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Summer Spectacle at Double Edge Theatre
19 Dec 2013
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Since 2002, Double Edge Theatre has created an annual rural community performance each summer in the Theatre's hometown of Ashfield, Massachusetts. These performances - known as the Summer Spectacles - take the audience on a traveling journey by utilizing the fertile landscape of the rural environment as the stage, with scenes taking place in the hills, pastures, ponds, barns, and fields of Double Edge's 105-acre Farm Center. Fusing epic, fantastical myths and folktales with Double Edge's unique and highly visceral performance aesthetic, the Summer Spectacles give audiences of all ages a sensory, experiential adventure that is all at once lush, nuanced, and dreamlike.

The Summer Spectacles are created through an in-depth collaboration with Artistic Director and Doris Duke Performing Artist Stacy Klein, the Double Edge ensemble, and a variety of artistic partners from the regional, national, and international community. As an integral component to the Summer Spectacle process, Double Edge forges relationships with farmers, craftsmen, carpenters, stone masons, seamstresses, and local visual artists to take part in the design and creation of the world of the performance, working in tandem with a team of Double Edge ensemble members, co-creators and collaborators to build and stage environmental scenery, large scale puppets, sculptures and mosaics, and costumes.
Double Edge's 2014 Summer Spectacle, Shahrazad, A Tale of Love and Magic, draws inspiration from The Arabian Nights and combines elements of poetry, flight, live music, and the visual arts in a journey through Shahrazad's mesmerizing stories. This year's Spectacle will re-envision Double Edge's ambitious and popular 2013 Summer Spectacle and is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Art's Our Town Award.

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This event is featured on the Year of the Rural Arts Calendar of Events. For more information on the Year of the Rural Arts, visit www.artoftherural.org
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Performance Theater Agriculture Cross-Cultural Local Rural-Urban Festival/Celebration Performance Northeast DoubleEdge Rural YORA
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