'Voice' to present social commentary

Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2005

Ten Juneau artists will present "Voice: Stories from the Tightrope," a series of social-commentary vignettes at 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Hangar Ballroom

The show, an hour to 90 minutes long with a short intermission, will consist of 12 abstractly related vignettes modeled after a 1940s-type variety show. The acts include singing, dancing, spoken-word and theatrics, sort of like the recent burlesque shows at the ballroom, but with more of an emphasis on mixed media.

Admission is $5 to $10 at the door on a sliding scale, and all patrons are encouraged to dress fashionably. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the bar will serve drinks. Those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

Director Kate Becker wrote most of the acts and brought the group together a month and a half ago. She also plays the narrator, an omniscient overseer who sits on a figurative tightrope, casting perspective on humanity.

"All the vignettes say something about the human condition," she said. "The overall theme when I first got the group together was passion, but people's interpretations have gone everywhere."

Becker grew up in Juneau and eventually moved to Olympia, Wash., where she studied dance at Evergreen State College and performed with the Miss Burlesque Dancers. She recently returned to town after a sojourn to France.

"I started talking to some friends when I first got back about doing a writing project, something that was really uplifting and realistic," she said. "More than anything I just wanted to bring a group of performers together and say something."

The cast includes: Becker, Leslie Becker, Melissa Davis, Doni Falcon, Seamus Tomkins, John Leo, Antonio Diaz, Sarah Elliott and Lily Hudson.

Elliott has written two vignettes, and Davis has one of her own. Becker also has prepared a two-minute film.

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