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I swallowed a moon made of iron 我咽下一枚铁做的月亮

A MUSIC PICNIC AND CREATIVE LINKS CO-PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH POINT VIEW ART

In this haunting song cycle, composer and performer Njo Kong Kie 楊光奇 sets the poetry of Xu Lizhi 許立志 to song and delivers a lamentation for our digital age. Xu toiled in a factory in Shenzhen, China, where he, along with hundreds of thousands of others who were unseen and ignored, manufactured the digital devices we use every day. Xu’s spare and profound poetry is an indictment of labour exploitation, and it also offers a glimpse into his interior life: his hopes, his dreams, and his struggle under the unbearable weight of existence.

Created by Njo Kong Kie set to the poetry of 許立志 Xu Lizhi, a A Music Picnic and Creative Links Co-Production in association with Point View Art

POET 許立志 XU LIZHI COMPOSER / DIRECTOR / PERFORMER / CO-PRODUCER 楊光奇 NJO KONG KIE TRANSLATOR 關顯揚 DEREK KWAN SPACE AND LIGHTING DESIGNER / FILM CAPTURE DIRECTOR 馮國基 FUNG KWOK KEE GABRIEL TOUR LIGHTING DIRECTOR 李維明 JARETH LI PHOTOGRAPHER / FILMMAKER 歐陽永鋒 AO IEONG WENG FONG VIDEO DESIGNER ( TEXT) 余志力 NICHOLAS YEE SOUND DESIGNER RYAN MCNABB VOCAL COACH STACIE DUNLOP MOVEMENT COACH 楊漢源 WILLIAM YONG PRODUCTION MANAGER 周芷会 ECHO ZHOU STAGE MANAGER 蔣家寧 KAREN CHIANG TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (TOUR AND FILM CAPTURE) SEBASTIAN MARZIALI TECHNICAL DIRECTOR / PRODUCTION MANAGER / FILM CAPTURE VIDEO EFFECTS DIRECTOR / CO-PRODUCER 鄺華歡 ERIK KUONG WA FUN

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Born to Manifest

JOSEPH TOONGA AND JUST US DANCE THEATRE (UK)

Joseph Toonga channels the experiences of young Black British men in this fierce, dynamic dance performance. The show begins with the lone figure of Toonga and some harshly suggestive audio: ape noises, gunshots, the sounds of police making arrests. It’s a dramatization of stigma, with racial identity the site of both oppression and pride. Soon, another man appears, and from there, the production becomes a kind of physical dialogue: the two dancers move both with and against each other, in gestures that are by turns combative and conciliatory. Set to an original score by Mikey J and marked by the idioms of street dancing, Born to Manifest draws on styles like krump, and also on the martial arts moves that influenced urban dance at the point of its inception; the result is an exhilarating fusion. What these two performers achieve with their leaps, rolls, and contortions is a kinetic expression of resistance—a glorious act of assertion.

CHOREOGRAPHER Joseph Toonga PERFORMERS Cache Thake & Joseph Toonga PRODUCER Emily Crouch DRAMATURG Peggy Olislaegers COMPOSER Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante

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Aalaapi | ᐋᓛᐱ

COLLECTIF AALAAPI | LA MESSE BASSE, (NUNAVIK | MONTREAL)

Crossing the boundaries of age, gender, and ethnicity in its collective authorship, AALAAPI | ᐋᓛᐱ enriches our lives with a nuanced understanding of contemporary Inuit experience. Combining the aesthetics of theatre and radio, the project takes us to the North. The focus is on two women living in Nunavik; over a long arc, we watch their lives play out. A radio is the centrepiece in their domestic setting, and through it come the sounds of an audio documentary. We listen along with the women, and eventually the broadcast comes under scrutiny in a process informed by ethical and political concerns. Drawing on radio’s large role in the lives of Northern societies, this work makes brilliant use of the medium’s ambient quality—but never at the expense of engagement with the material itself. Collectif Aalaapi provokes us to critique the radio documentary and the ideology it engenders; the members have joined together to illuminate the politics of language and culture, and their invitation to the audience is to enlarge this union. Aalaapi has surtitles in English and French.

PRODUCED BY Collectif Aalaapi ORIGINAL IDEA Laurence Dauphinais + Marie-Laurence Rancourt DIRECTED BY Laurence Dauphinais RADIO DOCUMENTARY DIRECTED BY Magnéto – Marie-Laurence Rancourt + Daniel Capeille PERFORMED BY Nancy Saunders and Ulivia Uviluk SET DESIGN Odile Gamache LIGHTING DESIGN Chantal Labonté Music Antonin Wyss SOUND AND VIDEO ON TOUR Joël Lavoie Video Guillaume Vallée OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COLLECTIVE Audrey Alasuak + Mélodie Duplessis + Caroline Jutras Boisclair + Samantha Leclerc + Louisa Naluiyuk + Akinisie Novalinga ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Charlie Cohen SET DESIGN ASSISTANT Nancy Saunders TRANSLATED BY Brett Donahue + Nicolas Pirti-Duplessis ANIMATION Camille Monette-Dubeau TOUR MANAGER Charlotte Ménard TECHNICAL DIRECTOR AND LIGHTING MANAGER ON TOUR Chantal Labonté PRODUCTION DIRECTOR OF THE ORIGINAL VERSION Letícia Tórgo PRODUCTION AND TOURING La Messe Basse

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