Sweeney Todd SHADOW PUPPETS!!!
Julia is busy working on shadow puppets for Towson University’s production of Sweeney Todd; The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Julia is working with director Stephen Nunns to incorporate shadow puppetry into a variety of moments and songs during this Mainstage production that opens April 23rd, 2015.
Here is a rough cut preview of the City on Fire sequence
it’s very difficult to keep is a performance installation created by Julia M. Smith and Eric F. Avery inspired in part by notable hoarding families such as the Collier brothers of Harlem and the Beale’s of Grey Gardens. The space will primarily be constructed from inexpensive ubiquitous materials such as string, tin cans, and newspaper: a frequently hoarded object, which we will use to build elements of our space such as walls, chairs, beds, clothes, food, exercise equipment, etc. Our performance installation will encompass an entire space. Viewers will engage in an immersive experience exploring the crumbled ruins of a dilapidated home. The space can be viewed as a static installation, but will also be activated by us the performers, on its own, and by viewers as well. Alarms will sound, telephones will rings, hand written notes will unfold, objects will transform to reveal secrets, and performances by “the siblings,” will occur. In August 2014 it’s very difficult to keep will make it’s world première at Five Myles, a gallery in Brooklyn, NY.