Creative Cauldron Kicks Off 4th Annual ‘Passport to the World Festival’ With Open House at ArtSpace Falls Church Falls Church, VA on January 18th and 19th

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On Saturday, January 18th and Sunday, January 19th Creative Cauldron will host an Open House with family-friendly workshops, demonstrations and free performances. Veteran members of Creative Cauldron’s artistic circle will lead the free workshops along with ethnic performers who are participating in the 2014 Passport to the World Festival.

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The open house is presented through funding from the Little City Catch Foundation and the Economic Development Authority of the City of Falls Church. Passport to the World runs from January 18th through March 1st at ArtSpace Falls Church and features 12 different performances of folk music, world music, dance and storytelling representing cultures from around the world. The Festival is presented in collaboration with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington.

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Open House Schedule

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18TH
 9:00 AM
Creative Drama Workshop with Producing Director Laura Hull

Parents and children ages 3-6 will jump into the world of imagination as they create characters, environments, and original stories through dramatic play.

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10:00 am – 12 Noon
Learning Theater Workshop Observation

Creative Cauldron teaching artists will begin the process of creating an original production of Alice in Wonderland working with over 30 children who are enrolled in the Learning Theater program.

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12 Noon
Meet the Composer Workshop with Matt Conner

Matt is a critically acclaimed musical theater composer whose work has been presented at Signature Theatre and other professional venues, in addition to Creative Cauldron. Matt will share his process for creating original music and speak about cultural influences that have shaped his work.
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1:00 pm
Drumming Circle with Kofi Dennis

Kofi is a Master Teaching Artist with Wolf Trap’s Early Learning Through the Arts, who brings the West African cultural traditions of his native Ghana to life through performances that include “call and response”, songs, games and drum rhythms on authentic instruments. All ages will be invited to join Kofi’s drumming circle and then play the drums for the 2 pm performance of “Tales from West Africa.”

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2:00 pm
FREE PERFORMANCE of Tales from West Africa

Creative Cauldron’s actors/puppeteers will join Kofi Denis for a fun and interactive afternoon of stories about the mischievous spider Anansi, one of the most famous trickster characters of all time. This is a show the whole family will enjoy.

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3:00 pm
Puppet-Making Demonstration with Scenic Artist Margie Jervis
Learn how Margie makes the amazing large-scale puppets used in Tales from West Africa.

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4:00 pm
Make a Mural Workshop with Scenic Artist Margie Jervis.

Participants will create a mural backdrop that will be on display for the run of the Passport Festival.

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7:30 pm
Performance with Latin Jazz Group “Veronneau”

This is a ticketed event, but patrons who attend open house workshops will receive a special discount to attend the show.

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SUNDAY JANUARY 19TH
12 Noon
Polynesian Dance Demonstration and Workshop with Vivian Takafuji

Vivian is a Polynesian dancer and instructor, specializing in the native dances of Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand, and the founder of her own Tahitian dance troupe, Ta’ata Roiroi. Participants will learn classic hula steps and movements performed to Hawaiian music.

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1:00 pm
Andean Music & Scissors Dance Demonstration

Juan Cayrampoma, from the Andean/Latin fusion group Raymi, introduces our audiences to The Scissors Dance, an ancient dance ritual from the highlands of Peru. This acrobatic and athletic traditional dance will look a lot like “break-dancing” to modern audiences.
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2:00 pm
FREE PERFORMANCE Tales from Peru

Creative Cauldron performing artists will join forces with Juan Cayrampoma from Raymi for an afternoon of storytelling, bringing to life ancient folktales from the Andes with large scale puppets, choreography and music.

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3:00 pm & 4:00 pm
African American Heritage Tour of Falls Church

The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation will conduct the award-winning African American Heritage Tour of Falls Church. Meet real people from Falls Church’s past, played by costumed interpreters from before the Civil War to the birth of the early Civil Rights struggle.

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3:30 pm
Meet the Photographer with Falls Church Arts

Falls Church Arts curates the Gallery at ArtSpace and during the open house their “Focus” photography exhibit will be on display. Meet amazing local photographers who will share their insights and techniques.

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Passport Schedule of Performances

January 18 at 7:30 pm
Veronneau Latin Jazz/Brazilian Samba Music
http://www.veronneaumusic.com/

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January 25 at 7:30 pm
The Washington Toho Koto Society Japanese Koto Music
http://www.kotosociety.org

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February 7th at 7:30 pm
Shenandoah Run Contemporary American Folk Music
http://www.shenandoahrun.com/

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February 8th at 7:30 pm
Andean Scissors Dance
http://nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/circleofdance/quechua.html

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February 15th at 7:30 pm
Hui O Ka Pua ‘Ilima Dance and Music from Hawai’i, Tahiti, and New Zealand
http://www.ilimahui.com/

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February 16th at 2:00 pm
Tales from the Pacific Islands Story Theater performance
http://www.creativecauldron.org/page_164.html

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February 21 at 7:30 pm
Toss the Feathers traditional and early music from Ireland and Scotland on early instruments
http://www.ensemble-toss-the-feathers.eu/en/

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February 22 at 7:30 pm
Kamel Zennia and Band Music of North Africa
http://www.kamelzennia.com/

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February 28 at 2:00 pm
Moch Pryderi – Celtic Music of Wales and Brittany
http://www.mochpryderi.com

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March 1st at 7:30 pm
Ocean Celtic NEW DATE!
http://www.oceanorchestra.com/

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Tickets for the Passport to the World Series range from $10 – $20 and can be purchased on-line at www.creativecauldron.org or by calling 703-436-9948.
Creative Cauldron is a non-profit arts organization whose innovative programs in the performing and visual arts embody collaboration, experimentation and community engagement. Creative Cauldron was founded by Producing Director Laura Connors Hull in 2002.

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In June of 2009, Creative Cauldron acquired a permanent home in ArtSpace Falls Church, a 3,000 square foot flexible arts space that provides a venue for year-round classes, live performances of theater, music and dance and visual art exhibits. Programs are presented in part through grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the City of Falls Church and the Little City CATCH Foundation.