Quote Unquote Collective

Theatre company focussing on women's issues, feminism, physical theatre, and experimental performance forms.

Spring News

UK/EU TOUR DATES

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After an incredible trip to London to perform in WOW Festival at the Southbank Centre and a completely sold-out run at Buddies in Bad Times in Toronto, Mouthpiece is back on the road yet again this May/June. We're making stops in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Germany. Book your tickets and join us for the following dates:

CAMBRIDGE
Cambridge Junction
May 26, 2018

GLASGOW
Take Me Somewhere Festival
May 30/31, 2018

LEEDS
Carriage Works Theatre
June 2, 2018

BERLIN
English Theatre Berlin
June 5-7, 2018

CARLOW
Carlow Arts Festival
June 10, 2018

CARDIFF
Festival of Voice
June 14, 2018

...more dates to be announced soon...

MOUTHPIECE THE MOVIE

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The rumours are true. MOUTHPIECE is being adapted into a feature film in collaboration with acclaimed director Patricia Rozema. The film stars Amy Nostbakken, Norah Sadava & Maev Beaty, and was adapted for the screen by Sadava, Nostbakken and Rozema.

Keep your eyes and ears open for further information and premiere dates...

Photo by Rafy Photography

FOR ESMÉ - SMALL TALK MUSIC VIDEO

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We are thrilled to announce the release of our latest collaboration, "Small Talk". Co-conceived with musician (and star of the video) Martha Meredith,  this For Esmé music video was crafted by a team of extraordinary artists. Co-directed with Chelsea McMullan, choreographed by Orian Michaeli, cinematography by Mike McLaughlin, b-cam by Jared Raab, and produced by Katie Nolan, the video is out on NOWNESS. Check it out HERE

 “It is an exquisitely vulnerable performance shot entirely on 16mm film, showcasing the expressive movement of bodies in public spaces—revealing the mess of desires and emotions that women are so often taught to swallow and contain.”

NOW YOU SEE HER

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ANNOUNCEMENT
Our newest project Now You See Her is set to premiere in October 2018.
Co-produced by Nightwood Theatre, WhyNot Theatre, & Quote Unquote Collective at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

They are the invisible, the vanishing and the disappeared. In an insurrectionary outburst of original music, words and movement, six characters explore some of the diverse ways women fade from sight in our culture. They sing, dance and thrust themselves into the elements as they travel through the seasons of their lives. Their voices are defiant. Their question is simple: why and how do we allow our power to disappear without a fight?

October 16th - November 4th 2018

Created and Performed by Lisa Karen Cox, Maggie Huculak, Raha Javanfar, Amy Nostbakken, Norah Sadava & Cheyenne Scott

More about NOW YOU SEE HER here

Photograph by Brooke Wedlock

2018 TOURING & AUDITION NOTICE

MOUTHPIECE ON TOUR

2018 sees Mouthpiece back on the road here at home and abroad. We are thrilled to be heading back to the UK and to be remounting the show on our home turf. Dates are limited so purchase your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

PETERBOROUGH, ON
Public Energy
February 23, 2018

SHEFFIELD, UK
Enable Us Project
March 3, 2018

LONDON, UK
Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre
March 8/9, 2018

VICTORIA, BC
Belfry Theatre as part of Spark Festival
March 13-17, 2018

TORONTO, ON
Nightwood Theatre at Buddies in Bad Times
April 11-22, 2018

...more dates to be announced soon...

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AUDITION NOTICE

Quote Unquote Collective is casting for the multi-award winning touring production of MOUTHPIECE.

Auditions will be held in Vancouver on March 18th at The Cultch and in Toronto over the weekend of March 24/25th at The Ernest Balmer Studio (in the Distillery District).

We are scouring the country for two female identifying performers of diverse backgrounds who are up for a major challenge. Mouthpiece demands a high level of physical and vocal skill, an ability to hear and sing harmonies acappella, a strong sense of rigor, and a keen awareness of dance and movement. Ideal candidates should have:

-an ability to hear and sing harmonies without instrumentation
-physical range/movement training
-experience with devising is ideal
-an ability/desire to tour

Note: This is not musical-theatre. You need not be a musical theatre actress or an opera singer, but a talented womxn who understands performance, movement, and music and is willing to take risks. 

