Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Website Launched!

Please go to, the new website of Louise Runyon Performance Company, for all future news of Louise's arts activities!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Louise Runyon Performance Company presents
Language / Listening
- an evening of dance, poetry and music -
Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22, 8 p.m.
(Pre-Show Music at 7:45 p.m.!)
Beacon Hill Arts Center Studio Theatre
410 W. Trinity Place, Decatur
Tickets are $10, available at the door
Scroll down for directions; for video preview:

"Runyon is an artistic force to be reckoned with, a woman of substance." Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dancers Louise Runyon and Tom Bell will be joined by poet Alice Lovelace and the all-women's West African drumming group, ConunDrums. Themes include drivenness and connection, the mother/daughter relationship, evolution and the natural world, and gardening peace. Presented in partnership with Decatur Organic Farmers Market - Come share a Fall Harvest Cornucopia!

From the entrance to the Decatur MARTA Station on Church Street: Go south on Church Street (towards Agnes Scott College); turn R at the first light onto Trinity Place. Beacon Hill will be several blocks down on the L, just before the railroad overpass. Entrance is in the FRONT of the building! Look for Christmas lights marking the entrance to the theatre. Wheelchair access is up the ramp and through the stage door; all others enter through the theatre door, a little further downhill. Beacon Hill Arts Center shares a building with the Decatur Police Station; Beacon occupies the L-hand side of the building. Free parking on the street or in the parking lot on the NE corner of Trinity Place and Swanton Way, just east of Beacon.

This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. It is also supported in part by appropriations from DeKalb County Board of Commissioners and DeKalb County Office of Arts, Culture & Entertainment, and by Poets & Writers,Inc.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

New Praise for Poetry Book!
LANDSCAPE / Fear & Love - what a treasure!
-- Daniel Berrigan
Poet, Activist and Priest

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Louise Runyon Poetry ReadingSunday, June 29, 8 p.m.
Java Monkey Speaks
Java Monkey Coffee House
425 Church Street
Decatur, GA 30033

(Java Monkey is located just across Church Street from the Decatur MARTA station. Look for street parking.)

On Sunday, June 29, Louise will be the featured poet at Java Monkey Speaks in downtown Decatur. She will read from her new book, LANDSCAPE / Fear & Love; from her old book, Reborn; and fromher upcoming book, The Clearing. For ordering info, sample poems and reviews, please scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page + click on "Older Posts."

At Java Monkey Speaks, now in its 7th year of weekly open mic with a featured poet, dynamic spoken word artists share the stage with studied poets in a mix which is outrageous, funny, moving and surprising. The open mic will start at 8 p.m. (come early to sign up), and Louise's feature will start sometime after 9 p.m.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Dance Performance!
Louise Runyon & Tom Bell
May 23 and 24 • 8 pm
Decatur Arts Festival - Breaking New Ground
Beacon Hill Arts Center

Presented by Beacon Dance

Louise Runyon and Tom Bell will perform their new duet, "Unseated," about drivenness and connection.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Dance Performance May 4
Louise Runyon will present two new works!
Sunday, May 4, 5 p.m.
Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Emory University
Louise Runyon will present two new dance pieces, a solo called "Garden Peace" and a duet with Tom Bell called "Unseated."

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Alice Lovelace & Louise Runyon, Revisited!
Poetry Reading plus Discussion:
The Arts and Activism
Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Charis Books & More
Louise Runyon and Alice Lovelace first performed together 27 years ago in a dance/poetry show they created called Women at Work. These veteran Atlanta artists have recently re-teamed; join them as they perform their work and entertain questions/answers/ discussion on their evolution as artists and activists!

Lovelace, known as Atlanta’s “grandmother of performance poetry,” has played leadership roles in the Southern Collective of African-American Writers, Neighborhood Arts Center, Alternate Roots and the Arts Exchange, and was lead organizer of the first-ever United States Social Forum, held in Atlanta this past summer ( Runyon, the first woman to work at Atlantic Steel since WWII, began her arts career writing and choreographing about the steel plant. A dancer as well as poet, Runyon is Artistic Director of Louise Runyon Performance Company.
Lovelace is known primarily as a political poet and Runyon as a personal poet, but both have deep roots in the arts and activism. Both poets explore the mother/daughter relationship but from very different family situations and cultures. Runyon will sign her new book, LANDSCAPE / Fear & Love and will also read from her children’s book, Petunias In The Window, the true story of her mother’s 42-year struggle to save her New York apartment building from demolition.

Scroll down for more info about Runyon's LANDSCAPE / Fear & Love, including sample poems, reviews and info on how to order!