ON AND ON AND ON @ Nuit Blanche

On October 4th, we were invited to be part of Urbanspace’s The Shape and Form of the Future, an installation at site 68 (401 Richmond) during Nuit Blanche. Shape and Form was all about getting an audience to play and the importance of play in our artistic practice.

ON AND ON AND ON was designed to be a drop-in, all-night, indoor campfire where people were invited to sit around and tell us a story in whatever way they knew how. We offered a pianist, a guitarist, percussion, sharpies and paper, some dancers and actors to help bring these stories to life. We even had Nicole Ratjen participating via twitter all the way in Berlin; every now and then she’d send photos of landmarks and ideas from another time zone.

Our overarching question for the night was, How do you tell a story to a room full of strangers? With the answer being, We’ll help you.

We ensured a steady group of artists to be present throughout the night, to keep the improvisation moving and to keep the dynamic shifting as new artists and new audience came in.

Participating artists included:

  • Rob Schuyler
  • Nicole Ratjen
  • Jeff Giles
  • Alexi Pedenault
  • Christian Quaresma
  • Evan Harkai
  • Oliver Georgiou
  • Thomas McKechnie
  • Jesse Byiers
  • Kitty Orsten
  • Damian Norman
  • Kallee Lins
  • Colleen Snell
  • Fiona Sauder
  • Andrew Gaboury

Ever tell a story to a room full of strangers?

a field of crowns is pleased to bring together a talented group of artists to host a night of improvised storytelling. The piece, ON AND ON AND ON, is part of Urbanspace’s “THE SHAPE AND FORM OF THE FUTURE” at 401 Richmond, Location 68, during this year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche!

ON AND ON AND ON is an experiment in large group storytelling that challenges any audience member who wants to take part to try something they have never done before. How do you tell a story to a room full of strangers? I’m not entirely sure, but with a room full of actors, dancers, visual artists and musicians, I’m sure we can find a way.