The Excelsior Building was all set to become the latest in luxury loft living- then the market crashed….
And like so often happens, artists helped transform the space into a new reality. For the past year or so artist/entrepreneur Mike Elsass has been leading the charge to use the amazing open floor plan and window infused walls as a creative space. The Elxelsior is gaining quite a reputation for hosting innovative works of art in the Oregon District.
This weekend the building will be alive with multiple presentations.
The first floor will play host to the debut of Dayton latest theater group:
Serve Enhance Engage Dare = SEED
The above action statement for this newly formed theater group should be enough to tell you that this group plans to do things differently. Adam Leigh, co-founder and Executive Artisitic Director of the The SEED Theatre project wants to “utilize theater as a transformative agent” for individuals and the community, Leigh said. Leigh is no stranger to Dayton theater, having taught the art at Stivers and Wright State and was formerly the director of the Dayton Playhouse.
This weekend we’ll get a chance to see what they are all about as they debut their first show, a one man play: Circumference of a Squirrel – a riff with an inner tube by John Walch. Playing Nov 6 & 7 at 8pm.
The snyopsis: Meet Chester, a young man with many obsessions: his father, his mother, his ex-wife, the virology of rabies, and most importantly… squirrels.
The production will feature Resident Artist Alex Carmichal as “Chester” and all other roles necessary to bring this story to life.
On the same night the second floor will be hosting the sophomore presentation of Pecha Kucha – a phenomenon that’s spreading across the globe. It started in Tokyo and is now held in hundreds of cities worldwide. It’s a way for designers and other creatives to present and discuss their work, their hobby or their passion in 6 minutes and 40 seconds (20 slides – 20 seconds each). Limiting the presentations to this format keeps the presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to share their ideas.
Before and after the presentations (sometimes during), you mingle, nosh and chit chat during musical interludes. At least eight local presenters are planned including architects, an interior designer, an urban planner, artists, a graphic designer and more.
Friday, Nov 6th at 7:00 – 11:00 PM The cost is $20 at the door.
RSVP to [email protected].
Topping things off on the third floor Space11 will host the opening reception for Show 3: Horizon, a multi-media event featuring New York artist William Lamson and new works with Dayton’s own Ian Breidenbach, Landon Crowell, and Ryan McCullough.
Friday Nov 6, 2009 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM