Friday, July 22, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Performance and installation at Goddard, by Dana Heffern, Plainfield


an evening of performative dining and installation art.

Goddard MFA student Dana Heffern presents Antidote, an evening of performative dining and installation art that brings to the table the concept of proper dinner behavior and looks at the questions: Is it okay for a diseased person to perform medical procedures in front of people eating, and in front of the public in general? The situation will ask the performers, guests, and viewers to examine their ideas of "right" and "wrong" as well as the "good" and "bad" of the event, challenging the criteria of conduct around food and public display, medicine and sickness. The event will highlight and make visible the private experience of living and eating as a Type 1 diabetic.

The artist will also address the environmental impact of non-recyclable medical supplies that Type 1 patients use through her visual bricolage artwork as part of this installation.

Location: Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, Vermont.

When: Tuesday July 26th 7:30-9:30 pm.

About the Artist

Dana Heffern has been working as a decorative painter, interior designer, and Broadway scenic artist in New York City for over a decade. She has either painted or lead the painting crews responsible for many of the top selling and Tony awarded scenery on Broadway today. Shows such as Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spring Awakening, The Lion King, The Color Purple, and Mamma Mia. She has recently moved with her husband to the Burlington area where she is currently working towards her MFA at Goddard College. A United Way 2010 ‘Hometown Hero’ nominee through Spectrum Youth and Family Services, she is working with her mentee and offering guidance as a mentor. Dana is excited about teaching workshops she is involved in at both the BCA and the Flynn Arts.