Bringing together two old friends, STRIKE/THRU is an interdisciplinary encounter between indigenous visual artist Nadia Myre and non-indigenous theatre artist Johanna Nutter. Six members of the audience are invited to reconstruct a recorded conversation between culturally-mixed people while the two artists use themselves to play with identity constructs raised by the verbatim. A live impetus for conciliation and reconciliation, this work speaks to the current climate around Indigenous/Settler relations.
This perpetual work-in-progress was first staged at OFFTA in 2017 as part of Onishka's Indigenous Contemporary Scene. It's currently supported by the MAI and PWM, and was one of the new works pitched at PuSh 2018. The short form was presented at the Phenomena Festival in October 2018 and in the ELAN showcase during CINARS later that year. A workshop presentation was part of Concordia's First Voices week in February 2019. The full 80-minute piece premièred at the ORIGINS International Festival of Indigenous Arts in London, UK in June 2019.
The show tours (in English, French, or bilingually) with 2 artists and a stage manager. It involves an invited local writer and the participation of 6 audience members. Space is flexible, with intermittent projections, 6 microphones on stands, a small table, 3 chairs, and an electric typewriter (may be sourced locally or freighted).
Encouraging developmental partnerships through presenting/residency opportunities.
The Montreal première of STRIKE/THRU, in co-production with the MAI, was slated for May 27 - 31 2020, in a co-presentation with the OFFTA. Due to Covid-19, the physical iteration of the piece has been postponed. We will be presenting a LIVE online version around the same dates. STAY TUNED and STAY SAFE.