Dress me up in your love is the latest piece in a series of biographical performances by Theatre Replacement. Taking garments and outfits of significance from around the world, the performers reveal stories behind the clothes through songs, movement, dance numbers and more.
Co-produced by and developed at PAZZ Performing Arts Festival, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater (Germany), and produced with the support of the Powell Street Festival and Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.
The piece is generous and open, comedic, and has live music from Vancouver composer and singer Veda Hille. Theatre Replacement’s signature style of working with verbatim texts and biographical performance turns the form on its head, and connects the personal opinions and biases of the performers with the subject matter. The resulting performance is a mash-up of personal stories gathered and retold, from the banal and everyday to the critical moments and turning points that shape our lives.
Dress me up in your love was created by Barbara Clayden, Itai Erdal, Veda Hille, Elia Kirby, James Long, Sam Madely, Andrew McNee, Anita Rochon, Donna Soares, Conor Wylie and Maiko Bae Yamamoto.
“Dress me up in your love shows remarkable comfort between the performers, including [Veda] Hille, and that ease is infectious. They kid each other, push and shove, ad lib, reveal themselves with refreshing openness. And they’re definitely onto something about clothes and how our memories are shaped around them.”
“…a compelling swirl of nostalgia: unsentimental, but at times awfully sad — and also very funny.”
-The Globe and Mail
“From your head down to your toes, let this show dress you up in its love of a good story.”
-The Vancouver Sun
April 19 – 23, 2011
The Cultch Historic Theatre
April 27 – 30, 2011
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
PAZZ Performing Arts Festival
April 22 & 23, 2012
Chapter Arts Centre
May 1 & 2, 2012