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Bamboo Wind

An Evening of Dance, Sculpture & Photography

Cloud Boat

One more sculpture completed and ready for installation in January.

Cloud Boat was supposed to be a simple, slightly enlarged, remake of an earlier design.  Ha!  It grew.  And of course it changed.

Mateo Fundraiser

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They came. They ate a great meal.  They filled the evening with lively conversation. They even applauded the poetry reading!

This past Tuesday twenty-nine people came together to support our efforts to create the Bamboo Wind project next January.

Chef Matt Kelly of Mateo gave us a hundred dollar a plate fundraising dinner and if that wasn’t enough he then generously donated all of the money to the project without even charging us for the food and wine.

It was a wonderful evening of friendships, old and new, poetry and great food.

And amazingly, everyone was having such a good time that no one remembered to photograph it!  Unheard of in this day and age!  (Surely someone must have a photo).  So you will just have to take our word for it.  It was fabulous.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to Matt Kelly for hosting this event, and to all of the generous people who donated.

Onward now.  The real work begins.  Choreography and rehearsal start soon.  We have seven groves and about three thousand square feet to fill with bamboo sculpture. In December we will have to build a hanging Bamboo Forest.  Our photographers must now seriously turn to creating magic images to fill the spaces. And thanks to all of you we now have a sound foundation on which to begin our work.

Fingers crossed as we begin to practice our magic, the magic of turning air into sights and sounds that will fill and stir the imagination. Onward.

It will surely be wonderful.

 

Support the arts by eating a great meal.

Support the Arts by eating a great meal.

Matt Kelly of Mateo believes so strongly in the Bamboo Wind project that he is hosting a $100 a plate fundraising dinner next Tuesday evening with an extraordinary menu, where all of the proceeds will go to the Bamboo Wind project.  Please help make this a reality.

Bamboo Wind, a poem by Coke Ariail, will serve as the theme for a major multi-art installation and concert that will explore the poem by creating a three thousand square foot hanging bamboo forest filled with bamboo sculpture, the work of three outstanding photographers exploring the poem, and a major evening length dance concert by ShaLeigh Comerford exploring the themes of longing and desire contained in the poem.

For more information about the project visit our web site;

www.bamboowindproject.com

Reservations by phone only.  Bring a friend. Support the arts by eating a great meal.

For Reservations Call:  919-530-8700

Ask for Bamboo Wind Dinner

Tuesday June 12, 7pm

Date Night

Make your reservations now for the Mateo Fundraising dinner for Bamboo Wind.  Why not have a great meal and support the arts!

Chef Matt Kelley of Mateo fame, (as well as of St. James, Mothers & Sons, and Vin Rouge), has generously offered to hold a fundraising dinner for Bamboo Wind.  All of the proceeds from the dinner will go directly to our fundraising efforts to help us create a collaborative performance installation at The Fruit, Durham’s newest art space and creative warehouse complex.

This $100 a plate dinner for 40 people will be an exciting exploration of Spanish Tapas with a Southern flavor and will be held in the private dining room at Mateo’s on Tuesday June 12 at 7pm. The menu looks fabulous.  Enjoy great food and a sampling of the poem.  Meet the Choreographer and the Poet.

Please help us take advantage of this incredibly generous offer. For an evening to remember, please join us.  Tell your friends.  Pass it on.

For Reservations Call:  919-530-8700

Ask for Bamboo Wind Dinner

Tuesday June 12, 7pm

Mateo Fundraiser

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We have Fantastic News!

Chef Matt Kelley of Mateo fame, (as well as of St. James, Mothers & Sons, and Vin Rouge), has generously offered to hold a fundraising dinner for Bamboo Wind.  All of the proceeds from the dinner will go directly to our fundraising efforts to help us create a collaborative performance installation at The Fruit, Durham’s newest art space and creative warehouse complex.

Matt will create an elaborate multi-course dinner with three waves of multiple tapas that is certain to be a dining experience to remember! Those who have eaten at any of his restaurants know well why he is famous in our area.

Matt’s commitment to local art will greatly help us with the creation of our Bamboo Windproject when in January 2019 more than 17 artists will come together to explore the poem “Bamboo Wind.”  This collaborative project will feature commissioned local talents in the fields of music, film, poetry, photography, sculpture, theatre, costume design and dance for an interactive, multi-media performance installation.

Where else can you have, all in one evening, an exotic menu of food from one of the finest chefs in Durham, a poetry reading about primal dreams in a bamboo forests, and the most interesting companions for conversation about the arts?

This $100 a plate dinner for 40 people will be an exciting exploration of Spanish Tapas with a Southern flavor and will be held in the private dining room at Mateo’s on Tuesday June 12 at 7pm.

Please help us take advantage of this incredibly generous offer. We only have 40 seats available so please call and reserve early.  For an evening to remember, please join us.  Tell your friends.  Pass it on.

For Reservations Call:  919-530-8700

Ask for Bamboo Wind Dinner

Tuesday June 12, 7pm

New Sculpture

IMG_0128Another new Bamboo Sculpture is almost finished!

How many will it take to fill our three thousand square foot Bamboo Forest next January?  Stay tuned.

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What Is Bamboo Wind?

What is Bamboo Wind?

A Seven Chambered Exhibit of bamboo sculpture woven together in a labyrinth of bamboo.

A Seven Canto Poem that is a story of longing and desire, a love story, a fevered dream in a Mythical Bamboo Forest.

A Photographic Exploration of dream visions in bamboo.

An evening long Dance in a bamboo forest, Calligraphy written in the Air choreographed by ShaLeigh Comerford.

A great tilting at the Windmill of Dreams.

Help support Bamboo Wind

www.bamboowindproject.com

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New Work By ShaLeigh

Our Fund Raising campaign is starting to reach out and to bring in some money, but we still have a long way to go to reach our goal of $8000. We still need you to pass this on to your friends and to make a donation. Any amount will be a help. A small monthly donation would be great.  A Big Donation would be fabulous!

And in the meantime our choreographer ShaLeigh will be premiering part of her new work in Charlotte!!!!  Loose Leaves Showcase will present ShaLeigh Dance Works among other local Charlotte Dance Companies Saturday, October 30th at Duke Energy Theater at 345 N College St, Charlotte, NC

Here is the press release.

Led by veteran Durham choreographer ShaLeigh Comerford, ShaLeigh Dance Works premieres an excerpt of new dance-theater work, I Promise. Influenced by the presidential election and subsequent events, Comerford and her company draw on the imagery of rioting and rebellion to question how we define our tribe, what connects us, and what separates us. For Comerford’s multicultural cast, these months have been fraught, and that tension emerges in visceral modern dance. “We couldn’t leave it out of the studio,” Comerford says. At the same time, “It’s a hopeful piece,” she adds, “To rebel, you need something worth fighting for.”

Beginnings

What do you do when you have reached your seventh decade and have worked in TV, founded and run and directed a theatre company producing original work, acted, written and performed your own one-man play, worked as a photographer in the days of film and darkrooms, created, photographed, written and directed recruiting videos for over fifty colleges across the country, written, directed and produced nationally for the Department of Veterans Affairs, run their nationally broadcast PR show “The American Veteran” and won two Emmy awards, three gold Aurora awards, one Platinum Aurora, two Bronze Telly and three Silver Telly awards, . . . and now all of that is behind you?

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