T[HERE] began as a senior thesis project for Mandie Reiber, an illustration student at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Rather than fill a gallery with paintings like her peers, Mandie aspired to write, choreograph, direct, and produce an hour-long multidisciplinary performance. Her process started with a year full of random exploits into the streets of Over-the-Rhine to interview strangers about their personal challenges. After collecting more than a hundred stories, Mandie pulled together eight artists of various disciplines to help transform these true, raw stories - many of them spiritually and emotionally heavy - into powerful works of art. The result was an hour of original music, modern dance, spoken word poetry, and a gallery full of handwritten letters assembled in a sculptural illustration. The production was lauded for its honesty and talent, and was awarded the esteemed Stephen H. Wilder Traveling Scholarship from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
T[HERE] was performed at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in March 2016. Written, directed, and choreographed by Mandie Reiber in collaboration with fellow artists. Music written and performed by Hillary Hahn.
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