The Rule of Life is a meditation upon St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi and their Orders of the Lesser Brothers and Poor Sisters. The prosperous tourist economy of the contemporary medieval city of Assisi was made possible by twice-excommunicated Brother Elias who masterminded the construction of the elaborate Basilica dedicated to the humble saint, and then ensured its sacred significance by hijacking the body of St. Francis to entomb it in the basement of the church. Francis, miraculously marked as the first to display the Stigmata, is honored as the most Christ-like of all saints. He and his convert Clare’s rigorous asceticism and devote dedication to “Lady Poverty” was too extreme for all but a few members of their Orders. Both saints suffered many illnesses and early death, most likely due to malnourishment brought on by their extreme mortification of the flesh.
The Rule of Life on Vimeo
Dec. 1-9, 2012 World Premiere, Gallerie de Logge, Assisi, IT
Dec. 11, 2012 U.S. Premiere, Bengal Movie Theater, ISU
The Rule of Life dance video project was made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Idaho Commission on the Arts, Idaho State University College of Arts & Letters, and Dr. Marina Merli of Arte Studio Ginestrelle, Assisi, Italy.
The Rule of Life - live performance
November 11 - 19, 2011
Rogers Black Box Theater
Direction: Joséphine A. Garibaldi and Paul Zmolek
Choreography: The Directors and the Performers
St. Francis: Mychal Lowman
The Lesser Brothers: Matt Austin, Andrew Katseanes, Zac Jelke
The Poor Sisters: Katheryn Birch, Jenna Griffin, Julie Leir-Van Sickle,
The Tourists: Meggan Archey, Koreen Boydstun, Lindsey Dewey,
Anna Kenoyer, Michelle Lowman, Brenna Oliver,
Gretchen Perkins, Shayla Richardson, Monte Wise,