Our 3rd Dolce Revolution Project: See You See, is a walk-through performance event that plays with notions of voyeurism, exhibitionism and privacy as we grapple with a sense of self and place in an ever-watchful society...

Premieres:

Wednesday, December 10th and Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 7:00pm
at The Arts Club of Washington
2017 I Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006


Space is very limited! Buy your tickets here!


(Special invite-only preview/dress rehearsal on Tuesday, December 9th)
 
 
We have a cast and crew!
The artists taking part in FABUM's 3rd Dolce Revolution Project: See You See:

  • Suzanne Watts
  • Eileen Haley
  • Mitch Irzinski
  • Allyn Moushey
  • DeVon Jackson
  • Fausto Amaya
  • David Brundage
  • Writer/Director/Producer: Jameson Freeman
  • Assistant Director: Tish Carter
  • Assistant Producer: Nichola Hays
  • Production Assistants: Zawadi Carroll and Liz Williams

Stay tuned for show dates and more as we start rehearsing!


 
 
Non-profit arts group FABUM is holding auditions for its 3rd Dolce Revolution Project series.

This is a non-traditional theatre show to be performed at the historic Arts Club of Washington.

FABUM uses a collaborative approach to its performances, and actors are encouraged to provide input during rehearsals and participate in the creative process. The show will explore the anxieties and absurdities of a 'surveillance society'.

You are welcome to come with a prepared monologue or be provided slides when you arrive.


Roles (working character titles - no ethnic requirements for any):

Boldman - fit, attractive male; narcissistic

Apprentice - any gender; eager to learn

Announcer/Host - male (but gender negotiable) with great "television game show" voice

Secret Agents (3) - any gender; archetypical secret agents; often ridicule those they spy on

Fake Bohemians (2) - any gender; self-absorbed and addicted to social media


Date:
The first round of auditions will be Thursday, October 9th, 4-8pm. Additional dates may be announced shortly.

*UPDATE: Additional auditions to be held Thursday, October 16th and Wednesday, October 22nd from 3-6:30pm. Please email dolce.revolution (at) gmail.com to reserve a time.


*UPDATE: Some roles may be redesigned/renamed.

Contact:

To schedule a timeslot please email a picture/resume or short introduction and your preferred 15 minute window to dolce.revolution (at) gmail.com

 
 
FABUM interns Zawadi and Liz got a tour of the World Bank today with the worldly Flavius Mihaies, who is also a writer and occasional actor. Fun fact: World Bank employees hold their own theatre productions sometimes! The interns saw cultural art collections, talked about how interconnected the world is and the role of global institutions, as well as how our choices make it possible to have an inspiring, meaningful and artistic life journey no matter what field one pursues!
 
 
FABUM Artistic Director Jameson Freeman and FABUM Associate Zawadi Carroll led a two-day visual arts workshop with students from First Star Greater Washington Academy at The Arts Club of Washington. The creative young people made self-portraits that explored the notion of their 'public and private selves', enjoyed dinner in the courtyard prepared by Executive Chef Ken Kievit. They shared and presented their finished works to peers and audiences on Tuesday, July 22nd. It was a special evening with talented and inspiring DC youth.
 
 
PictureNichola Hays, Zawadi Carroll, Jameson Freeman
By FABUM Associate Zawadi Carroll

On June 13th I was delighted to have lunch with my lovely FABUM intern supervisors Jameson and Nichola. The lunch was bittersweet as it was my last day of internship for the school year, but more sweet as we discussed upcoming projects and plans for FABUM...and shared a vanilla gelato. 

After being a FABUM intern this year I was asked to reflect on two questions: 1) What is your passion? and 2) What type of artistic expression excites you? Although my answers to these questions are ever changing I was able to provide two answers that reflect where I am now: 

My passion is living life, and living it to the fullest. I think we live in an age in which things have become really superficial and society controls what we do and want. In the midst of all of this people get lost. I'd hate to wake up at 50 and realize I haven't been doing things that actually satisfy my soul or make me happy. For me artistic expression is vital to living a fulfilled life because it brings me happiness and truth. 

In all honesty, all artistic expression excites me. But dance is a type of artistic expression I have been doing since I was 2 years old. Every time I dance or watch others dance the strongest feelings emerge. Dance is also one of the most exciting artistic expressions because of how versatile it is. I learn something new about it all the time, so it keeps me on my toes literally and figuratively.

Zawadi Carroll will be a senior at School Without Walls high school in Washington, D.C. beginning in the Fall of 2014. She is the current 'FABUM Associate', having been interning with the organization since the Fall of 2013.

