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Origins Matter: Meet the Tea Servers

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Posted November 15, 2011

Let them eat cake!
(And drink tea…)

Strangely enough (or maybe not so strange depending on who you are), Act II/The Tea of Liz Lerman’s The Matter of Origins depends on serving tea and cake. The ‘cake’ is chocolate and based on an original recipe served in Edith Warner’s tea house in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The staging of the ‘Tea’ is being evaluated by the National Science Foundation as a science-delivery system. For MCA’s production of The Matter of Origins, we had to find enthusiastic individuals who could collect measurements that assess the audience’s experience through the course of the evening, as well as perform alongside the members of the Dance Exchange.

We spent several weeks reaching out to universities and dance centers, Facebook fans, and Twitter followers. 19 people responded to the challenge:

Rachel Berg, Kaley Marissa Cross, Alyssa Diaz, Lara Ditkoff, Aundrea Frahm, Marta Juaniza, Motrya Kozbur, Susan Lyon, Donna Nails, Sabri Reed, Bonnie Romano, Selena Roque, Alicen Sonja Schade, Michelle Vasquez, Sasha Manuylenko, Dominique Boyd, Marie Janine Socha, Janet Schmidt

Watch the rehearsals below!

Eboni Senai Hawkins is a recent transplant to Chicago and an intern in Performance Programs at the MCA.

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