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Footnote Number 12

Showing on February 6–8

Playing at Performance Works

Footnote Number 12 performance with Nancy Tam and James Long
Photo: ©Matt Rezenk

Spreafico Eckly and Theatre Replacement (Norway / Canada)

“Wonderful… Thought-provoking… I’m going to tell everyone I know to go and see it.”

—Mooney on Theatre

A deep dive into the politics of language and the dynamics of privilege, Footnote Number 12 turns the act of reading into riveting theatre. You could call it a subversive piece of literary criticism; it takes a celebrated essay by the late David Foster Wallace and breaks it down in a series of seriocomic monologues, each of them playfully modulated by sound artist Nancy Tam.

Our speaker is James Long, but we do not always hear his voice; as he paraphrases, quotes and critiques “Roger Federer as Religious Experience,” we get a series of sonic curveballs that highlight gender, race and perspective in funny and provocative ways. Don’t expect to be a passive audience member: there will be reading from distributed texts, a group song and more in the name of showmanship but also empowerment. Deconstruction has rarely been this mischievous, this innovative, this fun.

Footnote Number 12 performance with Nancy Tam and James Long
Photo: ©Matt Rezenk
Footnote Number 12 performance with James Long
Photo: ©Matt Reznek
Footnote Number 12 performance with Nancy Tam and James Long
Photo: ©Henry Chan

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Artist Bio

Spreafico Eckly (Norway)

Spreafico Eckly produces collaborative art in a variety of forms; among its special concerns are the ways in which the past informs the present. The company has a unique creative process: it begins with a specific topic and develops a format through creative exchange and experimentation. Also important to Spreafico Eckly is a close, interactive relationship with its audiences. 

Theatre Replacement (Canada)

Theatre Replacement’s James Long and Maiko Yamamoto like to build outwards from simple concepts, creating works that use conversation to explore the ways we live with each other. The two artists seek to portray the flux of argument and dialogue, and their creations have a powerful immediacy to them. Theatre Replacement’s work has been performed at over 50 festivals around the world, and in 2019 the company was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch Prize for “excellence and innovation in Canadian Theatre.” 


Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver


February 6, 8PM
February 7–8, 6PM
Post-Show Talkback: Feb 7

70 mins, no intermission


Single tickets $39
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Content Note: Audience members who use reading glasses are advised to bring them to this performance.


CREATORS Spreafico Eckly, Theatre Replacement CONCEPTION, DESIGN, ORIGINAL TEXT James Long, Andrea Spreafico DIRECTOR Andrea Spreafico PERFORMER James Long SOUND DESIGNER, PERFORMER Nancy Tam LIGHTING DESIGNER Itai Erdal SET DESIGNER, CONSTRUCTION Philipp von Hase

CO-PRODUCTION SUPPORT BIT Teatergarasjen, Rosendal Teater, Carte Blanche FUNDING SUPPORT Arts Council Norway, Bergen Kommune, the Canada Council for the Arts, Performing Arts Hub Norway.