Meet Zoe Aqua & Between the Threads

Photos by Emily Hewitt. (emilyhewittphotography.com)
Name:  Zoe Aqua
Tell us about you. 
I’m a violinist and composer based in Brooklyn. My specialty is klezmer and Eastern-European music, although I perform in a number of other genres as well.
Tell us about your current project? 
“Between the Threads” is a devised theater piece built from the family stories and musings of 5 Jewish women actors as well as director Coral Cohen. I’m contributing original music using a loop/ effect pedals to build textures with my solo violin. Some parts are influenced by klezmer, some by Mizrachi (Middle Eastern Jewish) music, and other parts are more influenced by minimalist and electronic music. It’s my first time using a loop pedal so that is a fun and exciting thing for me! And the actors are very thoughtful and creative– it has been interesting to see how this piece has come together.
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production? 
We’re at HERE Arts Center in Soho, in the smaller theater underground. The space is a good fit because we’re performing an intimate piece based on family histories, some engaging with trauma. It’s powerful to able to see the audience react as they travel with us through the piece.
What’s next for you? 
Working on original music for 2 projects that I co-lead, Tsibele (https://tsibele.bandcamp.com/releases) and Farnakht (https://farnakht.bandcamp.com/releases). Also, I will be performing with amazing dancer/choreographer Joya Powell in the upcoming Estrogenius Festival on March 15 and 16.
What is the name of the last show you saw?
JOAN, at HERE Arts Center! It’s great, I recommend it.
Any advice for your peers?
Keep supportive friends and colleagues close who can help you push push PUSH through the challenge of working as an artist! Because it is a challenge, and artists need networks of support to survive and thrive.

Show Information: 

When: Through Feb 10
Where: HERE Arts Center at145 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013
Tickets:  http://here.org/shows/detail/2038/; /https://www.facebook.com/jewishwomenproject/

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