Friday, June 10th 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Returning to Humboldt with their second performance, Dell’Arte International alums Hannah Shaka and Marguerite Boissonnault bring their original physical theatre piece, Jumella, to the Arcata Playhouse. Audiences have the chance to enjoy this experimental blend of physical theatre and storytelling on Friday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 11, at 8:00 p.m.
Jumella is a story of twin sisters, two halves of one whole, struggling against the forces that seek to pull them apart. Determined to be together, the two descend into Jumella, a mysterious world of spectral creatures that wrench them from moments of violence to tenderness. Can they overcome the depths of this world together? Using aerial silks and otherworldly masks, Jumella tells the story of the spirit’s search for transcendence. Written and performed by Falling Objects Theatre Company, Marguerite Boissonnault and Hannah Shaka.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Hannah Shaka, is a physical theatre-maker from Western Canada. She is a co-founder of The Lost Girls burlesque troupe, with whom she has produced, performed, and toured regularly since 2013. She performed with the Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender in 2016, where they won Best Large Group and Most Comedic. Shaka received her MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre in 2020 from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, where she was also awarded the Calgary Animated Objects Society Scholarship. Her recent work in clown, drag, and cabaret has landed her solidly as a performer at festivals such as Dirty Bird Camp Out, Desert Hearts, and Lightning in a Bottle in California. She now lives in LA, where she works as a Teaching Artist and devises theatre with other fabulously strange artists.
Marguerite Boissonnault is an actor/creator, writer and physical storyteller from Utah. Currently residing in St. Petersburg, FL, she works as a teaching artist for American Stage, instructing and inspiring both youth and adults in the fundamentals of physical theatre. She received her MFA from Dell’Arte International in 2020, after which she made the move cross country to work with the Farm Arts Collective in Damascus, PA to devise a site specific piece on an organic vegetable farm addressing the effects of climate change. She strives to tell the stories of today with the people who live them, from the places they reside. Her work ranges from the intensely emotional to the delightfully absurd, yet always searches to uncover present truths about our society.