SLIGHT OF MIND – Spring 2019


MARCH 2019

@ The Citadel Theatre

Strange days. What we see and what we hear is constantly called into question. We are navigating a hall of mirrors where our senses can no longer be trusted. Using the non-theatre spaces at the Citadel, hard-boiled detective fiction and interviews with Edmonton community members whose work shines a light on the nature of truth: magicians, police detectives, criminal lawyers, fact checkers, journalists, and psychics as artistic resources; Theatre Yes is creating a work which will take audiences on a physical journey from opulent lobbies to the hidden underground caverns of the Citadel Theatre.

SLIGHT OF MIND will be a theatrical exploration of how truth is created, distorted and revealed by the mechanics of our minds. In the post-truth era, we are navigating through a hall of mirrors, where our senses can no longer be trusted to tell us what is real, what is true, what the truth is. We find ourselves in an ever-changing maze. How do we navigate? How will this large-scale gas lighting affect our perception, our psychology and our health? How will it change our world?

As our process continues we are going out into the community and interviewing Edmontonians whose work shines a light on the nature of truth as a launch pad for the piece. These interviews include conversations with neuroscientists, psychologists, Elders, criminal lawyers, magicians, police detectives, investigative journalists, ministers and psychics.

About the Guest Artists

Beth Graham

Beth Graham - HeadshotBeth’s plays have been produced across Canada and internationally in the U.S., the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award and the Carol Bolt Award. Beth has received the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award, Sterling awards, Betty Mitchell awards and the Alberta Playwrights’ Network Award for her plays and collaborations. She has been an artist-in-residence with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and Catalyst Theatre, and has attended retreats at the Banff Playwrights’ Lab, The National Theatre School and The Stratford Festival of Canada. Her plays include: The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, The Dirt On Mo, Flight, Pretty Goblins and Working It Out. Her co-creations/collaborations include:The Drowning Girls, Fortune Falls, Comrades, Mules, and Victor and Victoria’s Terrifying Tale of Terrible Things. Her most recent play, Pretty Goblins, will be produced by Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, April 18-29, 2018 at the Backstage Theatre.

Gary James Joynes (Clinker)

Joynes 2018 Bio Plate DemoGary James Joynes (aka Clinker) is an award-winning sound and visual artist that has been active in the international live audio-visual and experimental music performance community for many years. He blends the beauty and physicality of sounds auditory and visual elements in Live Cinema AV performances and in rigorous and emotional photo and video installation works. Clinker’s sound and video work performed and exhibited in Canada and internationally in festivals and events including the Koffler Centre (Toronto), The Banff Centre, Electric Fields (Ottawa), Mountain Computer Music Festival (Montana), Roulette Mixology Festival (New York), Soundasaurus 1 & 2 (Calgary), MUTEK_10 Festival (Montreal), Soundfjord re/flux Sublimated Landscape / Sonic Topology @ ICA London (London, UK), Emmedia Sonic Boom (Calgary), The Banff Centre – Interactive Screen (2008 & 2007 editions), Leonard Cohen International Festival, Tanzstartklar Festival (Graz, Austria), New Forms Festival (Vancouver), Sprawl – Interplay_4 Festival  (Amsterdam, Dublin, London, Bristol), Sea Of Sound Festival  (The Works – Edmonton), MUTEK Le Placard Festival (Montreal), and Standart (Madrid, Spain).

Gary has been featured in the latest Canadian Art Magazine, click here to read!

Next up for Gary is the curation of the next The Synchresis Series (Edition No. 3) Deep listening immersion with a sneak peek of some of his latest Visual Sound Experiments in April 2018. Gary will also be travelling to be a part of Regina’s New Dance Horizons season with a performance of Soundbursting (Live AV) as part of NDH’s residency at the Mackenzie Art Gallery May 2018.

Stefano Muneroni

CA6235C1-CD43-4909-8B3A-46E1A7EEAC27Stefano is a dramaturg, translator and theatre historian, who has practiced in Italy, England, the United States, and Canada. North American Dramaturgical Credits include: Frida y su Reflejo/Frida through the Looking Glass by Marina Mair-Sanchez, Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts,Sapientia by Roswitha, Canoe Theatre Festival,Boundless Border, University of Alberta, staged reading of Carlos Morton’s Frontera sin fin, Blood Wedding, University of Alberta’s Studio Theatre, Toxic Bus Incident, Theatre Yes, The Mill on the Floss, Citadel Theatre, Yerma, Quantum Theatre Pittsburgh, Angels in America, Millennium Approaches Pitt Repertory Theatre, Cymbeline Pitt Repertory Theatre, The American Clock Pitt Repertory Theatre. Recent staged translations include Sforza Pallavicino’s Ermenegild, A Jesuit Tragedy, Xavier Villaurrutia’s The Absent One, and Osvaldo Dragún’s A Toothache, a Plague, and a Dog. Stefano is assistant professor of intercultural theatre in the Department of Drama at the University of Alberta. He has published academic articles on Latin American theatre, religion and drama, and translation.