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One-on-One with Sasha Singer-Wilson, co-creator of “Inside” at SummerWorks 2016

Interview by Shaina Silver-Baird

Shaina Silver Baird: How and why did you decide to create a one-on-one site-specific piece? What does this approach offer you that traditional theatre doesn’t?

Sasha Singer-Wilson: I am interested in revitalizing the audience/participant experience and I love creating performance in unlikely places. How can we, as theatre artists, employ an audience in our ephemeral art form? With Netflix so seductively calling from my laptop, this nature of performance offers transformational magic that I am hungry for, both as a maker and as an audience member. If I am hungry for it, I trust that others are too. With Inside, we invite our participants into an experience of close proximity and fly-on-the-wall connection, with the opportunity to witness performers in a private moment. The creation process is really unique – we build our characters and their “scores” out of interviews with our collaborators and then work slowly and organically from the kernels that stand out to us. It’s rewarding and super fun.

Shaina: What role does Cat and the Queen’s music play? Or is that a secret?

Sasha: Cat is an incredible multi-disciplinary performer. To find out how her musical skills are featured, which they are, you’ll have to come and see the show!

Photo of Cat Montgomery by Samantha Madely.

Photo of Cat Montgomery by Samantha Madely.

Shaina: Why create in theatre? Why not some other medium?

Sasha: Theatre is living and breathing. It is right here, right now. This confounds and energizes me. Theatre’s ability to gather people and give the gift of a shared experience is so powerful. Theatre’s subtlety and inherent transcendence bring grace.

Shaina: Why the name The Blood Projects?

Sasha: When Sarah Jurgens and I started creating together in 2009, we were interested in the connective tissue of stories and found our interest lay in work connected to family, to questions about life and death, and the intricacies of the human experience. We dug the idea of “projects” because we both identify as multi-disciplinary artists and wanted to create a home for whatever we made. Mostly, the blood projects makes immersive, intimate performance in unlikely places, but is interested in including film and video, musical experiences and photography.

Shaina: Describe “Inside” in 5 words:

Sasha:

home. heartbreak. birthday party. fly-on-the-wall. meditative.

Inside

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Who:
Company – the blood projects/Cat and the Queen
Created by Cat Montgomery and Sasha Singer-Wilson with Tabby Johnson, Sarah Jurgens, Krista Mennell, Nadeem Phillip, Adrian Rebucas, Giovanni Spina, Heather Watts, and Jada White. Produced by the blood projects and Cat and the Queen.

What:
Hi. Thank you for being interested in our show. We are Sasha and Cat. We make theatre and music. Join us and our friends on a series of eight site-specific one-on-one encounters in a secret location west-end apartment that ask who we are when we’re alone, at home.

We asked our collaborators a series of questions like “does the public presentation of yourself differ from the self you experience in private?”, “what’s one thing you’ll only do when you’re alone at home?”, and “if someone were to peek in on you, all alone, in your bedroom, what might they learn about who you truly are?” We built our piece around kernels of truth, dipped in fluorescent colours – a celebration of shared humanness in all its strangeness and simplicity and beauty. We hope you’ll join us.

Curator’s Note
“Am I most myself when I’m alone? If so, what does that say about me? Working with the available light of their site, the artists Inside offer us one to one encounters with(in) the privacy of others.” – Guillermo Verdecchia

Where:
Starting Location: Pia Bouman
6 Noble Street
Toronto

When:
Thursday August 4th 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Thursday August 4th 9:30 PM – 10:45 PM
Friday August 5th 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Friday August 5th 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Saturday August 6th 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Saturday August 6th 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Saturday August 6th 9:30 PM – 10:45 PM
Sunday August 7th 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Sunday August 7th 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Monday August 8th 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Monday August 8th 9:30 PM – 10:45 PM
Wednesday August 10th 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Wednesday August 10th 9:30 PM – 10:45 PM
Thursday August 11th 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Thursday August 11th 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Thursday August 11th 9:30 PM – 10:45 PM
Friday August 12th 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Friday August 12th 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Friday August 12th 9:30 PM – 10:45 PM
Saturday August 13th 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Saturday August 13th 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Saturday August 13th 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM

More Show Info:
summerworks.ca

Tickets:
summerworks.ca/inside/

Connect:
web – bloodprojects.com
twitter – @bloodprojects
facebook – bloodprojects
instagram – @bloodprojects

 

 

 

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