Brief Encounters Review

Tonight is the night…

Brief Encounters Review
October 16 & 17
@ Guilt & Co
@ 7pm

An eclectic evening of performance collaborations.
See the line up here.

I’m performing with Barbara Adler.
Accordion. Violin. Words will be said and – gasp – sung?…I haven’t really sung a full song on stage since elementary school. So…ahem…we’ll see what happens there…

This might be the craziest performance experiment I’ve run yet. Basically, I don’t play violin, talk into mics or sing, but I’m going to attempt to do all those things tonight with Barbara, who is a pro. And, to complicate matters further, Barbara just got back from two weeks in the Czech Republic, so although the work is mapped, it has never been run in full. We are essentially going to run the piece without a collective rehearsal in front of a live audience. What were we thinking? Surprises will be in store for everyone tonight.

Read a bit more about the process here.

“I can’t go on. I’ll go on.” ~Samuel Beckett~

electric violin

Three weeks ago I picked up an electric violin, for the first time ever, with the intention of performing live with it…something about challenging myself to step outside my comfort zone, to embrace an unknown and to practice non-judgement.

2 days ago I fed an electric violin with some effects peddles and a microphone into a mixing board and into a one channel amplifier.

The results so far…

Mrs Warren’s Profession

A community partnership led by Alley Theatre
with Neworld Theatre, Renegade Productions, WISH Drop-In Centre and PACE Society!mrs-warrens-profession/c1pu

Director Marisa Smith was inspired to adapt George Bernard Shaw’s classic text and produce it in the heart of the DTES from her experience working in a women’s shelter. The play, written in 1893, held a timely message considering that the federal government was still deciding on new sex trade legislation during the run.

2014 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Nominations!
Critics Choice Innovation Award” Nomination
Outstanding Costume Design – Nita Bowerman


the cast of Mrs. Warren’s Profession: Daniel Arnold, Melissa Oei, Tom Pickett, Linda Quibell, Eric Keenleyside and Rick Tae. Photo by KAARINA VENALAINEN

Fortunately/unfortunately, I got so wrapped up in this project, that I didn’t take any pictures of the completed costumes (what you see above are still works in progress).

Recognition and great respect for Laura Fukomoto, costume assistant, the right hand to my left.