SummerWorks 2013 excites
by Gregory Bunker
Backed by a spacey keyboard score, the ski-goggle-wearing librettist was convinced that the journey should continue...
And there are plenty of domestic thrills to anticipate. How Can I Forget? is a multimedia piece by SummerWorks’ artists-in-residence Sook-Yin Lee and Benjamin Kamino (with Adam Litovitz) about “the tension between remembering and forgetting” in the context of distraught relationships. Jani Lauzon was busy making Native Dreamcatchers to promote her play A Side of Dreams, a story about a single mother who awakens a Dreamcatcher while searching for her cultural identity and finds that meeting her ancestors was not exactly what she expected. Joe Culpepper worked the room with his magic tricks, pulling red carnations from nowhere that ended up in hair-dos, on lapels, and in pockets everywhere. Culpepper is one of the performers in Show and Tell Alexander Bell, a drama of love and alienation inspired by Alexander Graham Bell’s wish to help his deaf wife to hear through invention. The most impressive plug came from those behind Paradises Lost, an Ursula Le Guin-inspired opera about the starship Discovery on its 200-year journey to colonize a new planet—a journey that comes into question as an emerging religion raises the notion that everyone should instead stay on the spaceship forever. Backed by a spacey keyboard score, the ski-goggle-wearing librettist was convinced that the journey should continue, but his friend tried to convince him that those virtual reality goggles revealing new Earth were deceiving. It was a good, short show: a perfect teaser.
See here for tickets: http://summerworks.ca/2013/tickets/