a choice, but finding the strength to break the cycle is the hardest choice of all. With its visceral, acrobatic movement and compelling story of strength, desire and loss, this one-act straddles the worlds of dance and theater. Subject matter: addiction & depression
Her (she/her/hers) is a 30 +/- year old, cis female in a heteronormative marriage who uses alcohol as a coping mechanism during tough times. While she has a tough exterior, she tries to be tender. Sometimes it’s hard for her to get out of her own head. Actors who can portray this character are welcome to apply. The piece requires the ability to manipulate a 75+ lb table, execute contemporary dance technique and perform 2-person acrobatics.
Him (he/him/his) is a 30+/- year old, cis male in a heteronormative marriage who is trying hard to keep his head above water. He is a hard worker but can’t figure out how to console his wife. He desires to be better, to build a better life–but struggles to find the right path. Actors who can portray this character are welcome to apply. The piece requires the ability to manipulate a 75+ lb table, execute contemporary dance technique and perform 2-person acrobatics.
Dottie – (Film casting)
This film examines a mind overwhelmed by dementia. Looking into the layers of her different realities, we are moved by Dottie’s resilience, touched by her perseverance and inspired by her determination to make sense of it all. While imaginary friends discovered in mirrors appear to her, she struggles to keep herself grounded in reality. A shy and timid woman transformed by her mental condition, she chases her memories through interviews with her best friend, a storm of flower petals, and into a mirror that reflects her past. Subject matter: dementia
Dottie (she/her/hers) is a 67 year old cis female. She’s a wife, parent, and grandparent who grew up with Southern values. She is kind, quiet, with an edge of silliness. She radiates love and compassion. She struggles with dementia.
Dutchie (she/her/hers) is a 65 year old cis female. Dottie’s best friend/sidekick. She uses humor as her way through the pain of seeing her dearest friend slip away.