ANXIOUS BRAIN presented by Sara Juli

Part of the Strand's NEW CENTURY SERIES

 This event takes place at the Strand Theatre 

ANXIOUS BRAIN (working title), with music by Portland-based singer/songwriter, Sorcha Cribben- Merrill, is a performance piece that explores how trauma maps the brain and creates a toxic footprint that can live in our minds our entire lives. Using movement, text, digital illustrations, images and typography, live music, song, stand-up comedy and audience interaction, Maine-based, critically-acclaimed performance artist Sara Juli looks at ways of both experiencing and disrupting trauma to find a settling of the mind.

This showing of the piece in development will be followed by an audience discussion with the artist on process, feedback and dialogue. A second stage work-in progress showing will take place in February 2023, with the world premiere of the final work projected to be shown in the fall of 2023. Anxious Brain audience members will not only get a “sneak peek” into an artist’s process, they can be a part of the creation of this new piece and watch how their feedback influences the development of the work.

Since the work is in its early stages of development, not all of the performative elements mentioned above will exist in the initial showing.

Photo by Grant Halverson

*This work contains mature themes and language and is not appropriate for children.

$50/Series package: includes this event, plus a second work in progress show in Feb. 2023 and the world premiere of ANXIOUS BRAIN in the fall of 2023  

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About Sara Juli

Sara Juli has been creating and performing innovative comedic dance-theater for over two decades. She has toured around the world including American Dance Festival, Performance Space New York, New York Live Arts, Bowdoin College, Bates Dance Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Noorderzon Festival Gronigen, and many more. Her work has received support from Maine Arts Commission, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts Expeditions, New England Dance Fund, NEST Touring, and National Dance Project in 2019-2022. Sara was the 2017 Maine Fellow for the Performing Arts awarded by the Maine Arts Commission. Her solo work has been commissioned by American Dance Festival (NC), Performance Space New York (NYC), SPACE Gallery, (ME), Portland Ovations (ME) and Dixon Place (NYC). Sara is an Affiliated Artist of Bates College. She lives in Falmouth, Maine, on the traditional lands of the Wabanaki people, with her husband and two children, and currently sits on the Falmouth District’s School Board. @sarajulimoves

Show Dates & Times:

9/29/22 - Thursday

7:00 pm,

$50/Series package: includes this event, plus a second work-in-progress show in Feb. 2023 and the world premiere of ANXIOUS BRAIN in the fall of 2023

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