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'Molded by the Flow' - a collaborative performance with USM School of Music and Departments of Theatre and Art opens April 14


The world premiere of “Molded by the Flow,” a multimedia, interdisciplinary performance collaboration from the Libra Professorship at USM, the 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 21-29.

“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.

wheelUnder 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.

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Performance Schedule: 

April 14-15
Gendron Franco Center, Lewiston

Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Lewiston (opening night)

Saturday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. Lewiston

April 21-29
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

For more, click here to listen to Department of Theatre faculty member Sara Valentine discuss the show on Maine's Big Z 92.7 FM.

Click here to listen to Maine Public reporter Patty Wight's story on the production.

Click here to read the story in the Lewiston Sun Journal.

Click here to read a review by the Bangor Daily News.

Watch the video below to learn more.