We will be collaborating with our selected candidates to slightly adapt Mouthpiece to their own specific experiences, and the cast will be put in rotation in the Spring of 2019.

If you are interested in auditioning please submit a headshot and CV to:  info@quoteunquotecollective.com with the subject heading “Mouthpiece Audition” and your name and city (Toronto or Vancouver) no later than March 5th. Further instructions regarding self-tapes and audio files will then be distributed.

HOT OFF THE PRESS

MOUTHPIECE IN PRINT

We are incredibly pleased to announce that Coach House Books, one of Canada's most prominent and beloved independent publishing houses, has put Mouthpiece into print, with an introduction by the incredibly inspiring Michele Landsberg. To get your hands on a copy visit the Coach House website and order one today!

 

 Photo: Val Sankar

Photo: Val Sankar

CALL FOR APPLICANTS

AUTUMN SBAR OCTOBER 2-6th, 2017

After a hugely inspiring spring session at Stone Boat Artist’s Retreat we have opened up applications for our Fall session which will take place Oct 2-6, 2017.

SBAR is an opportunity to disconnect from the outside world in order to develop your project in a creative and productive environment. A collection of artists of different disciplines living and working side by side in the countryside...what more could you ask for? For more information visit our WEBSITE

TO APPLY

Please send a short summary of your project, a statement of interest and intent, and a brief cv/bio. Applications should be no longer than one page.

DEADLINE: Sept 25 (yay short notice can't think too hard about it!)

Questions? info@quoteunquotecollective.com

 

MOUTHPIECE RETURNS TO CANADA

After a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where we managed to stay sane and pick up a Stage Award for Best performance of the Fringe and a Summerhall Jaw Bone Award, Mouthpiece is coming home! 

PETERBOROUGH - Public Energy Feb 23, 2018

VICTORIA - Belfry Theatre as part of Spark Festival March 13-17, 2018

TORONTO Nightwood Theatre at Buddies in Bad Times April 11-22, 2018

Stay tuned for more International dates...

STEAMY SUMMER UPDATE

MOUTHPIECE IN LOS ANGELES

Mouthpiece has continued to tour, and with the huge generosity and support of Jodie Foster and Alex Hedison, was brought down to Los Angeles for a private 2-night showing in June 2017. You can read all about it HERE in the LA WEEKLY. (Special thanks to Why Not Theatre, Theatre Planners, and Rebecca Vandevelde for making it possible.)

STONE BOAT ARTIST RETREAT

Spring SBAR brought together yet another stunning group of artists this June including: Adam Paolozza, Kari Pederson, Hannah Cheesman, Val Sankar, Talia Shipman and Jeff Pinto. Take a look at just a few of the stunning photos that our resident photographer Val Sankar took during our wonderful week of work and play. For more info please check out our SBAR page HERE. Next SBAR will be in the fall of 2017. Keep your eyes peeled (or sign up for the newsletter!) to be alerted when dates are announced!

AWARDS SEASON- MMVAs, TTCAs & DORAs

We are proud and honoured that Mouthpiece was named the Best Canadian Play 2016/17 by the Toronto Theatre Critics Awards. This year we were also nominated for 3 Dora Mavor Moore Awards in the General Category and won for Best Sound Design/Composition (Amy Nostbakken & James Bunton). Quote Unquote Collective was also nominated for Best Director of a music video in the Rock/Alternative Category at the Much Music Video Awards with collaborator Jared Raab for Beck + Call by July Talk. Thanks to all of our collaborators for your hard work and constant support. 

MOUTHPIECE HEADS TO SCOTLAND

Mouthpiece will be presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer from August 3-27 as a part of the Canada Hub in King's Hall at Summerhall. In association with Why Not Theatre and Aurora Nova, we are excited to be performing alongside some of the most exciting artists from across Canada and around the world. For more information or to buy tickets visit HERE. We will also be hosting an exciting panel on Feminism in Theatre on August 16th, details on panelists to be announced imminently. 

 

Western Winter Wonder Tour

We had such a wonderful time with Mouthpiece at High Performance Rodeo in Calgary and the PuSh Festival at The Cultch in Vancouver over the last couple of weeks. We would like to thank all of the organizers, programmers, presenters, volunteers, and audience members for making the tour such a big success! And particularly André Du Toit (LD extraordinaire) and WhyNot Theatre for being road warriors with us. More Mouthpiece tour dates will be announced in the coming months...stay tuned. 

THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY: QUC Workshop at Theatre Centre & SBAR spring session

QUOTE UNQUOTE WORKSHOP

Saturday 7 – Sunday 8th May 2016 (10am – 4pm both days)
The Theatre Centre Main Space 1115 Queen St W, Toronto

**Free childcare provided**

Fusing Music and Physical Theatre - An exciting exploration into a new style of storytelling. This two-day workshop will be an intensive, rigorous exploration of how the performer in an empty space can use the body to create characters, spaces, emotions, poetry, atmospheres, and ultimately tell stories without words. Based on a Lecoq-style method we then translate physical theatre into a new realm enhanced and elevated through song. Using the concepts of harmony, dissonance, tone, resonance, and the composition of many voices working with or against each other, stories are built from sound to stage.

This workshop is open to theatre practitioners who wants to bust out of their comfort zone to explore new ways of storytelling. We encourage artists who have an interest in Lecoq-based physical theatre, the devising method, vocal experimentation or who simply have a desire to push themselves beyond what they know.

The workshop will be facilitated by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava. 

Workshop cost: $100 +HST

** Full scholarships available please enquire for further details. 

** Sign up before April 10th and receive an early bird discount

** Free childcare is provided. For participants in need please enquire by April 23

Space is limited so please sign up early

To register or to find out more please contact: info@quoteunquotecollective.com


SBAR CALL FOR ARTISTS

Quote Unquote Collective is hosting our Spring Artist Retreat May 9-13 2016

Do you have a project you are working on, but just can’t find the time or space to really get your hands, heart, and head into it? SBAR (Stone Boat farm Artist Retreat) is an opportunity to disconnect from the outside world in order to develop your project in a creative and productive environment. A collection of artists of different disciplines living and working side by side in the countryside...what more could you ask for?

The farmhouse, set in picturesque Lanark County, Ontario (approx. 3.5 hours from Toronto) has a variety of different working spaces. From outdoor fields, to a workshop, to the studio (an ideal recording space), the parlour (a rehearsal room) and a variety of other nooks and crannies, there is space for all varieties of art-making. Visual artists, writers, dancers, theatre makers, crafters, photographers, musicians, video-artists, food artists, there is nothing that is not worthy if you are willing to work. 

The Breakdown

Each day is structured as follows:

9am-1pm – Individual work

1pm-2pm – Group lunch and sharing

2pm-6pm – Individual work

6pm – Mandatory cocktail hour

7pm – Group dinner and goal setting for following day

9pm – Group activities are decided upon based on participants and curiosities (ie. Movies, night-walks, craft projects, showings, etc.)

(Photos by Talia Shipman from SBAR Autumn 2015)

The Cost

Participation in SBAR is currently free of charge, apart from a cost-sharing of all food and beverages between participants.  Ideally you have an independent way to travel to the area, but ride-sharing can be arranged if necessary.

Join the ranks of SBAR alumni

Amanda Acorn (dance) - http://dancemakers.org/amanda-acorn/

Sandy Carson (film) - http://northcountrycinema.com

Gursky (music) - http://www.gur5ky.com/

Jonathan Koensgen (theatre) - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0462883/

Talia Shipman (photographer/visual artist) - http://taliashipman.tumblr.com/

Liz Peterson & Wildlife (performance art) - http://www.eventsinrealtime.org/

July Talk (music) – www.julytalk.com

Theatre Ad-Infinitum (theatre) - http://www.theatreadinfinitum.co.uk/

Erin Simkin (photographer) – www.erinsimkin.com

Robin Love (visual artist), Russel Banx (visual artist) - http://russellbanx.com/

(A humorous promotional video for SBAR starring the mysterious Balaclava Twins.)

TO APPLY

Please send us a short summary of your project, a statement of interest and intent, and a brief cv/bio. Applications should be no longer than one page.

