The Creative Center at University Settlement presents culminating performance by Heather Woodbury

The Creative Center at University Settlement will host a live works-in-progress performance of Heather Woodbury’s latest work Periodic Fable.

Date: March 11, 2023

Time: 6 – 7 pm

Location: Speyer Hall, in University Settlement’s historic headquarters at 184 Eldridge St

The performance is free and open to the public.

In Periodic Fable, Woodbury weaves together three distinct endeavors while blurring the lines between past and present, and life and art. The work reflects a series of Woodbury’s emergences in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic isolation, as she began reconnecting with a changed world outside. In quick succession, she moved back to New York City; traveled across the United States by train to connect with undecided voters and with her family’s astonishing past; and led a cohort of older adults and persons living with chronic illness in an alchemical solo theatrical performance workshop, which culminated with a unified ensemble performance event themes of mortality, dignity, and identity.

Sophia Heinecke, former Arts and Wellness Manager at the The Creative Center, noted: “This has truly been a dream project for us, generously funded in full by The Rorick Trust, which has allowed an artist to approach our community with a one-of-a-kind educational experience which can also serve as a learning lab to further develop their own creative ideas to then be presented back out in our community as a visionary work of art available to all.”

“In teaching solo storytelling I discovered everyone’s tale had to do with ‘losing’ one story and having the guts to tell a new one – the ‘found’ part,” said Woodbury, who served as lead artist and educator on the project. “My new performance is sparked by the participants’ moving ability to do just that.”

The performance of Periodic Fable on March 11, 2023 is presented as a collaboration between The Creative Center and The Performance Project @ University Settlement.

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