Eliza Jane Schneider Unveils Transformative Performance: Blue Girl and the Burning Bushes

Portland, Oregon – Renowned solo performer Eliza Jane Schneider is set to dazzle audiences with her upcoming performance of “Blue Girl and the Burning Bushes.” A lifelong advocate for social change through art, Eliza’s journey in the performing arts has been nurtured by platforms like Fertile Ground, where she first debuted her groundbreaking performance of “Displaced, Detained, Discovered.” Now, she’s pulling out all the stops to draw attention to pressing issues like the climate crisis and collective transcendence.

“Blue Girl and the Burning Bushes” is not your average show – it’s a science-fiction circus rave opera that delves into the return of the goddess to help save humanity and Mother Earth. In this enhanced staged reading, featuring a brand new libretto and score, Blue Girl is reunited with her freshly embodied Burning Bushes: an early Burning Man-born band of supernatural fire-dancing aerialist Pleiadian sister goddesses representing seven chakras and continents. The lines between performer and spectator begin to slip along with the power of dominator culture and the patriarchal locus of control, in this transformative interactive theatrical event. 

Eliza’s goal with this performance spectacle is nothing short of transformative – she aims to save the world, inspire compassion, and ignite a sense of urgency among audiences.

Eliza’s involvement with Blue Girl dates back to Burning Man, 1994 where she was collaborating with various artists that inspired and brought her back to Portland. 30 years later, the development process for “Blue Girl” is still a collaborative effort in the Portland arts scene with JaJa Circus. Headed by world class clown, Mariano Di Yorio, JaJa Circus brings together Oregon artists from diverse backgrounds, including dancer/choreographers, vocalists, musicians, puppeteers, visual/digital artists, circus performers, and burlesque artists. 

Don’t miss the chance to observe the half-human-half-goddess-violin-shredding-pop-star and superheroine, return to the third dimension, aka Earth, to determine if we’re a species worthy of saving.

Four shows ONLY, at JaJaCircus, 819 SE Taylor St., Portland Oregon, 97214: 

A sneak preview of the adult show on 4-13-2024 at 10 PM 

Special all-ages preview on 4-14-2024 at 6:30 PM 

The official full Staged Reading on 4-20-2024 (a numeric palindrome!) at 8pm. 

There will be opportunities to interact with the artists at the VIP post show party on April 20th.

A final all ages show on 4-21-2024 at 6:30 PM …before Blue Girl disappears back into the ether.

Purchase tickets now at Wannago?: https://wannago.show/shop/wa/event?id=77&k=nv8y9qu951gv047n2cbj14eidd0897&e=WNGEvent 

A percentage of the profits made from ticket sales will be going to Greenpeace and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

“Blue Girl” is more than just a show – it’s a vision of collective divinity inspired by Eliza’s deep roots in the Portland arts scene. Drawing on her experiences and connections within the community, Eliza aims to harness the energy of each artist’s identity and craft to create a truly transformative experience for audiences while simultaneously supporting these artists’ livelihood. 

For more information on the show visit https://www.patreon.com/elizajaneschneider

For media inquiries, interviews, or press passes, please contact Gabrielle Lask at Gabrielle.lask@otterpr.com or Eboni Lovell marketing@portlandtheatre.com

About Vox Pop Entertainment Founder, Eliza Jane Schneider:

Eliza Jane Schneider, an acclaimed voice artist best known for voicing the female population of Comedy Central’s South Park, activist, musician, playwright, entrepreneur, writer, producer, dialectologist, and celebrity coach, brings over three decades of experience in the entertainment industry to the Portland performance art scene. As the Founder of Vox Pop Entertainment, she has produced a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) sponsored series of solo plays, focusing on the Voices of the People: Freedom of Speech, Sounds of Silence: A Documentary Puppet Musical Farce about the 2004 Elections in Ohio, and Displaced, Detained, Discovered, a conversation between a busker and international women experiencing houselessness, ultimately elevating the voices of detained moms held at Portland’s ICE building. That show was commissioned, developed and premiered as part of Fertile Ground 2017 and 2019. As CEO of Competitive Edge Voice Training, Schneider has been instrumental in helping actors find their unique character voices and break into the world of animation and video games through her online school. Her passion for dialects and accents led her to travel six continents, recording thousands of people speaking English in their native dialects for her extensive Dialect Database. As a committed activist, she’s devoted to preserving dialects and amplifying the voices of underserved communities. Beyond her career, Eliza’s love for music shines as she plays Zydeco fiddle in the band “Lucky Beaucoup.” Eliza’s journey of curiosity and exploration has led to the development of the epic upcoming “Freedom of Speech” podcast, where she will take audiences on a global voyage to give voice to people from diverse backgrounds, bridging cultures, and sharing the stories of those who’ve been unheard.

JaJa Circus Founder and Blue Girl Co-Producer/Co-Director Mariano Di Yorio

Born in Argentina in 1979, Mariano co-founded the first urban social circus school in Buenos Aires, “Trivenchi,” 2001, providing shelter, professional circus training, and a sense of purpose to indigent youth with no other hope, and building a strong community of professional artists. He was later discovered and brought to North America by Cirque du Soleil in 2008. He performed with Cirque until 2017 in “Believe” with Crisis Angel.  In Argentina, he worked in circus production, venue event planning, as a comic actor, clown and juggler.  

Fertile Ground

Fertile Ground is a 10-day, city-wide festival highlighting new work from Portland’s creative community in myriad art forms and offering dozens of Portland-generated “acts of creation” for audiences to experience each year. Where other new works festivals are typically curated by one entity, this festival is collaboratively shaped by community participation, uplifting a variety of aesthetic voices.  Projects can range from fully staged world premieres, to theatrical workshops and play readings, to ensemble, multidisciplinary and collaboration-driven work, to a variety of dance, comedy, film events and more.  Unlike a typical fringe festival, Fertile Ground features the new work of our LOCAL artists, performers, and resident theatre companies, ensuring that the artistic and financial benefits of the festival stay in Portland.  After a year of strategic hiatus, PATA is presenting the first in-person Fertile Ground Festival of New Works since 2020.  April 12-21, 2024.

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