6660 Manasota Key Road
“Tell and Show: Art and Performance Expressing Identity”
Featuring Hermitage Fellows Tamara Anderson, and Lesley Mok
Tamara Anderson’s Hermitage Residency generously sponsored by Ellen Berman and Roy Cohen.
Lesley Mok’s Hermitage Residency generously sponsored by Terry Brackett.
Thursday, March 2 at 5:30pm
Hermitage Beach (6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, Florida 34223)
Registration is required. $5 per person.
For any artist, their lived experience forms an integral part of the work they create; from childhood exploits to difficult decisions as an adult to the culture we breathe in everyday, these threads weave their way into the fabric of work. Sometimes subtly and sometimes overtly, these three incredible artists use their skills to transform everyday experiences into moving and thought provoking works of art. Tamara Anderson has been seen on stage and screen winning accolades with “intoxicating charm, infectious humor, and a fabulous voice.” Lesley Mok’s innovative and dynamic compositions have been performed by such leading ensembles as the International Contemporary Ensemble, Metropolis Ensemble, and JACK Quartet. Hear from these two artists as they talk process and share work on the Hermitage beach.
Hermitage Fellow Tamara Della Anderson is a multi-faceted actor, singer, writer, and producer. She has been featured in musicals and plays across the United States and on television and film in The Blacklist and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, among others. She is on the advisory committee of the National Teaching Artists Guild, and her production company, the Gumbo Lab, is a space for BIPOC artists to work on new projects. Check out her latest film Not Okay on Hulu!
Hermitage Fellow Lesley Mok is a drummer, composer, and improviser based in Brooklyn, NY. Interested in the ways social conditions shape our beings, Lesley’s work focuses on transposing, augmenting, and overacting humanness to explore ideas about normalcy, alienness, and privilege. She likes to write in a way that considers the whole expressive range of each instrument, often utilizing extreme ranges and dynamic timbres in her writing as a framework for individuality and personal expression. Her ongoing explorations with composition and improvisation are most notably documented in her nine-piece improvising chamber ensemble, The Living Collection. Lesley’s work has been recognized by the ASCAP Foundation and the Asian American Arts Alliance, and has been performed by International Contemporary Ensemble, Metropolis Ensemble, and JACK Quartet. She has collaborated with Tomeka Reid, Fay Victor, William Parker, Cory Smythe, Jen Shyu, Sara Serpa, Elias Stemeseder, David Leon, Anna Webber, Adam’ O’Farrill, and Edi Kwon.