Aug 28, 2014

The first Audacity Solo Salon

Van Quattro reading his work STANDING EIGHT COUNT
A lot of my theatre activities over the last several years nave narrowed on an interest in solo performance. I started a solo performance blog that touches on, admittedly, only a fraction of the solo performance happening around the nation. I developed and performed three distinct original solo pieces, including CHOP, which is probably the piece I am most proud of and which has proven most artistically fulfilling to date in my creative process. Last May I produced the first ever Dallas Solo Fest, a Fringe-like theatre festival bringing together local as well as national solo acts in a celebration of one-person shows.

Now I am extending this interest, and the ethos of the DSF, into a quarterly event, a sort of solo performance open mic/workshop series I am calling the Audacity Solo Salon.

The aim of the Audacity Solo Salon is to support and nurture both established and emerging solo performers in the north Texas area. It is also a way to extend the mission of the annual Dallas Solo Fest beyond just the festival itself. 
This will be a way for solo artists to rehearse, experiment and develop their work in front of supportive audiences. The Audacity Solo Salon it will serve as a collaborative gathering place so solo artists and their audiences can meet and inspire each other and help cultivate a growing community of solo performance in DFW.

This first Salon was on August 25, 2014 and featured local
DFW solo performers Van Quattro, Steven Young and Beth Bontley. It seemed to go pretty well, with about a dozen audience members. The solo artists all semmed to come away with some good feedback, too. 

Culture journalist Danielle Georgiou did a nice write-up on the Salon in the Dallas Observer... HERE. And you can see pics from the evening... HERE. And a bit of info... HERE and HERE, as well.

I'm aiming to do the next one on December 8, 2014.

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