May Day: A Glass Spectacular

FRIDAY
MAY 1, 2015
7:00 – 11:00 PM
PRESALE TICKETS: $10
TICKETS: $15
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An Evening of Glass Performance Art
& May Day Celebrations

SGS is proud to introduce a brand new event, featuring reinterpretations of international May Day traditions using glassblowing as a theatrical medium.

Sonoran Glass School’s May Day: A Glass Spectacular brings Tucsonans together for a night of dramatic glassblowing, fire dancing, live music and May Day celebrations through a full, two-act show.

The night also features fire drums, music by the Rosano Bros. Virtual Quartet, a cash bar, food, glassblowing and torchworking performances, a human glass torso mold-blowing demonstration, raffle prizes, a glass flower shop and a Maypole celebration around a bonfire at the end of the night (Read more about the show format below).

This event is generously sponsored by SGS Member and Long-Time Supporter Judy Purze. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Sonoran Glass School (SGS) is located at 633 W. 18th Street, west of the Five Points intersection downtown.

Admission to the event is $15 at the door and $10 in advance. A raffle ticket is included in the price of admission.

Presale tickets may be bought online at www.sonoranglass.org/maydaytickets until April 31, 2015.

Kids 12 & Under Free. Proceeds support 501(c) 3 non-profit Sonoran Glass School.


The Show

The performances are inspired by May Day traditions from around the world. The Dream in Act I is specifically based on a May Day ritual meant to reveal one’s true love. A girl collects seven flowers and places them under her pillow before going to sleep. The young lady’s true love is then revealed to her in her dreams that night.

Act One: “The Dream” -The Dream features a poem and dance performance by Rakel Kieding, a Swedish-born glassblower now living in Tucson. During this dance performance, glassblowers and torchworkers will be sculpting flowers out of molten glass in a cloud of fog.

Act Two: “Sonoran Flora” Sonoran Flora is a glassblowing demonstration set to the music of the Rosano Bros. Virtual Quartet. SGS staff will be hot-glass sculpting the torso of the fictional goddess Sonora Flora (a southwest version of the Roman goddess Flora, deity of springtime, fertility, and romance.)

Finale: After the show a tiki-torch path leads the audience to the SGS Sculpture for a bonfire celebration around the Maypole (made of glassblowing tools and recycled steel).

For adults 21 and up, beer, wine and a special herbal-infused May Day cocktail will be served from a licensed bartender. The food truck will be on hand to provide guests with food.

MUSIC: ROSANO BRO. VIRTUAL QUARTET

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

“May Day: A Glass Spectacular” Showcases Glassblowing as Performance Art

TUCSON, Ariz. (April 16, 2015) –Sonoran Glass School’s May Day: A Glass Spectacular brings Tucsonans together for a night of theatrical glassblowing, fire dancing, live music and artistic interpretations of international May Day traditions through a full, two-act show on Friday, May 1 from 7 to 11 p.m.

The night also features fire drums, music by the Rosano Bros. Virtual Quartet, a cash bar, food, glassblowing and torchworking performances, a human glass torso mold-blowing demonstration, raffle prizes, a glass flower shop and a Maypole celebration around a bonfire at the end of the night.

Sonoran Glass School (SGS) is located at 633 W. 18th Street, west of the Five Points intersection downtown. Admission to the event is $15 at the door and $10 in advance. A raffle ticket is included in the price of admission. Show information is atwww.sonoranglass.org/mayday, and presale tickets may be bought online at www.sonoranglass.org/maydaytickets until April 31, 2015.

About the Show

The performances are inspired by May Day traditions from around the world. The Dream in Act I is specifically based on a May Day ritual meant to reveal one’s true love. A girl collects seven flowers and places them under her pillow before going to sleep. The young lady’s true love is then revealed to her in her dreams that night.

The Dream is directed by Rakel Kieding, a Swedish glassblower now living in Tucson. Kieding used to practice this tradition in her hometown of Järna, Sweden. During this dance performance, glassblowers and torchworkers will be sculpting flowers out of 1000+ degree glass in a cloud of fog.

Act II: Sonora Flora is a glassblowing demonstration set to the music of the Rosano Bros. Virtual Quartet. SGS staff will be hot-glass sculpting the torso of the fictional goddess Sonora Flora (a southwest version of the Roman goddess Flora, deity of springtime, fertility, and romance.)

After the show a tiki-torch path leads the audience to the SGS Sculpture for a bonfire celebration around the Maypole (made of glassblowing tools and recycled steel).

For adults 21 and up, beer, wine and a special herbal-infused May Day cocktail will be served from a licensed bartender. The food truck will be on hand to provide guests with food.

The event is the brainchild of SGS artist instructors Lindsay LeBlanc-a Boston-born glass artist who recently relocated to Tucson-and Rakel Kieding.

“May Day: A Glass Spectacular is going to be an incredible collaboration of new art forms and old traditions,“ said Lindsay LeBlanc, SGS Hot Shop Instructor. “I’m honored and so excited to provide creative direction for this new, must-see Tucson event.”
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