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ITH A BACK POCKET filled with original, avant-garde performance pieces, Gary Perrine, progenitor of Cangue League and Cangue League


Orchestra, happened upon Dog Story Theatre. “There weren’t a lot of small theatres, or


any for that matter, [in] downtown [Grand Rapids],” Perrine said. “I had heard about Dog Story over there on Leonard. I never went over there. One day I was walking down Jefferson and there it was. Not even having seen the inside of the space, I could tell…” The intimate, black box theatre became


an impetus. And thus began a series of “yeses” that gave birth to Perrine’s patient brainchild. He first approached musician Mike Saunders and artist and percussionist Hugo Claudin. Josh Dunigan, sound and light wrangler and Katherine Marty, poet and performance artist also joined the ranks. The debut show, Flowers, came together


with loosely connected, cabaret-style acts that could stand alone. Each performance piece was individual but stemmed from a central theme. “I was energized after our first show,


where the goal was to find out if anyone was interested in avant-garde shows and it turned out the answer was yes,” Perrine said. This month, Cangue


League is back with its sopho- more production, Revolutions. “A lot of people think of


by Audria Larsen | audria@revuewm.com


Perrine and his fellow Cangue Leaguers


found inspiration in tangible current events as well as abstract offshoots of social upheaval. “When we came up with the general title,


CANGUE LEAGUE: REVOLUTIONS Dog Story Theater, Grand Rapids Sept. 22-23, 7:30 p.m.; $10 dogstorytheater.com, (616) 894-1252


[revolution] as the overthrow of the government,” Perrine said. “But it has a couple other meanings, and so the other meanings as well as governmental change will be represented.”


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Enjoy the ritziest food fight ever at The B.O.B. Teams of 10 bloodthirsty folks who don’t mind squandering the remainder of this season’s tomatoes will pummel each other with the juicy red foodstuff in the name of glory. Witness city-approved chaos and enjoy live music, as well as food meant to actually eat and not strategically play with.


Philippine Madrigal Singers GR Public Museum; Sept. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m. grmuseum.org, (616) 456-3977


Get a dose of award-winning culture when The Philippine Madrigal Singers serenade Grand Rapids. Hailing from Manila, Philippines, the singers are renowned for their talent, competing across the world since the late 1960s and bagging prestigious prizes. Described as


“polyphonic,” the musical style originated at social banquets, leading to its current incarnation where the choir sings while seated without the benefit of a conductor.


everything was happening [in the Middle East]. I want people to remember that it’s not necessarily good that change happens … forced change can have a negative effect.” Revolutions is set to be


more participatory than the first event, Flowers. However, the details of the participa- tion will be revealed live and on stage over the course of two nights. Audiences can expect to experience myriad


art forms like soundscapes by the Cangue League Orchestra, comprised of Chris Eddy, Mickey Mackenzie, Melissa Schnur, Mike Saunders, Hugo Claudin and Rebecca


Rodriguez (with several musicians performing their own vignettes) along with a solo act by Katherine Marty, group skits and even a visual film where each frame is hand scratched and altered with bleach or color. “The name of [the film] is The Answer. It’s


supposed to visually … mock that everybody has an answer to what life is all about. And I believe the truth is that nobody has an answer or, that everybody has a personal answer and it’s not wide-sweeping,” Perrine said. While Perrine doesn’t consider himself


an originator of avant-garde theatre in Grand Rapids, he is enlivened by the collaboration of like-minded people and hopes to continue to offer productions and grow the Cangue League. His desire is, “to tweak the mind, to have


[audiences] see something in a non-traditional way and to perhaps even get them to think in non-traditional ways.” n


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