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Premiere | 'Books'


What do we do with all these books?

Books is a performance with and about books. In collaboration with four performers, director Patrick Blenkarn uses books and bodies to sculpt an encounter of ideas ― chaos, order, labour, devotion, knowledge, and consumption. Mixing the durational and the visceral, Books opens a space for the spectator to witness and experience the all-too-human attempt to pursue and preserve stories and sense.

Concept and direction by Patrick Blenkarn
Choreography by Linnea Gwiazda
Performed by Brian Postalian, Nicola Rough, Montserrat Videla, and Johnny Wu
Lighting by Celeste English
Projection by Milton Lim
Sound by Sam Ferguson

Content warning: nudity, strobing lights, loud music.

$7 Students, $10 SFU Staff/Alumni/Faculty/Underemployed, $15 General
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Patrick Blenkarn's recent projects have explored histories of standardization, through critiques of monolingualism, nationalism, and Western philosophy. He works in variety of media including, but not limited to, theatre, artist books, and video. His writings on political theatre and art have been published in Theatre Research in Canada, Performance Matters, and Canadian Theatre Review. His work at SFU has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.