Not Every Mountain
created by Rude Mechs and ensemble
About the workshop performance
This summer the Guthrie is hosting nationally recognized theater collective Rude Mechs in a development residency to present their latest work, Not Every Mountain – a beguiling meditation on change and permanence. Set against the backdrop of a soft-spoken rumination on life, relationships and transience, performers use simple elements like string, cardboard and magnets to make giant mountains slowly shift and grow. With help from the audience, the mountains come alive, the seasons change and the moon makes its way across the sky.
Since 1995, Rude Mechs has created and produced a genre-defying slate of original works in Texas and toured nationally and abroad. Not Every Mountain is the first episode in Perverse Results, the ensemble’s long-form experiment in episodic collaboration.
Not Every Mountain was created in collaboration with the full ensemble. The style, structure, pace and performance were collectively arranged.
What is a development residency?
As part of the Level Nine Series, the Guthrie hosts devising companies like Rude Mechs and The Moving Company who developed Refugia with us last season. During their time at the Guthrie, these companies continue to collaboratively workshop and develop their projects. This process is called a “development residency.” When the artists are ready to share their work with audiences, they hold workshop performances. Unlike staged readings, they include costumes, scenic elements, sound and blocking. However, the piece has not yet reached its final state and is still in development. Much like a playwright drafting a new play, many devising companies work on a piece for several years before calling it final. Not Every Mountain is early in its second year of development.
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About Level Nine
The Guthrie’s Level Nine Series is made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.