On The Blog – evalyn parry on a shift of perspective
I have gotten into the habit of calling To Live in the Age of Melting a project, rather than a “show”, because it lives somewhat outside of the parameters of my usual creation methodology. One part of it lies in conducting one-on-one interviews with people about their perception and experiences of the Canadian North.
I started doing these interviews to get a better sense of what people knew about the Arctic, because of the global significance of this region in terms of climate change, but also because my own first trip to the Arctic profoundly altered my sense of Canada, and shifted my perspective about my country in so many ways.
What you’ll hear at our workshop presentation this weekend will include a composition created out of a series of interviews conducted on a journey by train to Churchill Manitoba this past summer – my latest journey North. My creative partner Elysha Poirier and I picked Churchill because it is as far North as you can go in Canada by train. We decided to follow in the footsteps of Glenn Gould, who, in 1967 took the same train to Churchill and created an audio documentary for the CBC called The Idea of North. We thought it would be interesting to look at the same subject matter 50 years later.
We’re calling it the “Churchill edition” of the Age of Melting project. It’s a conversation between North and South. It’s a conversation about a shift of perspective.
As I write this, the awesome creative team are working away in the theatre trying to assemble a vast amount of material – that feels as big and diverse as the North actually is – trying to follow our collective creative compass to guide us through this vast territory.
I don’t know whether programming my #AgeOfMelting project in the Passe Muraille BUZZ series at the same time as the climate change conference in Paris was all part of Andy‘s master plan, but I must say it’s inspiring to be working on a project where every time you turn on the news or pick up a paper, the vast arena of your subject matter is spread around the headlines.
To Live in the Age of Melting
By evalyn parry
With the support of Theatre Passe Muraille
In the TPM Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Ave.
BUZZ presentation: December 11 & 12, 7:30pm
Embarking on an evocative visual and sonic theatrical journey, To Live in the Age of Melting is an investigation of what the North means to Canada, and what Canada means to the North in the 21st century. Integrating music, documentary, personal and crowd-sourced storytelling, this workshop performance invites audiences into a longitudinal conversation that travels from Franklin’s doomed 19th century expedition to contemporary Arctic sovereignty; from climate change to the human nervous system, along the way probing the nature of colonial legacy, tradition, and untold histories.
This performance will feature material gathered from evalyn parry and Elysha Poirier’s recent trip to Churchill MB, as well as a presentation of their short piece Northwest Passage.
evalyn parry (writer / music / performer), Elysha Poirier (projections / performer / visual dramaturgy), Erin Brubacher (dramaturgy / direction) Elizabeth Kantor (design), Charles Ketchebaw (sound) Aidan Morishita-Miki (Stage Management)
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