Sight of Hand
   with the St.Paul Saints (minor league baseball team)
August 15, 1:05pm, CHS Field, St. Paul

CHS Field photo.jpeg

Baseball and art? The St. Paul Saints’ CHS Field is located smack-dab in the middle of the Lowertown arts district. Leave it to composer Mary Ellen Childs – who specializes in percussive work – to find the musicality IN baseball. With her project, Sight of Hand, performers turn baseball coaching signals into percussive rhythms, then clapping games and even hamboning.

On August 15 performers from the CRASH percussion ensemble and Flying Foot Forum percussive dance company appear live at the Saints baseball game, performing snippets of Sight of Hand in the stands. A four-person film crew will be filming a high-energy music-video. 

Using an actual Saints game as a backdrop, the music-video will intercut virtuosic percussion performance (executing rhythmic baseball signals) with real-life baseball signals from Saints coaches, real baseball plays and a live crowd cheering them on! 

Join us at the game and be part of our music-video!

Can't come to the game? Watch our live-stream via our Facebook page.
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Artistic Director/Composer: Mary Ellen Childs
Video Director: Caitlin Hammel
         Heather Barringer
         Erik Barsness
         Michael Holland
         Peter O’Gorman
         Eric Sundeen
         Joe Chvala
         Karla Grotting
Camera: Caitlin Hammel, Jerry Nelson, Mike Rivard, and V. Paul Virtucio
Documentary camera: Sarah Abdel-Jelil
Costumes: Angie Vo
Project Administrator: Dana Kassel
St. Paul Saints Music Director: Andrew Crowley

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
          CRASH is the recipient of a Knight Arts Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
          This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.
St. Paul Cultural STAR program



October 2015
Havana International Theater Festival
Trianon Theater

CRASH performed in CUBA at the invitation of the Havana International Theater Festival in October 2015. Founded in 1980, and presented biennially, the festival fills Cuba's theaters and cultural spaces with a fusion of theatre, dance and music by artists from around the world. Presented by the National Council for the Performing Arts and the Ministry of Culture, the featured artists from Cuba, South America, the United States, and Europe. Here are some photos from our trip and performance.