Arianna Ross ~ Story Tapestries

 
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  Performances and school assemblies for:
Young Adults: 6th-12th grade
 
 


A Blessing in Disguise

Waves of Adventure

Why Have We Born Witnesses?

Magic of the Sea

Immigrant Quilt [6th-8th grade]

Community Quilts [9th-12th grade]

Festa: A Dance of Cultures

A Link in the Circle

The Hiroshima of India, Bhopal's Chemical Disaster [8th-12th grade]

Saying Goodbye

A Window into Addiction

The Fastest Plane

Monkey Tales

Tales of Mystery Where the Fool Prevails

Welcoming in the New Year

Objects of Hope: The America Project

 

A Blessing in Disguise

Yesterday the worst........happened to me, my friend, family or a stranger. Is it a blessing? Often times, hidden within the heart of the problem is the biggest gift of all, a lesson to be learned. Listen to or participate in the telling of both personal and religious stories from our community at large.

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Waves of Adventure

When you swim in the ocean or dance in a river, you can hear waters' special symphony singing in your ears. How can you re-create the musical/moving story of the water? Travel around the world with only your imagination, voice, and body. Discover the many magical, mysteries of water on this amazing earth. What can we do to help our water stay clean and beautiful?

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Why Have We Born Witnesses?

So many refugees' lives are haunted by the memories of their war torn homeland. Moving to another country doesn't wipe clean the past. For some it is a way of beginning again, for others the end. Listen to one Bosnian woman's story of survival and triumph interlaced with other stories of hardship and pain.

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Magic of the Sea

The poetry of the ocean and the creatures of the islands capture our imagination and take us on a creative learning adventure. An exploration of life above and under sea level told through music, story and acrobatics. Become a manta ray and a shark as you listen and participate in folk tales and true stories from Indonesia. | study guide

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Immigrant Quilt [6th-8th grade]

Celebrate our journey to and survival in a new land. Many people came here by choice and others were forced to come here bringing with them only their stories. Travel back in time to Senegal, Russia and England to hear historical stories of immigration to the United States from the 1600's to present day. Walk away with a broader understanding of our diverse community both in the past and present. | study guide

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Community Quilts [9th-12th grade]

Celebrate the journey and survival of so many immigrants to the United States. Many communities still believe in the power of a quilt to tell their story. They believe that each square is a piece of the family history and without one piece the tale would be incomplete. Discover how many story squares you can find in the place you call home.

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Festa: A Dance of Cultures

(Now including three Musician/Dancers) Let us dance across Brazil. Let us dance and play music across Brazil. We can travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Amazon, over the mountains and through the fast moving cities. Listen to folk tales, songs and personal stories about a country that is passionate about life and community.

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A Link in the Circle

What it is like to be so immersed in a culture where your guesthouse owner becomes your adopted "Aunt?" Discover what it means to travel alone with only the support of total strangers. Witness the differences and similarities between these diverse countries.

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The Hiroshima of India, Bhopal's Chemical Disaster [8th-12th grade]

Who survived and who passed away from the tragic explosion of the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India? Listen to the story of the heroes and villains who were a part of the largest industrial disaster the world has ever witnessed. One perspective of an American mixed with the truth about living in a city that still remembers, as it tries to forget.

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Saying Goodbye

Can you close your eyes and think about someone close to you who has passed away without a twinge of pain? A story about how I continue to remember and celebrate the deaths of my grandfather, grandmother and several young friends.

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A Window into Addiction

Fighting addiction or living with an addict can feel isolating. Discover how one child found a home among friends. A private look at growing up with a now reformed alcoholic. In the end, you may find hope in the final re-uniting of a family.

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The Fastest Plane

Around the world in 45 minutes: a multi-lingual program. Together we will dance through the streets of America, Mexico and India. Discover the similarities and differences between these diverse cultures. Leave the program wanting to read more folk tales and tell more stories. | study guide

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Monkey Tales

Animals certainly are the smartest creatures. In these delightful Asian Adventures stories, follow Arianna into the heart of the jungle. Experience life in India from a foreigner's perspective. Listen to the folk tales and true stories she was given as a gift to share with others. | study guide

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Tales of Mystery where the Fool Prevails

Traditionally, the fool with his naiveté outwits everyone or loses it all. Sometimes the "fool" is actually the smartest one of all underneath the wit and humor. Try to solve the riddle before the characters does. Stories where the wisdom lies in the simplest answer.

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Welcoming In the New Year

Every family has a special way of bringing in the New Year. Sometimes they celebrate this holiday on a different date than January 1st like the Chinese New Year or the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Sing, dance and bring in the New Year on any day of the year with these three unusual yet very traditional tales about the "same holiday".

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Objects of Hope: The America Project (A New Collaboration with Contradiction Dance)

Reclaiming Personal Patriotism One Performance at a Time. Exercising our freedom to question, to protest, and to demand answers. Poetry, prose, paint, and purpose combine with dance in a moving dialogue on hope, deportation, apathy, homelessness, the flag, responsibility and pride.

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