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Eugene Weekly : Performing Arts : 3.24.11

 

From the Street to the Stage

by Bronwynn Manaois

The homeless of Eugene and Springfield will have the chance to be heard for at least one night as Street Code Theatre BRING's its multimedia performance art to the Wildish Theater on Saturday, March 26.

The show, "A State of Grace: Multimedia Performance Art on Homelessness,” is under the artistic direction of Judith Voss, with technical direction by Ryan Zimmer. Spoken word, live music, movement and technical aspects that include projected images, video and tape recordings make up the 26 pieces unified by the theme of homelessness.

Ten performers represent what Voss claims are "important voices from the street represented in ways that are unique and creative, meant to humanize the faces of people you may see on the street.” The multigenerational troupe calls itself the Eugene Dream Weavers, and hopes to increase public compassion, dispel stereotypes and encourage community support of the local homeless population.

Through sharing their life stories, these marginalized people hope to affirm that humanity connects us all, regardless of circumstance.

Voss wants to pack the one-night-only event to show support to the homeless community, as all proceeds will go directly to the performers. She says no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Street Code Theatre takes place at 7pm Saturday, March 26, at Springfields Wildish Theatre; tickets are $10 and include a post-show catered reception. Donations of sleeping bags, blankets, hats and coats will be collected and given directly to people on the streets.