What in the world is a Wunderkammer?
......long before the internet, in renaissance europe, the wunderkammer ("wonder-room" in German) would hold the world's most wild and interesting exotic animals, archaeological finds, antiquities and historical relics from different parts of the globe and put them in one room where the observer could observe things that may never co-exist in the same place otherwise.
This spring, Holiday Childress will begin a 6 month residency in the Magnetic Field's intimate 64 seat theater where his songs and stories will serve as a microscope into different places.... real and unreal.....conscious and subconscious. A twilight zone where things that may usually never exist together live side by side in a loose and dreamlike fashion.
With over 20 years of stage performing experience, Holiday has been a part of the Asheville music and performing arts scene since moving to the area in 1995 with his musical group, The Goodies.
Over the past 5 years, Holiday has performed 3 different productions with Terpsicorps ballet and modern dance company. Inspiration for his new show is an extension of the Dream Project, a ballet built around an interpretation of 13 "real" dreams, performed at Diana Wortham Theater August 12-14, 2010. Holiday's job was to weave together the different dreams into one performance and hold them together by a loose thread of songs and stories. It was liberating and inspiring to work in this fashion with Terpsicorps creator, Heather Maloy.
Holiday was invited to return to the Diana Wortham two months later to perform the first ever Diana Wortham "stage door" experience. The audience entered through an alleyway loading dock door and watched from the stage as he performed on a platform above the orchestra pit. Empty theater seats were used as the back drop. The audience was literally part of the show.
Last September was a busy month for Holiday with a main stage performance at LAAFF ( Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival), a 3 night run at The Magnetic Field with his one man show, Kerfuffle, and a performance in Sonoma, CA with the Black Cat Cabaret, where he performed with an all-star cast of professional and international musicians, comedians and ariel artists. The credits included members of the Cirque de Soleil, Nine Inch Nails, Guns and Roses and the iconic 1970's soul singer, Thelma Houston .
This residency at The Magnetic Field will give Holiday the perfect home to create an evolving show of stories and songs over the course of 6 months.
The Magnetic Field and Holiday Childress are a perfect fit. The mix of these two elements are sure to create a fun and inspiring Wunderkammer!
All tickets $10. Showtime at 10 p.m.
When & Where
The Magnetic Theatre
Asheville's only professional theatre devoted exclusively to original works.