High Performance Rodeo

This Is How We Die

Jan. 24 - Jan. 25 2023

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60 minutes


Vertigo Studio

Christopher Brett Bailey, United Kingdom

The Sleepwalk Collective and Christopher Brett Bailey have defended on Calgary to take over the 2023 High Performance Rodeo with not one, not two but THREE productions!

This Is How We Die, the first instalment of this triptych of productions, is the critically acclaimed debut solo show from Christopher Brett Bailey, a virtuosic and visceral spoken word performer.

A motor-mouthed collage of spoken word and storytelling. Tales of paranoia, young love and ultra-violence.  From Christopher's desk comes a spiralling odyssey of pitch-black humour and nightmarish prose.  With echoes if Lenny Bruce, William Burroughs, beat poetry and the B-Movies, This Is How We Die is a prime slice of surrealist trash, and Americana death trip and a dizzying exorcism for a world convinced it is dying ...

An absurd road trip movie of the soul cut with a razor wit and bubbling paranoia - 5 stars, The Guardian