BASILICA SOUNDBATH TICKETS NOW ON SALE

COVID-19 Statement

Due to the recent surge of the more contagious COVID-19 Delta variant in our county, Basilica Hudson, like many event venues in our state, is requiring all indoor event attendees to show proof of vaccination upon entry and to wear masks when indoors. 

We are inspired by these perfectly expressed sentiments from the team at Elsewhere, and share them with you now:

“While a lot is still unclear about this new variant, the single most consistent pattern is that the vaccine works remarkably well at preventing severe sickness and hospitalization due to COVID – which is something we want for our entire community.

We understand that for some, vaccination requirements raise questions of accessibility and inclusivity, topics which are very important to us. We are choosing to reinstate these guidelines not as a way to discriminate, but in order to create an environment of safety and comfort at our events during this complex time. During this transition period on the road back to normalcy, our first priority is the safety of our staff, artists, and audiences.

We are as eager as our audiences to get back to the good old days, so thank you for doing your part in getting us over the top.”

We at Basilica Hudson are a very small team, and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we continue to adapt to new circumstances and state/federal recommendations for event venues.

We are confident in our ability to bring innovative programming to the City of Hudson, and appreciate our community’s ongoing support. 

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

Basilica is a nonprofit. We deliver big dreams with a tiny and dedicated team.  If you are able, please consider supporting us during this time. Here are some ways you can help:

Basilica was built on our commitment to the transformative power of art and music and our fundamental belief in collective, in-person experiences. However, we cannot express enough how absolutely essential it is to act as a community to curb the additional spread of the virus.

For more information on COVID-19, please see the CDC resources available here.

Announcing Basilica SoundBath

October 23

At Basilica Hudson
110 South Front St, Hudson, NY 12534
Doors 7PM | Performance 8PM

Raising Funds and Fun, celebrating a decade of supporting the arts and environmental advocacy.

General Admission $45 before service fees

Presented in collaboration with The Creative Independent, Basilica SoundBath offers an immersive, intimate evening with sound artists Circuit des Yeux (solo), Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and Samer Ghadry, plus an interlude by Elvis Perkins and friends.

Proof of vaccination is required for entry, and masks are required when not seated to eat or drink.

Embracing the organization’s commitment to experiential exchanges over the past ten years, Basilica SoundBath draws curatorial inspiration from Basilica Hudson’s two anchor music festivals, 24-HOUR DRONE and Basilica SoundScape, featuring alumni from both events. These artists push the boundaries of endurance listening, experimentation and genre, each taking the audience on a journey through sound that is both meditative and visceral. 

Haley Fohr’s 15 year career as Circuit des Yeux has grown into one of America’s most successful efforts to connect the personal to the universal. She is most distinctly identified by her 4-octave voice and unique style of 12-string guitar. 

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is an artist, curator and composer that works primarily with, but not limited to voice and modular synthesizer for sound in the realm of spontaneous music. Recently, he composed the score for the 2021 feature film Candyman.

Samer Ghadry is a sound healer and percussionist based in the NYC area with a specialty in gongs and sound baths. He blends Eastern and Western cultural and musical approaches with various energetic healing modalities.

Based in Hudson, NY, Elvis Perkins’ most recent album Creation Myths was produced by Sam Cohen and released in October of 2020. Perkins has produced two virtual performances from within Basilica Hudson: a livestreamed audience-less Creation Myths album debut concert, and a 2021 CBS This Morning segment. His Basilica SoundBath ambient interlude serves as a site specific ode to the building.

2020 marked Basilica Hudson’s 10-year anniversary. With large-scale in person programming delayed due to COVID-19 for the past two years, this belated anniversary celebration is an opportunity to reflect on Basilica Hudson’s future and past as a temple of sound, a communal gathering place and leader in environmental advocacy through the arts. This year also marks The Creative Independent’s 5-year anniversary, our steadfast partners since Basilica Hudson’s inception.

With limited capacity and a fully vaccinated staff, crew and audience, Basilica SoundBath embraces social distancing as an exploration of Basilica Hudson’s spacious Main Hall.

Food by Local 111 and beverages will be available outdoors. All ticket purchases directly support the artists and sustain Basilica Hudson’s ability to present innovative programming. If you aren’t able to attend but would still like to contribute to the fundraiser, you can make a tax-deductible donation here: MAKE A DONATION

Please email info@basilicahudson.org with any questions.

