Shumiatcher Sandbox Series
Written by Chrystene Ells, in collaboration with the ensemble
Directed by Chrystene Ells
Music by Jason Cullimore
Puppets and Masks Designed by Chrystene Ells
American Sign Language Poetry consultant: Joanne Weber
Featuring: Mark D. Claxton, Aubree Erickson,
Avianna Hudym, Berny Hi, Joanne Weber
Produced by Chrystene Ells and Berny Hi (Regina)
Assistant Production Designer: Shelby Lyn Lowe, Rosa Laverdiere
Running Crew: Shelby Lyn Lowe, Rosa Laverdiere
Globe Theatre acknowledges Drs. Morris & Jacqui Shumiatcher for their generous donation, which enables the bold, imaginative traditions of the series to grow and develop.
Two years ago, visual artist, puppeteer and director Chrystene Ells was catapulted out of her body through the top of her head during a sudden onset of partial seizures. Upon re-entry, she found a brighter and more serene world, so different that for nearly a year, she secretly wondered whether she was dead.
In losing facility with verbal language and linear time, she had somehow stepped into a transcendentally beautiful universe which unfolded behind the sheer curtain of cognitive functioning. While friends worried and baffled doctors suggested she had experienced 'events' in the temporal lobe of her brain, Ells' inquiries unveiled that many people have similar unexpected encounters with states of surreal bliss, interconnectedness, and bright humour -- and that there is some non-pathological fun to be had in The Big Living and The Big Dying.
The Kaleidocycle ensemble presents Chrystene's story through puppetry, clowning, physical theatre, film, and American Sign Language poetry, with an original score by composer Jason Cullimore.
* On Friday June 8th, the performance will be interpreted in American Sign Language. All audience members are welcome.
|Mark D. Claxton||Performer|
|Jason Cullimore||Music Composer|
|Chrystene Ells, Berny Hi||Producers|
|Johanna Bundon, Mark Claxton, Jason Cullimore, Brendan Schick, Joanne Weber||Creative Collaborators|
With invaluable creative input and collaboration from visual artist Brendan Schick, dancer and choreographer Johanna Bunden, performance artist Katrina Bray and visual artist Ken Bray.