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.
Town Criers was initially created as part of a residency at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.
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 Maiko Yamamoto, James Long, 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 Maiko Yamamoto, James Long, Gréta Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Conor Wylie, Karen Briem with Writers Halldór Kári Ásgeirsson and Úlfur Þórarinsson and Criers Rósamunda Kristín Káradóttir and Emil Hrafn Ómarsson
Created in collaboration with James Long, Corbin Murdoch, Lauren Aldridge, Rhiannon Matthews with Writers Sophia Ottley, Anwen Jones and Upton Pemberton and Criers Moseem Suleman, Megan Jones and Anthony “Westy” Pemberton
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Photos by Maiko Yamamoto, Alistair Maitland and Birkir Brynjarsson