COVID-19 POLICY

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CANCELD: BASILICA SOUNDSCAPE 2021

Dear Basilica SoundScape supporters,

With heavy hearts, we write to inform you that Basilica Hudson has made the impossibly difficult, though necessary, decision to cancel Basilica SoundScape 2021. This was not an easy conclusion to come to, but ultimately one done out of caution to prioritize the safety of our beloved artists, team and you — our cherished audience.

Over the last month, we have been wary of the extent to which COVID-19 is reemerging with new variants and breakthrough cases. Furthermore, one of our SoundScape artists, William Basinski, has recently decided to cancel his entire fall tour due to increasing health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. 

Simultaneously, our food vendors and various tech and photo staff have had to withdraw due to COVID related obstacles, which does not bode well for an event that typically provides our audience and partners with a hospitable, immersive environment that embodies the ease and magic of Basilica SoundScape. 

It is for these reasons that Basilica Hudson feels it is best to cancel Basilica SoundScape at PS21 this September. Full refunds for ticket purchases and camping passes will be automatically issued.

If you would like to support Basilica Hudson during this time, please consider making a direct donation HERE

As a nonprofit, we rely heavily on income from ticket sales to keep the lights on. Your donation directly supports our many free community events and off-site/outdoor programs this season, and helps ensure that Basilica Hudson can bring innovative live arts programming to our community now and in the future. We so appreciate your dedication to SoundScape, and hope to share in sound, in person soon.

As a nonprofit, navigating changing regulations and guidelines has left us, as non-health experts, with the challenge of making decisions that could potentially impact someone’s wellbeing. 

Supporting independent and innovative artists is at the core of what we do, at the core of what SoundScape evokes for us all. The thought of being able to experience that again after two years has been a beacon of excitement and hope. We so appreciate you believing in this new, different iteration of the festival, and for trusting us to create an experience that you could safely put your creative faith in.

We’d like to thank our partners The Creative Independent, PS21, H0l0, WGXC, Varyer, MeanRed Productions, DICE, Camp Dreem and all our vendors who so enthusiastically joined us on this journey. Basilica Hudson is infinitely grateful to the artists — Circuit des Yeux, Claire Rousay, Elvis Perkins, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Moor Mother, Tomberlin, TROUBLE and William Basinski — for their willingness to create an intimate upstate weekend of new sounds and experiments. We take their commitments seriously, and hope to continue supporting each other in the future.

We know that we will be able to gather once more in the name of ramshackle sounds, in honor of the weird and avant-garde. Please let us know if you have any questions, and we hope to see you at the factory soon.

With love,

Basilica Hudson

Hudson As Muse Artist In Residence: Reginald Madison

This August, local artist Reginald Madison will work in our Back Gallery space, exploring several multi media projects, including paintings, sculptures and music.


EVENTS: “Home Grown” Gallery Opening
On View August 27, 2021 → October 10, 2021
Opening Friday, August 27, 2021, 5–7pm
at SEPTEMBER

In partnership with The Hudson Eye, Basilica Hudson and SEPTEMBER Gallery, Madison will present a series of paintings on view at the gallery throughout the duration of the festival from August 27-September 6, with an extended viewing through October 3. 

The Hudson Eye is an artist-driven 10-day annual public program and urban showcase, with a focus on dance, music, performance, film, and visual art. This program aims to celebrate the arts community in Hudson and help stimulate creativity and connectivity. 

SEPTEMBER is an art gallery, an open space, and an on-going practice. They exhibit and support contemporary artists who are committed to their practice for life. They believe that being receptive to change is essential for the creative process. They provide a platform for exceptional individuals who have not been historically centered with care because of their inherited, chosen or perceived identities.

As part of the NEA supported Hudson As Muse Back Gallery Artist In Residence Program, Madison will hold another culminating event centered on music, with time and dates TBD.

ABOUT Reginald Madison

Reginald Madison (b. 1941, Chicago, IL) is a painter and sculptor. In his early years, Madison was greatly influenced by his parents’ love of jazz and the stories they told of seeing Sun-Ra at the legendary Club DeLisa on Chicago’s south side, and by the family’s frequent trips to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. In 1970, Madison was invited to participate in an art show that established him in the emerging arts scene in Chicago, and he went on to travel and study art independently in Paris, Venice, and Copenhagen. He was represented by Phyllis Kind Gallery, NYC after moving to Western Massachusetts in the 1970s.

