The world premiere of “Molded by the Flow,” a multimedia, interdisciplinary performance collaboration between the Libra Professorship at USM, School of Music and departments of Theatre and Art, will be presented from April 14-29. The show will open on April 14 and 15 at the Gendron Franco Center for Heritage and the Performing Arts in Lewiston, and will take place on the Main Stage at Russell Hall on USM’s Gorham campus April 16-29.
“Molded by the Flow” is a poetic, visual and musical narrative inspired by Southern Maine’s rich natural and human history. The multimedia performance explores how the state’s rivers, ocean, weather, plants and animals have inspired diverse groups of people to inhabit the area, thereby shaping the landscape and history of Maine.
Under the guidance of visiting professor Paul Dresher and performance artist Rinde Eckert, students registered for classes in music, theatre and art, which have been dedicated to the creation of the show’s music, poetry, choreography and design. The instruments played in the performance were engineered and built by students as well.
About the show’s concept, Eckert said “my governing image is both abstract and worldly. From the watershed, the multiplicity of streams. As the streams move down the side of the mountain, some of them converge and the many streams become a few rivers, increasing in speed and power. The power of the river attracts a community, water becoming the shared resource at the center of a culture. Our communities are thereby molded by the flow.”
“Molded by the Flow” is made possible by the Libra Professorship at USM, with additional support from the USM Gorham Cultural Affairs Committee.
Gendron Franco Center, Lewiston
Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Lewiston (opening night)
Saturday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. Lewiston
Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus
Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. Gorham (Gorham opening night)
Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m. Gorham
Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. Gorham
Wednesday, April 26 at 5:00 p.m. Gorham
Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Gorham
Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. Gorham
Teachers and Schools, please inquire about our special school performances:
Thursday, April 13 10 a.m. - Lewiston
Friday, April 21 10 a.m. - Gorham
Tickets are, $15 adults, $11 seniors, USM employees and alumni, $8 students, and can be purchased online, in person or by phone at 207-780-5151.
The photo of the steamer is the Islander backing away from the Squirrel Island wharf, off Boothbay Harbor in 1901, from the collection of the Maine Maritime Museum,www.mainemaritimemuseum.org.
The logger image is from the Collections of the Patten Lumbermen's Museum, www.lumbermensmuseum.org, courtesy of www.MaineMemory.net, item #8527, and obtained with the assistance of the Maine Historical Society, www.mainehistory.org.