PRESS RELEASE elevated thoughts book launches with film premiere 

First poetry, then illustrations, then music and now, film!

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Ignition Arts and Literati Press collaborate for a unique book launch of elevated thoughts: 100 shadormas from 9,000ft. by Kate Brennan and Corinne Prudente. elevated, premiering on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. is a short film adaptation of the book. The film will be available free to the public for one month from launch.

Originating from poems, then manifesting in images which inspired music to create embodied sound and movement performances, elevated is the result of a unique “yes and” journey.

The book of poetry and illustrations is a collaboration between OCU Associate Professor of Voice & Acting, Kate Brennan, and undergraduate BFA student Corinne Prudente. Brennan wrote the poetry, then Prudente illustrated each poem. Brennan then wrote a musical score to accompany the book which is available for download. Now, Vocal Production classes at Oklahoma City University created sound and movement pieces based on the text and illustrations, and a Devising Ensemble took inspiration from their work to create the final digital experience.

The Devising Ensemble includes Kelsey Bray, Cadence Cloud, Sydney Epstein, Isabella Gonzalez, Grace Helton, Brianna Williams, Brayson Williams, and Austin Wyatt and is helmed by OCU Professor Gregory DeCandia. Additional performances by Vocal Production students Abby Ingram, Alexandra Eckelbarger, Amaya Perkins, Ashley Aquino, Avery Bruce, Casey Kassal. Cole Duffy, Deanna Cooper, Elizabeth Gibson, Emily Zimmerman, Ethan Gowin, Fabius Bascon, Grant Wilson, Julian Ibarra, Jackson West, Jordyn Pierson, Joey Derby, Karam Alkhatib, Karenna Mudd, Kayleigh Adams, Lauren Smith, Luke Riggs, Mack Kern, Madison Polozola, Madison Bailey, McKenna O’Meara, Meredith England, Mikel Kendrik, Oliver Kennedy, Olivia Story, Rebecca Jensen, Reid Saari, Sara Massoudi, Jo Muscarella, Sean Baisden, Shelby O’Brien, Sydnee Lasseigne, Tierra Matthews, Tyler Jones & Victoria Blackburn.

Though a live version of elevated was originally slated as part of Literati’s Listening Room Series, a monthly event each third Thursday that provides a platform for arts programming at The Paseo Plunge, the pandemic necessitated the move to an online platform. In a poignant turn, the original poems, written in isolation, now bring over 50 artists together while they themselves are in isolation. Join us for this uniquely collaborative unifying experience.

elevated is the first collaboration of Ignition Arts’ 2020 Season. Ignition Arts is moving their 2020 season online and will be digitally deliberate in the development of new works.

About Ignition Arts

Ignition Arts is a nonprofit arts organization that has served communities in Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, Guatemala, and now, Oklahoma City. Founded at Emerson College in 2001, this is the company's eighteenth year. We INCUBATE new works in the form of plays and musicals, we INVESTIGATE the world through podcasting and we IGNITE personal and ensemble growth through our methodology Brennan Check-In. We actively engage with our communities, cultivate necessary new work and foster collaboration across all genres of art and change-making. Whether it’s a play-reading, a podcast or personal transformation, Ignition Arts is the place to start something. Ignition arts has generated over 40 productions across five cities. From Tony Kushner's gay fantasia Angels in America to Jeff Goode's sardonically irreverent The Eight: Reindeer Monologues and our original docudrama on the military Silhouettes of Service to the development of a new YA musical trilogy with ALiEN8 and Clean Slate, we pilot relevant work that promotes conversation, community and change. Ignition Arts is helmed by Artistic Director Kate Brennan and Executive Director Gregory DeCandia.

Mission: To entertain, educate, and enlighten audiences with exciting world premieres and innovative explorations of classic works. ignitionarts.org

Literati Press

Literati Press is an ambitious, subculture publisher and book shop in the historic Paseo Plunge in the Paseo Arts District. Founded in 2010, Literati Press strives to advance the literary community within Oklahoma by advocating progressive and cerebral local, national, and international storytellers.

Facts

PROJECT: elevated

STYLE: A book launch/ film adaptation of elevated thoughts: 100 shadormas from 9,000ft by Brennan & Prudente

WHERE: www.ignitionarts.org/2020

WHEN: THURS, MAY 7, 2020 @ 7 p.m.


WHO: Devising Director & Film Editor Gregory DeCandia (www.gregorydecandia.com)

Underscoring by Kate Brennan (www.katebrennan.org/shadorma)

Cast: Kelsey Bray, Cadence Cloud, Sydney Epstein, Isabella Gonzalez, Grace Helton, Brianna Williams, Brayson Williams, and Austin Wyatt

And: Abby Ingram, Alexandra Eckelbarger, Amaya Perkins, Ashley Aquino, Avery Bruce, Casey Kassal. Cole Duffy, Deanna Cooper, Elizabeth Gibson, Emily Zimmerman, Ethan Gowin, Fabius Bascon, Grant Wilson, Julian Ibarra, Jackson West, Jordyn Pierson, Joey Derby, Karam Alkhatib, Karenna Mudd, Kayleigh Adams, Lauren Smith, Luke Riggs, Mack Kern, Madison Polozola, Madison Bailey, McKenna O’Meara, Meredith England, Mikel Kendrik, Oliver Kennedy, Olivia Story, Rebecca Jensen, Reid Saari, Sara Massoudi, Jo Muscarella, Sean Baisden, Shelby O’Brien, Sydnee Lasseigne, Tierra Matthews, Tyler Jones, Victoria Blackburn, Mikayla Emmert, Ally Zahringer, Winslow, Jackson Mayberry, Kate Gonzalez Jenna, Reiz, Leyha Williams, Alyssa Tuohy, Brittany Williams, Cheri Williams, Corrine Prudente, and Kate Brennan.

Cats: Sage, Chubbz, Tomaso, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Heathcliff

Dog: McCoy Williams

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