Congratulations to all of the September workshoppers for sticking it out until the end (from left):

Omar Velazquez from Mexico,

Range Kyllingstad from Norway,

Kaleb Johnson,

Kyle,

Tyler Cannata,

Issac Logsdon.

Those that are leaving will be missed, but rest assured they will always have an Arcosanti to come back to!

 

As one chapter opens, another one closes. This past weekend Arcosanti found itself saying goodbye to one of our Co-presidents of 6 years, Jeff Stein, A.K.A, “El Jefe.” It was a beautiful surprise send off which included brunch, beautiful decor, champagne, impassioned speeches, and amazing friends.

Jeff Stein first interacted with Arcosanti during his workshop back in 1975. While at Arcosanti, Mr. Stein produced Teilhard and Metamorphosis, an international conference and performing arts event about the life and work of Pierre Teilhard deChardin.

After which he still worked with the foundation for quite a stint of time, traveling with other architects across the states and giving lectures and presentations on Arcosanti. Eventually Jeff went off to go follow his own pursuits. A fraction of his professional experience includes developing solar/energy efficient housing/urban planning with Paolo Soleri Associates in the American southwest, including the PROGRESSIVE ARCHITECTURE award winning East Crescent Complex at Arcosanti.

Mr. Stein was most formerly Head of the School of Architecture (2004-2011) and Dean of the College (2008-2011) at the Boston Architectural College

Jeff is now thinking about taking a well deserved vacation. Some people might call it “Retirement,” but there is always something left for Jeff to do for his true work of, inspiring young minds, is never finished. He will be missed, and it’ll be a little difficult to navigate without our former captain, but we are sure Jeff will come back to visit frequently, for over his stay at Arco he has learned to call someplace else “Home.”

(Photos by Sue Kirsch and text by Jesse Fernandez)

This Past weekend Arcosanti had the unique pleasure of hosting Stiltasana, put on by The Carpetbag Brigade. Stiltasana is an event during which participants got to evolve their skills and meet the wider stilting community. There were times during everyone trained and worked hard, and there was much needed relaxation as well.

Those who were present were performers, stilters, dancers, yogis, and just plenty of people with a deep curiosity to explore the capacity of their body.

Classes were provided for all levels of stilters – beginners, intermediate and advanced. And the participants learned a mix of acrobatics, butoh and contact improvisation through still point exercises, partner walks, inversions & oppositions and graceful ground movement all on stilts.

Everyone learned an amazing variety of skills, which are sure to be incorporated into their own performances. If you’re interested in attending one of the Carpetbag Brigade’s workshops and/or demonstrations, feel free to check out their website. This is just one of many exciting things happening at Arcosanti. Make sure to check back in for another scoop, and stay tuned!

(Photos by Sue Kirsch and text by Jesse Fernandez)

This past weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting Quintron and MissPussycat. They have been making genre-defying noise and hard rocking dance music in New Orleans for over fifteen years, and this weekend they preformed in our Vaults.

The majority of their 14 full-length albums have the psychedelic soul of traditional New Orleans party music filtered through a tough distorted Hammond B-3 and a cache of self-made electronic instruments.

As an intermission for the music, Miss Pussycat hosted a highly amusing technicolor puppet show with the help of Quintron.

And to close out the night Quintron played solo.

All in all, it was a performance that really got the crowd going, and it left people wanting more. If you wanted to find out anymore, about Quintron and/or Miss Pussycat you can feel free to check them out via the link QuintronAndMisspussycat.

We can only hope that you are here next time they perform at Arcosanti, because it will likely be, another magical night. And as always, thank you for checking up on us!

(Photos by Sue Kirsch/Jesse F. and text by Jesse F.)

Human Nature Dance Theatre

This past weekend Arcosanti was pleased to host Human Nature Dance Theatre with their production of, Dying To Wake Up. HNDT is a collaborative dance performance group. They create original works of an interdisciplinary nature, which explore human potential and our relationship with the natural world. Based in Flagstaff HNDT performs regularly in Northern Arizona and annually performs at Arcosanti.

Exploring deep and somewhat elusive sentiments the performers did an excellent job conveying emotions like grief and despair, with striking dance movements, accompanied by beautifully overlayed music.At some moments throughout the performance, audience members were taken aback by the overflow of emotions, but were captivated nonetheless.

 

It was a performance which really seemed to remind people that there are plenty of emotions which aren’t talked about all too often in our societies, but can be a significant part of people’s lives. The performance created a certain atmosphere of connection. So much so that after the show a lot of audience members decided to hang out and chat with the performers as well as with the rest of the people who got to experience the event.

Overall, it was a particularly interesting and profound performance. Which left a number of the viewers feeling quite satisfied with their experience. It was great to have Human Nature Dance Theatre back in our space yet again, and we can’t wait to see you all here next time. And as always thanks for checking in with us, from all of us at Arcosanti!

(Photos by Sue Kirsch and text by Jesse F.)