Salt and Stone is an exploration of changing the way we experience our bodies in an ecosphere that has been both irrevocably changed by humans.
Simultaneously the ecosphere has the power to destroy us and, when we are reminded of this, our fear may drive us to do further harm. Through butoh and text, this piece explores “the morning after,” and a possible pathway to hope and transformation on the other side. Since moving to the South from Canada, I have become interested in developing work that is specific to the place where I live, that
contests stereotypes about Southern culture and creativity. I live in an area named after the lithium found in the water. Lithium is associated with mental health and mood stability. It is stone and salt and it flows through the waters here. Dancing at Sweetwater, Lithia Springs and by Arabia Mountain, Lithonia (“city of stone”) I am invoking the history of these spaces (cotton mills and mines) and exploring the possibility of transformation Here.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Frankie Mulinix (Vandellous) is a burlesque-, butoh-, and text-based performance artist, emcee, producer, dramaturge, choreographer, director, intimacy choreographer, and teacher. As Vibrance: Centre for Voice and Movement, she works with actors and nonactors to develop skills in presence, voice, movement, and performance. Her theatre company, Burning Bones Physical Theatre, launched its first two shows in 2020, a butoh-based production of One for the Road and Too Far for Comfort, an original devised work created for Zoom.
Frankie holds a BFA in Physical Theatre through Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, with a focus on writing, dramaturgy, directing, and multidisciplinary performance, and a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland, specializing in LGBTIQ+ occupational justice, mental health, chronic pain, and neurology. Frankie is Certified Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and holds an Associate Performer Diploma (ATCL) with Trinity College, London. She is trained in Reiki, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Organic Intelligence, Knight Thompson Speechwork, and TIE’s Intimacy Choreography practices. She is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association (VASTA). She is a 2021 Hambidge Cross-Pollination Art Lab Fellow.
Jase Wingate is an actor and theatrical producer based out of Atlanta, GA and absolutely elated to be a part of “Too Far for Comfort”. Jase holds his BA in Theatre from the University of Georgia, where he studied physical theatre, Commedia Dell’Arte, and Shakespeare extensively. Jase was happy to be a part of the last Burning Bones Production “One for the Road” in the Old World prior to COVID. He is grateful to his representation, Atlanta Models and Talent, and to be a founding member of the Yard Dogs Ensemble.