The state of Tennessee is home to the highest concentration of ‘famous cities,’ featuring the small towns of London, Paris, Rome, Athens, Bogata and Moscow among many others. London sits in the middle of the Cherokee National Forest on a dirt road. Rome is little more than a few houses on the road between Lebanon and Carthage. Paris, the biggest of the towns, is home to 9764 people.
Winner of the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award 2010 and commissioned by Magnetic North Theatre Festival with support from Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.
Built with a vast collection of interviews, photos and video collected by the company in these small towns, The Greatest Cities in the World rises as a cacophonous smash-up of voices, movement and media to construct an oddly familiar world.
Created by Nneka Croal, Ruben Castelblanco, Susan Elliott, Young-Hee Kim, Andrew Laurenson, Michael Rinaldi, Tanya Podlozniuk, Jonathan Ryder, Allee Wells, Jesse Garlick, Veda Hille, Elia Kirby, James Long and Maiko Bae Yamamoto.
“…a surreal remix of documentary material…marvelously theatrical and entertaining.”
“…shines light on the fluidity of our own identities and the underlying commonalities of human experience. Greatest Cities emphasized the shared through play.”
-The Georgia Straight
The Cultch Historic Theatre
March 9 – 13, 2010
The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
June 2 – 5, 2010
June 9 – 11, 2010
Magnetic North Theatre Festival
June 15 – 19, 2010
Centre in the Square