June 20, 8PM, The Array Space ($20/PWYC)
June 21, 8PM, The Array Space ($20/PWYC)
Created and performed by Near to the Wild Heart
Julie Houle – tuba, voice
Lucy M. May – movement, voice
D. Alex Meeks – drums, voice
Sovann Prom-Tep – movement, voice
Jennifer Thiessen – viola, voice
Jon Cleveland – lighting design & technical direction
Angela Rassenti – costumes
Sarah Bild – artistic consultation & rehearsal direction
Scott Thomson – music consultation
Impossibly Happy is a new suite of songs written by Susanna Hood setting poetry by the 15th century Zen poet, Ikkyu from the collection “Crow with No Mouth”.
A concert equally visual and aural, the work uses the musicality, rhythm and textures inherent in the poetry to create an embodied music where music and movement are simultaneously distinct and interchangeable, and the lines blur between what is heard and what is seen.
The simple, sparse, and spacious directness of the poems offer a disarming combination of light-heartedness, grit, wonder, and emptiness.
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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.