REcent commissions

Selected Recent Work created for Curated Platforms  

 
 
Heather MacPhail, Linnea Swan, Brendan Wyatt

Heather MacPhail, Linnea Swan, Brendan Wyatt

Lab rats for the theatre

Initially presented in 2013, Lab Rats was developed in function of the  space where it was originally performed. An iron cast radiator, two emergency exit doors framed on one single wall, a worn-out wooden floor and a large windowsill were few of the many elements of Hub 14 (Toronto) integral to the full length piece. For Fluid Fest 2016, we re-conceptualised and adapted Lab Rats for the theatre. 

Fluid Fest. Double-bill. Calgary, October 2016. DJD Dance Centre. 


nap dream for a house cat

Created for a group of emerging dancers with the cat-to-fish relationship and a cartoon-like aesthetic in mind, Nap Dream for a House Cat was commissioned by W&M Physical Theatre for their pre-professional company, WM2 [dance co.]

W&M Physical Theatre. Rising. Calgary, April 2016.                                The Pumphouse Theatres. 

The dancers of WM2.

The dancers of WM2.


Linnea Swan.

Linnea Swan.

the peahen

In making The Peahen, my first collaboration with Linnea Swan,  I was interested in generating material inspired by wavering, amplified behaviours often adopted as coping mechanisms by trauma victims. In process, Linnea and I conceptually explored physiological reactivity, dissociative states, and failing attempts at self-medication. Over the course of the piece, Linnea’s character experiences sudden mental shifts between dissociative and hyperaware states, taking her audience with her. As a metaphor for the human male-to-female relationship, to instil a sense of misplaced obsession and to create detachment, factoids about the peafowl becomes her soliloquy.

University of Calgary. Pro-Series. January 2016, University Theatre.