This project weaves the live performance of dance and text into a solo show-meets-immersive art installation on stage. It is a collaboration between St. John’s-based choreographer/dance artist Corie Harnett and Brazilian-born, St John’s-based textile and theatre artist Bruno Vinhas, and takes inspiration from the Afro-Brazilian spiritual and folkloric tradition of Candomblé. Archetypes from the folklore will help tell a contemporary story of relationship to the natural elements, cultural heritage, and reflections on mortality. Selected themes from Candomblé will intersect with an autobiographical account of connection to Newfoundland ancestral roots. The result will be an immersive performance piece that combines movement, monologue and a multimedia set design derived largely from textile art. The creation and performance of this multidisciplinary work will enable the principal artists to explore and create in new ways, and to benefit from the integration of varied media in storytelling.
We acknowledge the support of ArtsNL, which last year invested $2.35 million to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and the City of St John's through their art grant opportunity
We would like to thank the support of all involved in this project : Arts and Culture Centre - St John's (Peter and Reg), Anita Singh, Ainsley Howthorn, Barry Buckle, Brent Baker, Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, Georgestown Cafe and Bookshelf, Graham Blair, James Stenson, Kailey Bryan, Kate Stenson, Rob Kean, Rodrigo and Tatiane Miranda, Sharon Campbell, The Textile: Craft and Apparel Design Program of the College of the North Atlantic, Vanessa Vasconcellos.
Poster design: Graham Blair