THEATRE REPLACEMENT doing TOWN CRIERS
WHEN // WHERE // DURATION // LANGUAGE
Saturday 27 – durational from 13.00 until 14.30
Sunday 28 – running from 13.00 until 14.30
Different locations along Sæbraut starting at Sólfarið (a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason) at 13.00 (35 mins).
On Sæbraut between Sólfarið and Snorrabraut at 13.15 (35 mins).
At Ástarbrautarbletturinn (a sculpture by Sigurður Guðmundsson from 13.30 (35 mins)
ABOUT THE WORK
In a fixed location, writers type out observations of the world unfolding around them. In another part of the same country — or the world — a town crier receives these observations via a tablet, a modern day version of the trusty scroll. The criers ring their bells and declare these observations to the public. Drawing upon patterns of relaying information that mirror Twitter or Facebook, Town Criers treats everyday considerations as the news. Intimate and minute details are transmitted through the ether, and then filtered through the live body in an oratorical sculpture.
Listrænir stjórnendur/Artistic Directors: James Long & Maiko Yamamoto
Listrænn ramleiðandi/Artistic Producer: Ragnheiður Harpa Leifsdóttir
Listrænn samstarfsmaður/Artistic Associate: Conor Wylie
Búningahönnun/Costume Design: Karen Briem
Framkvæmdastjóri Theatre Replacement/Theatre Replacement Managing Producer: Corbin Murdoch
Heimildaljósmyndun/Photo Documentation: Birkir Brynjarsson
Gunnar Jónsson, Sofia Orfanou & Ólöf Fríða Gísladóttir
Herdís Sigurðardóttir Busson, Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson & Ólöf Sverrisdóttir
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Theatre Replacement is an ongoing collaboration between James Long and Maiko Yamamoto. Whether working together or apart, we use extended processes to create performances from intentionally simple beginnings. Our work is about a genuine attempt to coexist. Conversations, interviews and arguments collide with Yamamoto and Long’s aesthetics resulting in theatrical experiences that are authentic, immediate and hopeful.
Theatre Replacement builds performances that speak to contemporary existence. When making this work, we recognize the accomplishments and failures of the world around us; use biographical material to magnify these events through extended collaborative processes and training programs; and reproduce the results for local, national and international audiences.
Town Criers is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia and Eco Art Incubator. The project was initially created as part of a residency at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Further development is supported by the Magnetic North Theatre Festival and the Yukon Arts Centre (Canada), Everybody’s Spectacular and A! Festivals (Iceland), Tiger Dublin Fringe and Tonnta (Ireland) and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver).