The Water Thief
Co-created by Sean Frey and Amy Siegel
Choreographed by Bee Pallomina
Music Direction by Daniela Gesundheit (Snowblink)
Set Design and Technical Direction by Chris Clifford
Design and Technical Assistance by Johnny Cann
Live music by Daniela Gesundheit, Cheryl Ockrant, Alex Samaras, Evan Cartwright and others TBC
Performed by Sean Frey, Amy Siegel, Bee Pallomina, Stephen Quinlan, Brittany Brooks
The Water Thief is an interdisciplinary performance project conceived by Dora-nominated theatre designer Sean Frey and multimedia artist Amy Siegel, in which we are expanding the possibilities of film, live performance, music and projection art. The Water Thief involves an experimental silent film that is completed with elements of live performance, set to a live score. The project explores history, memory and death through the life of an old man living in an abandoned Maritime town.
We have been working on this project for over two years and will finally be able to share it with audiences at the SummerWorks Performance Festival in August 2014. In order to fully realize our dream, we need additional funds to pay for incredible set design by the esteemed Chris Clifford and honorariums for our brilliant design interns (including shadow puppeteers and lighting technicians).
With your help we will be able to bring this important project to life! The Water Thief is the first major production from our young company, Twelfth House, and we have been working relentlessly to make it a magical and unique experience.
More information about the piece can be found at: www.cargocollective.com/thewaterthief
HELP US MAKE MAGIC
Help us tell this fantastical story by contributing to the upcoming production of The Water Thief. We need you to help us pay for the design and technical elements that will make this production truly enchanting. From scrims and screens to silk and paper, this project combines live shadow play and pre-recorded video on multiple surfaces and on performers themselves. A shift in the plot is mirrored by a similar translation from screen to physical space - the entire performance venue is transformed, and the last half of the piece takes place within the belly of a whale.
The vibrant tradition of projection artist-musician collaboration often seeks to hide the projection artist, instead focusing on the music and its narratives. The Water Thief seeks to change this popular dynamic by prioritizing a visual narrative, supported by live music and live performers. The Water Thief is distinctive for us because the visual language is the centrepiece of the creation, while the music, the action and narrative become secondary. This project also brings together the various media that we have been working with over the last decade: shadow projections, film, video, live music, dance and ritual.
This campaign will cover the design and technical elements needed to take this performance to the next level.
The design for this project requires a technical wizard and we have found just that in Chris Clifford (Technical Director at the University of Guelph). We need to raise enough funds to cover design costs and the band of crafty elves needed to bring the set design and technical production to life.
Our incredible perks include:
Original prints by Sean Frey and Amy Siegel
An Original paper-cut portrait of you or your pet
A commissioned shadow performance by the Twelfth House for your event, fundraiser or gala
Evening Hymns Performance by Sean Frey with Amy Siegel for SummerWorks 2012
The Water Thief draws upon real happenings and histories of the town of Rockport, New Brunswick, where filming took place. Rockport was once a vibrant community in the 19th Century, with a thriving economy dependent on a sandstone and gypsum quarry. With a fallen economy, Rockport is home to only a handful of permanent residential properties dotting the cliffs. The character of Charon is based on a Rockport hermit who lived a life of simplicity and isolation. For these reasons, Rockport presented itself as the ideal landscape to tell a story exploring the themes of memory, transformation and death.
The Rockport landscape, with its red craggy rock beaches and grassy fields creates a visually stunning composition throughout the piece. The community itself was a huge of source of support for this film; residents directed us to filming locations, provided anecdotal stories, and lent us props and equipment. Bertholet Charron, Rockport resident and protagonist of the film invited us into his life and shared stories of local history, including his witnessing of the arrival of a dying 50’ Sei whale on a Rockport beach; such a rare occurrence in the Bay of Fundy that it made National news. We filmed our whale sequences on that very same beach.
The Making of The Water Thief
The film was shot as part of an Ease Down The Road emerging media artist residency at Struts Gallery in Sackville, New Brunswick. During filming we included spaces and opportunities for the artists/performers to apply additional elements, layers and images in the final performance. In the editing process, we experimented by manipulating the film in ways that involved altering the footage with prisms, employing various projection surfaces and including shadow puppetry. By combining and layering this treated film with live performers and live projection art, the audience will not know what is occurring in real-time, or if/how the film has been altered beforehand. A living, changing final cinematic experience will be both screened and performed simultaneously for the audience. In this vision, the artist/performers are immediate, visible and intimately connected to the audience experience.
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