125 Bathurst Street
|Saturday August 13th||6:30 PM - 8:00 PM|
|Sunday August 14th||12:00 PM - 1:30 PM|
Double Bill with noyé/e/.
noyé/e/ appears first, in the Factory Theatre Rehearsal Hall, followed by /vərˈbādəm/ in the Factory Theatre Mainspace.
Catherine Murray’s highly organic dance work, /vərˈbādəm/, explores how movement, language, and ethical responsibility can interact, intersect, and inform each other. Born of interviews that Catherine personally conducted with young mothers at Jessie’s (The June Callwood Centre for Young Women), this work sees dancers physically grappling with the concept of translation, empathy, and whether or not we can ask clear questions of justice through dance. Can rigorously embodying words and sounds enhance our understanding of someone’s marginalization? Or does it – regardless of care and good intentions – simply render a voice unintelligible? With great compassion, /vərˈbādəm/ pours over language – its rhythms, its poetry and politics, and the identities and ideas embedded within it – to see what further meaning can be found in between the lines.
Conceived and Choreographed by Catherine Murray; Originally Created by Denise Solleza, Christy Stoeten, and Andrea Spaziani; Performed by Denise Solleza, Brittany Duggan, and Catherine Murray; Dramaturged by Andrew Kushnir; Stage Managed by Alexa Polenz; Produced by Project: Humanity.
"Murray looks with sensitivity and rigor into translation of spoken language to body language. Working with ideas of Verbatim- which can loosely be translated to “word for word”, Murray and performers create a body language derived from intimate interviews and stories with young mothers. The precision of the movement paired with the gravity of the storytelling makes for a unique and moving project." - Jenn Goodwin