His work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Historic Hudson Hall, the Ace Hotel Chicago, SEPTEMBER Gallery, and CR10 Arts, among others. In 2020 Madison curated Art & Soul, an exhibition at Historic Hudson Hall that included the work of David Hammons and Tschabalala Self, among others. He also organized Melodius Thunk, a Jazz Music Festival on the waterfront in Hudson, NY, 2021. Madison is a 2021 recipient of the NEA Artist Residency at Basilica Hudson. His work has recently been acquired by the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection. Madison currently lives and works in Hudson, NY.

Header image: Reginald Madison- Harlem River Red- 2012- acrylic on board- 39.5 x 32.25 inches

The Hudson As Muse Basilica Back Gallery Artist In Residence Series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

New podcast episode!

The Basilica Conversation Series Podcast, hosted by Basilica Hudson Co-Founder and Director Melissa Auf der Maur, highlights people and organizations that reflect and inspire our mission to be a platform for independent and innovative voices, and to support artists, filmmakers, musicians and climate change advocates.

EPSISODE 6: Elizabeth Sobol & Maureen Sager
“NATURE, ART & PEOPLE:  The Divine Union and the role they play in shaping our experience and world”

This episode features Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and Maureen Sager, Executive Director of the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE).

EPISODE 5: CA Conrad, Kate Durbin & Cat Tyc
“ECO POETICS: From Somatic Rituals to Everyday Trash and Everything In-between”

This episode features poetry readings and conversation with CA Conrad, Kate Durbin and Cat Tyc, director of The Home School. Their upcoming season of virtual workshops offered us an opportunity to discuss the way they teach, but more specifically the rituals in which they create. The realms explored range from electronic poetry arts, to hoarders and the tricky relationship between people and things, traumas, healing and the sacred EARTH.

EPISODE 4: R.B. Schlather & Roddy Bottum
“The Future of Opera: Sasquatch, Rip Van Winkle and Chosen Families”

Conversation about the intersections of the underground world of art and the old world of opera between Opera Director / Artist R.B. Schlather and Musician Roddy Bottum. Opera was created 100s of years ago as an artistic experiment of the European elite, but after speaking to RB and Roddy we find ourselves wondering if it could stand to benefit from being reclaimed by local communities and the underworld. From DIY dioramas and pen pal projects, to mutual understanding about queer solitude, we may wonder what world would not benefit from such creativity?

In honor of Pride Month and our commitment to artistic subcultures, we celebrate these two independent and innovative artists on this Basilica Conversation Podcast.

R.B. Schlather
Roddy Bottum

EPISODE 3: Elise McMahon of LikeMindedObjects
“Cross Industry Solution Hunting, Wastestream Research, & Regional Manufacturing!”
Learn about the underworld of FAST FASHION and it’s connection to West Africa, about RESOURCEFUL DESIGN and a new design headquarters in Hudson that aims to inspire the “spinning of gears” to deconstruct the design, materials and previous lives of objects on display.

LMO creates furniture, accessories and custom interiors in a contemporary joyful aesthetic with a resourceful design eye looking to local materials and technologies that respect communities and environment

EPISODE 2: Jon Bowermaster, Susannah Bradley & Rebecca Wolff
How do we break out of echo chambers? How do we mobilize both individual action and systemic change, and what role can the arts play in climate action?

This episode of the Basilica Conversation Series Podcast features oceans expert, journalist, author, and filmmaker Jon Bowermaster; SunCommon’s Regional Director of Marketing Susannah Bradley; and writer, publisher and City of Hudson Alderperson Rebecca Wolff as they tackle these questions and more.

Jon Bowermaster
Susannah Bradley
Rebecca Wolff

EPISODE 1: Rebecca Foon & Jesse Paris Smith of Pathway to Paris/1000 Cities
Becky Foon and Jesse Paris Smith are both musicians, activists, and co-founders of Pathway to Paris, a non-profit organization dedicated to turning the Paris Agreement into reality. They bring together musicians, artists, activists, academics, mayors and innovators, to raise consciousness surrounding the urgency of climate. 

Becky Foon also is a member of the Basilica Hudson Board of Directors, and based in Montreal. Jesse Smith is based in NYC.

