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Leaps and Bounds

Thursday, December 2 and Thursday, December 9, 2010 | 8pm | at The Haven


The Affording Hope Project, The Bridge, and New City Arts Initiative present Leaps and Bounds, at the Haven.

Leaps and Bounds, a one woman show produced and performed by Tevyn East is touring faith communities and institutions of higher learning across the United States in 2010, drawing great acclaim. Weaving biblical and personal narrative, movement, music, ritual, and a touch of economic theory, Leaps and Bounds addresses the driving factors of our ecological crisis while awakening the imagination to a new way of living with and relating to Earth.

After sharing the show with more than 50 audiences in more than 40 cities across the country, this Charlottesville ‘townie’ is returning to share the show with her community. Formerly developing and performing work with the Zen Monkey Project, Tevyn is known for her directorial debut of The Palimpsest in ‘05, in which the audience migrated through a world of movement, story, and image in and among sculpted installation pieces. Tevyn was an organizer and performer for both the WunderKammer and Shentai, Charlottesville’s own carnival arts extravaganzas, showcasing her fire twirling and stilt walking skills.

Leaps and Bounds is Tevyn’s effort to integrate her artistic gifts with the journeywork of faithful action- responding to the needs of the world and the signs of the times. East conceived of Leaps and Bounds while participating in an internship year at Church of the Saviour and working with the Maryknoll Office For Global Concerns. Both of these organizations are concerned with addressing the root causes of injustice, accompanying the vulnerable and marginalized, and speaking truth to power in the heart of the United
States capitol. Many gifted individuals helped develop this work of theater, including Ched Myers, renowned author and new testament scholar. A full list of collaborators, themes and project resources can be found at

With foot stomping songs, playful humor, daring dance sequences and vulnerable honesty, this show will draw the audience along a compelling journey, and ultimately articulate a hope that we can all share. Rev Dennis J. Parker, the Campus Minister at Portland State University, suggests “see this magical performance and find yourself laughing, humming and crying; and wanting to understand more about how our faith can inform our vision of the Judeo-Christian story that will move us to action.”