Entries in uganda (4)


Performance & Talk - Greeley Creative District

I was honored to be invited to perform and speak for a group of community members in Greeley some weeks ago in celebration of the city's creative district. I began with a performance of Slum Story, a spoken word piece and photo slideshow that questions the ethics of aid work in the Kisenyi slum in Kampala, Uganda. 

Slum Story

I then gave a talk that expands on the themes outlined in the poem. When working as a guest in a marginalized community, how can we stay fluid in the face of uncertainty? How can we redefine success to allow us to rebound from our perceived mistakes? How can use our critical thinking as a springboard to take some critical action?

Critical Action: Staying Fluid in the Face of Uncertainty

Thank you to the wonderful and gracious staff of the City of Greeley for your help organizing this inspiring event and for recording the content so professionally. I wish you luck with your growing creative district, and I hope to return to Greeley soon!


The 33rd Hour

We are 33 hours into our trip home from Uganda. Pavel and I have touched down in Minneapolis for one last layover - our sixth city since we left Kampala yesterday. Shawn is somewhere in the sky en route to Los Angeles, and Denver still seems impossibly far away. The snow outside this plane window is fake, staged for dramatic impact. In a moment I'll wake up, and Kenny will be cutting a pineapple. Edith will be poaching eggs, and Joan and Esther will peel carrots and shred cabbage. We'll gather in the kitchen to pray, and Mary will say "Friends, humble yourselves...."


Upcoming LA Show - Art & Gratitude

I'm proud to be involved with an exciting evening featuring art and performances to benefit UgandaProject (UP), an organization that is very dear to my heart. UP provides free education, housing, mentoring, and basic needs to students who have been orphaned, many due to the AIDS epidemic. I first traveled to the village of Ndejje outside of Kampala in May of 2010, and I am thrilled to be returning this coming January to continue building friendships with the students I met there a year and a half ago. This art show in Los Angeles will hopefully help raise the necessary funds to keep our students in school and well cared for. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to share our students' stories with the LA community: with a performance by Broadway star Shoshana Bean and sponsored by actress Abigail Spencer, it promises to be a star-studded evening!


Good Grief Opens at PlatteForum

For the past eight weeks I've been the artist-in-residence at PlatteForum in the Riverfront neighborhood of downtown Denver. My show Good Grief runs this Thursday and Friday nights. Come check it out!

Hot off the Press Release:

Good Grief is a one-woman performance and exhibit Andrea created in response to the death of her father four years ago.  The material reflects on personal and cultural perceptions of grief with a particular emphasis on the pressure in American culture to make sense of loss and rebound quickly. Andrea stretches this notion to its extreme, using graphs, numerical data, and information batching to visually quantify an experience that defies linear expression.  She also employs performance poetry and storytelling to connect the dots and give context to the visual art.
Andrea’s creative process mirrors her own grief experience: in the moment, the work is reactionary, disconnected, and responsive.  Only in hindsight is it possible to make “sense” of the journey and isolate themes and through lines. The writing and performance explore two main tensions – our infinite desires cannot be satisfied by finite resources, and grief flares when our core assumptions and expectations are replaced by reality.  The work is bolstered by photographs exploring these themes, including portraits of children in Uganda who have been orphaned, primarily by AIDS, as well as portraits of Andrea’s father in the final days of his illness and of his body after his passing.
During her residency, Andrea led an intense series of poetry workshops with eleven amazing teens from Joan Farley Academy. The workshops guided the teenagers in developing, editing, and performing their own slam poems.



Thursday, March 3 and Friday March 4

6 - 8:30pm

Slam Poetry by Joan Farley Academy students at 6:30

Good Grief by Andrea Moore at 7:00


Visual art exhibition continues through March 25, 2011

Monday-Friday, noon - 4:00 pm or by appointment, 303.893-0791