Wow! I went to see the Red Gold dance/theatre show tonight. This was one of the finest youth theater productions I’ve ever seen. Catch it tomorrow April 14th night or next Friday April 20th at the Cave Junction Farmers market at Jubilee Park. You can read a synopsis of it on IllinoisValleyWeb.org
A brief quote: Told through dance and theatre, this magical tale follows the Vincent family’s quest to grow a garden in a world that has been devastated and overcome with concrete and pollution;
a polluted broken community of scarcity, (perhaps like life after a Cascadian Subduction Level 9 Earthquake). No food, no fuel, choking pollution, having to relearn how to grow food, how to work with beneficial insects, and ultimately how to rebuild hope and joy.
Some say when we give youth a voice we light a fight that can’t be put out. These youths evoke the pain of broken community, the desperation of loss, the will to fight back and work for renewal and the jubilation and celebration of community learning to live in harmony again. From the talented teen lead dancers, to the beautifully costumed butterflies and bees to the adorable bad-bugs played by little children, to the wise grandmother, the show is funny, musically rhythmic, well-choreographed, touching and upbeat.
The leadership work of Gina Angelique and Lindsey Gillette clearly shows in this fine performance. I went home with a spring in my step and a song in my heart. What a blessing to have this kind of fine work happening in our community. Don’t miss it!
Jerry Allen, LMFT, SEP, MPH, Anishinaabe Mashkikiiwinini (Medicine Man), farmer, musician, Gratitude Way Medicine Man Counseling & Coaching and Thistledown Orchards farm, Selma