Performer Profile: Colleen Snell & Andrew Gaboury

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artists:

A dancer and an actor who also write things.

abstract:

They’re going to read some writing, maybe move some writing. Three segments, many pieces.

portals:

Colleen can be found through her award-winning, site-specific performance company Frog in hand.

Andrew can be found right here.

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myth, n.

myth

A person or thing held in awe or generally referred to with near reverential admiration on the basis of popularly repeated stories (whether real or fictitious).
– from OED definition, “myth”

Myths are specific accounts of gods or superhuman beings involved in extraordinary events or circumstances in a time that is unspecified but which is understood as existing apart from ordinary human experience.

While the outline of myths from a past period or from a society other than one’s own can usually be seen quite clearly, to recognize the myths that are dominant in one’s own time and society is always difficult. This is hardly surprising, because a myth has its authority not by proving itself but by presenting itself.

[…]it is clear that in their general characteristics and in their details a people’s myths reflect, express, and explore the people’s self-image.
from Encyclopaedia Britannica entry, “myth” (emphasis mine)

With this in mind, I’ve assembled a diverse collective of artists (teacher/actor Michael Reinhart, dancer Colleen Snell, musician/writer/performer Alex Eddington, actor Ximena Huizi and myself) to lead two workshops this Saturday, Sept. 26th as part of Etobicoke Lakeshore Culture Days.

WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOUR STORIES! YOUR STORIES OF LIVING, WORKING AND PLAYING IN ETOBICOKE.

The goal of the day is to take these stories, extract their essence and form them into the contemporary MYTHS of your town.

The day will culminate in a FREE PERFORMANCE at (around) 2PM @ the HUMBER HOTSPOT (Lakeshore and Kipling).

So please, come on out; take part in our FREE WORKSHOPS from 1am-1pm and check out what kind of thing we’ll have made with your help @ 2pm. You can also participate from afar by using #mythsofmytown on twitter or instagram!

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Off the Wall 2015

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Today I bring exciting news. My friends and collaborators over at Frog in Hand (if you don’t know this company, check them out. They are a multi-disciplinary group co-directed by sisters Colleen Snell and Noelle Hamlyn doing amazing things out in Mississauga and beyond) have announced a call for artists to participate in the 2015 instalment of OFF THE WALL. This was, personally, one of my performance highlights from last year.

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Off the Wall is an exciting, multi-disciplinary project with Frog In Hand and the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.

If you’ve ever wanted to work alongside musicians, actors, dancers, visual artists, writers and performance artists

-or-

if you’ve ever wanted to challenge yourself with site-specific performance in a short, but intense creation period

click the link below (or the image above) to find the application form.

Be part of something fun.

http://colleensnell.wix.com/off-the-wall

Performer Profile: Colleen Snell

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My piece is called “the blue shirt and the dress coat.” It is a danced poem and monologue exploring tensions between a fantastical personal universe and a sudden loss of innocence.

Colleen Snell is a dance artist thrilled by collaboration and collective creation. She has devised and performed multidisciplinary work with a range of musicians, spoken word poets, actors, fight choreographers, visual artists/designers, martial artists and artists of diverse cultural backgrounds between the ages of 4-65. Colleen has explored dance in Toronto (Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre), at EDCM in Montreal and in England, where she completed a Masters Degree in Contemporary Dance with distinction at the London Contemporary Dance School. She is an artistic associate with TOES for Dance and the director of the Marty award-winning multidisciplinary performance group Frog in Hand. As well as being a trained dancer, Colleen is a certified actor-combatant with Fight Directors Canada, a dance writer with the Dance Current and a selected participant in the National Ballet of Canada’s Emerging Dance Critics program. Colleen is delighted to be an e-choreographer with Springboard Danse 2015.

You can see Colleen perform “the blue shirt and the dress coat” at Seasonal Activities, v.i