The Hermitage Artist Retreat: Join us for our first Artist Talk at the Palm House – Friday, Oct. 16 at 2 pm

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  Join us for our first Artist Talk at the Palm House – Friday, Oct. 16 at 2 pm  
  From inspiration to presentation, how do artists think?  How does an idea develop into a trilogy of plays premiering at one of the most prestigious theaters in the world? New York City-based theater director/writer John Jahnke will entertain and inspire us as he discusses his  creative process at our first free public art program inside the beachfront Palm House, 2 to 3 pm, Friday, Oct. 16 at 6630 Manasota Key Road.  
  Director, Playwright and Designer John Jahnke has developed work at BAM Next Wave, The Park Avenue Armory, The MacDowell Colony,  The Public Theater, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, among many others. He is the Artistic Director of the theatre company Hotel Savant, and has served as Associate Producer of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art/MoMA. He is a former opera and ballet student with a visual arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts Fine Arts program. He will discuss his upcoming work,  “Alas, The Nymphs,” an interdisciplinary theater work featuring original music by renowned electronic composer Fennesz, premiering in New York City as part of the BAM Next Wave Festival in December, 2015. It is the first section of Jahnke’s trilogy  “Men Go Down”, which utilizes the construction of a Greek drama to examine how the ramifications of antique guilt infest our modern conscience, especially in regard to crimes of war and passion. Part three, “Black Recollections,” which premiered as part of Performance Space 122’s 2011COIL festival, was the first section to be staged. “Alas, The Nymphs” exemplifies Jahnke’s exacting stage installations, and emphasizes the environment in which the audience is placed. Sound, movement and video are key to the impact of the script. For more on Jahnke and his work visit
  The program will include a video presentation and an informal discussion. Light refreshments provided. Parking is available across from the Hermitage Artist Retreat with a path to the Palm House, and an elevator is available. For more information, call Sharyn Lonsdale at (941) 475-2098, ext. 5.  
  This program is sponsored by Gerri Aaron, 2015-16 Program Sponsor, and in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes) and The Woman’s Exchange. Our Artist Food Sponsor is The Lock ‘n Key, Englewood, FL.  


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