The Double Edge Ensemble, led by Stacy Klein, creates original theatrical performances that are imaginative, imagistic, and visceral. These include indoor performances and site-specific indoor/outdoor traveling spectacles, both of which are developed with collaborating visual and music artists in a long term process and presented on the Farm and on national and international tours. Performances awaken spectators to new possibilities of the human heart and mind. They explode past the limits of the stage and landscape with a “flying” aesthetic, a richly sensory, dreamlike storytelling that breaks the conventional boundaries between performer and audience. The prevailing theme of all of DE’s performances are the courage and necessity of the imagination in the progress and sustainability of human life.
Double Edge's performances include the Women’s Cycle (1982-1985); the Song Trilogy (1985-1998); The Garden (of Intimacy and Desire) Cycle (2000- 2009), The Chagall Cycle (2010-2016), The Latin American Cycle (2015-present) and numerous Spectacle performances. Learn more >>
"In 2016, Stacy Klein and her Double Edge Theatre dazzled Peak audiences with their acclaimed, kaleidoscopic "The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century)." They return in 2018 with the world premiere of "Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro," a fantasia on the relationship between two remarkable artists: the Mexican painter, writer and feminist Leonora Carrington and the Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky. Drawing on the music, dance and magic realism of Latin American culture, Double Edge's new project promises to be challenging, provocative and beautiful." Learn more >>
Travis Coe, a DE Associate Ensemble Artist, began working on SUGA in 2016 as he explored the Afro-Caribbean/Latinx history of his family, and their native lands spanning Belize, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. Stacy Klein watched some of Travis’ early creative process and began working in dialogue together with Travis to develop the material and create this performance. It is an investigation of freedom, and the bounds—personal, artistic, societal, and political— one must break through to achieve that end. As a caretaker of a museum of memory, Coe touches/reveals/remixes all the aspects of himself—as Queer, Black, Latino, and American, to find the path to sing, fly, run - toward Freedom. Learn more >>
June 2020 at Leeds Arts University, UK
Leonora’s World is a Living Art Spectacle that invites the audience to journey through the mysterious, magical, whimsical paintings of Leonora Carrington. Leonora's paintings are brought to life in the fields, gardens, stream, and pond of Double Edge's Farm Center. The performance includes an indoor vision of Carrington's boundless painting The House Opposite in song and setting, and then travels into a moonlit discovery of dimensions moving from ancient terrain to the arctic.
We The People
We The People
We The People intersects art, culture, and democracy and has its roots in Double Edge’s thirty-six year question of what makes up identity. What are the paradoxes, the stories, the dreams that make up a human being, a community, a society? In We The People, the audience will experience the beauty of the hills, pastures, and gardens of the Farm surrounded by music and flight, weaving through different paths toward a culminating grand scene. Learn more >>
"In these times of national discord, the weekend’s events symbolized the history of productive and effective community action in politics and the arts and offered optimism for our future." ~ David Kulp, The Ashfield News
Grown directly from the theatre’s questions about the roots of identity, the Ashfield Town Spectacle extended this search to include the whole community through a kaleidoscope of history, art, and spectacle. Learn more >>
The Latin American Cycle
Inspired by Argentine and other Latino stories, the performance follows a traveler (Carlos Uriona) who returns to his hometown of Agua Santa after many years. The story reflects an increasingly universal situation in which ‘progress’ displaces people, in this case causing a flood. It is a story of memory, culture, and song. Learn more >>
The Latin American Spectacle is now traveling to different locations, recreated based on material from Once a Blue Moon. Along with the DE Ensemble are renowned Argentine musicians Manuel Uriona (Bersuit Vergarabat) and Micaela Farias Gomez (Santadiabla), and also youth performers. Learn more >>
Touring and Engagement
The Double Edge Ensemble has toured since 1985 to a wide spectrum of sites, including churches and synagogues in Central Europe, a citadel in Norway, parks and city centers in the US, as well as acclaimed venues in the US and worldwide. With both indoor and outdoor performances, Double Edge engages community partners such as universities, galleries, community arts centers, and public spaces in towns and cities.