A peak into the creation process for #whatnow, a new docu-theatre/dance creation, on July 18-25
After interviewing a wide variety of people about their stories, reactions, and feelings surrounding the #metoo movement, Marisa Emma Smith has been editing those recordings together into a balanced audio script, which the performers will then relay while listening to headphones on stage. This form of docu-theatre is called headphone verbatim theatre and allows for real-life stories to be shared authentically, theatrically, and anonymously.
Meanwhile, Amber Funk Barton (co-creator and choreographer) has also started working on movement-scoring to influence and accent the piece, and a prior workshop has been very informative in how to share these stories and feelings in the most powerful, resonant, and respectful ways. The team continues to be so grateful to all the artists involved, and especially to the interviewees who have shared their stories and opinions for this multi-perspectival creation.
Workshop performances of #whatnow will occur this July at the ANNEX, as part of Vancouver Civic Theatre’s SeeMore Series. Running approximately 60 minutes, each workshop presentation of #whatnow will be followed by a post-performance engagement, professionally facilitated by educator Tanille Geib. A support worker will be present at all times, and $2 from every ticket will be donated to the project’s community partner Good Night Out Vancouver, which is the local chapter of an international initiative dedicated to raising awareness about sexual harassment and assault.
After #metoo, What Now? A question for everyone.
#whatnow runs July 18-27 at the ANNEX, located at 823 Seymour Street. Note that July 25 and 26 are gender-specific:
July 25: For Female Identifying Audience Members Only (including cis, trans, non-binary, and two-spirit audience members).
July 26: For Male Identifying Audience Members Only (including cis, trans, non-binary, and two-spirit audience members).
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