Paige Borak (Mother Page) and Asia Bey (Bean Girl) performing in  FEMME (December 2017).  Photo by Molly Derwig

Paige Borak (Mother Page) and Asia Bey (Bean Girl) performing in FEMME (December 2017). Photo by Molly Derwig

in Our Voice

The "in Our Voice" series curates small ensembles who each share an oppressed, under or misrepresented public identity.  folkLAB challenges the ensemble members to create a new performance piece inspired by folklore of their choice. Each ensemble has just two and half weeks of rehearsals to create their world-premiere piece, resourced by folkLAB, which run 45-90 minutes. The project culminates in one week of 8 performances. The production ensemble shares 65% of net ticket sales. Our first production and first installment of this series was “FEMME: a new american folktale” which was created by and featured an entirely female-identifying ensemble and premiered in December 2017 (pictured above). The second installment of the series, "QUEER: new american tall tales" featured an entirely queer identifying ensemble and production team and ran August 22nd-26th, 2018.

The third installment will close our inaugural season! “OTHER: multiracial folklore” will be created by a team of multiracial artists lead by folkLAB team member Kelsey Robinson and will premiere in December 2018. More information about OTHER is coming soon!

 
 Puppet from  The Ironweed Tales  (May 2018) created by resident artist Felicia Cooper

Puppet from The Ironweed Tales (May 2018) created by resident artist Felicia Cooper

miniMythologies

miniMythologies is a residency series with the goal of creating new myths by promoting resident artists to explore their concepts of IDENTITY and MYTHOLOGY. folkLAB challenges each resident artist to incorporate a new skill within their discipline into their final product, Our first resident Felicia Cooper (www.feliciatcooper.com) is a Poconos native and Pittsburgh based puppeteer and performer. Felicia created The Ironweed Tales, a story of the women who champion the environmental justice movement in rural Appalachia told through live original music (composed by folk musician Juliana Carr), dance, found text and puppetry. The Ironweed Tales ran May, 30th, 2018-June 3rd, 2018. 

More information about our 2019 residency will be announced in November 2018!