Saturday, June 25, 2022 – 5:00 PM, Big Secret Theatre, Arts Commons.
This is a Pay-What-You-Can performance. Limited number of tickets available at the door.
Denise Clarke with Kunji Ikeda and a fresh new ensemble of beautifulyoungartists turn up the heat once more with the all-new production She Sat Down and Wept featuring some of Calgary’s most talented young theatre and dance artists.
Working with Elizabeth Smart’s brilliant writhing and writing as laid down in her ecstatic 1945 prose poem, “By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept”, with contemporary sound design, the company presents a “performative conversation” that investigates, illuminates and glories in the text.
The source text is famously known for capturing the raw passion and subsequent heartbreak of a young couple caught within the snares of a torrid love affair. Re-envisioning this work for the stage reveals that the complexities of love resonate today as they did decades ago.
Is she a young woman breaking free of societal expectations and exercising her artistic vision, or is she something more sinister—a carefree villain whose fixation on her lover brought chaos to those around her?
Join us as we welcome an all-new ensemble of beautifulyoungartists.
She Sat Down and Wept is created by Denise Clarke, Kunji Ikeda and the beautifulyoungartist ensemble and features performances from: Lauren Brady, Donna Ng, Grace Fedorchuk, Arash Minhas, Maezy Dennie, and Sarah Ord.
Denise Clarke is an Associate Artist with One Yellow Rabbit and is the Director of the OYR Summer Lab Intensive. She has created or co-created several shows for OYR including The Erotic Irony of Old Glory, Touch, Breeder, So Low, Featherland, Sign Language, A Fabulous Disaster, Smash, Cut, Freeze and wag. In 2013, Denise was awarded an honourary doctorate from the University of Calgary and made a Member of the Order of Canada.
Kunji Ikeda (he/they) has spent his life researching the super powers of stories and how they can be shared in order to bring us together. Based in Mohkinstsis / Calgary Canada, Ikeda is the Artistic Director of Cloudsway Dance Theatre and is honoured to be pursuing a life of connection and empathy. He performs, directs, and dramaturges while following the natural ecology of the performance. They’ve won awards and stuff, but they are more proud of the connections that art has given them - particularly in physical theatre, where they have the greatest capacity to grow physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing within his community. He enjoys climbing trees and drinking tea.
Dylan is a recent graduate of the University of Lethbridge, graduating in 2021 as the recipient of the Faculty of Fine Arts Gold Medal award. During his time there he was active in the theatre community; he worked on a multitude of shows and took on the 2-year role of Technical Director for the university's student-run theatre company, TheatreXtra. He has since begun to establish himself in the industry as a freelance theatre technician, and is now happy to be working as One Yellow Rabbit's house technician.
Lauren Brady is a multidisciplinary artist born in Calgary, Alberta, on Treaty 7 territory. Lauren began her artistic journey training in various dance styles at age 3. In 2021 she graduated from the BFA in Acting program with distinction at the University of Alberta and entered the Edmonton and Calgary arts community. Performance credits include: InterWEBBED (Nextfest Festival), East of Berlin (University of Alberta), The Comedy of Errors (Theatre Calgary), Imperfect Symmetry (Jupiter Theatre), The Birds, Dracula, The Secret In The Wings (Studio Theatre), do not DISTURB (Play the fool), LOST IN CONNECTION (Fluid Fest), and Conduct (University of Calgary).
Other works include clown and choreography for, The Nextfest Festival, Fluid Festival, The Common Clown Festival, Play the Fool, and various self-produced projects through laurenbrady.ca.
Lauren is excited to be on the stage with the BYA ensemble and to spread a little love with you all.
Maezy Reign (she/they) is a young emerging artist, born and raised in Calgary. For her whole life, she's been raised with art and an urge to create. They have explored many different mediums and ways of expressing emotion through art. She has a preference for writing, but truly loves any art form!
Performance and Creative Credits include Shark Bite (Lunchbox Theatre), Hay Coloured Houses (Paprika Festival), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Alchemy Festival), Hang In There (Chromatic PLU), This isn’t home (fear the festival), Psychotic Bitch (Ignite Festival), Revolution or Slumber (WCHS with HPR), Donut Diaries (Ignite Festival)
Maezy is thrilled to be back working with One Yellow Rabbit and the BYA!
Grace is a theatre artist and vocalist currently based in Treaty 7 territory (Calgary, AB). She’s spent her last five years living and creating in Lekwungen territory (Victoria, BC) where she received her BFA in theatre, specializing in acting. Recent credits include: Taylor’s Version (Untold Physical Theatre), Frankenstein (Jupiter Theatre), Cymbeline (Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival), The Children’s Hour (Phoenix Theatre). After taking part in this incredible opportunity with OYR she’s excited to continue exploring movement, self-created work and whatever else happens to ignite her soul.
Arash Minhas is an artist who utilizes his love for writing, acting, dance and memes to transfer ideas through performance. He has worked in several theatre productions and is grateful and delighted to be involved in "She Sat Down and Wept" by One Yellow Rabbit . Being multiracial, and growing up in four different countries, many of his ideas showcase the intersectionality of existing as a human being in an increasingly globalized world.
Based in the traditional territories of the Treaty 7 Nations and Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, Donna Ng has moved between working in international development and performing in the Calgary arts scene over the last few years. She holds a BA in Communication and Media Studies and a minor in drama from the University of Calgary. As well, she has studied improv at The Second City and is RCM certified in piano. Donna most recently played the lead role in the upcoming short film, The Re-Membering. Other credits include (Taylor’s Version) (Untold Physical Theatre), Like Tom Cruise Loves Running (observationOne), and Rhinoceros (University of Calgary).
Donna is thrilled to be part of beautifulyoungartists ensemble and to work with the One Yellow Rabbit team.
Sarah is a Theatre Artist and Drag King who hails from Mohkinstis. Sarah has been performing since they could walk, but focuses mainly on Acting, Singing, Writing, and Drag. Sarah still lives and creates in their hometown, and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful group of beautifulyoungartists! Select Credits Include: The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare by the Bow/Theatre Calgary), Zoo (Reckless Daughter Creative), and Queenpins of Ponoka (Tightrope Improv).