* Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way
+ Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St, 8th floor
# Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court
! Gail Borden Library, 270 North Grove
FALLBACK ARTS FESTIVAL RETURNS IN DOWNTOWN ELGIN
The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and the City of Elgin presents the third FallBack Arts Festival. The festival runs November 2 - 3 and is free to the public.
Featuring workshops and demonstrations of pastels, photography, stage combat, non-fiction writing, a children’s workshop, and a free town hall discussion.
WHAT’S THE SCHEDULE?
*9:00 a.m. - Award-winning Fight Director and Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors John Tovar along with David Gonzalez, will lead a movement workshop The Integrated Performer on the Alexander Technique, its origins, and a practical application of integrating both body and mind, giving the actor, dancer, or musician the maximum choice with minimum effort. The workshop is free and runs on the mainstage at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, from 9am-12:00pm. Students should wear comfortable clothing.
#9:30 a.m. - Rita Cochran, owner of Local Color Gallery in Union Pier, Michigan, and seasoned art educator will walk students ages 6 – 12 through the process of sculpting clay into colorful objects of art during the When a Dragon Moves in! workshop. Students will hear the story about the dragon and then will be guided step by step though the process of creating a dragon sculpture with colorful self-drying clay. The workshop is free and runs at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, from 9:30am – 12pm. Students should wear comfortable clothing.
*10:00 a.m. - Workshop leader Susan Henshaw returns to FallBack leading a workshop on Landscape Pastel Techniques. Henshaw has received many juried awards for her Pastels and Paintings along with being chosen as an Artist-in-Residence at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Porcupine Mountains State Park, and in 2011, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The workshop is free and runs at the Exhibition Hall (lower level) inside the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, from 10am – 1:30pm. Students should bring a basic set of pastels, paper towels and a reference photo.
*10:00 a.m. - Award-winning photographer Susan McConnell returns to FallBack and leads workshop participants through an interactive photography class Seeing Through a Different Lense that will include photo editing. Each student will have his/her photos featured on a newly created Website called, “Have You Seen Elgin Like This?” The workshop is free and begins at the Exhibition Hall (lower level) inside the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, from 10am – 2pm. Students should bring a camera, walking shoes, and weather-appropriate attire.
+1:00 p.m. - Former NBC News correspondent and award-winning writer Eric Burns will lead a workshop on Creative Non-Fiction Writing for writers who wish to improve their non-fiction. Some people think that creative non-fiction is oxymoronic. How can you write creatively when you are limited to facts? The answer is: in many ways, which will be covered in this workshop. The workshop is free and runs at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, 8th Floor, from 1pm – 3pm. Students should bring an excerpt from one of their current writing projects.
*2:00 p.m. - Award-winning Fight Director and Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors John Tovar along with Rachel Stubbs will lead an Unarmed Stage Combat workshop for anyone with a passion for the performing arts! Come learn the most popular and commonly used unarmed techniques in theatre. From pushes, falls, hair-pulls, and more, the class will focus on safety and good partnering skills while creating the illusion of violence. The workshop is free and runs on the mainstage at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, from 2pm – 5pm. Students should wear comfortable clothing.
!2:00 p.m. - Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts in Washington DC, will lead a Town Hall meeting on Why Art Matters: The State of Creativity. The discussion will focus on the arts and economic prosperity. Elgin Cultural Arts Commission Chairman Sean Hargadon will also share insightful information the impact of the arts in Elgin.
The Town Hall meeting is free and open to public. It will begin at 2pm at the Gail Borden Library, 270 North Grove, in the Elgin Room. This is an open meeting where questions and ideas are encouraged.
On Sunday, November 3
+3:00 p.m. - Soiree Lyrique will feature award-winning soprano Solange Sior in recital with violist Sofiya Kyrylyuk. The repertoire includes arias by Mozart and Verdi, French songs by Debussy and Richard Strauss. The performance will take place at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, 8th floor, beginning at 3pm. The event is free but there is a suggested donation.
When & Where
Janus Theater Company
The Janus Theater Company is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1998 that creates initimate theatrical experiences that bring audiences and actors together. The company has produced work in Elgin, Chicago, its suburbs, and London, Ontario. Whether in cafes, storefronts, parks, greenhouses, brewpubs, or actual theater spaces, the company has produced more than 60 productions since its beginnings, winning numerous awards along the way. Visit www.janustheater.com for more information.