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Artistic Projects

ARTISTIC & RESEARCH PROJECTS

Performances, Exhibitions, Events

Below are a selection of recent artistic and research projects for which I have had the pleasure of acting as curator, dramaturg, or performer

 Photo: MJ Photographics

Photo: MJ Photographics

Let Evening Come /// Sesquisharp Productions

A multidisciplinary show that incorporates the music of Chausson, Debussy, Greig, and Strauss, alongside original poetry and contemporary folk song arrangements. 

Featuring performers Caroline Whalen, soprano; Ethan Lawler, trombone and arranger; Jacob Caines, vocalist; Megan Johnson, mezzo-soprano; Willem Blois, piano; Frietzen Kenter and Zoë Mackey-Boehner, actors.

 Poster design: John Greyson

Poster design: John Greyson

Alex Bulmer /// Film screening & discussion

With the Toronto/London-based writer, filmmaker, and performer Alex Bulmer, we screened a selection of her film and television work illuminating how becoming blind has liberated her artistic voice. With humour, wit, and thoughtful attention, Bulmer's work traces themes of disability politics, inclusive representation, and her own lived experience of blindness. This screening was presented with captions and pre-recorded audio description.

 
    

   

Dramaturgy Fellow /// Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

As part of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' New Play Dramaturg Intensive (NPDI), I assisted with a week-long development period and public presentation of the play Tight End by playwright Rachel Bykowski with dramaturgs Mark Bly and Adrien-Alice Hansel and director Tina Parker.

 
 Photo: Cara Song

Photo: Cara Song

Mark the Music /// Sesquisharp Productions

Featuring vocal and instrumental music by Handel, Gabrielli, Stravinsky and Korngold, and scenes from Shakespeare’s most beloved works.

 Poster design: John Greyson

Poster design: John Greyson

Philip Hoffman /// Film screening & discussion

Recognized as Canada’s pre-eminent diary filmmaker, Philip Hoffman's work spans themes of memory, archive, history, and autobiography. A monumental figure in the Canadian independent film scene and recipient of the 2016 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, Hoffman has created over 30 works in a career that has spanned nearly four decades. This screening of Hoffman's most recent works, including Slaughterhouse (2014), Aged (2014), and By the Time We Got to Expo (co-maker Eva Kolcze) (2015), was followed by a conversation with the filmmaker on the content and process for these films. 

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The Hidden Labour of Cathy Berberian

This research creation project engaged with issues of (hidden) labour, performance infrastructure, and genealogies in the development, staging, and performance of a monodrama for solo voice, exhibited as a (disjointed) performance-lecture of Luciano Berio’s seminal composition Sequenza III per voce femminille.

 
‘Aber wer durch das Herz singet - er gilt mir am höchsten!’
’But he who sings from the heart - he means most to me’
— Friedrich Schiller
 
 Photo by Gwen Watson

Photo by Gwen Watson

Façade: An Evening of Rotating Conductors /// Sesquisharp Productions

An upside down presentation of music by des Prez, Walton, Reilly and Rzewski. A concert where two distinctly different conductors perform in a wacky presentation of choral, chamber, and avant-garde music. 

 Engraving by J. Blanchin after J. Dumoulin, 1679

Engraving by J. Blanchin after J. Dumoulin, 1679

When the Body Betrays

This is a solo show for female performer and tape that explores the continual betrayal of the body and the performer's subsequent desire to disengage from a relationship with her body. Currently under development.

 (c) 2011 antonio prud'hommmmme

(c) 2011 antonio prud'hommmmme

my body is [an] exhausted [temple]

This upcoming exhibition-in-process will bring together disability-identified artists in commentary on the temporal experiences of exhaustion.