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The Middle Tell is a shadow-puppet performance created by Johanna Winters chronicling a trio of female bards as they reluctantly surrender to a deteriorating condition. These middle women reveal their story through a muted language of hinging limbs and dousing light. Suspended in a time that is both passing and returning, sustaining and releasing, the middle women hover in a state of hesitation between undoing their youth and summoning the process of aging. They are neither bitter nor tolerant of their inevitable decline – they tepidly hinge against and toward it.

Puppeteering assistance from Olivia Hernández, Alicia Kelly, and Anne Luben. Music and sound design by Jeff Stolz.
Johanna Winters

Johanna Winters is the current Printmaking Artist-in-Residence at the Lawrence Arts Center. Johanna received her MFA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and was the 2017-18 recipient of the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences Thomas Fellowship. She has taught printmaking as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and recently completed a residency at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, Poland. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.


September 21, 2018
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire St
Lawrence, KS 66044 United States