Memory is the History of Forgetting


Memory is the History of Forgetting presented by Burlington Performing Arts Centre

Featuring works by Sarah Chase, Andy Maize, and Andrea Nann with guests Derrick Brady, Michael Johnston, and Lyle Mozan, and an ensemble of local citizens from the Burlington/Hamilton area.

Friday October 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm 440 Locust Street, Burlington

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The special program begins with A Crazy Kind of Hope, an intimate solo performance combining beautifully articulate, hypnotic movement patterns with stories of hope and heartbreak. The piece is made in the unique dance-storytelling form of choreographer Sarah Chase who devises movement patterns to provoke private memories and personal stories from the exquisite and eloquent dancer, co-creator/performer, Andrea Nann. In the piece, Nann introduces a few simple numbered patterns of movement gestures. These patterns begin to intersect and harmonize, creating a heightened poetic landscape, where Andrea’s own spoken stories unfold into realms of water, flowers, surf, loss, and love. A Crazy Kind of Hope is conceived and directed by Chase, in creation with Nann. Music is by Antoine Bedard with recorded performance by Justin Rutledge. The second half of the program is a set of music by Andy Maize (Skydiggers) who has put together a band called The Future’s Not What it Used to Be with collaborators Derrick Brady (Skydiggers/Hawksley Workman) on bass, Michael Johnston (Skydiggers/The Burns Unit) on keyboards, and Lyle Molzan (Kathleen Edwards/Dean Brody/Jann Arden) on drums. They will be playing a set of songs that Andy wrote and recorded in 2009 to celebrate a landmark birthday. Centred in the heart of the program is a new ensemble piece made with and for 13 local Burlington/Hamilton citizens. The performers — Keith Atteck, Yugali Bharote, Lisa Emmons, Vivian Hall, Catharine Katic, Shannon Kitchings, Mayumi Lashbrook, Kate Lowe, Anne Noble, Shadi Salehian, Emmy Shanti, Kelly Tayler and Dylan Vandemaele -- who are also exploring stories held in the body, and what changes in each of us when we begin to share our personal experiences with an other through movement and song. It is very powerful to witness this diverse group of mostly strangers connect with and through the profound sharing of embodied memory. With the ensemble of diverse community members placed in between the two ‘solo’ halves, the show somehow becomes a metaphor for the role that neighbours, strangers, friends and family members play as we move through life as distinct individuals. Popular music is also woven into each of the works, bringing universality to a collective journey. We hope you can join us.

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