Arm of the Sea Theater celebrates Hudson
Roxbury — The Roxbury Arts Group celebrates the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s historic voyage of discover on Friday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. with a presentation of “Mutual Strangers: Henry Hudson & the River that Discovered Him,” a mask and puppet extravaganza by Arm of the Sea Theater. Admission is free.
With stunning visuals and live music, Arm of the Sea harnesses the energy of mask and puppet theatre to re-imagine Hudson’s voyage on the river that now bears his name.
For over 20 years Arm-of- the-Sea has been developing a style of magical realism that marries the mythic and the everyday, humanity and the earth, visual arts and natural science, poetry and politics. Their large-scale productions incorporate ancient theatrical devices for shared enchantment and visual storytelling. With music, gesture and stunning visuals, they illuminate the links between human communities and the life-support processes of this living planet.
On September, 1609 a small ship sent from Europe to find a northern route to the Orient sails 150 miles up a river on the “unknown” North American continent. The events that transpire on that voyage, the encounters of European sailors and indigenous people, and the information brought back to the Dutch East India Company in Amsterdam, prefigure the interaction of cultures that will shape a new nation.
Arm-of-the-Sea harnesses the transformational energy of mask and puppet theatre to re-imagine from multiple points of view Hudson’s voyage on the river that now bears his name. Based on the log of first mate Robert Juet, and the oral traditions of Lenape and Mohican peoples, Mutual Strangers presents a collage of overlapping narratives to mark the 400th anniversary of this world-changing voyage. The show is designed to engage audiences of many ages and walks of life. The Roxbury Arts Center/ Hilt Kelly Hall is at 5025, Vega Mt. Road, Roxbury.