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Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster

Showing on January 17–19, 2018

Playing at Scotiabank Dance Centre

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster
Photo: Sarah Walker

Nicola Gunn (Australia)

Convulsive, frenzied and downright thrilling, Nicola Gunn’s show is a cocktail of the physical and the cerebral, the athletic and the abstract. There’s a story she wants to tell, of an encounter she once had in a foreign country. Walking by a canal one day, she saw a man throwing stones at a duck and wound up in a nasty confrontation with him. The experience stayed with her, and grew into an idea for a show about morality, culture and the politics of intervention.

A furious thinker and a born entertainer, Gunn leaps and poses onstage while firing off anecdotes, philosophical asides and more. Movement and monologue are the tools here, employed to galvanizing effect. This performer can shake up an audience with the best of them—her work has the verbal density of a great podcast, but it’s a live, physical experience if there ever was one to be had.

Comic genius… Gunn’s text is intricate and often brilliant, full of unpredictable digressions and curious factoids. It’s the verbal equivalent of skimming stones over water.

The Age

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster
Photo: Gregory Lorenzutti

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Scotiabank Dance Centre

677 Davie Street, Vancouver


January 17–19
70 minutes, no intermission



Single tickets: $36

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Post-show talkback
January 18

Please note: Contains moments of physical proximity to the artist that may be uncomfortable for some audience members.

CREATOR, WRITER, DIRECTOR, PERFORMER Nicola Gunn CHOREOGRAPHER Jo Lloyd SOUND COMPOSER, DESIGNER Kelly Ryall AV DESIGNER Martyn Coutts LIGHTING DESIGNER Niklas Pajanti COSTUME DESIGNER Shio Otani SCRIPT DRAMATURG Jon Haynes PRODUCTION MANAGER Gwen Gilchrist PRODUCER Jenny Vila SUPPORTED BY Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Mobile States, Besen Family Foundation, Punctum Inc. Seedpod program, City of Melbourne through Arts House’s CultureLAB, Maximised by Chunky Move