Recommended: Topic Presents THE LETTER ROOM & THIS TOWN at The Greenville Drive-In

The Greenville Drive-In in partnership with TOPIC presents: A special screening of the Oscar®-nominated short written and directed by Elvira Lind and starring Oscar Isaac, THE LETTER ROOM and David White’s quirky New Zealand-set comedy, THIS TOWN 

Sunday, July 25, 2021 | Doors 7:30 PM | Screening starts at dusk | Admission is FREE. Registration required at drivein32.com

Featuring a LIVE pre-show Q&A with the producer of THE LETTER ROOM Sofia Sondervan-Bild, conducted by Dwight Grimm of the Greenville Drive-In 


THE LETTER ROOM
Nominated for an Oscar® in the Live Action Short Film category, THE LETTER ROOM follows an empathetic corrections officer (Oscar Isaac) who finds escape in the deeply personal letters written to an inmate on death row. Co-starring Alia Shawkat.

THIS TOWN
After meeting on a dating app, Sean and Casey are quickly falling in love. There’s only one hitch: he’s being pursued by a dogged sheriff who believes he murdered his whole family. In order to prove his love to Casey, Sean must prove his innocence.

PROGRAM

  • 7:30 PM – DOORS
  • 8:00 PM – LIVE Q&A with the producer of THE LETTER ROOM Sofia Sondervan-Bild 
  • approx. 8:30 PM – OPENING SHORT – THE LETTER ROOM 
  • approx. 9:00 PM – THIS TOWN writer, director, and star David White in conversation with Dwight Grimm of Greenville Drive-In will introduce the film. 

ABOUT TOPIC

Topic is THE streaming service that introduces groundbreaking crime, thrillers, dramas, and docs from around the world to a North American audience. Taking you to more than 40 countries, our exclusive TV series, award-winning movies, and critically acclaimed documentaries offer a unique window into the unseen.Check it out at go.topic.com/greenville50

Hudson As Muse Artist In Residence: FRUITING BODIES

A project of Pratt Institute’s Inclusive Ecologies centered on the distinctive pawpaw tree

  • research, interviews and oral histories illuminating the intertwining of people and plants
  • unearthing the overlooked, forgotten, and marginalized, both vegetal and human, through the establishment of pawpaw food forest sites in the urban realm.

Fruiting bodies is a chance for us to collectively imagine a city structured around participatory rituals of cultivation and care, to relish the messiness of fruit, and fruiting bodies more broadly, including our own. It’s also an opportunity to examine stories about and communication with plants, using the distinctive pawpaw tree and its many narrative strands as an organizing principle. We’d like to think that fruit trees, like the pawpaw, can also be teachers, introducing and making visible collaborative, indigenous, and feminist narratives in the urban environment.

Most public spaces prohibit the use of fruit trees, using justifications as varied as difficult maintenance, slippery sidewalks, limited budgets, challenging urban soils, and the modernist ideal of “litter free” plants.  “Botanical sexism” describes the use of male trees in the urban realm, to avoid the “messiness” of fruiting female trees. It has had the unintended effect of radically raising pollen counts and thus allergies and asthma in cities. The “arsenal of exclusion”, in which urban design is used to exclude “unwanted people or behaviors” also contributes to the uncharitable condition of our public spaces. Fruiting Bodies embraces a new generosity and model of engagement.

Basilica is the host of the first South Bay pawpaw patch, sharing a picturesque cluster with a Thorny Locust and Box Elder maple, providing shade company and a buffer from the train passing just behind.  The Thorny Locust shares a Pleistocene history with the pawpaw too; it’s believed the thorns of the locust evolved to protect itself and its understory trees, like the pawpaw, from the Mastodons and other megafauna gone since the Quaternary extinction event.  Curiously those same Mastodons, skeletons of which have been recovered from the South Bay, were responsible for extending the range of the pawpaw this far north through consumption and subsequent seed dispersal through their large travel distances.

ABOUT THE PAWPAW TREE


Native to 26 eastern American states, and extending as far north as southeastern Canada,  the pawpaw is our largest native fruit.  This little tree is part of the annonaceae, or custard apple family, the only “truly extratropical” plant within this family and its northernmost member, which includes  soursops, or guanabana, cherimoyas, sugar apples, alligator apples and lang-langs. Found in North American broadleaf deciduous forests, it is a small understory riparian tree, often found near streams and rivers, making it ideally situated for its new patch locations in both the North and South Bays of Hudson, N.Y. 