 
 
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Heather Pultz and Jameson Freeman flank young artists from School Without Walls High School: (from left) Meaghan Samuels, Zawadi Carroll, Christina Hollinsed, and Jahni Threatt
Thursday, March 27th, educator and artist Heather Pultz and FABUM artistic director Jameson Freeman brought four students from School Without Walls High School to the historic Arts Club of Washington for an evening event to exhibit their original creations following "Draw-In Lunch/Hearts for the Arts" classroom activities. The young women shared insight about their artistic process with those in attendance. Their art work was in company too, as it shared a room with pieces by famous Taiwan artist Yuan Chin-Taa and the American painter (and former Arts Club President) Jack Hannalu. The students' "self-portraits" were marvelously non-traditional, and it was wonderful to celebrate their individualism and talent!
AND...our inaugural FABUM associates (now in college) stopped by to support their former classmates! FABUM's first interns, Kelsea Johnson and Eva Meier made an appearance at the exhibition. Kelsea helped with our first Dolce Revolution Project, and both Kelsea and Eva were part of the second DRP: Dream Wedding, as well as numerous creative social events! They are both talented dancers and choreographers.
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Kelsea Johnson, Jameson Freeman, Eva Meier
 
 
Youth Program FABUM organized a creative lunch at School Without Walls for students to begin a "self-portrait". We brought food and lots of arts supplies...and the self-portraits could be anything from a drawing/painting of oneself to a poem or original song or a combination of things...anything that embodies them as an individual. Their final works will be presented at an evening event at The Arts Club of Washington on March 27th!
 
 
PictureFABUM youth associate Zawadi Carroll with Tanya Williams Wetenhall
When we asked new FABUM Associate Zawadi Carroll what aspect of artistic expression interests her most, she had to think about... So we rephrased the question: 'What art form interests you now?' She responded with fashion and design. As the first installment of the "Professionals in the Arts" component of Youth Program FABUM for 2014, we introduced Zawadi to the remarkable Tanya Wetehall.

Tanya Williams Wetenhall’s career spans the performing arts, costume studies, museums, and diplomacy. She has managed US tours of foreign dance companies, as well as individual artists touring Europe; directed fashion shows; worked as a cultural liaison for special interest groups visiting Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe; and was a Specialist for the government of The United States at the US embassies in Moscow and Rome. Her recent projects include researching and designing museum exhibitions pertaining to costume history, design and the performing arts, in the US and abroad, as well as consulting for museums. Wetenhall holds an M.A. in Fashion and Textile Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) and has taught in FIT's graduate program and in the graduate costume studies program at New York University. She has developed and taught courses on period styles, the history of the performing and visual arts of Russia, ballet history, and has lectured and written on elements of Russian costume.

Zawadi: On Wednesday, February 26th I got to sit down with the amazing Tanya Wetenhall and have a coffee chat about her life and career. From the get go Mrs. Wetenhall was extremely open and friendly, she was bursting with energy and ready to share. We started all the way back at one of her first real fashion jobs with a major designer in the industry at the time. She said they hired her because of how fast she could find her pen and notepad in her purse, showing how organized she is. From this experience she taught me that fashion is a very judgmental industry. Nothing goes overlooked.

Ms. Wetenhall also shared her experiences with travel. Some of the places she has traveled include London, Russia, Paris, and Italy. She shared how each place had a distinct sense of fashion, which was a direct reflection of their culture. I was not aware how diplomatic that not just fashion, but also the arts was globally. When art is showcased for one nation to another it can be very political. From her I learned, that especially in this generation a culture will appeal to or mock other cultures rather than showcasing their own, this is largely due to the shipping of the manufacturing of goods overseas, as well as the Internet and is why we now see universal trends.

But no matter how new these trends may seem, Ms. Wetenhall being a teacher of Fashion History at GWU, shared that fashion always repeats itself. Sometimes without even knowing it we are reflecting and recycling styles from the past. I asked her for advice for a young person, like myself, interested in fashion. Some major points were to study classical art by going to museums and understanding major art styles. By building a visual database I could immediately see where a work of fashion may have gotten its influence from, and be aware of my inspirations. She also stressed the importance of knowing textiles and understanding the way the industry worked. One might have to start small, like she did as an assistant and work their way up as she did to achieve all that she has today!

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FABUM associate artistic director Nichola Hays and youth associate Zawadi Carroll listening to Tanya Wetenhall answer questions about the luminaries she's worked with, her travels, and her thoughts on fashion, culture and the role of arts in diplomacy.
 
 
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As part of Youth Program FABUM, Zawadi will assist with our creative youth events, as well as our upcoming production for The Dolce Revolution Project series.

About Zawadi:


Zawadi Carroll is a junior at The School Without Walls High School in Washington, DC. She has been dancing since the age of two, including African dance with Coyaba Dance Company. Recently, she has been taking modern dance technique with teacher and choreographer Heather Pultz. She is also currently learning ballet. Zawadi acts with the performing arts group, City at Peace in which they use theatre to overthrow systems of oppression in the DC community. In October 2012 she modeled in Circa 34's second annual benefit fashion show. Zawadi enjoys all art forms as well as running, traveling, cooking, and fashion. She is passionate about being part of the artistic community of DC and hopes to expand on her experiences through interning with FABUM.