Suite for Redmond, a Season of Wonders
Join us in 2014 for Suite for Redmond, a Season of Wonders by Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders.
The series begins on May Day weekend with Recipe for Love, A Springtime Redmond Confection. Revel with merry Bakers! Flirt with Dancing Cakes! Join your friends and neighbors for The Rolling of the Golden Eggs! Pick up your heels and the Dance about the May Pole with the Rabbits of Spring!
Wear your Pinkest apparel or go dapper with a suit! Bring your Bestest Cake to share! Four o'clock May 3, 2014 City Hall Campus.
The second in cycle, Serenade for Wildflowers, offers a moment of serenity in the midst of Downtown’s construction zone. You may find yourself picnicking with Sweetheart Mice, whispering poems with merry Gnomes, or walking a spiral path hand-in-hand with Singing Bears at this temporary installation in the future Downtown Park. The labyrinthine revel begins on June 12th, the full moon, and concludes a moon-month later, on July 12th.
Suite for Redmond, a Season of Wonders culminates on August 7th, the opening evening of Redmond’s new Night Market, with Nocturne for Rookery. As twilight arrives, we’ll process from the Night Market, along Bear Creek Parkway and into the stand of noble Douglas Firs where the great blue herons once nested.
Join the menagerie of luminous Grandmother Owls, Alchemist Cats and Moon-Drunk Rabbits in a primordial evergreen rite, celebrating nature in an urban environment, reminding all of the innate, enduring majesty of these regal trees.
Bring your loved ones, a blanket, and a humble, homemade or found gift, wrapped in white, ready for sharing.
Suite for Redmond, a Season of Wonders is created by Redmond’s new Artist-in-Residence, Lucia Neare, who brings her company of wonder-makers to Redmond for this season of sweet delights. The series of works is designed to create one-of-a-kind celebratory experiences that foster local connections and a spirit of warmth in Redmond. Suite for Redmond, a Season of Wonders is presented by City of Redmond Arts, with additional support from 4Culture and the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs/Seattle City Light. For information about Lucia Neare and her company, please visit www.lucianeare.org.
If you are interested in participating in the fun, as a performer or as Wonder Helper, please join us at our “auditions” at the Old Redmond School House Auditorium this January. Details here. Otherwise, please contact email@example.com. We look forward to meeting you.
A note about very young people who want to participate in Recipe for Love: We love participants of all ages. With children under 14 we ask that the whole family (or at least one adult) also participate (as a performer or a volunteer) in the performance. Thanks, thanks, thanks.
Lucia Neare is a 21st century pioneer of theater in public spaces. An accomplished soprano, she directs, designs, sculpts, and produces. A creative force in the Northwest and advocate for cultural vibrancy and egalitarian accessibility, Neare’s large-scale site-specific theatrical works ignite civic imagination, drawing tens of thousands into multi-sensory dreamworlds.
Since 2008, Neare has created dozens of free site-specific works in Western Washington. Her best-known creation, the yearlong Lullaby Moon, is the second in her opus, the projected triptych, A Rose Triumphant. Lullaby Moon transformed square miles of Seattle’s urban landscape into celestial dreamscapes. The first in her triptych, the now-legendary Ooo La La flooded downtown Seattle with unadulterated whimsy on May Day of 2008. Other recent works of place-making include, Lullaby for Dottie Parker Park (2011) reuniting thousands with a forgotten urban grove in Burien, Washington; the 2012 cycle “Professor Pomme’s Pomp and Pastry Paradoxicals,” in Redmond, Washington.
Neare has received awards and commissions from organizations including Seattle Art Museum, Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission, the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Seattle City Light, Seattle Arts Commission, and Seattle Parks and Recreation. She receives seminal support from 4Culture, the Northwest’s preeminent arts-funding agency.
In 2012 Neare was Artist-in-Residence in the city of Seattle and the city of Redmond, a position she now holds. In 2012, Seattle’s Mayor honored Lucia Neare with the coveted Mayor’s Arts Award.
For more information about Lucia Neare’s work, please visit www.lucianeare.org.