"We're all flaming, long-haired women, passionate and intense, in your face," says Terry Broomberg. The storyteller and writer, who founded Playing Mantis productions, joins Hannah Fox and Jacky McCormick in "Until We're Pink," a performance, theater and dance work they will perform at 8 pm Friday, June 16 at WOW Hall.
The three women teamed up about a year ago when Terry Broomberg felt the need to form a sort of support group for self-employed artists (SEA). Hannah and Jacky joined in and the SEAgirls were formed. "At the first meeting, it was just us three, and we liked each other so much and had so much to say, we just kept it there," says Broomberg.
The three met regularly to support each other, discuss their work and feel like they had community and weren't working alone in a vacuum, says Broomberg.
Whereas Broomberg's emphasis is on storytelling, McCormick's is in dance, specifically, Contact Improvisation, and Fox's is in leading both Young Women's Theatre Collective and Playback Theatre. For Fox, especially, this performance is special because most people don't get to see her perform her own work, but rather, see the creativity she inspires in others, says Broomberg.
Fox is heading to NYU in the fall to finish up her graduate studies and McCormick is leaving to teach at Connecticut College. For the two of them, this will be a farewell performance.
McCormick, who has been running the DanceAbout company, has been doing performances around Eugene and the Bay area, teaching and doing Contact Improvisation.
"Eugene's not big enough to make a living as a professional dancer and artist," she says, so she's been traveling to San Francisco often and teaching and performing there. But that's financially draining, she says, and her new job at Connecticut will enable her to teach and perform more often.
"Eugene's been great; it's been a nesting place, to gather ideas and try things out," she says, but now she's "ready to springboard again." After having what she calls the "amazing" experience of sharing her hopes, dreams and disappointments with Broomberg and Fox, McCormick says the three wanted to do a show that would "put our energies together."
She and Fox especially felt the need for closure through this performance and felt it was a positive way for "Terry to deal with losing us both," says McCormick.
Each of the women are performing two solos, with trios in between. "It's very personal and juicy - full of ourselves," she says. The interaction and each other's input gave them the courage to put together such a personal show, she says. "The process has been as important as the product."
The show opens with a "'60s thing of Mission Impossible, James Bond, The Avengers ... finally we get to this box we're going to open, put on pink lipstick and the show begins," says McCormick.
Broomberg says what makes the show work is how different each woman is from the other. "Jacky is a dancer and movement based. I'm very text based. I'm a writer. Hannah is a combination with experience in personal theater. We're really putting ourselves on the line - being bare, and looking at how frank and out there we can be. It's about revealing our lives, being frank with our art, exploring the process and three women coming together and doing something big."
Another innovative show not to miss is the Seventh Species concert at 8pm, Thursday, June 22 at St. Thomas More University Parish (1850 Emerald St.). In 1990, Gary Noland founded Seventh Species as a means of presenting new works by living composers and occasional compositions by established 20th-century masters. This concert includes four world premieres and showcases the works of composers David Denniston, Ray Freedman, Jackie T. Gabel, Gyorgy Ligeti, Art Maddox, Timothy Mason, Gary Noland, Rene Salm, Greg Steinke and Terry Wergeland. Tickets are $8 general, $5 students.