For more information contact Jen Berger at

The Salmagundi: A Stage Where Change Takes Place

Call for Artist Participation in Catastrophe

Dancers, musicians, poets, actors, filmmakers, playwrights,
puppeteers, and all performance artists are invited to submit a
theme-related performance for the September 10, 2011 Variety Show
focused on:


1. a sudden and widespread disaster: the catastrophe of war.
2. any misfortune, mishap, or failure; fiasco: The play was so poor
our whole evening was a catastrophe.
3. a final event or conclusion, usually an unfortunate one; a
disastrous end: the great catastrophe of the Old South at Appomattox.
4. (in a drama) the point at which the circumstances overcome the
central motive, introducing the close or conclusion; dénouement.
Compare catastasis, epitasis, protasis.
5. Geology. a sudden, violent disturbance, especially of a part of the
surface of the earth; cataclysm.

In the last few year we have seen the increasingly devastating effects
of climate change and human greed on the world. Both our planet and
the people populating it are experiencing and responding to these

The official death toll from the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami
on March 11, 2011, in Fukushima Japan, stands at 12,344, with more
than 15,000 people still unaccounted for and varied statistics about
future health issues related to exposure to nuclear waste.

In 2011, the flooding from the Mississippi River and the flooding in
Vermont has had catastrophic effects on surrounding residents, both
health and financial.

The BP oil spill on April 20, 2010 killed thousands of animals and sea
plants and cost the residents in the Gulf Coast area millions of
dollars in lost revenue.

The earthquake in Haiti left on January 12, 2010 left an estimated
three million people affected. The Haitian government reported that an
estimated 316,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured and
1,000,000 made homeless.

The after effects of the events of September 11, 2001 have created
hundreds of thousands of international deaths and wounded military and
civilians, in addition to trillions of dollars in military spending,
and two continuing wars.

All of these have cost millions upon trillions of dollars and the U.S.
is in the worst economic state since the great depression. We are
experiencing CATASTROPHE.

If you are a dancer, musician, poet, actor, filmmaker, playwright,
puppeteer, or any other form of performance artist, I invite you to
submit a piece you have–or create a new piece–responding to this
theme to be performed in Salmagundi's next Performance Art Variety
Show on September 10 at the Off Center for Dramatic Arts in
Burlington, Vermont.

Please contact Jen Berger at for more information,
with questions or to submit your piece. Submissions are due by
Saturday, August 27. Note: not all submissions can be accepted into
the show. Please e-mail for more information.

All proceeds will be donated to a local organization(s) doing flood
relief work in Burlington, Vermont.

Salmagundi: A Stage Where Change Takes Place is a series of variety
shows that are fundraisers for community based non-profits. Each show
has a theme for its content and fundraising recipients.

"Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to
shape it." –Bertolt Brecht