Collection Title: American Indian Community House collection
Title: Voices from the criss-cross bridge
Alternate Title: Voices from the criss cross bridge
Alternate Title: Lisa Mayo
Date: 1994 June 11
Location: Performed at The American Indian Community House, New York City, on June 11, 1994.
Work Type: Performance., Theater., One-woman show., American Indian theater., Native American performance., Political performance.
American Indian Community House, producer ; Lisa Mayo,creator.
Lisa Mayo.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:41:57
Language: English
Synopsis: Voices from the Criss-Cross Bridge is a one-woman piece, developed by Lisa Mayo. Mayo describes Voices as being 'a piece about the different parts of our lives that criss-cross and sometimes require healing.' The performance is based on her personal experiences of being a part of a family that belonged to two different Native nations and her attempts to make herself whole. With Voices, Mayo conveys the need for Indian Country to mend the cracks caused by familial fracturesand often the cause of conflict within families, communities and between nations. The performance eventually became Daughters from the Stars, featuring Spiderwoman Theater. Lisa Mayo, (Kuna/Rappahannock) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Mayo is co-founder of Spiderwoman Theater, which is the longest running Native women's theater troupe in the country. She studied at the New York School of Music, is a classically trained mezzo-soprano and studied under Uta Hagen.The American Indian Community House (AICH) is an urban Indian center that services the needs of the Native people living in New York City and welcomes Native visitors to the city. AICH was founded in 1969 and has become a de facto neighborhood serving as a meeting place for the diverse Native community of the New York City area. The Community House offers a variety of services ranging from substance abuse and HIV counseling, to career assistance. It is also home to the only Indian owned and operated art gallery in New York City. The AICHs Performing Arts Department has become an important resource for Native visual and performance artists. Through its programming, performance has become an important educational vehicle, both for the Native and non-Native NY community. The Badger's Corner, initiated in the 1980s, is an education-via-entertainment vehicle for the AICHs visual and performing arts department programs.Taking its name from the Pueblo legend of the four-legged creature who led the Pueblo people out of the underworld after the great flood, the intent of its programming is to inform and challenge people to rethink their concept(s) of Native American people and customs. All performances at AICH are presented under the auspices of the Badgers Corner. Indian Summer is an annual event at AICH and an occasion for artists to present their latest works to the community and the general public. All performers, whether new to the field or veteran practitioners, are encouraged to present their work.
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Copyright Holder: American Indian Community House (AICH)
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