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Transformations (After Anne Sexton)

By Jessica E. Prescott







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food hawk





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charlotte 3





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low country


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south cack bridge


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lake norman





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H Poem


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there’s this old man



Under One Sky





Jessica Era PrescottArtist: Jessica Era Prescott

Jessica is a chess teacher by trade, an observer by practice, and a hedgehog by design. She cycles, recycles, is currently reading the history of the American short story, bakes occasional challah bread, edits accidentally, tinkers on the mandolin, write poems, takes pictures of clouds, curates & liaisons between artists & community, teaches little humans how to be big ones, & mothers a thoughtful, three-year-old boy. Her chess book and details of her chess world on FB & overthechessboard.com.

Website: http://www.jessicaeprescott.com/

Instagram: @madzetetic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/j.era.martin

Email: j.era.prescott@gmail.com


Triptych Collective presents “Traces” at the Neighborhood Theatre

The Triptych Collective is a group of performance artists interested in bringing a unique blend of live music, dance performance and visual art to non-traditional spaces in order to make thought-provoking and socially-engaged performance art more widely accessible.

“Traces” is a compilation of Triptych Collective works-in-progress for the Fall 2014 season. The show features work by Collective artists Reba Bowens, Sarah Ingel, Caitlyn Swett, and Eric Mullis and also features Hectorina’s performance musical “Collywobble.”  “Traces” was performed Thursday, November 20, 2014, at Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC.  Each of the artists writes about her or his piece below.



Twitter: @triptychcollect

“Traces,” from the November 20, 2014 show:


The Artists: 

Sarah Ingel

Must make much much much more more more effort

Observing popular culture trends surrounding reality television and celebrity culture, society has developed an overwhelming need to build people up only to see them fall. With accessibility to the details of peoples lives at an all time high, our need to know more has become a staple of our society. Gossip, positive or negative, feeds our desire to become part of the world of the notable and notorious. But when our feelings of curiosity outweigh our feelings of empathy, an act of dehumanization occurs. We all exist with an internal world and an external world, but what happens when these worlds overlap? Must make much much much more more more explores the effects of our consumer culture, the need to know, provide, and iconize information about our internal worlds, and the consequences these cravings have on the individuals of our affections. When does private become public? When does this conflict of worlds turn a person into a battleground of confusion, depression, ego, and alter ego? How does our desire encounter our embarrassment of our desires and result in a revelation of who we truly are? These queries, and much much much more more more, have fueled the movement scores and improvisational structures that make up a piece dedicated to depicting our struggle with the division and intersection between our own public and private selves. “Do you wanna see me be her?” –Marilyn Monroe


Caitlyn Swett


I have been very lucky to experience a variety of different creative processes, ways of creating dance, and working with many different themes and conceptual content. Even in my own work, I have felt that each creative process has been significantly different from the last. Perhaps it is the collaborative nature of Triptych Collective’s work that produces a diverse repertory, thus presenting many different experiences through dance. This season, instead of being able to say “this piece is about (insert concept here),” the ideas I have been working with, both conceptually and aesthetically, have developed and unfolded into something different and unexpected. Though the movement was generated around ideas of silence and conversation, through this process I have given myself the permission to create a work in which the movement is enjoyable to perform, view, and experience. My collaborators and I have had many conversations about the way that we connect to the piece and with each other when performing. I am interested what connections an audience makes, how this may differ from the connections we are making, and how an audience digests and responds to a work without the lens of a concrete idea or story that a choreographer may place upon them. I am interested in how I can create a thoughtful piece that evokes conversation and asks questions without having a piece be “about” a single thing. Further, I am interested in the responses, conversations, and possibilities that can come from a “lens-less” way of viewing dance.

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Reba Bowens

Finding My Voice

After writing a short blog about my development in capoeira, a Brazilian martial art created by slaves combining music, dance, acrobatics and other aspects of Brazilian culture, I began to think about my relationship or my connection to creating movement. I was questioning what movement means to me and understanding how my movement vocabulary has changed since being more immersed in capoeira. Is my desire to create movement something of a spiritual or therapeutic release for me? This question has and I think will continue to plague me not only as a dancer but as a capoeirista, capoeira practitioner. The first draft of this piece will be shown on November 20th at the Neighborhood Theatre along with other work presented by members of the Triptych Collective, XOXO Ensemble, Sinergismo, and Hectorina’s “Collywobble.” This piece is a personal reflection that will be continued to possibly include at least one or two dancers, and a live or recorded reading of excerpts from journals of my thoughts and feeling in understanding my movement.

Eric Mullis

Later Rain

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This work is my second collaboration with XOXO Theater director Matt Cosper.  Matt and I collaborated on Animus in the spring of 2014 and decided to start a new project in the summer. We reflected on our own experiences with ecstatic religion and began to research the history of the Pentecostal Holiness movement in America.  We are interested by the fact that ekstasis can be found in religions around the world and in popular culture as well (festivals, holidays, etc.) and want to explore how losing control of the body and self is understood in different social contexts.  For example, it is interesting that the Holiness movement sees being filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues as signs of divine presence whereas other mainstream Christian denominations are wary about those beliefs and experiences.  This is just one example of howekstasis is interpreted in different ways by different people in different cultural traditions.  We are hoping that Later Rain will encourage audiences to consider the relationship between ekstasis and broader social values.

