Kate Bowie by Theatre Replacement
May 28th – 31st, 8:00pm
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre
6450 Deer Lake Park, Burnaby
Box Office: 604-205-3000
In 1981, Kate Bush and David Bowie rented a secluded mansion in a remote part of England to work on an album together. Over the course of one month, these two iconic figures lived and worked together, away from the limelight and pressures of their lives. Little is known of what became of this collaboration. Neither of them has ever spoken publicly about what happened during this time. Any recordings they made have never been heard.
Thirty years later, Maiko Bae Yamamoto and James Long spent a month together in a remote cabin in northern British Columbia with a keyboard, an electric guitar and a lot of gin, recreating that mythic collaboration in order to examine the complexities of an 18-year old partnership. Working with renowned Canadian playwright Greg MacArthur (Snowman, The Toxic Bus Incident, The Missionary Position), Kate Bowie examines the nature of collaboration, the difficulties of artistic creation and ultimately, what it means to become someone else.
This season marks Theatre Replacement’s 10th year of existence. As the company navigates this milestone, Kate Bowie is a look back and a look forward. Using two of the twentieth century’s most fascinating iconic artists, we will investigate what it means to be a team player. This project once again teams Theatre Replacement up with Calgary’s inimitable One Yellow Rabbit (BIOBOXES, 2007), with direction by none other than OYR’s company director, Blake Brooker.
Lighting design by longtime TR collaborator Jonathan Ryder (Sexual Practices of the Japanese, 2006 and Winners and Losers, 2012, among others), and welcomes new collaborators, Composer and Sound Artist Emma Hendrix and Visual Artist Leah Weinstein. Kate Bowie is proud to be a Signature Program of the 2014 explorASIAN Festival.