Artist Visit + Performance - Lynn Neuman + Josh Davis

WHEN: Monday, November 16 until Friday, November 20, 2015 from 12 to 8 p.m. (Instructional + Communal Work Time will be 5 until 8 p.m. daily)

WHERE: Upper Main Mall

Marion International Fellows for the Visual and Performing Arts, Lynn Neuman and Joshua Davis, will be at ACAD working on the creation of TOSS, a movement theatre work examining the impact of consumerism and waste on the environment.

The piece will incorporate a glacier-like structure created from plastic bags symbolizing the trash patches found in each ocean. Toss addresses the rapid growth of these gyres, a result of over consumption and throwaway culture, and the hazards of plastics to human health and the environment. 

Students are invited to join Lynn and Josh, learn about their artistic process and create the components of the set. They will create fabric-like swatches by sizing and cutting colored layers of bags and melting them so they connect to one another. These will then be arranged and sewn together, much like a patchwork quilt. Once students understand the process, they can come anytime from 12 until 8 p.m. and materials will be available to work.

Lynn and Josh will be in the Upper Mail Mall from 12 until 5 p.m, but may be working on creating music, movement, or text for the piece. They will be rehearsing daily and all are welcome to come and observe.

Want to be a part of this exciting art project?

Please donate any plastic bags that you're willing to part with to this exciting project. Just drop them off at the front admin area and ask for Chantal Hisey. She will gladly take them off your hands!

About the Artists:

Lynn Neuman is a dancer, choreographer, director and environmental organizer who serves as Artistic Director Artichoke Dance Company based in New York City. She pursues art’s intersection with daily life and addresses pressing ecological realities with stark physicality, humor and wit. She began designing and creating sets from used materials in 2010, the first of which upcycled 5000 plastic six-pack holders. In addition to works for the stage, she creates site-specific works incorporating the existing environment as an essential element. Lynn also gets jazzed  up working cross-disciplinarily with film, music, theatre and visual art. More at

Joshua Davis is a bassist, composer, arranger, and educator with performances at Lincoln Center, Taiwan National Concert Hall, Blue Note Jakarta, Bimhuis Amsterdam, and Opera Marseille; with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Four Freshmen, Artichoke Dance, Tim Miller, Vardan Ovsepian, Peter Erskine, and others. Josh joined the faculty at Susquehanna University as the new Director of Jazz Studies in 2006. He was a full-time faculty member and the Director of Jazz Studies at Towson University between 2002 and 2006. Prior he was an awarded leader of curriculum development at Berklee College of

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