HOMEbody: lessons in prairie living…

HOMEbody… lessons in prairie living from Shannon Litzenberger on Vimeo.

“…beautifully conceived and eloquently brought to fruition…HOMEbody should travel the country to big cities and small, because it’s Canadian to its roots.” -Paula Citron, paulacitron.ca

“Full of evocative images of lives lived on the Saskatchewan prairies. Simultaneously thoughtful and thought-provoking…inventive and playful…poignant and timeless.”
-Bridget Cauthery, The Dance Current

“…a touching image about the journey from rural youth to big city living and how where you come from will always be a part of who you are.” -Candice Irwin, Mooney on Theatre

Concept, Choreography and Performance:
Shannon Litzenberger

Director and Artistic Advisor: Marie-Josée Chartier
Lighting Designer: Kimberly Purtell
Set and Costume Designer: Lindsay Anne Black
Sound Designer: Miquelon Rodriguez
Writer: Lindsay Zier-Vogel
Video Images and Editing: Jef Mallory / Mike Rollo
Production and Stage Manager: Marianna Rosato
Production Assistant: Jordana Deveau
Video Consulting: Mikael Kangas

About HOMEbody
“HOMEbody is an exploration of identity, belonging and place through the lens of my own experience growing up on a Saskatchewan farm and later moving to the largest city in the country – Toronto. While my family’s farm is nearing its centennial anniversary, the property to the north and south of our home quarter has long been vacated, the houses left abandoned – decaying monuments of their pioneering roots. These homes represent not only an abandonment of place, but also characterize the mass exodus of my generation from rural life. HOMEbody is both an intimate portrait of my childhood prairie home and a tribute to the importance of where we come from.”
– Shannon Litzenberger

HOMEbody Trailer from Shannon Litzenberger on Vimeo.

HOMEbody in Rehearsal – Photos by Kevin Konnyu

What Audiences Said…

“Beautiful, thought-provoking, funny and original.” -Kim Zwolinski, Regina, SK

“… absolutely delightful – simple, stylish and elegant!” -Rosslyn Jacob Edwards, Toronto, ON

“…evocative, moving and creative.”
-Sandy Houston, Toronto, ON

“A delightful, insightful, inspired and moving (no pun intended) dance piece that subtly tugs on many of the heart strings that remind us of home. Beautiful staging and refreshingly original use of video, brilliantly incorporated into the dance.”
-John Van Burek, Toronto, ON

“I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Everything about it was great! The words were poetic, the lighting was amazing, and the set was used so effectively and dramatically.” -Nathan Payne, Toronto, ON

HOMEbody in Rehearsal – Photos by Omer Yukseker

In January of 2012, HOMEbody collaborators Marie-Josée Chartier, Lindsay Zier-Vogel, Jef Mallory and I traveled to Yorkton, Saskatchewan to continue develping HOMEbody as the first-ever artists-in-residence at the Anne Portnuff Theatre. In tandem with the development of HOMEbody, we animated a unique creative process for Grade 10 and 11 drama students at the Yorkton Regional High School – guiding them through the creation of their own performance pieces that integrate a variety of artistic mediums including dance, theatre, music, and text. Our three weeks culminated with a public performance where the students, my collaborators, and I presented our work. In this brief mini-documentary, the students reflect on their experience.

As it turned out, our work generated a lot of media attention and we were thrilled to share our story with several reporters.

There were several very early morning radio interviews!
GX94 HOMEbody interview
Fox FM HOMEbody interview
CBC Morning Edition with Sheila Coles

…and a handful of special interest stories in the press.
Yorkton This Week: Artist-in-residence helps YRHS students
The Yorkton News Review: YRHS has artist-in-residence for January
Yorkton This Week : Month spent with artists pays off

Artist-in-Residence – Anne Portnuff Theatre, Yorkton Regional High School, Saskatchewan


[60 mins]
Live Performance – September 22, 2012

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