Soaked (to the skin)
directed by Jeanette Plourde and created with the company
Soaked (to the skin), a site-specific piece directed by Jeanette Plourde and created with the company, will premiere at the Ebb & Flow Festival. The internationally-trained theatre director has been working with a multi-disciplinary company of performers, musicians, artists, and ordinary folks to create this vital new work exploring the connection between water and human life. How do we perceive it? How do we experience it? What meaning do we find in the struggle and celebration of life?
RUNNING TIME: approx. 50 minutes
LOCATION: On the levee, at the entrance to City Dock.
WHAT IF IT IS RAINING? Please don’t forget your raincoat.
There will be some chairs for seating. Audience is welcome to bring a portable chair. There will be plenty of room for sitting on the dock and standing.
Jeanette Plourde – Teaching and Performing Artist / Theatre Director
Based in Brooklyn prior to Baton Rouge, Jeanette Plourde creates physically-driven theatre and experimental performance as a director, performer, and devisor. She is particularly interested in the intersection of theatre and movement, and her work often challenges rigid distinctions between them. Jeanette studied at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, trained with SITI Company in New York, and was a participant in the La MaMa International Symposium for Directors in Umbria, Italy. She received her BA from Yale University, and her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Jeanette recently created and directed two full-length, site-specific pieces, YOU’RE LOOKING GOOD (CABIN PRESSURE), and WE’RE ALMOST HERE: HIGH VISCOSITY, both commissioned by the Great Plains Theatre Festival in Omaha, Nebraska. Recent devised performance in Baton Rouge includes pieces for Ten Tiny DancesÒ and the BR Blender, as well as a solo piece, 3 ROOMS, at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Recent performance in New York City includes the premiere of Erik Ehn's play-with-puppets THE ARCHITECTURE OF GREAT CATHEDRALS, and VOYAGE (UN)TAKEN, a devised piece inspired by a short story by Virginia Woolf. As a director, Jeanette has staged physically-driven versions of Brecht’s ST JOAN OF THE STOCKYARDS, Ibsen’s PEER GYNT, and Shakespeare’s MACBETH (with an all-female ensemble). As a puppetry director, Jeanette has created Bunraku-style puppetry pieces including LA CIENEGA and BOTTOM OF THE MOUFFE’. Earlier in her career, Jeanette was a member of the artistic staff of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, under the leadership of Doug Hughes.
In association with Baton Rouge’s Manship Theatre, Jeanette developed The Shakespeare Project, a series of intensive Shakespeare performance workshops within the East Baton Rouge Juvenile Detention Center.
A current Arts Council and Manship Theatre Teaching Artist, Jeanette has taught theatre and dance arts integration residencies in elementary, middle, and high schools within the greater East Baton Rouge area. Jeanette is currently developing a new, site-derived performance for the Arts Council’s EBB & FLOW Arts Festival on April 1-2, 2017.
Jeanette lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, a professor at LSU. They are honored to be parents of their five-year-old daughter, who joined the family from her birth country of Ethiopia in 2012.