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UMO Ensemble: Unidentified Moving Objects
"Put yourself in the way of beauty."
--Bobbi Lambrecht (mother of writer Cheryl Strayed)
UMO Ensemble is a performance company based on Vashon Island in the Pacific Northwest. UMO’s mission is “to stir the human spirit and incite the imagination by providing awe, challenge and inspiration through the original and compelling art that is UMO. We are a theater of connection—to our audience, to the ensemble, to our bodies, to the imagination. We seek the ancient alchemy of live performance, through which thoughts and images under the surface of culture are given voice and form.”
UMO’s mission is to stir the human spirit and incite the imagination by providing awe, challenge and inspiration through the original and compelling
For 25 years, UMO has created over thirty original pieces of physical theater. UMO has performed in schools, theaters and at festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The Kelly Ann Brown Foundation is all about all the things that truly matter: love, kindness, creativity, beauty, joy. Physical arts are joy in motion. Nothing stirs the soul like live theater, opera, and ballet.
UMO’s work will extend beyond performance art in 2016 with new weighty, sobering goals—Executive Director of UMO Elizabeth Klob informed KABF:
“Vashon Island has seen a dramatic increase in teen and adult suicide, rivaling that of any other small town in America. Along with VARSA (Vashon Alliance to Reduce Substance Abuse), an island agency addressing teens in crisis, we hope to develop, over a 3 year period, new options for teens. This is not a band-aid approach. This is an ongoing integrated plan: a teen-advised Youth Initiative, in partnership with Open Space for Arts and Community on Vashon. This plan represents time spent with teens on their terms. A place for them to congregate and do an activity that interests them, with as little or as much interface with a mentor as they desire.”
Nothing is more tragic than a life cut short. KABF wishes all communities like UMO and Pathstar the best success at addressing teen suicide.
Click here for more information on UMO Ensemble.