HEADBONE – January 26th 2018

HeadBone happened! This was Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment’s first retrospective art opening and performance.


Friday, January 26, 2018: We had our first  Art and Video Retrospective Opening at 6pm.  Preparing for it involved lots of sewing of cloth to paper, as Catherine innovated a scroll technique using cloth sleeves and dowels.

Top: Linda Clave, 2014 Left: Nancy Ostrovsky, 2013 Bottom: Marty Wagner, 2015 Right: Linda Clave, 2016
Catherine in front of two paintings by Tamar Etingen (2017) and one by Nancy Ostrovsky (2013)

At 8pm the performance experiment began. The dancers had invented some new “structures” which we announced to the audience as we had in prior TR’s. Audience seemed to appreciate it, although some found the ideas a little mundane. That’s the thing about structures.. the stucture itself isn’t the poetry. It’s the cookie cutter, the wax mold for the sculpture that will result.


This time the musicians circled the space, creating surround sound for the audience. They created beautiful, evocative worlds despite being stuck in the dark the whole night. The dark- that was a mistake. They are all so gorgeous, no one would have wanted them to be invisible.


Karen Klein wove words  that evoked a wet forest, or a puzzle the dancers fit into, seamlessly.


Musicians included Stan Strickland, John Voigt, Russ Gershon, Syd Smart, Scott Getchell and Josh Rosen;
Dancers included Lani Nahele, Carlie Silva, Natalie Eggert, Catherine Musinsky, Chien Hwe, Emily Jerant-Hendrikson and Sara June.
The painter: Tamar Etingen.
Poet: Karen Klein.


HeadBone 1.6.18 from Catherine Musinsky on Vimeo.



Here’s what happened after intermission, when members of the audience joined in:


Produced by Catherine Musinsky, as always (so far)
Where it took place:
11 Sanborn Court
Somerville, MA



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