Bird Bath and Beyond
by Natalie George Productions
May. 31 - Jun. 02
BIRD BATH & BEYOND is a new version / iteration of a body of work called “Bird Dream Dances and Songs” that Gold began creating and performing in Austin in the 1980’s. There have been many versions of the repertoire performed through the years with a variety of collaborators.; here in Austin and around the U.S. With a goal to pass the work onto younger generations, Gold is thrilled to be performing and sharing these dances with this particular bevy of wonderful performers. One of the ongoing themes in Gold’s work is to call upon the “creature” qualities that we humans have access to, when we realize that we are all a part of nature. The qualities of humor, play, rigor, surprise and experimentation, all take a role in her works.
Conceived by Gold and designed by George, the duo comes together again for their 4th collaboration. Last year’s For a Limited Time Only explored freedom through limitation in a dual perspective performance of music, dance, conversation, and video. There Is No Such Thing As A Single Stripe, which transformed Ironwood Hall into a fabric forest, was nominated for multiple Austin Critics Table awards. Their 2015 premier, 1000 Forest Gorillas in Kansas garnered Gold and George a Best Choreography award from Central Texas Excellence in Theater Awards. George was awarded Best Lighting Design for Forest Gorillas in the 2014-2015 season by the Austin Critics Table and Gold was inducted into Austin Arts Hall of Fame.
Here is a link to articles, reviews, and photos from Bird Dance shows over the past few decades!
Heloise Gold was inducted into The Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2015; and is known as one of Austin's premiere dance pioneers, endlessly creating work in Austin since the 1980’s She is the co-founder of Art From The Streets; a highly regarded award winning program for artists who are homeless in Austin. She highlights experimentation and collaboration in her works and infuses her deep sense of humanity, humor and vision into everything she creates. Her performance career traverses numerous paths beginning with childhood appearances with the Bolshoi Ballet (1962) to performing in Robert Wilson’s legendary 12 hour opera The Life And Times Of Joseph Stalin (1973); to participating in many experimental happenings in NYC in the 1970’s. Heloise moved to Austin in 1978 and has created a steady body of work as a performing artist, dancer, choreographer and comedian. Her arrival to Austin began at a high professional level; dancing and touring with the Deborah Hay Dance Company (1980-1986). Additionally she began creating her own works; being a key player in the experimental work developed in the 1980’s-2000’s. A generative artistic relationship in the early ‘90’s with New Music pioneer Pauline Oliveros took Gold around the world performing and teaching (1991 to the present). She continues to work here in Austin and collaborates with many of Austin’s current performance visionaries. Last year she performed/collaborated in Steve Parker’s “Grackle Call” for the 2018 Fusebox Festival; and is planning a collaboration with Line Upon Line in 2019. She has been recognized multiple times by the Austin Critics Table; receives continual support from the City of Austin Cultural Contracts and has received funding from the NEA and TCA. Website: heloisegold.com
Natalie George is an award-winning designer, producer and artist based in Austin, TX. She is the Founder/Executive Director of Natalie George Productions (NGP), a full service event and production company. In its third year of business, NGP was awarded “Best of 2017” Critics’ Pick by The Austin Chronicle. NGP’s clients include Boohoo.com, AMC, Alamo Drafthouse, BMW of Austin, Red Fan Communications, The City of Austin, Blue Genie, GlobalFest, Brown Advisory, Yoga with Adriene, Creative Action, and countless clients for private events. From 2005 to 2014, Natalie served as Producing Director of Fusebox Festival, and helped the festival grow into a worldwide phenomenon, attracting audiences and artists from all over the globe. As a freelance Lighting Designer, Natalie worked steadily for The O’Neill Theater Center, Mary Moody Northen Theater, Rude Mechanicals, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Zilker Theatre Productions, Line Upon Line, and many corporate clients. Her work garnered multiple lighting design awards and over 20 nominations, including Austin Critics Table and B. Iden Payne Awards. Natalie founded a lighting rental company called Light Bastard Amber in 2001, along with business partner Jennifer Rogers, which serviced dozens of local theaters, schools and private events. Natalie studied technical theater at St. Edward’s University in Austin.
The project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division.
May 31 - June 02, 2019
207 West 18th Street
Austin, TX, 78701
Gold n’ George present
BIRD BATH & BEYOND
A show of Bird Dances and Songs created by Heloise Gold
In collaboration with
Rosalyn Nasky, Kelsey Oliver, Kelly Hasandras, Kate Taylor, and Lulu Fisher
May 30th – June 2nd, 2019, Thursday-Saturday @ 8:00pm, Sunday @ 3pm – 60 minutes
Austin Scottish Rite Theater. 207 W. 18th Street Austin 78701
Tickets: Tickets $18 – 50, sliding scale. Purchase online: www.nataliegeorgeproductions.com/tickets