New members of the web site are joining most everyday. We want to welcome them and here is a brief recap of where we are at the moment. Since our meeting in Delphi in the spring of 2013 there have been two processes at work, the project to stage a new drama, The Working of the Spirit, and an endeavor to produce an international tour.
The first project has been the work of the “Vessel Group”, volunteers working to support and develop the text of the play with Michael Burton. This process progressed through meetings in Spring Valley, NY, December 2013, in London February 2014, in Australia May 2014 and, most recently, again in Spring Valley August 2014.
The second endeavor was greatly assisted by the opportunity for some members of the Vessel Group to work with Barbara Renold and the community theater members (69 individuals), together with professional performers, to present all four of Rudolf Steiner’s Mystery Dramas at a ten-day conference in Spring Valley in early August. This was the first time that this has ever been done in English.
After the performances an open meeting was held about the project. We expected 30-40 people to come but between 90-100 appeared to spend several hours examining details of our plans. This brought members of the Vessel Group in touch with potential actors, eurythmists and other interested individuals.
This whole experience was a meaningful preparation for the next meeting of the Vessel Group. Today the group is engaged both in staging the new drama, The Working of the Spirit, and in producing an international tour showcasing performing arts arising out of the work of Rudolf Steiner.
Members of the Vessel Group are:
Chris Allen USA
Charles Burkam USA
Michael Burton NZ
Beth Dunn-Fox USA
Matthijs Dykstra UK
Jim Freeman USA
Ken Ingham USA
Peter Jackson CH
Marian Leon USA
Marke Levene USA
Adrian Locher UK
David Macgregor UK
Duncan Macintosh UK
Geoff Norris UK
Barbara Renold USA
Barbara Richardson USA
Penelope Snowdon-Lait NZ
Kim Snyder-Vine USA
Michael Burton, with the help of Adrian Locher and Marke Levene, has written an inspired script. The group as a whole is confident the presentation of the drama can be brought to an artistic and spiritual level with sufficient integrity that all involved can stand behind it.
Our next steps are as follows:
- Polish the script.
- Offer to eurythmists and others who are interested The Star Child’s New Descent (the new fairy tale told by Felicia Balde.)
- Promote online traffic, exposure, and excitement.
- Set up international workshop/audition opportunities.
- Sign all directors, musicians, eurythmists, and actors.
- Solicit major funding sources.
- Present the business plan to prospective donors.
- Promote donations through crowd-funding.
- Solicit immediate short-term funding from friends.
- Insure efficient online communication.
There has been a consistent response from everyone I meet recognizing the potential importance of this project for the further development of the arts that have arisen from the work of Rudolf Steiner.
More information will follow soon. This information will include a new set of video offerings about our work in the project and the relevance of the Mystery Dramas to contemporary audiences.
If you are in a position to help the project move forward please use the “Donate” button on the web site. For US tax payers Lemniscate Arts is a 501c3 corporation. A letter of acknowledgment will be sent for tax deduction purposes.
With thanks for your interest and support,
September 1, 2014