Facebook comments after an immediate standing ovation
at the very well-attended January 29 performance at Texas A&M Corpus Christi:

"What a beautiful performance! I loved it and my 4 year old also enjoyed it a great deal!"

"Movement music and voice..very cool show...lots of talent and heart. Nice to be able to catch the last showing in the tour...really thoughtful collection of work...Thanks"

"Great show..movement music and voice...very cool event...lots of talent and heart"

"What a great night, the Proformance was awesome! So much talent!"

Friday 29 Jan 2016 at 7:30 PM Corpus Christi, Texas

Psophonia Dance Company and Chaski present a collaborative performance of The Book of Goddesses in Music and Dance in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M in Corpus Christi, Texas.


The Goddesses in Houston Nov. 20-21, 2015



The Book of Goddesses in Music and Dance: Promo for Aug. 30 from Chaski on Vimeo.

This video is about The Book of Goddesses in Music and Dance: Next performance Aug. 30


Comments about our January 25 performance:
"Brilliant composition of music, percussion and dance....."
"Very nice! Congrats!"
"Do the good guys always wear white?"
"Dear Adrienne, yours was a bravura performance. Thank you so much for bringing this event to my attention. I loved every bit of the production. I had to run right afterwards so I wasn't able to congratulate you in person. You were brilliant (as was the rest of the company)."
"Thank you for sharing Sunday afternoon’s special and spectacular performance with us."
Next performance is Sunday August 30, 2015 at 4 PM at Southwestern University!

The Book of Goddesses in Music and Dance

Psophonia Dance Company and Chaski collaborate
to perform Robert Paterson’s multidisciplinary work
The Book of Goddesses with music and modern dance, bringing to life the beauty, power, and heritage of feminine deities from around the world.

The Making of The Book of Goddesses in Music and Dance: Percussionist from Chaski on Vimeo.


Donate through PayPal below or visit this page again to learn about upcoming opportunities to help Chaski and Psophonia perform in Houston in November. This type of collaboration is very rewarding and worthwhile, but expensive to produce. We appreciate donations in any amount. Texas Commission on the Arts Texas Touring Program is funding a portion of these performances.


The Book of Goddesses in Music and Dance from Chaski on Vimeo.

Chaski and Psophonia Dance Company are producing the multidisciplinary four-city collaboration The Book of Goddesses in Music and Dance to present performances of Grammy® nominated composer Robert Paterson’s chamber work The Book of Goddesses (2010) with live music and modern dance as envisioned by the composer. The synergy of the collaboration stems from The Book of Goddesses by author Kris Waldherr. The performances bring together three musicians, one composer, one choreographer, and ten dancers from across Texas to embark on the journey of divine femininity.

photo of Psophonia in rehearsal Xi Wang Mu

Building the choreography for Xi Wang Mu from The Book of Goddesses by Robert Paterson

The Book of Goddesses in Music and Dance

Austin

On January 25, 2015, at 2 PM Austin Chamber Ensemble presented the first performance of the multidisciplinary four-city collaboration The Book of Goddesses in Music and Dance to perform Grammy® nominated composer Robert Paterson’s chamber work "The Book of Goddesses" (2010) with live music and modern dance as envisioned by the composer. Psophonia Dance Company and Chaski combined talents to plan and execute this project. The synergy of the collaboration stems from The Book of Goddesses by author Kris Waldherr. Chaski launches its 30th anniversary year with this The Book of Goddesses performance, as well as other enchanting music. Percussionist Dr. Matthew McClung contributed his own musical magic to the program.
Location: Bethell Hall at St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

PROGRAM

Syrinx by Claude Debussy
La madrecita by Digno García
La llorona, Mexican melody
The Girl from Ipanema by Antônio Carlos Jobim

The Book of Goddesses by Robert Paterson
1. Saraswati
2. Xi Wang Mu
3. Aphrodite
4. Brigit
5. Estsanatlehi
6. Xochiquetzal
7. Oya
8. Yemayá
9. The Muses

Chaski
Adrienne Inglis, flutes
Shana Norton, harps
Dr. Matthew McClung, percussion

Psophonia Dance Company
Sophia L. Torres, Artistic Director and Choreographer
Dancers: Karin Celeste, Vi Dieu, Melissa Juneau, Kendall Kramer, Taylor McAnulty, Kara Newton, Tory Pierce, Kristina Prats, Arielle Tesia Rojas, Lauren Turner

Austin Chamber Ensemble
Marti Mortensen Ahern, Artistic Director

photo of Psophonia and Chaski at a rehearsal for The Book of Goddesses
Dancers and musicians pose after a great weekend of rehearsing, July 2014.


Sunday 30 Aug 2015 from 4-5 PM Georgetown, Texas

Psophonia Dance Company and Chaski presented a collaborative performance of The Book of Goddesses in Music and Dance in Alma Thomas Theater at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

The Making of The Book of Goddesses in Music and Dance: Idea from Chaski on Vimeo.

Explanation of Project

Paterson's musical composition sprang from this beautifully illustrated book that highlights different goddesses from various cultures covering Greek mythology Tibetan folklore and Japanese legend. Named after the book, The Book of Goddesses was on the Grammy® nomination ballot for Best Contemporary Classical Composition and was named one of the Top 10 favorite pieces of the year by NPR’s Best Music of 2012.

