Sha Sha Higby

Hartwick Welcomes Performance Artist for Workshop, Shows

February 23, 2012

Hartwick College will welcome performance artist Sha Sha Higby for a special workshop and two performances. Higby will present "In Folds of Gold" at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 in the Lab Theatre, Bresee Hall, on the College campus. Both performances are free and open to the public.

Higby will also present a workshop titled "Slipper Theater" from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 in the Lab Theatre.  The workshop is limited to 25 participants, and there will be an $8 materials fee. Reservations for the performances and workshop can be made by calling 607-431-4227.

Sha Sha Higby approaches dance through the medium of sculpture, using the body as a framework for her art. Performances are "moving poems" through which nearly invisible political/ecological comments on our success, and our demise, are revealed. "In Folds of Gold" explores what it is to be human and alive within a whimsical journey of life, death, and rebirth. Ephemeral images evoke the passage of time and day, the shifting of the seasons. Using the manipulation of hand crafted materials, textures and exotic sculptural costume interwoven with puppetry, dance and intricate props, her work creates a journey in which movement and stillness meet. Shreds of memory lace into a drama of a thousand intricate pieces, slowly moving toward a sense of patience and timelessness.

Workshop participants will be invited to spend an afternoon with the artist. Make a miniature shoe or a crown for a mask and gain insight into the creative sculptural and movement techniques Sha Sha Higby uses for formulating her costumes, masks and choreography.

Higby's performances are sponsored by a Foreman Institute for the Arts grant in support of the 2012 campus theme, "The Human Question."

For additional information, contact  Hartwick College Professor of Art Katharine Kreisher at or 607-638-9461.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable

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