Sleeping on Rooftops
Sally Ann Morgan (solo set)
Wednesday May 9th 7pm doors at 6:30pm
Sleeping on Rooftops, a collaborative work of spoken word, dance and experimental cello music, follows the model of the hero’s journey, as explained by mythologist Joseph Campbell. The story is of a young woman who ventures into the world for the first time. The piece was inspired by the collaborations of Black Mountain College artists M.C. Richards, Merce Cunningham and John Cage, and their collective foray into the source of creativity, and it debuted at the 2018 ReHappening.
Performed by: Alli Marshall (spoken word), Sharon Cooper and Coco Palmer Dolce (dance), and Melissa Hyman (cello).
Alli Marshall is a poet, fiction writer, and performer. She’s the author of the 2015 novel “How to Talk to Rockstars” and the 2017 chapbook “It All Comes Rushing Back,” as well as a number of zines. She’s a member of the Flatiron Writers and the spoken word troupe Literary Circus, and the arts editor at alternative newsweekly Mountain Xpress. She won the 2018 Ramsey Library Community Author Award, the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize (judged by Ron Rash) for her short story, “Catching Out.” Alli is interested in moving writing beyond the page, seeking the golden in the mundane, finding the intersection of art and social justice, and reconnecting with mythology — both ancient and modern.
Melissa Hyman is an Asheville-based cellist, singer and songwriter. She tours and performs locally with her husband in the duo The Moon and You; she is also a proud member of Cowboy Judy (formerly known as Sweet Claudette), the Southeast's premier Country/Motown supergroup. When not on the road, Melissa can be found teaching music at Mission Children's Hospital through Arts For Life, and coordinating the children's program at the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College.
Sharon Cooper began dancing at age 5 at Art-Is-House in Winston-Salem. She later attended the N.C. School of the Arts afterschool preparatory program followed by two years of high school in the modern dance program there. Sharon received her BA in dance from UNC Charlotte in 2000. She has been a longtime dancer and choreographer with Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre in Asheville, performing and touring regionally and internationally. In 2016, Cooper, along with four other local dancers, founded Accidentals Asheville, an improvisational movement and dance group, preferring to perform in unconventional places such as bowling alleys and hair salons. In addition to ACDT and Accidentals, Sharon enjoys working as a guest with other artists in the community.
Coco Palmer Dolce is an actor, singer, dancer, teaching artist, choreographer and professional arts administrator. She worked locally, regionally and globally with Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, with whom some of her favorite roles were Sor Juana Inez De La Cruz in “The Tenth Muse,” Frida Kahlo in “Looking for Frida / Viva La Vida” and Zelda Fitzgerald in “Zelda.” She choreographed the evening-length work “Shattered a Transformation” in the Spring of 2007. She teaches and choreographs for Asheville Community Theatre and Ira B. Jones Elementary and has previously done the same for Emmanuel Lutheran School and Rainbow Community School. She manages ticketing for Diana Wortham Theatre and is excited to be part of its transformation into the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. She lives in Asheville with her husband, son and their two cats.