Paterson has graciously given permission to have the work reproduced for this project. In conversations with the composer, he shared his original vision for the piece, which was that the music be performed live with choreographed dance. This collaboration will be the first full realization of that vision. Paterson is enthusiastic in his support for the project and is eagerly following its progress. He plans to attend at least one performance.

Torres, Inglis, and Norton collaborated for the first time in 2013 resulting in the production of Infinite Shapes of Creatures. Their collaboration was performed in Houston at Frenetic Theater, City Dance Studio and in Georgetown, Texas, at Southwestern University in the Alma Thomas Theater. The work featured music by American composer Alan Hovhaness played live by Inglis and Norton. Original choreography was provided by Torres and performed by her dance company, Psophonia Dance Company. Hovhaness' music, The Garden of Adonis, was based on excerpts from Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene. After a successful first collaboration with Infinite Shapes of Creatures, Torres, Inglis and Norton have been seeking out other possible opportunities to work together, thus, when The Book of Goddesses appeared it piqued the interest among all the artists.

The Book of Goddesses in Music and Dance will feature live music from flutist Adrienne Inglis, harpist Shana Norton, and percussionist Dr. Matthew McClung with original choreography by Torres. McClung works with Chaski on choral, chamber, and folk music projects in Texas and Arkansas. The Book of Goddesses in Music and Dance. will be the second collaboration for Torres, Inglis, and Norton.

Choreographically, Torres would continue to explore the merging of dancers with musicians as a combined visual element. Compositionally, Torres seeks to create a work reflective of the divine goddesses acknowledging the roles they played in the cultures that worshiped them. This movement expedition could serve as a comparison between what current society regards as favorable attributes in women today and what ancient societies considered desirable traits among the women of their day. It may also point to what these communities found fearful from female sovereignty.

Why support this project?

The Book of Goddesses in Music and Dance, a multi-disciplinary collaboration, combines the talents and efforts of artists across Texas who come together in a unique blending of music and dance. The January 25, 2015, performance launches a multi-city series over the next year, with outreach and educational programs presented by the participants. Almost all of the funding goes to paying the dancers, musicians, composer, choreographer, artist, and calligrapher. The remainder goes to advertising, lighting design, travel, space rental, and administration. The Austin Chamber Ensemble, Chaski, Psophonia, Dr. Matthew McClung, and Robert Paterson look forward to sharing their amazing artistry with a packed audience. Use the PayPal donation button below and see other information about how to help this project. Download this form to mail in your tax-deductible donation.


Acknowledgements and Sponsorship Levels

We love our sponsors!

The Muses — $5,000 +
All the benefits of Xochiquetzal plus post-performance dinner with performers
     Texas Commission on the Arts Texas Touring Program
This project is supported in part by the Texas Commision on the Arts Texas Touring Program.

Xochiquetzal — $2,500 - $4,999
All the benefits of Estsanatlehi plus a 30-minute live performance and demonstration, location and time to be determined
     This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Estsanatlehi — $1,000 - $2,499
All the benefits of Brigit plus personalized youtube video created by Chaski and Psophonia thanking you for your support and autographed copy of The Book of Goddesses by author Kris Waldherr
     Your Name/Logo Here

Brigit — $500 - $999
All the benefits of Aphrodite plus an invitation for 2 to a post-performance cocktail or dessert with performers
     Greg and Sandia Germenis
     Dr. Emilio M. Torres and Adrienne Inglis

Aphrodite — $250 - $499
All the benefits of Xi Wang Mu plus two season tickets to Austin Chamber Ensemble's 2014-15 season, a special invitation to attend a rehearsal, and a signed photo by all artists
     8118 Dental Professionals
     Davis Gallery and Framing

Xi Wang Mu — $100 - $249
All the benefits of Saraswati plus two tickets to the January 25, 2015 performance

       Frost Bank
       Reba Gillman
       InStep the Birkenstock Store
     Elise H. Ragland (Empower With Play)

Saraswati — Under $100
Recognition in program in each city
     Edward Eichner
     Jennifer Inglis Hudson

In-kind Donors

     Calligraphy designed by Gemma Black for our project title
     ecoclean for donating gift certificates
     fino restaurant patio and bar for donating gift certificates
     Bryan Saunders of Lamplight Photography
     line upon line percussion for the loan of their sea shell chimes
     Southwestern University Sarofim School of Fine Arts for rehearsal space
     St. David's Episcopal Church for the use of Bethell Hall on January 25, 2015

Friends

     Dianne Donovan of KMFA
     April Brown for finding us a ching-chok for a great price
     Composer Robert Paterson for constant encouragement and help

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

Past Collaborations

Torres, Inglis, and Norton collaborated for the first time in 2013 resulting in the production of Infinite Shapes of Creatures. Their collaboration was performed in Houston at Frenetic Theater, City Dance Studio and in Georgetown, Texas, at Southwestern University in the Alma Thomas Theater. The work featured music by American composer Alan Hovhaness played live by Inglis and Norton. Original choreography was provided by Torres and performed by her dance company, Psophonia Dance Company. Hovhaness' music, The Garden of Adonis, was based on excerpts from Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene. Here's a sample of this previous collaboration:





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