March 25th, 2012
Spring Motherlodge Live Arts Exchange in Louisville KY
The 2012 Spectacular
Theatre, Music, Improvisation. Chance, Basketball, and Death.
March 26-April 1
The Rudyard Kipling, Headliner’s Music Hall, The Bard’s Town, and Haymarket Whiskey Bar
The Motherlodge Live Arts Exchange commences in Louisville March 26 and culminates with a long weekend of collaborations between New York and Kentucky-based musicians, actors, photographers, visual artists, and performers.
Every Spring since 2009, Motherlodge has developed live shows with artists and organizations who want to approach their work from a new perspective, explore a new idea or just spend a week in Louisville. Curated by ex-Louisville-now-Brooklyn drummer/artist Ray Rizzo and guest collaborators (for 2012 playwright/actor Eric John Meyer), Motherlodge gathers diverse voices and cultural creatives in cross-disciplinary programs and a community of the moment. This is the Live Arts Exchange.
Spring Motherlodge 2012 events in Louisville KY will include:

“Crawling Between Heaven and Earth” Re-imagine Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” as it
might have played out in a rural American town in the 1920’s. Shakespearian
actor, educator, (and former Power Ranger) Jason Narvy will develop his
original idea for this adaptation in Kentucky during the week with playwright
Eric John Meyer, Louisville musician Chris “Roadie” Rodahaffer and actors and
musicians from New York, Louisville and Whitesburg, KY. The premiere of “Crawling Between Heaven and Earth” for Spring Motherlodge will be followed with a remounting in New
York City for Fall Motherlodge later in 2012.  (Friday March 30 and Saturday
March 31st at The Rudyard Kipling) (Information about casting and auditions can
be found at motherlodge.com.)
Lady Rizo “Unescorted” NYC caburlesque chanteuse Lady Rizo has collaborated
with Moby, Yo Yo Ma, Reggie Watts, Amber Martin and Taylor Mac. Her show
“Ordained” at NYC’s Joe’s Pub was one of the Wall Street Journal’s “Top 10
Shows of 2011.” Lady Rizo returns to Motherlodge to perform a scorching solo
set and host closing night.( Solo show: Saturday March 31st at The Rudyard
An “integrated viewing performance” of the NCAA Final Four Semi-Finals is the
best description for a brewing collaboration between Louisville Improvisors
funnyman Chris Anger, Ray Rizzo, J.P. Lebangood, and other Louisville
performance artists and musicians. The game will play on the big screen
accompanied by live scoring and improvised interludes. (Saturday March 31st at
The Rudyard Kipling)
Jim Gavenus and members of The Ernest Becker Foundation will create an
opportunity to explore the effects of death upon the human condition through an
exhibition of Gavenus’ work photographing people at the moment of their
passing. (Friday and Saturday March 30/31 at The Rudyard Kipling)
Christopher Layer is a world-acclaimed Uilleann pipist and founder of The New
Harmony Music Festival (taking place in New Harmony, IN this summer). Chris
will perform a set of acoustic music pulling from his original work and Irish
and folk traditions and also participate in an open session with Motherlodge
musicians. (date and location tba)
– Louisville artist and Bellarmine educator Teresa Mills will once again
present a Pop Up Art Gallery installation in collaboration with other Kentucky
artists.(date and location tba)
Motherlodge Closing Night at Headliners Music Hall will be hosted by Lady
Rizo and feature performances by Corporal (featuring Michael Shannon) and
Steely Danish, Louisville’s spectacular 11-piece Steely Dan tribute band, who
will collaborate with Motherlodge artists on a special closing night set.
(Sunday April 1st at Headliners Music Hall)
Throughout the Spring Motherlodge program, Long Table Discussions, a staged
discussion concept created by performance artist/educator Lois Weaver, will be
held to foster dialogues between Motherlodge’s performers and audience. In
addition, Motherlodge will stream many of the events online on [1]motherlodgetv
through a partnership with Livestream.

Tickets are on sale now and the final schedule of events will be announced March 7.

For more information, go to motherlodge.com or call Ray or email him at
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