WEEKEND: Women tell stories of breaking bonds
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Tana Villella-Flath is one of the performers at "Rebels on Stage: Breaking Free."

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Six women will step forward, speak up and break free.

This is their idea of something wild to do on a spring Saturday night: Reveal how they shook off fear, worry and plain old timidity.

Performance artist Angie Huckstep of Port Angeles will host “Rebels on Stage: Breaking Free” at 8 p.m. Saturday. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and admission will be $8 to the event on the Allé Stage at Studio Bob, the upstairs event space at 1181/2 E. Front St.

Huckstep, also a writer, teacher and dancer, invited a variety of local people to the stage. Each one will bring her own story, told as only she can do it. But first, Huckstep will start the festivities by encouraging everyone to get into the act: to build a paper chain to symbolize those things that might hold us down.

Tana Villella-Flath, who has been seen in several Allé Stage experiments since the venue opened last year, will perform an interpretive dance number. Becky Corning will offer a spoken-word piece, as will Lisa McCoy, whose personal narrative will delve into how she faced cancer.

The multifaceted artist Sarah Tucker will do what she calls a mock burlesque dance to “My Way” as sung by the late punk rock star Sid Vicious.

“This song is inspirational to me,” Tucker says. It's a reminder that life is short.

She wants the song to signify a breaking loose from the fears that come with being human.

Getta Rogers, also an artist who works in various media — from paint to music — will add to the mix a few songs, including two of her own.

“For me, this particular performance will be about breaking free from musical silence,” Rogers said, adding that she has a feeling people will relate to her music's content.

Huckstep herself will perform “Point B,” a piece that mixes spoken-word, movement and audience participation. Members of the audience will be asked to write on Huckstep with a Sharpie marker.

She'll perform a dance number too, to the song “Broken Wings,” about a woman leaving an abusive relationship.

To cap the show: Huckstep's short play based on how five people rose out of their rock-bottom moments. The piece is titled “We Are Not Broken.”

“Breaking Free” totals about two hours with an intermission, and contains themes suitable for teens and adults. As for that chain put together at the beginning of the evening, Huckstep said it will be broken at the end of the night — with gusto — “a symbolic act, of us all breaking free.”

To find out more about this and other events at Studio Bob, email Tucker at sarah@tuckerart.com, phone Studio Bob owner Bob Stokes at 415-990-0457 or visit the Allé Stage page on Facebook.

Last modified: March 28. 2013 5:55PM
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