April 9, 2017
I’m doing some fun projects this spring in Vancouver and Charlottetown before the wonderful madness of the River Clyde Pageant hits.
April 11 – New Works Residency at Sawdust Collector in Vancouver – I’ll be singing sparkly vocal harmonies with Ashley Aron & Shannon Scott for Barbara Adler & Ron Samworth’s third show as part of their New Works Residency. Beautiful songs that bring lichen-filled forests and lonely drop-in clinics to life, and might even bring a tear to your eye.
April 25 – Cicatrix at Sawdust Collector – I am co-directing a night of storytelling with Ker, focused on the scars, marks and traces we collect through our lives. We’re working with some local residents from the Downtown Eastside: Paul Decarie, Cori Kelly, and Mike McNeely, and together, we’ll share stories of the small and large events that have left marks on us.
May 13 – AfterImage at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery – I’m sewing up a storm in preparation for this. I’m making several garments for many people to wear at a time, drawing inspiration from artists such as Lygia Pape and James Lee Byars. Put on a hat for two, a cape for five, or a dress for ten, and dance the night away!
June, July, August is River Clyde Pageant time! Workshops begin in June, for stilt-walking and script-writing, followed by July music workshops with guest artists Kathy Randels & Maurice Turner, and puppet making with Ian McFarlane. We’re so excited to get to work with these folks, and with new and returning collaborators. The Pageant has five performances this year, over two weekends, running July 29-30 and August 4,5,6. Don’t miss it!
Springtime promo for Sawdust Collector, graphic by Barbara Adler
December 6, 2016
I’m leading a workshop this weekend with Ashley Aron, a fierce style queen & theatre maker, at the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood house. This workshop is building on research I started while in residence at Elsewhere this past August, and eventually, it will inform a new performance that I’m starting to create. There will be clothing! crafts! storytelling! tea & cookies! polaroids! All the info is below, and the facebook event is here.
Drop in to the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House between 12:00-4:00 pm on Saturday, December 10th and take part in a fun, hands-on workshop that looks at memory & identity through the lens of clothing & style. Free & open to all ages.
Take part in the workshop and…
- Have your photo taken & tell us about your outfit. Don’t worry – every piece of clothing has a story, however small!
- Write or draw your personal clothing memories & add them to the Clotheslines archive
- Bring in an item (or items) of clothing to give away, and tag them with a story or memory. They’ll become part of the Community-sourced Closet & the clothing swap at the end of the day!
- Meet your neighbours!
This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between The Vancouver Foundation; Kiwassa, Cedar Cottage and Frog Hollow Neighbourhood Houses; the Government of Canada; and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.
August 13, 2016
I’ve just started a month-long residency at Elsewhere museum in Greensboro, North Carolina. I arrived on Thursday morning and have been silently and not-so-silently squealing with glee at every moment. Elsewhere is my kind of heaven. It’s an artist/community space housed in a former thrift store, and it is absolutely chock-a-block FULL with stuff – toys, clothing, fabric, books, dishes, paper, suitcases, furniture, wood scraps, every kind of paraphernalia you can imagine. Artists come in on a regular basis and create works within the museum, using objects from the collection. I kind of can’t believe I get to be here for four weeks.
Arriving here from PEI, right on the heels of the conclusion of the River Clyde Pageant, I was close to burnt out. However, since I’ve stepped into this place, my head is overflowing with ideas…the problem is narrowing them down. Today is our project proposal day, and my proposal is centred around the collection items that grabbed my attention the quickest (first thought best thought?): the collection of vintage clothing that fills two whole rooms, floor to ceiling. I’m still formulating ideas and questions, but the plan is to use the clothes as a prompt for conversations around clothing, memory and identity with Elsewhere folks and local residents, and then find a way to create an installation space for a select number of clothing items and gathered stories and images.
It’s basically an excuse to play an elaborate game of dress up for a month.
May 2, 2016
Lots going on this spring…first off, the River Clyde Pageant received the good news that our application to the Canada Council’s Artists & Community Collaboration grant was successful, and that yes! we get to spend this summer on PEI making magical, collaborative, outdoor theatre. There will be blue herons on stilts, giant luminous jellyfish, trolls under the bridge, raft performances and much more coming to life in June and July as we lead the Pageant creation process. The two free performances will take place on July 30 & 31 in New Glasgow, followed by a free community supper for audiences and artists. We have a fancy new website, where you can see some of the amazing people working on the project, and sign up to get involved (if you’re on PEI this summer, you really should). Ker and I are heading to PEI at the end of May, and will be hosting two community meetings for anyone who wants to be involved. These meetings will outline the process, rehearsal and workshop schedule, and the various opportunities for involvement. First meeting is happening in Charlottetown on May 29, from 2 to 4pm, at the Art Bunker at Confederation Centre. Second meeting is happening in New Glasgow on June 5, from 2 to 4pm at The Mill.
In the meantime, I’m working with my favourite Vancouver collaborators (Barbara Adler, Kyla Gardiner, Rob Leveroos) as The Public Swoon, a collective of fine folks who make art together. We want to stretch the possibilities of performance to make you think and feel and maybe even fall in love. Our first project is an installation in Pandora Park, called Signals From the Mountain, which will playfully re-imagine the 2014 Burnaby Mountain pipeline protests through songs, objects and ephemera. We’re staging the installation at the Pandora Park Field House, in collaboration with friends from Vancouver’s Dance Troupe Practice. This is happening May 20-21 as part of a larger event called “Stories, Sounds and Supper” and has been funded through the Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants Program.
January 25, 2016
It’s January – beginning of a new year and the beginning of my re-entry into the world of non-student life, because my MFA is totally done; thesis submitted, approved, now living within the vast catalogues of the SFU library. (And all I got was a two sentence form-letter congratulations. sigh.)
Things are at a slightly different pace now that I’m not worrying about pulling together a defense presentation or an artist statement or marking 50 essays on performance studies – but I still have lots to occupy me this month.
For starters – I am doing PR work and making old phones talk for a sparkly and squishy new show created by my friends from The Party, XXXX TOPOGRAPHY, which runs January 29-30 at Studio T at SFU Woodwards. Go, and be romanced by talking telephones, vibrating things, pillows that pillow-talk. There’s even a bar!
Other things I’m up to include…
Learning Arduino, with the idea that eventually I’ll be able to make old phones talk better, and become more interactive. So far, I’ve made a robot-fan that turns on and off. Small steps…
Reading and being generally inspired by Deborah Pearson’s excellent performance script, The Future Show, which also includes structural guide for writing your own version, should you be so inclined. I might be so inclined.
Planning a month-long trip to Copenhagen, the Faroe Islands and Iceland, for a sweet, sweet friend-vacation with team Sappy. The fun starts February 2. Fingers crossed I meet some sheep.