One aspect of the pawpaw’s resurgence is its resonance with this moment in time, as we critically examine collective narratives. Native Americans and African Americans are telling their own histories, using plants and food as one means to connect to lost, suppressed and stolen cultures. The pawpaw was a valued food source for Native Americans and Africans enslaved in the US prior to the civil war. The recent New York Times article brings out this history.

HUDSON PAWPAW PATCH: FRUITING BODIES

The Basilica Pawpaw patch was made possible by a collaboration between Inclusive Ecologies Cathryn Dwyre and Elliott Maltby, Basilica Arts with David Szalsa, community member and Basilica Green activist Marc Scrivo, and Arnaud Cornillon of Acorn Studio Hudson with a grant from the Faculty Development Fund of Pratt Institute supporting the initiative and generous donations from community members like Marc and Arnaud, and the work and tree expertise of Basil Nooks.

CALL TO ACTION: FRUITING BODIES

GUARDIANS OF THE TREES

Basilica and Inclusive Ecologies would like to invite the community to participate in the cultivation, care, and design of the recently installed pawpaw patch on Basilica’s grounds. Future visions include adding companion plants to work in collaboration with the pawpaw trees, creating a more complete food forest ecosystem, gearing up for a groundbreaking event to coincide with the pawpaw moon.

ORAL HISTORY / INTERVIEW COLLECTION

In addition to the cultivation and care of the pawpaw patch, the Fruiting Bodies project is gathering  stories exploring personal, historical and cultural relationships with fruiting trees. If you are interested in sitting with one of the Inclusive Ecologies members for an interview, please contact emaltby@pratt.edu. We can provide further details about the scope and content of the interview on request, and are adaptable to your interests and needs. 

Inclusive Ecologies https://www.inclusiveecologies.org/ at Pratt Institute is a space for research, teaching, and practice that explores intersections between design and climate crisis.  Inclusive refers to both the scope of the research, which seeks to integrate perspectives that have been historically marginalized from climate change discourse (indigenous peoples, women of color, industrialized animals, among others) as well as the aim of the research group is to integrate multiple design disciplines within areas of making, posthumanism, and environmental justice. Ecologies is interpreted in the broad sense, from earth and its systems to social relations. We support participatory design practices that include a diverse range of multi-species landscapes.

The Hudson As Muse Basilica Back Gallery Artist In Residence Series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Cross Pollination: our collaboration with Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Olana State Historic Site and The Olana Partnership

Anchored in our longstanding commitment to the arts and environmental legacies in the Hudson River Valley, the peak of summer is a perfect time for place-based connections and explorations in local arts and ecology. This July, we are thrilled to work with the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Olana State Historic Site and The Olana Partnership on programming accompanying Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment, a new exhibition exploring the theme of “cross pollination” in art and the environment from the 19th century to the contemporary moment. More information about the exhibition and accompanying programming can be found here.

The next installment of our Non-Fiction Screening Series at the Greenville Drive-In features the award-winning documentary Waste Land, following Vik Muniz, one the artists featured in Cross Pollination. Basilica Hudson will also facilitate a panel discussion with Cross Pollination Artists Rachel Sussman and Sayler/Morris (also co-founders of Toolshed, our program collaborators and creators of the Toolshed Exchange lending library on our campus) on the connections between art, ecology, and climate change. Our third collaboration culminates in Basilica Hudson’s co-founder/director Melissa Auf der Maur leading an Art and Environment tour of the Olana State Historic Site, exploring how the arts impact our landscapes.

Image credit: Lisa Sanditz and Emily Sartor, “Thrilling Tales and Startling Adventures – Unofficial Guide to Pollinators of the Hudson Valley,” 2021, Ink, color pencil, graphite, and gouache on paper, 36 x 24 in., Courtesy of the artists. Created on the occasion of Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment, co-presented at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site.

SoundScape tickets now on sale

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

FEATURING Circuit des YeuxMoor MotherTomberlinWilliam Basinski and more TBA

Basilica Hudson and The Creative Independent are proud to once again present Basilica SoundScape: A Weekend of Music + Art, this year hosted at the gorgeous outdoor venue PS21 Performance Spaces for the 21st Century — a state-of-the-art open-air venue on 100 acres of orchards and meadows in Chatham, NY — and in collaboration with H0l0.

