Performance In Woods Hole Reflects On The Cosmos

Ondine Productions presents “The Spinning Top—Reflexions on the universe” for a dancer (Eugenie Kuffler), a juggler (Allan Moniz) and a physicist (Dennis Schmidt).

Performances will take place on Friday and Saturday, August 29 and 30 at 8 PM at the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street in Woods Hole. Tickets are $12.

The dancer’s movements are inspired by Whirling Dervishes, by the phantasmagoria of what fills “black holes,” by the spinning particles of the nucleus, and by “time arrows.”

The juggler participates in the choreography. He orbits around the dancer while juggling, makes waves with a “poi” and solar flares with a “diabolo” and then takes the stage with cane and bowler hat and expounds on the laws of gravity. The physicist tells the audience of strange times and of his perspectives from physics and dreams.

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Eugenie Kuffler is a musician who combines sound, movement and words in solo works that she has performed in Paris, Helsinki, Madrid and San Francisco. She plays flute, tenor saxophone and sings and improvises with other musicians, mostly in Paris where she has lived since 1967. She has created several radio works for Radio France. Since 1998 she has performed alone or with  local talent at the Woods Hole Community Hall.

Allan Moniz is a juggling performer in the Suspenders, a troupe of tricksters that has toured from Delaware to Maine. Mr. Moniz helped form the group more than 30 years ago. He began his juggling career on the Woods Hole Community Hall stage, playing the part of Shakespeare in the one-act play by George Bernard Shaw, “Dark Lady of the Sonnets.” To the delight of the audience, he delivered a long monologue while juggling three balls. He has been battling gravity ever since.

Dennis Schmidt probes the universe in both its objective and subjective aspects. His background in physics contributed to the development of the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which continues to photograph the cosmos in X-rays. Decades of studying dreams—his own and others’—have found voice in conference presentations and journal articles, productions of the play “Dreaming with an AIDS Patient,” a course in dream studies at Tufts University and a book, “The Call of a Dream.” 

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