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Wrong Way at IMPACT17

After another phase of creation, Wrong Way was presented in a workshop presentation at IMPACT17 to two sold out audiences. In this phase, the collective participated in once per week unpacking and rehashing of the stories that emerged from the 2014 workshop presentation at the Tannery School of Music.

The performance was integrated with physical and digital interventions and set in an atmospheric setting using space provided by The Working Centre at their King St Fresh Ground (link opens to Facebook page) and Commons Studio location.

In an alley, on a dark night, a two-spirited Indigenous person has died. Several people who live in this urban liminal space can all be implicated in this death. There is also a trickster ghost who doesn’t hesitate to communicate from beyond the grave.

But who did it?

This phase of the project saw us define a narrative based on a murder mystery. Many people swirled around Smokey in their life and several of were emblematic of the structures of violence that contribute to hardships faced by Smokey that led to their death. But Smokey isn’t a passive voice in their death. Smokey inhabits the streets and alleys, the cafes and homes as a visible, audible, and active ghost haunting the six suspect. In the end, who killed Smokey is never revealed, but instead the audience is asked to beg the question presented by the archetypes about who, or what was the final straw.

The presentation featured Heather Majaury as Ziggy, Suzanne, and the digital image of Smokey; Pam Patel as Red, and Calista; Nicholas Cumming as Garamond and Luc.  Amanda Lowry composed and created sound and musical interventions located throughout all locations. Peter Turpin provided us with technical assistance in managing 5 projectors, several speakers, and technical design. Terre Chartrand wrangled pieces, created video, built 1000 clay teeth, designed sets and set pieces, managed timelines, and worked portable technologies. All of the artists pulled together this phase in collective creation. We have much gratitude for IMPACT17 tech crew, and all of the IMPACT17 and MT Space staff and volunteers who made our show possible.

In this final phase, we worked without a budget and on a very short timeline. Pins and Needles expressed deep gratitude to all artists who contributed their time, their bodies, their focus, and their energy to this phase of the project.

Pam Patel Nicholas Cummings Heather Majaury Wrong Way Projection Wrong Way Projections

Wrong Way Workshop Presentation

February 13th at 2pm and at 7pm.
Tannery School of Music.
Presented by Pins and Needles Fabric Company
http://pinandneedle.ca/
A collaborative inter-arts project between artist and community.

Featuring work by Terre Chartrand, Nicole Battista, and Amanda Lowry. Performed by Heather Majaury, Pam Patel, and Nicholas Cumming. Technical assistance from Peter Turpin, and Mahir Hoque.

In the context of urban spaces, we are exploring the perceptions and realities of people as they move through the city scape. This project will focus on alleys and parking lots – during daylight, and during nighttime, and how the perceptions change over just a few hours.

Risk is a shifting concept, and what may make one person feel unsafe may represent a haven for another.

This project is data driven, digitally responsive, in part controlled by outside forces, with people’s bodies and lives all hung in the balance of an alley.

Also important in this process has been community collaboration. Pins and Needles as a collective cannot build a universal experience of alleys, but through working with the community, a collective experience beyond the sum of the parts of Pins and Needles will be presented in this experiment.

Many thanks to Ontario Arts Council, REAP, and the Tannery School of Music for their generous support of this project.