Damian Norman is a dance artist based in Toronto; past performances have included company works with “Frog In Hand”, “Form Contemporary Dance Theatre”, and the “Chimera Project” showcased at the Harbourfront Center’s Next Steps series in their ContemporaryFlamenco fusion, Bird Bee Bat Attack. He is a dance instructor at The Living Arts Center and a ballroom instructor at Arthur Murray Dance.
A holder of a B.Mus from Humber College and alumni of the Toronto All-Star Big Band, Patrick Dilkie is an active member of Toronto’s music community as a keyboardist, singer and composer. Patrick has performed in Japan, Chicago and New York.
This work is an improvised exploration influenced and driven by my own personal relationships. The work is intended to explore the ways we connect to others, how we manage our own predispositions and expectations while negotiating the very same with the people around us. This piece is about the self; how to let go of our attachments while navigating our own sense of authenticity.
Jesse Byiers and Thomas McKechnie are hetrosexual life partners who make plays together with [elephants] collective and Katzman Contemporary Working Group and also play in this shitty band called We’re From Out West that they created in the first lonely depressing winter together in Toronto.
Shitty Songs for Shitty Kids is a music-play that uses the music that Jesse and Thomas have written together, their semi-autobiographical accounts of a road trip through eight of the ten provinces in this country, Jack Keraouc’s semi-autobiographical novel On the Road and whatever else is at hand to explore how we create ourselves as individuals. You have to get out and to come back in.
These are some pictures of Jess or [us] doing shit that may or may not be in the play. I (Thomas) took both.
Catch Shitty Songs for Shitty Kids at:
Brian Passmore is a working songwriter and guitarist based in Toronto. He has opened for the Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Jerry Leger, Sarah Jane Scouten, and Randy Bachman and the Sadies. Currently he has been making the rounds as a solo performer and is starting to collaborate with theatre artists, including Ximena Huizi of [elephants] collective.
I will be doing an acoustic performance of a handful of original songs that will be mostly comprised of my latest compositions. I’m hoping for some audience feedback and criticism to help shape the songs as I continue to develop them.
I almost went to bed
the four white violets
I put in the button-hole
of your green sweater
and how i kissed you then
and you kissed me
shy as though I’d
never been your lover
– L. Cohen
Polynomialsis the conduit for the creative projects of Karissa Fyrrar and her variables. For Seasonal Activities, she will be joined by long-time musical partner Math Rosen and movement collaborators Jen Hum and Sarah Reid.
Fyrrar is inspired by the human condition, the perils of everyday life, and the things our hands and faces do in the moments we stop thinking about them.
web – karissafyrrar.com
Near Strangers will be presented as part of Seasonal Activities, v.iii