Taking the process of crochet as metaphor for structures of kinship and inheritance, Vanessa Reynolds creates looped, interlacing fabric through sound as Levon Kafafian builds a physical large scale fabric. Through personal, ancestral narratives Kafafian and Reynolds map the trajectory of familial and cultural ties in time through live labor performance and experimental sound.
Costumed in the colors of the indigo dye bath performers will lead a bereavement ceremony through movement and song, followed by a participatory grieving ritual.
Loss is symbolized through writing on strips of fabric dyed indigo blue.
These strips are tied into a site-specific installation, becoming part of a larger group narrative on loss, healing and community.
The market is where the ideas, goods and customs of many cultures come into contact, are exchanged and are changed in the process of shared exposure.
Musical entertainment, fortune telling, local food and crafted goods highlighting Southwest Asian, Eastern European and North african diaspora in Detroit.
We invite you to bring yourself into the bazaar, ready to exchange goods, ideas and emotions.
An experiential poetry and live labor performance exploring large scale weaving as a metaphor for the nature of the cosmos. Levon Kafafian and Ava Ansari created a room-size audio/visual tapestry using real time analog and digital feedback from the audience.
A special workshop in collective creation and the metaphors of weaving. Melding the process of the textile artists of Fringe Society (Levon Kafafian) and experimental performance ensemble The Hinterlands (Liza Bielby, Richard Newman), this three-hour workshop viscerally explored concepts of weaving, such as working in the space between opposition and union, through the lens of performance.
A transformative workshop exploring the dyebath as metaphor for the process of gestation and birth. Utilizing the scarab as a symbol of rebirth Shiva Honey and Levon Kafafian guided participants through a dual transition. Indigo resist dyeing served as a roadmap for a journey through personal healing.
Participants came away with a patterned silk scarf/handkercheif as a talisman of their transformation.