MOUTHPIECE premiered as part of the RISER Project
a collaborative producing model presented by Why Not Theatre
with the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council and Canadian Heritage.
MOUTHPIECE is currently booking tour dates for 2018-2019. For more information and access to archival footage, please contact Kelly Read - Artistic Producer at Why Not Theatre: firstname.lastname@example.org or touring agent Michael Rubenfeld at email@example.com
Mouthpiece follows one woman, for one day, as she tries to find her voice. Interweaving a cappella harmony, dissonance, text and physicality, two performers express the inner conflict that exists within a modern woman’s head: the push and the pull, the past and the present, the progress and the regression.
Created and performed by Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken
Directed by Amy Nostbakken
Movement direction and dramaturgy by Orian Michaeli
Lighting Design by Andre Du Toit
Sound Design by James Bunton
All music is original composition by Amy Nostbakken
The performance runs 65 minutes.
Published by Coach House Books with an Introduction by Michele Landsberg
upcoming tour dates
Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara
January 23/24, 2019
Bing Studio, Stanford Live
January 31-February 2, 2019
Royce Hall, UCLA
February 6-9, 2019
Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley
March 22-24, 2019
Presented by 2b Theatre at Alderney Landing
November 14-18, 2018
Festival of Voice
June 14, 2018
Carlow Arts Festival
June 10, 2018
English Theatre Berlin
June 5-7, 2018
Carriage Works Theatre
June 2, 2018
Take Me Somewhere Festival
May 30/31, 2018
May 26, 2018
Nightwood Theatre at Buddies in Bad Times
April 11-22, 2018
Belfry Theatre as part of Spark Festival
March 13-17, 2018
Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre
March 8/9, 2018
Enable Us Project
March 3, 2018
February 23, 2018
EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL
King's Hall - a part of Summerhall's Canada Hub in association with Why Not Theatre & Aurora Nova
August 3-27, 2017
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
The Odyssey Theatre
June 2-3, 2017
(A special presentation by Jodie Foster & Alex Hedison)
The Cultch/PuSh Festival
January 31 - Feb 5, 2017
High Performance Rodeo
Nightwood Theatre at Buddies in Bad Times
October 21 - Nov 6, 2016
September 21-23, 2016
In The Soil Festival
April 29 & 30, 2016
Feb 10-13, 2016
Feb 4-6, 2016
Jan 29-31, 2016
Jan 23, 2016
Mouthpiece won the Stage Award for Performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Mouthpiece won the Summerhall Jawbone Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Mouthpiece was shortlisted for the Carol Tambor Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Mouthpiece won a Dora Award: Outstanding Sound Design/Composition in the General Theatre Division.
Mouthpiece was nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards including: Outstanding Production, Outstanding Performance - Ensemble, and Outstanding Sound Design/Composition in the General Category. See a full list of the nominees here.
Mouthpiece has won the award for 'Best New Canadian Play' at the Toronto Theatre Critics Awards for the 2016/17 season.
Mouthpiece was nominated for a Capital Critics Circle Award (Ottawa) for Best Professional Production.
Mouthpiece was nominated for three My Entertainment Awards: Outstanding Production, Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Lighting & Sound Design
Mouthpiece won two Dora Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, and Outstanding Sound Design/Composition in the Independent Theatre Division.
Mouthpiece was nominated for six Dora Mavor Moore Awards including: Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Performance -Ensemble, Outstanding Lighting Design and Outstanding Sound Design/Composition.
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE REVIEWS
GUARDIAN Pick of Fringe 2017
THE STAGE Critic’s pick 2017
THE SKINNY top shows of the Edinburgh Fringe 2017
THE LIST Hit List of Edinburgh Fringe 2017
*****5 STARS "Truly astounding stuff"
***** 5 STARS “An extraordinarily well considered, deeply thought insight into the essence of femaleness. Ambitious and unique, it’s an education of the self.”
*****5 STARS “one of the most informed, empathetic, complex articulations of female selfhood and female voices that I have ever seen”
***** 5 STARS “This constantly compelling show is one of the most accurate and insightful portrayals of womanhood you are likely to see at the Fringe this year.”
***** 5 STARS "The show is brutally honest and sharp in its presentation of womanhood"
*****5 STARS "What makes Mouthpiece extraordinary, aside from the utterly fearless performances and phenomenal choreography, is how much is contained within it. It is also relevant, vital, and may leave you, too, speechless."
*****5 STARS "There are no weak moments. Nostbakken and Sadava are powerhouses of performers: the standing ovation at the end is the topping on the cake, a well-deserved accolade to the formidable strength of this piece."
**** 4 STARS “A smart show, beautifully put together and performed, and one that speaks up for all the women who daily bite their tongues.”
**** 4 STARS “The combination of movement and brilliant voice work produced by Nostbakken and Sadava can be unforgettable; and at its best, seems to speak for a generation.”
**** 4 STARS "Mouthpiece is an excoriating performance piece; an evisceration of the way women are gagged and voiceless. It's a gauntlet of a show: Speak Up! Listen In!"
