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The Bread and Puppet Theatre comes to Clarksville

 

Austin Peay State University LogoIn a program featuring their world renown 13 Dirt Floor Cathedral Dances  three full-time members of the Lubberland National Dance Company molded APSU students into Bread and Puppet performers for one day. Starting at around noon a group of 16 Students gathered on the Trahern lawn to learn how to be a Bread and Puppet performer.

The Cathedral Dances originated in the paper mache cathedral located at the Bread and Puppet theatre’s home in Glover, VT, but can be performed anywhere, provided a sprinkle of dirt from the floor of their home Cathedral blesses the venue.

The 13 dances include: a forest admiration dance, danced by a NYC rush-hour crowd; a deforestation dance, danced by the deforestors to make a place to park their cars; the dance of the foolish woman, who tries to bring back to life the victims of the bombardments on Gaza; a sermon dance danced by the deeply superstitious practitioners of the paper mache religion; and seven 7-second dances, danced to the sounds of the We-Do-As-Good-As-We-Can Orchestra.

The sleeper being mourned

The sleeper being mourned

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Paul Rusesabagina’s keynote address inspired APSU freshmen and the public

 
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Paul Rusesabagina

Austin Peay State University LogoPaul Rusesabagina’s keynote address on Thursday evening closes out the first selection of the newly inaugurated Peay Read program. Designed to provide a unifying experience and contribute to the academic experiences for freshmen students, the reading program also offers opportunities for sophomore, junior and senior students.

His story inspired the production of the film, “Hotel Rwanda,” a riveting account of a man finding strength within him to save others in the midst of his country’s darkest moment.

Rusesabagina addresses the packed house

Rusesabagina addresses the packed house

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Sacrificial Pooh

 

005resizeThe imaginary stage of a young child’s life should be a fun one for parents, not make them uncomfortable. The Elle-Girl has taken to a frequent event of what appears to be a sacrificial display of her beloved Pooh Bear. The scene begins like this: First Pooh is retrieved from his post on her bed to an open area on the floor. He is laid on his side, as if he is sleeping. Nothing strange about this. Typical even. Pooh could just be resting, it could be nap time, he could even just be laying on his side to get a different view of the room, or to search for dust bunnies under the couch. What happens next is the slightly odd part.

Next, Tigger is added to the scene, Mamma Pooh (the classic Winnie the Pooh) then Rabbit, Eeyore, and other motley collections of friends posing as characters from her bedtime book ‘The Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh. They are carefully seated in somewhat of a semi-circle around the displayed Pooh bear. The players all have conversation with each other, but Pooh bear never speaks. «Read the rest of this article»

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