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Scenes from “The Garden” by Walken Schweigert
December 13, 2019 @ 8:00 pm$5
Come for an evening of sonic delights, and further experiments in aliveness. Ethereal and profound trance music from La Curandera & the Ritual will open the evening, followed by music and poetry by Strong Buffalo+Ben Weaver and friends. Last will be Open Flame. Hear an acoustic version of music from composer Walken Schweigert‘s next opera, The Garden, which premieres at the Southern Theater June 11-14 2020.
Walken Schweigert is a queer/trans actor, musician, composer and director from St. Paul, MN. A Jerome Foundation Fellow, he is a 2009 graduate of the Dell’ Arte International School for Physical Theatre, and a 2006 graduate of the Perpich Center for Arts Education (Theatre Major). He has worked with the Taller Xuchialt and Ronda de Barro in Leon, Nicaragua; toured with and been mentored by the internationally renowned Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA; and has busked on the streets of 11 countries. He has facilitated Theatre of the Oppressed workshops across the Americas, and composed scores for numerous films and theatrical productions. A classically trained violinist, he has been part of over a dozen musical ensembles of varying genres, from klezmer to metal. Currently, he performs with the Occult-inspired, witch-pop, Detroit-based band Crune. In 2008 he founded the Unseen Ghost Brigade, an ensemble that toured an original piece of street theatre down the Mississippi River on a raft they built themselves. In its next incarnation, the ensemble was renamed Children of Wild to produce Schweigert’s first opera The Wastelands. In 2017 Children of the Wild became Open Flame Theatre, and moved to Philadelphia Community Farm, in Osceola WI, where the theatre and Schweigert are in residence indefinitely. Walken was also recently awarded a commission from the Jerome Foundation via American Composer’s Forum for the composition of his second opera, The Garden, to be produced by Open Flame Theatre and Philadelphia Community Farm.