-What’s On Stage (Matt Trueman)
****4 STARS "The cream of the crop is Mouthpiece"”
**** 4 STARS "This was a quietly spectacular show, with original, insightful material supported by incredible vocal proficiency. Cassandra’s voice, channelled through the outstanding performances of Sadava and Nostbakken, was one that could not fail to resonate, and which deserved to be heard by a larger audience."
**** 4 STARS “Mouthpiece is infused with a raw power that is unnerving to watch.”
**** 4 STARS “fast acquiring the Fringe’s ephemeral version of cult status, breathed on many lips as one to see.”
**** 4 STARS “a ferocious and slick piece of performance art.”
**** 4 STARS “A searing piece of feminist theatre, exceptional in its creative delivery of so many ideas.”
“It is an exploration of language, voice and the social constructs behind it, however the presentation which is both mesmerising and unsettling, is something which must be experienced first-hand.”
"The piece deftly captures the inner conflicts Cassandra feels as a woman, and the social forces involved in the production of gender"
“Mouthpiece is cathartic, disturbing, unnerving”
OTHER TOURING/CANADIAN REVIEWS
“If the Olympics had an event for synchronized swimming minus the pool, Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken would be contenders for a gold medal.”
“It’s an engrossing and virtuosic performance, layered with meaning and culminating in a silent scream that any woke person — male, female or undefined by arbitrary binaries — will recognize from their own confused, complicated and conflicting mind.”
“Utilizing creative movement and snippets of songs, the duo evoke a unique yet familiar world using nothing more than their bodies, voices and a large bathtub”
“It may be only an hour long, but Mouthpiece not only tells a humorous story but formulates essential questions about the struggle any individual has to find a means of authentic self-expression amidst the plethora of pre-existing models of expression. Mouthpiece is a gift to lovers of boundary-breaking theatre.”
“I can honestly say that this piece of theatre is one of the most exciting things that I have seen in years. The show tells the story not just in a creative and unique way but, more than this, every detail is thought out and has a purpose. There is no extraneous moment in the entire piece.”
“What makes the performance so refreshing is how it so accurately captures modern life from a female perspective, without limiting it to the female experience. Mouthpiece devastates, and yet the message isn’t being yelled through a megaphone, it makes one question one’s own actions by seeing how they affect others. It’s a true lesson in empathy and respect — for women, for everyone. It’s exhausting, not only to watch the performance but to think that this fight is not new.”
“Sadava and Nostbakken give compelling and entertaining performances. Shifting seamlessly from moment to moment, they execute gorgeous, fluid a cappella harmonies, unison spoken word and expressive movements. Conveying tenderness and ferocity, their work makes for a truly engaging and evocative piece.”
“Despite my best efforts, I cannot think of anything critical to say about this play. For me, Mouthpiece was, from beginning to end, simply a virtuosic piece of theatre.”
"Sadava and Nostbakken pack so much power and detail in the one hour of the show, it’s breathtaking. Productions as good as this are why we go to the theatre."
"It is superbly written and performed and cuts to the heart of the confusions inherent in being. It is an exploration of the mind, and of what “being a woman” means in our current context. It is entertaining and provocative. It deserves attention."
"...Wrenchingly beautiful and painful...This show says important things."
"Mouthpiece a Masterpiece. Provocative and relevant, funny and horrifying, universal yet highly individualized, and deals beautifully with ugly issues. One of the strongest performances I’ve seen in Ottawa."
"A sophisticated, nuanced, complex portrait of the woman's voice. It offers an incisive, humorous, thoughtful, afflictive telling of a narrative that is undeniably true, yet criminally underrepresented."
"It hurtled along lightly at top speed, and never stopped being engaging, skeptical, self-critical."
"Mouthpiece is a tapestry of music, dance and the spoken word on the importance of finding your own voice, the person you are that lives in the here and now, in your own soul and body. Mouthpiece holds you transfixed until the very end."
"I loved this piece. I loved the creativity of it; the emotional power of it and the movement that spoke volumes in silence. With simple story-telling, Sadava and Nostbakken tackled weighty questions of mother-daughter relationships, love; frustration etc."
"Nostbakken and Sadava astounded me."
"There were some harmonies made by both women that just left me in awe, but the general theme left me feeling somewhat uncomfortable being in the same room as such strong opinions."
"A deceptively simple revelation about a daughter’s relationship to french fries as it relates to her mother’s relationship to french fries is one of the most incisive comments about contemporary womanhood that I’ve ever heard."
Common Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOn-w6R-uWg
The Creators Project: http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/two-headed-feminist-play-canada-mouthpiece
In The Green Room: https://inthegreenroom.ca/2016/10/26/mouthpiece/
Intermission Magazine: http://intermissionmagazine.ca/artist-perspective/fun-girl-funeral/
She does the City: http://www.shedoesthecity.com/qa-mouthpiece-riserproject
CBC Yukon: http://bit.ly/1SdEtzP
Toronto Social Review: http://bit.ly/26gR3Vf
Evi-Dance Radio CIUT 89.5FM: http://www.evidanceradio.com/home/podcasts/1