Impossibly Happy *2 concert dates*

June 20, 8PM, The Array Space ($20/PWYC)

June 21, 8PM, The Array Space ($20/PWYC)

Impossibly Happy

Created and performed by Near to the Wild Heart

Poetry by Ikkyu set in songs and dances by Susannacreated with her band 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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Livestream Day 2

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Tickets for June 20, 2019, 8pm Performance

Tickets for June 21, 2019, 8pm Performance

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.