‘Hauntings’ wins 3 Calgary theatre awards

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CBC News reported today (25 August 2009) that Alberta Theatre Project’s production Studies in Motion: The Hauntings of Eadweard Muybridge was the big winner Monday evening at the Betty Mitchell Awards in Calgary. The news report stated:

The story of a famous photographer haunted by a killing in his past won three awards, including best production, at the annual celebration of the best in Calgary theatre.

Vancouver choreographer Crystal Pite, who created the mesmerizing movements of the original Vancouver production and oversaw the choreography of the Calgary production, earned the Betty for outstanding choreography.

Another Betty went to Patrick Pennefather, a composer specializing in electronic music, who wrote the score for the play, which recalls a period when Muybridge’s experiments with photography approached the creation of film.

CBC news.ca
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/theatre/story/2009/08/24/betty-mitchell-awards.html

Studies in Motion

Promotional video for

Electric Company Theatre’s STUDIES IN MOTION,

Inspired by the life and work of 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, whose instantaneous photography and exhaustive studies in animal and human locomotion foretold the invention of the modern-day cinema.

In 1885 Muybridge embarked on a mission of cataloging animal movement and human gestures, dissecting time and in so doing, revealed a world invisible to the naked eye. However, Muybridge is haunted by the ghosts of his past actions; the man he killed, the child he abandoned, and the woman he thought he knew. The play, a physically and visually explosive spectacle, explores themes of memory, identity, and the quest for meaning at the very beginning of our culture’s obsession with images…..

….A mesmerizing and dazzling play….

Premiered in Vancouver in 2006, tours Canada in 2009. Mar 24 – 27 2009 presented by the Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse. yukonartscentre.com

http://www.electriccompanytheatre.com Electric Company Theatre

photos by Tim Matheson.


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