In a fixed location, writers type out observations of the world unfolding around them. In another part of the same city, or the world, a town crier receives these observations via a tablet — a modern day version of the trusty scroll. The criers ring their bells and declare these observations to the public. Drawing upon patterns of relaying information that mirror Twitter or Facebook, Town Criers treats everyday considerations as the news. Intimate and minute details are transmitted through the ether, and then filtered through the live body in an oratorical sculpture.
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Town Criers is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia and Eco Art Incubator. The project was initially created as part of a residency at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Further development is supported by the Magnetic North Theatre Festival and the Yukon Arts Centre, Everybody’s Spectacular and A! Festival (Iceland), Tiger Dublin Fringe and Tonnta (Ireland) and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver).
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
September 25 & 26, 2015
Created in collaboration with Denise Kenney, Deborah Williams, Keely O’Brien, Conor Wylie, Raugi Yu, Barbara Clayden, Leah Weinstein, James Long and Maiko Yamamoto.
Magnetic North Theatre Festival
June 17 & 18, 2016
12:30 & 4:30 PM
Rotary Park, Waterfront Wharf & The Shipyards
Created in collaboration with James Long, Maiko Yamamoto, Conor Wylie, Leah Weinstein, writers Aina Marie (Manila, Philippines), Pat Joe (Whitehorse) and Kim Barlow (Halifax, NS) and criers Alma Echeveria, Doon McDowell, Rue Reynolds and Doug Smarch.
Reykjavik International Performance Festival
August 27 & 28, 2016
Durational from 13:00 @ 3 Locations:
Sólfarið by artist Jón Gunnar Árnason – 13:00
Sæbraut between Snorrabraut & Sólfarið – 13:05
Ástarbrautarbletturinn (The shining stone sculpture) where Sæbraut meets Snorrabraut – 13:10
Created in collaboration with James Long, Maiko Yamamoto, Ragnheiður Harpa Leifsdóttir, Conor Wylie, Karen Briem, Writers Gunnar Jónsson, Sofia Orfanou and Ólöf Fríða Gísladóttir and Criers Herdís Sigurðardóttir Busson, Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson and Ólöf Sverrisdóttir
September 2 & 3, 2016
Durational from 14:00 @ 2 Locations on Hrísey Island
Ferry Terminal – 14:00
The Steps – 14:10
Created in collaboration with James Long, Maiko Yamamoto, Gréta Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Conor Wylie, Karen Briem with Writers Halldór Kári Ásgeirsson and Úlfur Þórarinsson and Criers Rósamunda Kristín Káradóttir and Emil Hrafn Ómarsson
Artistic Directors/Creators: James Long & Maiko Yamamoto
Director: James Long
Managing Producer: Corbin Murdoch
Creative Producer: Lauren Aldridge
Costume Designer: Rhiannon Matthews
Writers: Sophia Ottley, Anwen Jones, Upton Pemberton
Criers: Moseem Suleman, Megan Jones, Anthony “Westy” Pemberton
Special Thanks To: Cathy Boyce and Catherine Angle, Ali Abdi and Lynne Thomas – Community Gateway and Grange Pavilion, Lyndsey Halliday, Johana Hartwig, Keith Murrell, John Angle.
Photos by Maiko Yamamoto, Alistair Maitland and Birkir Brynjarsson
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