Susie Burpee (Toronto) & Linnea Swan (Calgary)
I am a genius does anyone here know me?
Lois Brown (st.John’s)
OCT 18, 7:30pm & OCT 19, 5pm
cSPACE kING EDWARD
90 MINUTE, INTERMISSION INCLUDED
FRI OCT18 - POST SHOW ARTIST TALK
TIME ELASTICITY AND CRIP TIME
with Lois Brown & James O’Callaghan, facilitated by Col Cseke
Susie Burpee (toronto) & linnea swan (calgary)
Road Trip seamlessly integrates dance, theatre and Bouffon to create a distinct and irreverent aesthetic. The audience is taken on an exhilarating ride where two women wrestle with the ephemeral, their mortality, and each other on a tragicomic odyssey to the unknown.
“... ravaged by ambivalence and unresolved feminine rivalry. Bouffon and dramatic tension combine in an ambience reminiscent of David Lynch and Monty Python. Deliciously extravagant.” - Festival TransAmeriques
Road Trip was awarded a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in 2013.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Susie Burpee and Linnea Swan have shared a similar path, training at the same professional school, dancing together for many notable choreographers, and studying Bouffon in the tradition of master clown teacher Philippe Gaulier. This shared artistic history was the impetus for creating and performing Road Trip (2012), a Dora Award winning full-length dance work that was performed across Canada to critical acclaim. Susie continues to perform, create work, and teach in post-secondary dance training programs across Canada. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Drama, Theatre, and Performance at the University of Toronto. Linnea has continued to create and perform new works in her new home of Calgary. She is a video artist of note, creating work alongside and integrated with choreography, and is Associate Artist with Dancers’ Studio West. Road Trip continues to be an ongoing expedition into the fleeting nature of performance.
Creators/Performers: Susie Burpee and Linnea Swan
Artistic Advisor: Marie-Josée Chartier
Original Lighting Designer: Rebecca Picherack
Music: Rachel’s Additional
Sound Design: The Artists
Funding Credits: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, hub14
Thank yous: DanceWorks, Ottawa Dance Directive, Public Energy, Dancers’ Studio West, Canada Dance Festival, MOonhORsE Dance Theatre, Centre de Creation O Vertigo, Dancemakers, Series 8:08, Luke Garwood, Cathy Gordon, David Han, Emma Kerson, Gerard Roxburgh, Laurence Siegel.
Photo Credit: Kevin Konnyu
I AM A GENIUS does anyone here know me?
lois brown (st. john’s)
Microphones, paper, foil wrap, and an out-dated dictionary Lois inherited after her Dad died of dementia create a sonic choreography in I AM A GENIUS does anyone here know me?
Lois Brown and James O’Callaghan invite the audience into a playful investigation of memory, patience, boredom, democratization, things and relationality.
About Lois Brown
Born in Newfoundland (Canada), Lois Brown is an original member and past Curator of Neighbourhood Dance Works (1982-89, 1990-92), past Artistic Animateur of RCA Theatre Company (1993-97), and past Artist In Residence and Associate Dramaturg at Playwrights' Workshop Montréal (2004-5, 2010-13). Her work has toured HarbourFront (Toronto), Tangente (Montréal), and Live Art (Halifax). In 2005, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded her the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement in theatre. She has received numerous recognitions, most recently, inducted into Encore! The Dance Hall of Fame (Canada). Lois holds a BA (Drama) from the University of Alberta, and a Master's from Memorial University, where she has taught theatre. Her currents interests are (Dis)arts aesthetics and social art practice.
James O’Callaghan (b. 1988) is a composer and sound artist based in Montréal praised for his “mastery of materials and musical form.” (Electromania, Radio France) His music has been described as “very personal... with its own colour anchored in the unpredictable.” (Goethe-Institut) His work intersects acoustic and electroacoustic media, employing field recordings, amplified found objects, computer-assisted transcription of environmental sounds, and unique performance conditions. He has been awarded over 30 national and international prizes.
Creator/Performer: Lois Brown
Composer/Performer: James O'Callaghan
Lighting Design: Phil Winters
Projection Design: Pat Dempsey
Stage Manager: Emily Austin
Dramaturgy: Emma Tibaldo and Thea Patterson
Additional Creative Support: Andrea Cooper, Tedd Robinson, Marlene Cahill, Kirsti Mikoda, Ann Connors, Kenneth J. Harvey, Lisa Porter
Creative development was supported by Playwrights' Workshop Montréal, The Canada Council for the Arts, ArtsNL, The City of St. John's, Neighbourhood Dance Works,and the Arts and Culture Centre, St. John's. I AM A GENIUS DOES ANYONE HERE KNOW ME? premiered at the Festival of New Dance in 2018. Early versions were presented at Sound Symposium XVlll, First Look, the LSPU Hall, and the Arts and Culture Centre (Corner Brook). It was previously presented at SummerWorks Performance Festival as a part of the SummerWorks Lab in 2019.
Photo credit for original image: Kenneth J. Harvey