DEADLINE: April 25, 2016

For more information or questions, please email info@quoteunquotecollective.com

MOUTHPIECE ON TOUR - Dawson, Whitehorse & Edmonton

So many thanks and so much gratitude to all of the wonderful people who have supported Mouthpiece on this tour so far, including the Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture (KIAC), The Pivot Festival, Nakai Theatre, The Yukon Arts Centre, Workshop West Playwrights Theatre, The Chinook Series, Victoria School of the Arts, and all of the generous audience members who have come to see the show and spread the word far and wide! Up next, Undercurrents Festival in Ottawa Feb 10-13. http://www.undercurrentsfestival.ca/mouthpiece/

Listen to an interview with CBC North (Whitehorse) here: https://soundcloud.com/cbcyukon/two-sides-to-every-story

LIsten to a panel discussion with What It Is Podcast (Edmonton) here: http://chinookseries.ca/salon-podcasts/ (Drama & Dying)

CALL FOR ARTISTS

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Quote Unquote Collective is hosting their Autumn Artist Retreat on Oct. 4-9, 2015

Do you have a project you are working on, but just can’t find the time or space to really get your hands, heart, and head into it? SBAR (Stone Boat farm Artist Retreat) is an opportunity to disconnect from the outside world in order to develop your project in an extremely creative and productive environment. A collection of artists of different disciplines living and working side by side in the countryside! What more could you ask for?

The farmhouse, set in picturesque Lanark County, Ontario (approx. 3.5 hours from Toronto) sleeps ten and has a variety of different working spaces. From outdoor fields, to a workshop, to the studio (an ideal recording space), the parlour (a rehearsal room) and a variety of other nooks and crannies, there is space for all varieties of art-making. From visual artists, to writers, dancers, theatre makers, crafters, photographers, musicians, video-artists, food artists, there is nothing that is not worthy if you are willing to work. 

The Breakdown

Each day is structured as follows:

9am-1pm – Individual work

1pm-2pm – Group lunch and sharing

2pm-6pm – Individual work

6pm – Mandatory cocktail hour

7pm – Group dinner and goal setting for following day

9pm – Group activities are decided upon based on participants and curiosities (ie. Movies, night-walks, craft projects, showings, etc.)

 The Cost

Participation in SBAR is currently free of charge, apart from a cost-sharing of all food and beverages between participants.  Ideally you have an independent way to travel to the area, but ride-sharing can be arranged if necessary.

Previous participants include:

Quote Unquote Collective (theatre)  - www.quoteunquotecollective.com

Gursky (music) - http://www.gur5ky.com/

Talia Shipman (photographer/visual artist) - http://taliashipman.tumblr.com/

Liz Peterson & Wildlife (performance art) - http://www.eventsinrealtime.org/

July Talk (music) – www.julytalk.com

Theatre Ad-Infinitum (theatre) - http://www.theatreadinfinitum.co.uk/

Erin Simkin (photographer) – www.erinsimkin.com

 

(A humorous promotional video for SBAR starring the mysterious Balaclava Twins.)

Please send us a short summary of your project, a statement of interest and intent, and a cv (or bio). Applications should be no longer than one page.

DEADLINE: September 25th, 2015

For more information or questions, please email info@quoteunquotecollective.co

AUDITION NOTICE - Now You See Her

Quote Unquote Collective is launching into the first phase of development for our new play Now You See Her - an all-female rock opera.  Six performer/musicians, working through music, movement and physical storytelling, will reveal the stories of three Canadian women, each at a different stage in her life. The show will premiere in the fall/winter of 2017.

 

Workshop auditions will be held in Toronto over the weekend of September 12-13th. Exact location TBD.

We are looking for a diverse cast of talented, dedicated, motivated women who are interested in embarking on a devising process spread over two years.

-       Applicants should ideally have some background in physical/devised theatre

-       Applicants must have some singing ability

-       And/or highly skilled on an instrument

-       Multi-instrumentalists are ideal

Note: This is not musical-theatre. You need not be a musical theatre actress or an opera singer,  but a talented woman who understands music and is willing to take risks. 

 

Specific roles we are casting for include (but are not limited to):

-       Woman over the age of forty

-       French Canadian (or bilingual) woman of colour (in her 30s) 

-       Woman of First Nations/Metis/Inuit heritage (in her 20s)

 

If you are interested in auditioning please submit a CV and attach a link to a sound or video clip of your musical skill (can be vocal or instrumental) to:  info@quoteunquotecollective.com

with the subject heading “Now You See Her” and your name no later than September 4th.

 

*This is a non-union production

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