Asheville Fringe Fest 2013!!

We are performing again!  Love Asheville!

We will be taking “V&B,” “Suites for the(bitter)sweet: Codependence,” and “Things That Go Bump in the Night.”

January 24th- 27th, 2013

20 Commerce Street, Asheville, NC

www.ashevillefringe.org

 

Annie’s Innuendos at Theatre Charlotte

Annie will perform a solo during “Just Do It”  at Theatre Charlotte.  The theme of the show is “innuendo” and it will be a solo with her pole.  You do the math.

Theatre Charlotte

January 11th, 8pm

501 Queens Rd.  Charlotte, NC 28207

“Things that go Bump in the Night” April 13th at Theatre Charlotte

The Duke Energy breakfast protest

Street Theatre: Jim gets “visionary” award. Oh the hypocrisy!!

Upcoming performance! Monday, February 20th at 8:45 A.M. Jack and I will be performing street theatre outside Morton’s steakhouse (uptown). Inside, the Charlotte Business Journal will be awarding Jim Rogers, the C.E.O. of Duke Energy, the “Business Person of the Year” (I know, right?) Obviously, Viscera Dance Theatre will have its own award ceremony breakfast outside. Let’s hope Jim doesn’t stain those pearly whites.

Arrested for wanting clean air and water

Can’t get more “visceral”  than that!  Five other Greenpeace protestors were arrested with me on Wednesday, February 15th for standing up to Duke Energy’s rate hikes for dirty energy. And so I was singin the jail house rock all day. Well worth it. I felt at peace when the police took me away from the tri pods that we erected in front of Duke Energy’s headquarters because what we did today was for everyone. It was bigger than us. It was for clean air, water, the Appalachian mountains and for our home. Many of the women I met in jail had asthma. They asked me why I had been arrested and I told them I was there for them.   Here is a picture of me getting cuffed :)

The Asheville Fringe

Jack and I had such a wonderful time in Asheville.  We would like to thank Jim Julien who coordinated the festival, Giles who opened the Bebe Theatre to all of the performers, his dog Wuzzie for being a sweet poofer, and the Hill House B&B owners who showed such grand hospitality.  I’d also like to send a shout to our new dancer friends (Alexis Miller of Asheville and the Lonely Goat Dance Company dancers from Brooklyn.

After the festival, Jim told us that we won an award for “pushing the boundaries with the human body”  sweeet…..

Yet another Duke Energy protest

Recently we participated in another round of street theatre, organizing protestors who had come out to argue against allowing Duke Energy to raise electric bill rates by nearly 20%. Once again we got a good amount of publicity, and Jack was even pictured on the front page of the Charlotte Observer’s print edition on October 12, 2011. Both Jack and Annie testified before the Utility Commission as nearly 50 people explained from their perspectives why Duke Energy should or should not win its appeal for higher rates. The irony is that Duke Energy claims it wants people to use less energy, but it then wants to charge more per unit in order to keep revenue up?? It also adamantly refuses to invest in 21st century technology for harnessing power. Viscera Dance Theatre already protested the proposed merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy (a merger that would make Duke the largest energy company in the USA, if not the world), and we absolutely oppose their methods for generating electricity. Our environment is our home, and without it we have nothing. Here is a link to more complete coverage: http://clclt.com/theclog/archives/2011/10/12/duke-energy-rate-hike-protestors-rail-against-their-master.

Saving the world from Duke Energy

Some people wanted to know what we were up to: “We saving the world from Duke Energy… what does it look like we’re doing??”

Today we protested against the merger of Duke Energy and Progress energy. We submitted a press release several day ago, which was published on Creative Loafing’s Blog yesterday (Note: The CLOG has mistakenly credited the photo – it should be credited to Tim O’Brien). The reaction was entertaining: As we walked from where we had parked we began seeing police officers and security officers a full three blocks away from where we were going to protest (they were pointing and talking into their shoulder phones like we were a mob of rioting hoodlums who had to be escorted and monitored at all times). There had to have been twenty officers along the route, and there were nearly a dozen at the venue for the shareholder meeting itself, with seven or eight officers in front of the building itself and another three or four across the street. It was a complete overreaction. One officer came over to examine our gas can, asking, “Is there anything in this?” “No,” Jack replied, “would you like to pick it up and see for yourself?” The officer actually did pick the container up, and he almost looked disappointed that we weren’t there to fire bomb the place. At that point Jack said, “You know, it’s just us – most of you guys could go do something else.” A few minutes later most of the officers were gone. It was funny to see how many people showed up to keep the peace while two performers sat on the sidewalk and snorted through prosthetic pig noses while a recording of a slaughtered hog was looped on repeat.

At any rate, they may have been piqued by a certain section of the press release: “Viscera Dance Theatre’s repeating skit will feature Jack Kirven and Annie Vereen as conjoined, pig-faced twins devouring resources from a trough of dirty money, coal, and plant materials. The performance shines a light on the greedy and abusive practices that a merged corporation would perpetrate against the people, resources, and climate throughout the nation.” Oops… sorry to get all visceral on you, Duke. Oh… no, wait… we did that on purpose. LOL In addition to the exposure in Creative Loafing and the Charlotte Observer, we also spoke briefly to the Charlotte NPR station WFAE.

This performance will be listed under our repertoire as “The Trough of Greed” once we get more pictures back to post along with the description. Click here to see a picture of us outside the meeting.

VDT to protest merger of Duke Energy

For Immediate Release

Event date: August 23, 2011 (9:30 A.M.)

Contact: Viscera Dance Theatre, Annie Vereen (704) 770-7376, vintagedress@gmail.com, www.visceradancetheatre.com

Viscera Dance Theatre’s mission is to engage in performance opportunities that bring attention to the importance of vital environmental concerns and the powers that contribute to the decline of the natural world.

Charlotte – Duke Energy will be hosting a shareholder’s meeting at 10:00 am at 526 S Church Street to have an election regarding its merger with Progress Energy. The two corporations have already filed paper work with the state to request the creation of this energy monopoly. Upon acquiring Progress Energy, Duke Energy will become the largest energy company in the nation. They have already begun using strong arm tactics to raise rates, diminish reliance upon renewable energy resources, and push forward building projects that are neither safe nor economically viable. Viscera Dance Theatre will be present to perform street theatre that opposes the activities of the two companies, and will be visible to the shareholders as they arrive.
The event will begin at 9:30 A.M., so as to already be in progress as the shareholders arrive.

Jim Rogers, the CEO of Duke Energy, purportedly opposes the collection, processing, and use of fossil fuels, saying of mountain top removal, “If I were king of the world, I would eliminate the practice.” He claims that the reason he does not stop the destruction of the natural environment is because the state of North Carolina requires the devastation in order to keep the cost of electricity down. (see: http://www.firstrain.com/industry/diversified-utilities/2011/05/06/jim-rogers-utility-legislation-duke-energy-diversified-utilities-8/)

Viscera Dance Theatre’s repeating skit will feature Jack Kirven and Annie Vereen as conjoined, pig-faced twins devouring resources from a trough of dirty money, coal, and plant materials. The performance shines a light on the greedy and abusive practices that a merged corporation would perpetrate against the people, resources, and climate throughout the nation.

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