In keeping with its reputation as “the anti-festival,” Basilica SoundScape will continue to push the boundaries of how attendees traditionally experience festival-going, this year welcoming headliners as Artists In Residence to collaborate and create musical sets unique to Basilica SoundScape. With the complete schedule still to be announced, the Artists in Residence will be the core to the weekend and perform both Friday and Saturday evening, offering site-specific inspired work as other local musicians and poets flesh out the rest of the programming. Basilica SoundScape aims to foster an environment that encourages these artists to tap into true creative freedom without limits and to immerse themselves in a weekend in Upstate NY.

A limited amount of early bird tickets are available till July 1 at a discounted rate. With capacity at 500 per night, attendees are welcome to opt for a single evening, as each night will feature unique sounds and experimentation. Become a member of our Patreon for exclusive updates and to get a 10% off discount code!

PS21

FIREDANCE! At Basilica Hudson

On May 21-23, 2021, FIREDANCE!: A Selection of First Nation Stories breathed light and love into our factory halls for three sold out shows, presented by Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre and directed by the legendary Hudson community leader Pamela Badila.

There are so many words, and yet not nearly enough, to capture the energy and love these artists gifted us: Community. Compassion. Lineage. Storytelling. Joy. Ingenuity. Beauty. Inspiration.

Ms. Pamela Badila has been presenting plays and teaching Hudson youth about different cultures for 16 years, and at Sunday’s performance, announced that FIREDANCE would be her final time doing so, feeling an emotional call to move on to another creative endeavor. Thank you to the Badila family for gracing our halls with this important moment, nearly 10 years after a Diata Diata play last took place in Basilica. We are eternally honored.

Thank you Alima’s West African Cuisine for being there all weekend serving delicious and nourishing food. And thank you to everyone who came to share in this experience and support our Black and Brown neighbors.


The Badila family, with the inspired and fearless leadership of their Matriarch, Pamela, are a City of Hudson treasure. They provide a sort of spiritual unity and center to our community. We have been honored to host them since the beginnings of our art factory, and grateful to have them back. We have watched their family grow and their talents continue to impress and explode, each and every one of them. This is an opportunity for you to enter a world of ancient ritual through their creativity, and learn more about the expansive work they do in Hudson and beyond.” – Melissa Auf der Maur, BH co-founder/director.

All photos by Anna Victoria

The stories, the representation activation keeps the culture alive, paying homage to diversity, seeing that we are more alike than we are different. Relating breeds understanding breeds compassion breeds humanism.” – Ntangou Badila

Thank you all who came and supported my family , and your Black and Brown neighbors in their Brilliance✨this was just a weekend of what can happen when community all comes together, we make Fire!🔥 we birthed something sooo beautiful from set design, to adornments, to fuzzy wear, to movement, to music to lighting ✨rehearsals through zoom until the last week😅🙈🌟 🌟All of our hands collectively made it happen, our energy and creativity gave the fire life! And it was felt by all who came to witness and feel. Giving and receiving medicinal nourishment. Storytelling is our way to carry our history, traditions, family, love, ceremony , reflect on emotions, and all the elemental spirit forces around us ~ we learn lessons and are able to relate to the characters in the story, be they plant, animal, element, Human, we learn that they are all related~ vibrating on a similar breath. We are able to see ourselves in a different perspective, love and forgive. I come from a long line of storytellers and medicine men and women, and I am so Proud of my Mama ~Badila~for once again guiding community on such a magical experience! And all for free to make sure the intentions remain pure and accessible to all. As a community “Play” is a key ingredient, and i take this key wisdom throughout my life. That is what Waters the growth💦Make sure to continue to play and enjoy! Try new things and experience new parts of yourself and the beings around you. Mama is a magician at making a game of celebrating anything, and I am happy to inherit this gift. Take a deep breath, let go and enjoy this life you have been blessed to live✨✨✨keep growing ~ Diata Diata✨Step by Step✨✨ Thank you @basilicahudson for opening up your space for us to create our world🌀✨the seeing hearing , trusting and sharing~ that Is Black Lives Matter ✊🏾” – Nkoula Badila