The 2018 Spirit & Place Festival will be held from Nov. 2-11. The festival this year will explore the theme of “intersections.” Intersecting lines can be found anywhere from the cross and cloverleaf, to crossroads and connections. They represent collective creativity and deeper understanding, as well as points of division or conflict.
There will be 32 unique events this year that will take place across 27 venues and feature a variety of presenters, speakers and performers. This year’s festival will feature several events with music or theater performances. Music and theater are forms of expression that can inspire conversation and create a community identity. Spirit & Place will host events with performance aspects from Nov. 4-11.
Visit the website at www.spiritandplace.org for the full festival lineup, including these music and theater events below:
Sunday, November 4, 5—7 p.m.
Pain & Purpose: The Intersection of Parenting and Addiction
Presented by Fairbanks, Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition, IU School of Health and Human Services and 24 Group
IUPUI Hine Hall Auditorium—875 W. North St.
Debuting in the Spirit & Place Festival, Pain & Purpose by Lauren Briggeman of Summit Performance Indianapolis explores the grief, heartache and pain of watching loved ones trapped in addiction. It also gives hope by revealing the joy, serenity and spiritual connections made in recovery. Audience Q&A to follow performance.
Sunday, November 4, 4—5:30 p.m.
A Dance of Wisdom Tales and Tunes
Presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Spiritual Center
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church—100 W. 86th St.
A blend of metaphors and “wisdom tales,” like the tale of Naked Truth and Parable, will be discussed while incorporating music. These tales will encourage attendees to reflect on their own personal histories and faith as a way to clarify their thoughts and beliefs.
Monday, November 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Score Awakens
Presented by Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indy Lightsaber Academy
Hilbert Circle Theatre—45 Monument Circle
The Score Awakens showcases the intersection between music and story by exploring the role John William’s score has in creating the iconic Star Wars universe. Indy Lightsaber Academy will demo how the music inspires epic battles, and everyone will get to learn some sci-fi swordplay.
Friday, November 9, 1—3 p.m.
Listening for How We Hear
Presented by Hear Me Project and Pin Bureau
Pin Bureau—Community Room—325 S. College Ave.
Music speaks to us all, but in different ways. We seem to just naturally know and accept this. How can we apply this attitude and skill when listening to each other? This event offers a brave space for civic dialogue through the power of asking questions. Participants will experience listening to the same piece of music together – it could be anything from Kendrick Lamar to Bach – and then ask each other how and why the music affected them.
Sunday, November 11, 1—3 p.m.
Where Time Ends and Eternity Begins
Presented by Colette Abel, Butler University Jordan College of the Arts, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Meridian Music Company and Encore Orchestral Strings
Butler University—Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall—4600 Sunset Ave.
The crowning piece of the program, Oliver Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, was written and premiered while Messiaen was imprisoned in a concentration camp, Stalag VIII, and was inspired by the Book of Revelations. Framing this composition are works by Heinrich Biber (Crucifixion Sonata), Cecil Burleigh (Ascension Sonata) and James MacMillan (Kiss on Wood), all treating the crucifixion theme.