One of the most unique and interesting groups to visit Camp Casey Conference Center is surely The Cabiri. The Cabiri is a group of theatrical performers and apprentices who stage performances of dance, aerial arts, fire, stilts and puppetry. The Cabiri aims to preserve the mythology of past cultures through performative mythology – the act of depicting myth and folklore through the performative arts.
Each year, the Cabiri troupe adheres to a rigorous performance schedule, along with a minimum of 20 hours per week of in-studio practice. Fortunately, every year the Cabiri also make time to spend a relaxing weekend at Camp Casey Conference Center.
Like many of the mythologies the troupe personifies through performance, the activities they partake in at the retreat remain mysterious. However, Charly McCreary, Managing Director of the Cabiri has disclosed a few things she loves about her time at Camp Casey Conference Center.
“We do a lot of outdoor activities while we are there,” McCreary said. “It’s really the perfect place for us – that mixture of natural beauty and the facility being nice. It just gives us a relatively quiet space to talk about our art.”
The Alumni House provides a comfortable space for the group of 10-15 people. It’s not too big or too small, McCreary said. Everyone can have a bed, a place to cook and there are areas to meet and talk. The troupe also enjoys long walks through Fort Casey, the forest and on the beach.
One of McCreary’s favorite things about the weekend is that everyone really checks out of reality for a little while. They commit to spend the entire weekend together, turn off their cell phones and just relax, she said.
“It’s not far away, it’s a quick trip over there, but it really feels secluded,” McCreary said. “It’s beautiful out there.”
The Cabiri is a non-profit organization that is supported by 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center as well as volunteers and individual donations. For more information on the Cabiri, log on to www.cabiri.org .