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Conarro siblings to present performance installation next week

Posted: March 14, 2013 - 12:01am
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Brother and sister artists Sarah and Ryan Conarro rehearse for "keep coming back because...", an original performance installation produced by Generator Theater Company. It runs March 20-23 at Rockwell upstairs.
Brother and sister artists Sarah and Ryan Conarro rehearse for "keep coming back because...", an original performance installation produced by Generator Theater Company. It runs March 20-23 at Rockwell upstairs.

Local artists Ryan and Sarah Conarro will present a performance art installation “Keep coming back because...” next week at the Rockwell Ballroom. The brother and sister team describe their original piece as an “avant-garde performance art event integrating multiple disciplines.”

“The piece includes theatrical scenes, spoken-word, original music and songs, visual art, and digital projections,” said Ryan Conarro. “We wanted to focus on our memories together, as children and as adults. As we’ve created artistic manifestations of those memories, the piece has become an examination of the phenomenon of memory itself.”

Ryan Conarro is an actor, director, playwright and teaching artist. His Perseverance Theatre roles include the part of Lynn Schooler in “The Blue Bear” and direction of last season’s “A Christmas Carol.” He is also a founding member of Generator Theater Company, who produced the current piece. Sarah Conarro is a visual artist and teaching artist. In addition to exhibiting her paintings and drawings (most recently at both Heritage Coffees), Conarro is an active collaborator through public art projects, educational work, and conceptual events such as last year’s “Glitterz” event, organized with musician Ed Littlefield and KXLL’s Andy Kline.

For this project, the duo collaborated with Generator’s Flordelino Lagundino (directorial support) from Providence, RI; Ellen Reid (composer) from Los Angeles; J. Bradley (lighting designer) from Sitka; Katie Basile (projection artist) from New York; and from Juneau, Giselle Stone (costumes), Kristin Garot (stage manager), and Ricci Adan (choreography). Dramaturg Kevin Riordan is collaborating on research and writing from New York University-Abu Dhabi.

Generator will present a preview performance of “keep coming back because…” on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Rockwell Ballroom, 109 South Franklin St. The opening night performance is Thursday, March 21, with additional performances Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, all at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at www.jahc.org and local bookstores.

Generator formed in 2007 with the mission of creating work that includes interdisciplinary collaboration and generates audience dialogue. The company has produced acclaimed work in Juneau, including “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” “Shakespeare’s R&J,” and “Flipzoids.”

For more information, visit generatortheater.org/coming_back.html.

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