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Artist in Residence: Public Talkback with inFlux (Christine Shaw, Jacinta Yelland, and Jacqueline Libby)
May 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
During this Talkback the ladies of inFlux will talk about their process of making devised work and the thematic content of The Choice, the first iteration of the Motherhood Project, a decade long series of performances that track the journey of three women as they face the choice to have children and the consequences of that decision.
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Christine Octavia Shaw is a devised theater creator and performer dedicated to making work that asks her audiences impossible questions. Past and current provocations include: How do we wrap our heads around the immensity of natural disasters and our climate? (Sheet Metal Soup, 2019); How do we reckon with the absurdity of death? (The Usual, 2019); What does “surviving” sexual assault actually look like and how does a person heal? (The Aftermath, 2021); and how do women navigate the complex choices around motherhood? (The Motherhood Project, 2020-2030). Her work was in residence with Bethany Arts Community in 2020 and she is an inaugural artist-in-residence with the Yale University Schwarzman center for her work on The Wandering (premiering April 2021). Georgia-born and raised, she attended Yale University where she studied theater and dance. Since then, she has performed and created original works in Chicago (The Home for Wayward Artists), New York (The Araca Project), and Philadelphia. Now Philadelphia-based, she recently received her MFA from the UArts/Pig Iron program in devised theater.
Jacqueline Libby is a creator, actor, and theatre collaborator based in Philadelphia, USA. Jacqueline’s work focuses on the intensity of human connection by zooming in on the subtleties and minute details of life and exploding them for the stage. Through intricately ordinary choreographies, stripped back dialogue, and opratic images, Jacqueline’s work invites people to think about their life, and the world around them in deep and personal ways (The Usual, 2019. Bullseye, 2019). Energized by all forms of theatre making, Jacqueline has spent the last four years collaborating with many artists from across the United States and abroad. These artists include Yael Bratana and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Bury Your Weapons, Not Our Bodies, 2018), Sean Graney (A Ring Never Ends, 2016), Thadd McQuade (Make Trouble Shakespeare, 2016), and Colleen Sulivan (Much Ado About Nothing, 2016). Jacqueline has studied under Maria Horne (Strasburg), Jo Strømgern (Dance), Nichole Canuso (Dance Theatre), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Method), Kate LoConti (Viewpoints), and Phylicia Rashad (Monologues). Jacqueline has completed a Master of Fine Arts in Devised Performance at the University of the Arts led by the Pig Iron Theatre Company (Dec 2019).
Jacinta Yelland is an actor and theatre maker of Australian, Asian and indigenous descent. She creates untamed and intricate physical theatre and living installations that draw inspiration from real-life stories that are under-represented in theatre. Jacinta has collaborated and performed with notable theatre companies across America and Australia including David Gordon, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists, Asian Arts Initiative, Tribe of Fools, Visual Expressions, The Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, RealTV, Elbow Room, Zen Zen Zo, and Playwriting Australia. In 2020, she was an Associate Artist with award-winning Almanac Dance Circus Theatre. She holds a Master of Fine Arts: Devised Performance from The University of the Arts/Pig Iron Theatre Company and a Bachelor of Creative Industries: Drama from Queensland University of Technology. She completed the Zen Zen Zo Company Internship and was supported by Arts Queensland to study at École Philippe Gaulier, Paris. Jacinta is the recipient of Australia Council for the Arts’ Marten Bequest Scholarship, Career Development Grant, and Resilience Fund, American Australian Association’s Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, and Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Remote Connection Grant in 2020 and 2021. She has been an artist-in-residence at Brunåkra, (Sweden), Les Rochers (France) and Bethany Arts Community (USA).