Photo: Jeremy Mimnagh.

Saturday, October 10, 8:00 PM at the LSPU Hall

Tickets can be purchased
• online through the website: www.rca.nf.ca
• by telephone at 753-4531 ext 200, or
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EUNOIA

“Denise Fujiwara’s Eunoia one of the best dance events of the season. Clever, witty, engrossing.” — Paula Citron, dance critic at the Globe & Mail

Eunoia is Christian Bök’s award-winning and bestselling book of conceptual poetry. It is built on the notion of constraining language to one vowel per chapter and tells stories in ways that are as pleasurable as they are ingenious. Denise Fujiwara’s adaptation of the book is a multimedia experience of dance, video, music and costume that employs similar constraints in such inventive ways that it has resulted in a groundbreaking performance lauded by audiences and critics alike.

Eunoia takes the audience on a verbal, visual and visceral journey. The conceit of the poem is introduced through games and then builds in complexity with fanciful narratives and semiotic play. Initially the audience grapples with the rich play of words and images, and then as the performance unfolds, they surrender to the surprises and wit that are revealed through layers of meaning in the moment. Eunoia means “beautiful thinking”, and that is just what happens when the audience’s imagination is triggered.
Eunoia premiered March 19 – 22, 2014 at the Enwave Theatre in Toronto as part of Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage series.

ARTIST BIOS

Denise Fujiwara is a choreographer and dancer whose solo dance concerts have garnered praise across Canada and toured to festivals in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia.  Recent forays into ensemble choreography include NO EXIT and large commissioned works for the Compania Nacional de Danza in Costa Rica and eXit ’11 in Germany. fujiwaradance.com

Christian Bök is the author of Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001)—a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Poetry Prize. Bök is one of the earliest founders of Conceptual Literature (the poetic school of avant-garde writing made famous, in part, by the performance of its ringleader, Kenneth Goldsmith, at the White House in 2011). Bök has created artificial languages for two television shows: Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon. Bök has earned many accolades for his virtuoso recitals of “sound-poems” (particularly Die Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters)—and he has performed lectures and readings at more then 200 venues around the world in the last four years. Bök latest work is entitled The Xenotext—a work that requires him to engineer the genome of an unkillable bacterium so that the DNA of such an organism might become not only a durable archive that stores a poem for eternity, but also an operant machine that writes a poem in response. Bök teaches in the Department of English at the University of Calgary.

Phil Strong is an awarded composer and sound designer based in Toronto, Canada. He works in film, dance, theatre, musical performance, art installation and educational outreach. Since studying at the Banff Centre For The Arts, Phil has received numerous commissions and was the principal composer for Christopher House and Toronto Dance Theatre for over a decade, creating soundtracks for nine major dance productions – and earning the first ever Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Music in Dance (Timecode Break). Most recently he has been nominated again in outstanding music and design for Eunoia; Denise Fujiwara’s masterpiece based on Christian Bök’s seminal book of poetry.

Justin Stephenson is a multidisciplinary designer/director based in Toronto. He works on a range of projects from main titles for TV and feature films, to advertising and on-air branding, to children’s television, experimental film, and live projection for music and dance performances. His most recent design work includes main title design for David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, Cosmopolis and A Dangerous Method, Nathon Molando’s Edwin Boyd and Eli Roth’s series Hemlock Grove. He also co-created and co-produced the TV series Story Explorers for TVO Kids which is currently airing.

Roelof Peter Snippe has over his long, distinguished career as a lighting designer, stage manager and technical director worked with major dance, theatre and opera companies across Canada and abroad. They include the Toronto Dance Theatre, The Danny Grossman Dance Company, Dancemakers, and numerous other Canadian independent artists, including Denise Fujiwara, Jennifer Dallas and Claudia Moore. Mr Snippe was a recent recipient of the Dance Ontario’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gerry Trentham has created roles in the works of many of Canada’s prominent choreographers over the past 30 years. He is the founder and Artistic Director of pounds per square inch performance. He has created over 30 works including his recent Four Mad Humours, which was nominated for a 2011 Dora Award. With an MFA in Theatre and Graduate Voice Diploma from York University he has taught throughout North America, Australia and the UK, as a core faculty member of Canada’s National Voice Intensive, as well as with Denise Fujiwara in their new frontier of Butoh/Voice training.

Sylvie Bouchard is originally from Montréal. She performed with Toronto Dance Theatre from 1985 to 1990 and has worked for many choreographers and companies including Dancemakers and Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers. In 1997, Bouchard formed CORPUS with David Danzon and created works with him that toured nationally and internationally. In 1993, she incepted Dusk Dances, a festival that grew under the artistic direction of Bouchard and Danzon until 2008, when Bouchard became sole Festival Director. Sylvie Bouchard is the recipient of the 2009 K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Dance, and the Artistic Director of BoucharDanse. bouchardanse.com

Claudia Moore, performer, curator and artistic director of MOonhORsE dance theatre, has been a force on the Canadian dance scene since the late 70’s. Most recently, she performed a solo evening, Escape Artist, to celebrate her 60th birthday, choreographed by Paul-Andre Fortier, Susanna Hood, Christopher House and GADFLY. Claudia’s acclaimed series for senior dance artists as well as for young and old dance artists working together, Older & Reckless, is now in its fourteenth season. moonhorsedance.com

Lucy Rupert is a freelance dancer and theatre artist and the artistic director of Blue Ceiling dance. She has performed for with Anandam Dance, Sashar Zarif Dance, Little Pear Garden Collective, Circus Orange and for over a decade with Theatre Rusticle. Other credits include performances with Puppetmongers Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, and music videos for Sarah Slean and Elective. Her own repertoire has travelled to New York, Montreal, Guelph, Stratford and Germany. blueceilingdance.com

Miko Sobreira is a Venezuelan born artist who currently calls Toronto home. He has collaborated and performed with Toronto and international artists such as Claudia Moore, Pam Johnson, Maxine Heppner, Holly Small, Alejandro Ronceria, Learie McNichols, David Duclos, Allen and Karen Kaeja, Corpus, Sound Image Theatre, Rubberbandancegroup, Katherine Tardiff, Francine Gagne and many more.  For the past nine years, Miko has worked as a full time Youth Social Worker.

Rebecca Hope Terry
2015 joyfully marks Hope’s 11th anniversary with Fujiwara Dance Inventions within a multi-disciplinary performance career of over 25 years. She has had the pleasure of working with many Canadian choreographers including Jennifer Mascall, Serge Bennathan, and the late Lola MacLaughlin. 

Marianna Rosato received her BFA as a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School’s Technical Production Program in 2006 and then interned as Assistant Stage Manager for Toronto Dance Theatre for three years. Since then she has stage managed works for many dance companies including Dancemakers, The National Ballet School of Canada, ColemanLemiuex&Compagnie, BoucharDanse and Moonhorse Dance Theatre. Marianna is the resident Production Stage Manager of Mainstage Theatre Company, a Toronto based youth musical theatre program. 

CREDITS

Sound Designer: Phil Strong
Designer/Director: Justin Stephenson
Lighting / Technical Director: Roelof Peter Snippe
Choreographer: Gerry Trentham
Dancers: Sylvie Bouchard, Claudia Moore, Lucy Rupert, Miko Sobreira, Rebecca Hope Terry
Stage Manager: Marianna Rosato

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