much too much to say - September 2017
Direction: Zorya Arrow
Performance: Arlo Reva, Arne McPherson, Bo van der Midden, Emma Beech, Zorya Arrow
Lights and Production Manager: Jaymez
Costume: Lisa Dyck
Music: Scott Joplin, the radio (live), original music written and performed by Bo van der Midden.
Text: Original poems by Bo van der Midden, other words generated by performers.
Wall art credit: Michelle Wilson
The sun sets. The colour red. Pink, orange.
Real life altering things happen, most often, we keep going.
Invited to witness humanity in the raw, this process based work speaks to audiences through intimacy, transparency and exhaustion. The dynamic cast of much too much to say has informed the work’s contents, developed around the concept of identity as a verb.
Big thanks to the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council for supporting this project. Thanks to Faye Thomson and The School of Contemporary Dancers’ Graduation Scholarship fund for supporting Emma Beech’s participation in this project. Thanks to Bunny of Pizza Boys and The B-Zone for hosting us here. Thanks to Leif Norman and Michelle panting for photographing, kayla jeanson for shooting. Thanks to the ushers and volunteers. Thanks to David McMurry Smith for instilling the concept of Identity as a Verb into my brain, to Arlo, Arne, Bo and Emma for offering their hearts to this process and to Jinx for being my big calm through this challenging year of grief. Thanks to my friends and family for supporting me in my life and work. Special thanks to Scott Leroux, my cheerleader in the sky.
This performance took place on Treaty One Territory, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and is the homeland of the Metis Nation.