Catharine Clark Gallery is pleased to host Dance Kaiso and FOLSOM50 for an end of summer celebration on September 1 in conjunction with the closing day of the gallery's group exhibition, We Tell Ourselves Stories...In Order to Live.
Join us from 4 - 6pm for a performance with Dance Kaiso, a collective founded by Wilfred Mark, Robbin Frey, and Val Serrant that conducts residencies in CA state prisons that culminate in performances of traditional rhythms and dances, group improvisation and original spoken-word, dance and musical compositions, arising from students’ collaborative efforts.
The gallery will also host a book drive for FOLSOM50, a collaboration by Tracy Schlapp and Danny Wilson that engages prison populations through music and narrative-based initiatives. Books from the September 1 drive will be donated to South Fork Forest Camp, a 200-man, low security facility in Oregon that provides training in forest restoration and firefighting.
Bring your reference, non-fiction, and poetry books (art, technology, archaeology, and music titles are a plus), and come support this important initiative.
ABOUT DANCE KAISO
Dance Kaiso, co-founded in 1987 by Wilfred Mark, Robbin Frey and Val Serrant, gave its first performance for an audience of 13,000 on the River Stage of the 1988 World's Fair in Brisbane, Australia.
Dance Kaiso artists are interested in the intersection of dance, theatre and the healing arts. The company has performed and taught locally, nationally and internationally and have set Afro-Caribbean and Caribbean jazz fusion choreography on students and professionals for concerts, Best Village competitions, Carnival celebrations and within the context of plays.
Since 2014, Dance Kaiso has been a Coordinating Organization in the CAC/CDCR Arts-in-Corrections Program, conducting residencies in CA state prisons that culminate in performances of traditional rhythms and dances, group improvisation and original spoken-word, dance and musical compositions, arising from students’ collaborative efforts.
ABOUT FOLSOM50 OREGON PRISON TOUR
The band Luther’s Boots formed to honor the spirit of Johnny Cash’s prison concerts by playing the album “At Folsom Prison” to incarcerated audiences in Oregon Prisons during 2018. The project is a collaboration between Portlanders Tracy Schlapp and Danny Wilson. Together, they meet with staff at each prison facility to determine how they might best serve the needs of the institution and the community inside. Each prison provides unique opportunities to involve residents in the show. The band is then able to spend time with these folks in order to work together, share stories, and transmit that experience to the community at large. The project has organized a book drive for the library at South Fork Forest Camp to help build more robust reference and poetry sections. The men in this camp are currently fighting wildfires in Oregon.