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Ophelos by TAPROOT

The goal of Creative Thresholds has always been to explore different genres and art forms, particularly those that trouble and work those boundaries. Until now the focus has been on writing and visual art. It’s time to expand and what better way than by sharing an excerpt from the collaborative performance ensemble TAPROOT‘s original production Ophelos?

photo by Reuben Bloom

photo by Reuben Bloom

A young woman struggles against a destructive cycle of violence to save the man she loves from succumbing to a culture of vengeance. Enter the  violent, sensual, immersive theatrical experience of Ophelos

Ophelos 1 Reuben Bloom

photo by Reuben Bloom


Ophelos is an original performance piece told through movement, masques, music and shadow. It is designed to give the audience a performance experience which breaks down the fourth wall, with action taking place throughout the space. Based on the Scandinavian folk tale of Amleth with text from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelos transcends time using Shakespearean language, 1930s inspired costuming, original music, modern dance techniques and a unique understanding of multidisciplinary performance.


Ophelos is being performed throughout April 2014 in the Charlotte, NC area.

Tickets – Sliding Scale $15 – $25

Kadi Fit – 19725 Oak St #6, Cornelius, NC 28031

Purchase tickets here
Upstage – 3306 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205
Purchase tickets here

photo by Reuben Bloom

photo by Reuben Bloom

TAPROOT is a collaborative performance ensemble working to build community and create innovative cross-disciplinary performance experiences through artistic collaboration that speaks truth and challenges audiences. All of TAPROOT’s original and collaborative works have worked to engage the greater Charlotte community by inviting public participation in feedback sessions throughout the development of each piece. TAPROOT also regularly offers free or low-cost programming that encourages artists to expand their techniques, ideas and peer communities. Learn more at TAPROOT’s website or Facebook page.

Notes from kingCARLA 2

By Carla Aaron-Lopez

kingCARLA  writes about the experience of being an emerging artist. Her first post was Notes from kingCARLA.

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Ever heard the saying: You get a lot of NO’s before you get to YES?

I hate it. Drives me insane. Especially when I get turned down for exhibitions when I know my shit is tight. But alas, life moves on… because it has to. Doesn’t it?

Recently, I introduced myself to Charlotte, NC to a small crowd of people that I knew and people that I didn’t know. I’m quite into creating my version of Southern culture therefore I served everyone cherry moonshine. By the end of the night, people were happily drunk and into the works that I put on the wall. Now that that night is over, I find myself back in the mundane motions of an everyday routine. And today in email form about a juried exhibition in DC, I received my last no. Like, seriously folks, the shit is really beginning to piss me off so bad that I don’t know what my next move is but when I get there I’ll let you know what I did.

carla aaron-lopez 2As an emerging artist that is trying to take my professional life seriously, I’m working through these issues all artists have. Some of us will be able to get over them. Sadly, most do not. If I continue to have a temper tantrum or fall into depression every time I get a no then I’m not really living my artist life to the fullest. Therefore, when things like this show up… I review my resume.


Because I can remind myself of all the work I’ve put in over the past 10 years as an artist and to see where I would like to be for the next 10 years. Life steadily evolves without our permission. If I spend all my time concentrating on the bad/negative/upsetting parts I will miss my opportunity to shine. And that moment is coming up soon in the form of a panel discussion at Georgia State University on blackness as aesthetics. Bruh. I know that shit so well for the weird negros, white folks and people of color in America. I’ve chosen that event at this moment to be that professional artist I see myself as when no one is around. That campy motherfucker with a Southern twang dropping sweetly ignorant yet highly intelligent verbals from her mouth. A modern day Zora Neale Hurston.

My fantasies. They’re huge. Tengo grandes cojones… metaphorically speaking.

Back to the resume review.

In order to play the character I’ve created, I need to review what I’ve done and what it means to me. I think that from there I’ll be able to have a stronger basis for my aspirations as an artist and begin boiling down who my audience is. And I know my audience is small. I believe them to be a perverse group of humans that are rather bored with mediocrity and normalcy of American culture. They hate what’s perfect and enjoy the seedy underbelly of popular culture. It’s dangerous grounds to lurk in those spaces but to an outcast (or marginalized person) it is home and peaceful. For years, I’ve created works that attract this group of people. That is, within reason because the rabbit hole of human oddities runs very deep and very scary. I’m fascinated by the relationship of what’s considered normal in societies and what’s marginalized in terms of the human experience.

carla aaron-lopezMaybe that’s why I get so many no’s. I’m black woman but don’t really care to produce works again and again on the gaze/masculinity of white and black men. I’d rather empower a bitch and keep it moving but don’t call me a fucking feminist. And because I’m black, I’m bored with the constantly reproduced slave narratives. The content needs to be really fucking fascinating or else I forget about it. I know my history very well therefore I seek to produce works that challenge the new contemporary ways in which racial/sexual contracts are upheld in American culture. Now, that shit can go somewhere over hill and into outer space. Maybe I need to be a male artist.

Maybe then I’ll get noticed.

Nope. Fuck that.

I know my day will come when I stop getting Wangechi Mutu references. Until then, fuck these no’s. I’ve got more exhibitions to apply to, a new body of work to establish, a panel discussion to prepare for and a baby boy to raise in America.

I ain’t got the time to be in my feelings over a damn no.

And neither should you.


kingCARLA with friend Solomon at "Who is King Carla?"

kingCARLA with friend Solomon at “Who is King Carla?”


Artist: Carla Aaron-Lopez 

woke up with my horns on. fell in love with a cadillac. born/raised in charlotte, nc. baptized in the dirty south also known as atlanta.



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