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TEVYN EAST PERFORMS LEAPS AND BOUNDS, SEPT. 27

MARLBORO, VT- (September 15, 2010) - The Affording Hope Project and Marlboro College present a free and open to the public performance of Leaps & Bounds at 8:00pm on Monday, September 27 in the Serkin Center Dance Studio.

Leaps and Bounds, a one woman show produced and performed by Tevyn East is touring faith communities and institutions of higher learning across the United States in 2010. Written in collaboration with Ched Myers, renowned biblical scholar and teacher, this show is about the interconnection of faith, ecology, and global economy. Weaving biblical and personal narrative, dance, music, and a touch of economic theory, Leaps and Bounds addresses the driving factors of our ecological crisis while awakening the imagination to a new way of living with and relating to Earth.

Leaps and Bounds has been shared with more than 30 audiences in 23 cities across the country. This fall, the show will tour much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Von Clemons, the pastor of adult education at Myers Park Presbyterian in Charlotte, North Carolina, says that the show "opens the past to critical reflection, the present to prophetic challenge, and the future to new possibilities."

As the daughter of two Presbyterian (USA) ministers, East has spent most of her adult life developing original works of dance-theater as well as teaching dance, organizing workshops and other cultural events in Charlottesville, VA.  While she appears on the stage alone, Leaps and Bounds is the result of a collaboration between many talented individuals. A full list of collaborators, themes and project resources can be found at www.affordinghopeproject.org.

East conceived of Leaps and Bounds while working with the Faith, Economy, Ecology (FEE) Working Group, a DC based coalition of mostly faith-based organizations and individuals, who believe that humanity is being called to radically change its interactions with each other and Earth. Their founding document, "A Call to Integrate Faith, Ecology and the Global Economy", says "We embrace our power and responsibility to create a human economy that fits within Earth's ecological boundaries, more authentically serves human needs and builds community." Resource material from FEE and other faith-based initiatives will be available at each show.

With foot stomping songs, playful humor, daring dance sequences and vulnerable honesty, this show will draw the audience along a compelling journey, and ultimately articulate a hope that we can all share.  Rev Dennis J. Parker, the Campus Minister at Portland State University, suggests "see this magical performance and find yourself laughing, humming and crying; and wanting to understand more about how our faith can inform our vision of the Judeo- Christian story that will move us to action."

This event is made possible by the Lucius Littauer Fund. For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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