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Make Me Out of Clay

Ella-Gabriel Mason

Theater, Dance, Immersive/Interactive Experience, Storytelling


A dancer transforms into a golem - a supernatural vigilante made of riverbed clay - tasked with protecting the most vulnerable. In Make Me Out of Clay, 30-something Jewish enby, Ella-Gabriel, draws on Jewish folklore to reckon with violence and colonialism, past and present. Through movement, text, and ritual they grapple with their great-grandfather's role in settling Jewish refugees on stolen land and reconsider the definitions of strength and survival handed down from the previous generation.

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Run Time: 60 mins
Ticket Price: $25
Venue: MAAS Building Studio Dates: September 17, 2023 - September 19, 2023

September 17, 2023 6.30pm

1320 N 5th St

General Admission: $25

PWYC Options

September 19, 2023 9.30pm

1320 N 5th St

General Admission: $25

PWYC Options

About the Artist

Ella-Gabriel Mason (they/them)

An artmaker, educator and bodyworker, they combine rigorous academic research with lived experience, words with dance, brain with body, living in the tension between ways of knowing and methods of being. Over the past decade Mason has created 9 evening-length performance works and a number of installations, video pieces, and short movement works. They have been granted residencies at Future Tenant Gallery (PGH) and Pearlarts Studios (PGH), and their works have been presented at the New Hazlett
Theater (PGH), Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (PGH), vox populi (PHL), wild project (NYC), WOW Café Theater (NYC), and BAAD! (NYC). Mason has received grants from the Heinz Endowments, PA Council on the Arts, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. As an MFA candidate at Temple University they received the competitive Thesis Completion Grant, the Vice Provost Student Research & Creativity Grant, and the Dance Department Film Award. Mason is currently an instructor at Temple University where they have taught composition, improvisation, and
dance science and somatics. In addition to their work as a creator and performer, Mason is a licensed massage therapist specializing in trauma-sensitive bodywork.

  • Bronwen MullinComposer
  • Ella-Gabriel MasonPerformer
  • Choreographer
  • Writer
  • Zoe FarnsworthPerformer
  • Collaborator

Accessibility & Content Considerations

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This event is appropriate for ages 18+


Audience Interaction

Discussion of anti-semitic and colonial violence

Covid-19 Safety policy

Masks are required during this event


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