The Alma Mater Project is the first major offering of Bella Deluxe Entertainment.

This traveling event includes a fully produced performance piece, workshops and residencies. The show will be presented in theatres, concert halls, universities, festivals and non-traditional venues. We’re inquiring about places to premiere the piece abroad, and would love to present it at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Mystery Tour is so named for several reasons. As we are in development and pre-production, many of the details of the project are as yet unknown, and will unfold. We hope to discover successful and new models of sponsorship, touring, fund raising and collaboration. While building and nurturing relationships to local and global communities, we also hope to entertain, teach and facilitate the sharing of artful expression. Mystery also serves as a container for the tour. A major theme of The Alma Mater Project is our relationship to earth and to all things feminine. The show and the workshops explore how the feminine principle is expressed, in personal relationships, politically and socially.

As we walk into the new year, Bella Deluxe hopes to touch the ground with inspired action. Karen Fox, artistic director, is working on a new dance piece with Adrienne Clancy and ClancyWorks dance company, based in the Washington D.C. area. Also, she and Rujeko Dumbutshena (most recently a priniciple dancer in the Broadway Show, Fela) are in pre-production for a full length dance theatre work, The Modjadji Project, based on the true story of the South African Rain Queen.

This winter we will complete the first draft of the performance text, lyrics and musical landscape and outline workshop curriculum. We are seeking an advisory board and collaborators, especially composers, musicians, touring/booking agents, and promotion/marketing specialists.

Karen wants to meet directors, with an intention to refine the piece in rehearsals in the spring/early summer of 2011.

Please check back regularly for updates about The Alma Mater Project.

We wish you all a splendid new year!


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