Creative Fusion

Cleveland’s artist community welcomed six international artists to our city for a 3-month residency through the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program. The visiting artists are from Armenia, Bulgaria, Chile and Romania and each is hosted by a local arts organization. The hosts are Cleveland Print Room, Ingenuity Cleveland, Inlet Dance Theatre, The Sculpture Center, Verb Ballets and Zygote Press. The Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program welcomes international artists to Cleveland for extended three-month residencies. While traditional artist residency programs are in retreat settings for individually-centered work, Creative Fusion is unique in partnering the visiting artists with local arts organizations with a goal of maximizing the cultural exchange between the artists and the community. Creative Fusion focuses on bringing artists to Cleveland from cultures not well-represented in our community and in providing many opportunities for the community to interact with the artists. There is a particular focus on having the artists engage with young people through in-depth projects conducted at schools and youth-centered arts organizations.

Help Verb Ballets Welcome Chilean Creative Fusion Artist, Beatriz García-Huidobro

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Beatriz García-Huidobro is a teacher, psychologist and writer with an M.A. in literature. She is currently the executive director of Ediciones Universidad Alberto Hurtado, the Jesuit university in Chile. García-Huidobro’s novel Hasta ya no ir was a Latin American competition finalist and has been republished in French. Her other published novels include Sombras nada más, Marea, Las Marías, Nadar a oscuras and El espejo roto. She has published a collection of microstories called Café turco and four young adult novels: Antes del verano, Misterio en Los Piñoles, Misterio en el campamento and Misterio en La Tirana.

Verb Ballets is honored to host Chilean Creative Fusion Artist, Beatriz García-Huidobro. Ms. Garcia-Huidobro will work with Verb Ballet to translate and further develop a number of the company’s educational outreach works for Hispanic youth, as well as writing personal histories of elderly individuals in two local nursing homes, which Verb will use as source material for developing new dance works. She also will conduct workshops with students at Facing History High School to collect and write students’ personal stories and histories.

Follow the stories of Beatriz experinces in Ohio

Arriving on Monday March 2, buddy Brian Murphy picked her up at the airport and brought her to her new home in Cleveland Hts. Giving her only the night to rest, he brought her on Tuesday morning to the Verb Ballets studio to meet Director Dr. Margaret Carlson, Associate Director Richard Dickinson, the dancers and the staff. Because her discipline is writing, she found it very novel (that’s a pun) to be watching the rehearsal. Afterwards, Dr. Carlson took her to the ATT store to get her cell phone, but a Bunky’s Adventure ensued and they had to take the phone to the Apple store, then back again to the ATT store and then back to the Apple store so they could go grocery shopping at Trader Joes and over to (of course) the Barnes and Noble bookstore so Ms. Garcia could buy a book!
On Wednesday, Ms. Garcia and Mr. Murphy went to the Eliza Jennings nursing home to watch the Verb dancers conduct their dance therapy class for the seniors. This was her introduction to what is going to be a very big component of her residency, which is to collect life stories of the residents and then help Verb dancers to create dance stories.
She kept saying how she loved the snow even though she had forgotten to bring her gloves, which getting back to the Bunky’s Adventure day, was also an ongoing frustration in trying to buy a pair of gloves because every store they went into said that gloves are out of season, but that bathing suits are now in-wouldn’t we like to see some!.

At the Lolley the Trolley tour, Beatriz was very excited to visit the Lakeview Cemetery. It seems that there is a family custom to take photographs of cemeteries while traveling to send home to family members.
Then, on Monday March 9, one week after arriving she meet the students at Facing History High School where she is going to be conducting the other big component of her residency, which will be to work with the Spanish classes to translate the poetry from Verb Ballets’ Carnival of the Animals, a ballet about bullying. At the end of the residency, the students will become the narrators while Verb Ballets performs for the rest of the student body and parents.
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Verb Ballets ignites audience passion and participation in contemporary dance. Under the leadership of Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson and Richard Dickinson, MFA, Associate Director, Verb Ballets strives to support and foster emerging talent, to present excellence in contemporary choreographers, and to revive and honor modern dance classics.