THE ROYAL FROG BALLET SURREALIST CABARET
The Royal Frog Ballet is an amoeba of collaborators, a producing body, a shouting household of households, and an aspiring dance team in search of parade. We create performance and installation art for community gatherings.
Founded in 2007 in Amherst, MA, the ranks of this sprawling group of individual artists and friends are now spread far and wide across the U.S. We convene annually as a unique-to-this-year group to create large scale works of performance and sculptural installation under the umbrella of 'The Surrealist Cabaret', and we occasionally tour and teach workshops throughout the U.S. The collaborative nature of our work as a group pushes our work as individual artists into new realms. Together we create space for communities to gather, celebrate, commemorate, speculate, pause and leap.
The SURREALIST CABARET is an annual walking outdoor performance and installation presented by The Royal Frog Ballet each fall. The performance takes audience members traveling through a farm landscape at autumnal sunset. Along the way they encounter a surreal collection of short performances, installation pieces, and roving characters created by artists working collaboratively in various media, exploring and celebrating themes of season and place. What started as an open studio for performance artists to show works-in-progress, The Cabaret, now in it’s tenth year, has turned in to a wild celebration of season, landscape, death and regrowth, spirits, stories and community. Each artist takes the theme for the year and runs with it, often in all directions.
Laurel has been a member of the Royal Frog Ballet since 2007. She has created three original pieces for the Cabaret: one with Cassandra and two with her husband, Ewen Wright. She is committed to performing at the Cabaret every 2-3 years, despite living on the opposite coast, and particularly enjoys playing one of the grannies.
UNTITLED (typewriter piece). 2010.