TITLE OF SHOW: Twinings
LENGTH OF SHOW: 90-minutes, plus intermission
THEME [one sentence description]: All peoples around the world have common feelings, ideas, ideals and values.
CONTENT [brief description: Humorous stories and high-jinks and perky dance from developing and Third World countries, such as Guatemala, Senegal, Thailand, India and from such peoples as the Aboriginals of Australia.
GOAL [the purpose of this show]: To witness that all peoples around the world have similar feelings, values and characters at which we can laugh, ideas that make us stop and think and a diversity of expressions to celebrate.
POINT OF VIEW OF ARTISTS: Both Bob and Dana feel strongly that by exposing themselves and audiences to the commitments and values of other societies, we will be better able to understand our own, and that we will be more compassionate towards those of others in order to break down prejudice and confront ignorance, while enriching our lives.
PRESENTATION [skills used to present show]: The most notable feature of TWININGS is the costuming. Dressed as two Shaman, the healer-story-teller-wise men of tribes around the world, Bob and Dana are covered with fringes, crocheted panels, headdresses, arm and leg bands, beading, jewelry from the Bedouin, from the Gold Coast of Africa, from Nigeria, patterned body suits with tattoo-designs from the pottery of the Navajo, the Zuni, the Aboriginal. The costumes weigh in at 30 lbs. a piece, including layers of capes in silks from India, Thailand and China. The set is brightly painted in reds and browns with designs abstracted from the folk costumes of peoples who have immigrated to Canada from all over the world. Music comes from the countries of the actual stories themselves: India, Africa, Guatemala and some was specially composed by John Thompson of the Banff Fine Arts Centre for the reconstruction of dances that are over 10,000 years old. Movement is an integral part of the characterizations as well as the individual, folk-dances.
TARGET AUDIENCE: TWININGS works well with Festival and Family audiences and, in shortened versions, has been very successful in schools and children’s’ festivals as well. We have discovered that adults love the show and often even when it has been booked as a festival piece for young audiences, the adults who come are as delighted as the young people, if not more so. This show has often been enjoyed by non-English speaking audiences around the world. Usually the whole family enjoys this show, age 4/5 and up. Multi-cultural groups, especially from developing countries and seniors greatly enjoy the show.
CAST: Robert Greenwood (actor) and [Mr.] Dana Luebke (dancer-actor)
LANGUAGE IN WHICH SHOW IS PERFORMED: English
PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS AVAILABLE:
WHERE SHOW HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY PERFORMED OR WORLD PREMIERE, ETC.: This show was premiered in Calgary during Sun.Ergos’ Subscription Seasons. It has been seen in Great Britain, across Canada, Israel, Singapore, Croatia, Slovakia; in festivals, in community performances series and in schools.
REFERENCES FOR SHOW:
Joan Flood, Director, INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Eran Baniel, Director, AKKO FESTIVAL, Acre, Israel
Jasenka Ramljak, Associate Director, MEDUNARODNI DJECJI FESTIVAL, Sibenik, Croatia
Nick Richardson, Director, INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, United World College of Southeast Asia, Singapore
Dick Foose, Consultant, ALBERTA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, Professional Arts Companies, Edmonton, Alberta
WORDS WHICH HAVE BEEN USED TO DESCRIBE THE SHOW:
textured, hand-crafted, bright, delightful, charming, colourful, energetic, hilarious, mesmerizing, professional, light-hearted, imaginative, honest, perceptive, fascinating, handsome, tapestry,. rich, well-researched, layered
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR MATERIALS, PLEASE CONTACT:
Sun.Ergos, A Company of Theatre and Dance
130 Sunset Way
Priddis, Alberta, CANADA T0L 1W0
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