Introducing: The BellHops

by: MSC Communications Intern, Hiwot Adilow

In November I wrote about a musical ensemble being organized by Taylor Scott. She was recently interviewed by Communications Professor Sara McKinnon about the ensemble’s development and growth into a multi-arts collective called The BellHops. The BellHops “believe that everyone’s experiences matter and as fellow artists, it is their responsibility to help tell each other’s stories.” 

From Left to Right: Leland Pan (Violin), Frances Shepherd (Violin), Lauren Koehler (Flute), Zach Seaborne (Alto Sax)

From Left to Right: Leland Pan (Violin), Frances Shepherd (Violin), Lauren Koehler (Flute), Zach Seaborne (Alto Sax)

These stories have been weaved together into a 60 minute production entitled Honey In My Tea, which is being featured in the 2014 Line Breaks Festival in Promenade Hall at the Overture Center for the Arts.

Taylor Scott

Taylor Scott and Sara McKinnon giving performance feedback at a rehearsal 

Honey in My Tea explores themes of survival, resistance, and womanhood. It is a reality check that invites the audience to stand with the storyteller, creating a solution within the performance. The narrative is informed by both the experiences of ensemble members and the exploration of themes in works by Audre Lorde, Nina Simone, and Paolo Freire among others.

Video by ensemble member Sydney Parsons

See The BellHops performing Honey In My Tea on Thursday, April 24th @ 6pm and Friday, April 25th @9pm.

For more information about the Line Breaks Festival visit: http://www.linebreaks.wisc.edu/schedule

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