In a fixed location, writers type out observations of the world unfolding around them. In that same moment, a town choir receives these observations via a large screen and sings them out to the public. Drawing on patterns of relaying information that mirror Twitter or Facebook, Town Choir treats everyday considerations as the news. Intimate and minute details are transmitted through the ether, and then filtered through the live body in an epic choral declaration.
Town Choir is the musical iteration of Theatre Replacement’s Town Criers project, a continuing series of site-oriented performances that are built through partnerships with an artist or company and a festival or venue in any given location. Town Criers was first presented in residence at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (Burnaby) in 2016, and has toured to the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Whitehorse (June 2016) and Everybody’s Spectacular and A! Festivals in Iceland (Reykjavik and Akureyri). Up next, Town Choir will be touring to Dublin, Ireland in September 2017.
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
January 22, 2017: Woodward’s Atrium
January 29, 2017: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
February 5, 2017: Vancouver Public Library Central Branch Atrium
Town Choir was performed by the Vancouver Youth Choir, conducted by Robbie Blake, and featured writing by notable Canadian singer/songwriters Kim Barlow (Canning, Nova Scotia), Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Montréal), Christine Fellows (Winnipeg) and Raghu Lokanathan (Prince George). Directed by Theatre Replacement Artistic Directors Maiko Yamamoto & James Long with Multimedia Design by Remy Siu and Technical Direction by Carey Dodge.
Presented with support from Westbank, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Vancouver Public Library, Canada Council for the Arts, City of Vancouver, BC Arts Council and the Province of British Columbia. Robbie Blake’s participation in the development and presentation of Town Choir was supported by Tonnta (Ireland).
Dublin Fringe Festival
September 16, 2017 at 12 noon
September 17, 2017 at 12 noon and 3pm
Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre
Directed by Maiko Yamamoto
Performed by Tonnta with The SuperTones
Written by Dave Rudden and Deirdre Sullivan
Music Composed and Conducted by Robbie Blake
Tonnta Artistic Director Robbie Blake
The SuperTones Artistic Director Julie Shanley
Multimedia Designer/Operator Remy Siu
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Photos by Emily Cooper
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