There will be a Regina launch of GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times (Frontenac House) featuring editors Tanis MacDonald, Rosanna Deerchild, and Ariel Gordon (with me as one of the contributors) slated to take place during the Congress of the Humanities, May 26, 2018 at 7 pm.
This will also be launched at the Congress as part of the CACLALS conference, May 28 at 3:00 pm. This is a joint launch for 7 titles, including another of co-editor Tanis MacDonald’s books, but should be great fun.
This dance opera is a project I was still hard at work on when I became ill in August 2015. I’m pleased to say that La Caravan Dance Theatre continued the process despite me needing to attend to my health.
If you or anyone you know is in Calgary, please pass this information on to them.
Kindred spirits Lewandowsky met the production’s composer, Lia Pas, in a workshop at the Banff Centre. The two discovered that they both were fans of Rumi’s work. Pas composed the music to fit the poetry. “It’s not Middle Eastern, it’s not a Far-East kind of sound,” says Lewandowsky. Instead, it’s contemporary, blending the classical with electronic music. “(Lia) can breach between the two worlds unbelievably.”
Lia Pas has taken 13 poems by Rumi and created a musical composition and libretto. The company then “experimented in the studio with the lyrics,” Lewandowsky explains. “We saw what sounds would come and we performed different exercises.” The company improvised as well as they worked through the poetry and created a narrative around the poetry. Some poetry was expressed purely through movement and some through singing and musical composition.
La Caravan Dance Theatre Presents World Premiere of Fihi Ma Fihi (It Is What It Is)
New artistic work draws inspiration from 13th century Sufi mystic and philosopher Rumi
Calgary AB – La Caravan Dance Theatre presents the world premiere of Fihi Ma Fihi (It Is What It Is) at Theatre Junction Grand, June 8-11, 2016. Tickets range from $40 – $75 and can be purchased at lacaravan.com.
The festival runs from 29-31 May at three different venues. Carissa Kolopoushak and Jaqueline Woods have been producing this festival for seven years and always have an exciting lineup featuring a number of local musicians as well as musicians who have grown up in Saskatchewan and studied and worked around the world. Continue reading →
On Thursday, 22 May 2014, I will be performing my new interdisciplinary piece ossa . ora at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival’s GET LIT CABARET in Regina.
ossa . ora is an imagistic interdisciplinary piece that begins with finding a child’s baby teeth in a jar and goes on to explore through object collage, haiku, text animations, and song what perceptions are evoked by this discovery. Continue reading →
Last Saturday night (24 November 2012), I performed at the launch of Transforium.
Transforium is a collaborative bookwork by Mari-Lou Rowley and Tammy Lu and was published in an edition of 50 copies by JackPine Press. Mari-Lou asked me to help with the reading and performance and I was honoured to do so.
Here is a link to the video of the performance, and Mari-Lou’s essay about the process of creating the book is here.
My one-act play Anchoress is being produced by the Battlefords Community Players this October.
Set in the middle ages, Anchoress is the story of a young woman whose spiritual visions lead her to make the decision to be walled into the side of a church as an anchorite. She is visited by pilgrims and members of the community; some who revere her, others who disagree with her choice. Continue reading →