Collaboration

A selection of Ben's recent collaborative creative work: Directing, Acting, Dancing.
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Photo by Marc Chalifoux of Nancy Mcalear and Miranda Allen.

One of Us Must Know - Directing

One of Us Must Know by David Walker was a dark, highly physical play about addiction and toxic romance that Ben directed for The Expanse Festival of Movement Arts 2016. Working with Walker's poetic text, Ben created a movement score and non-realistic staging to highlight the dark power of the performance. The play was remounted for the Edmonton Fringe festival, where the Edmonton Journal's four star review had this to say:

"Thelonious Monk had a title for this show, Ugly Beauty. Imagine an irreverent breakup of two anonymous lovers, deconstructed into a random collage of dramatic vignettes, insinuations of dance, dialogues and monologues, repetitions, even a tiny self-referential moment when they turn to the audience wondering if they’re entertaining us"
Photo by Ian Jackson Epic Photography

Photo by Ian Jackson Epic Photography

Anxiety - Acting + Co-Creation

Anxiety by Theatre Yes and Curtain Razors was an immersive theatrical experience navigating perspectives on the titular feeling of anxiety. Ben collaborated as an actor and co-creator on the Curtain Razors portion of the performance, executing a semi-improvised solo performance as a terminally ill patient in a hospital bed. The performance featured direct audience interaction, emotional vulnerability, and many of the social discomforts around in illness and death. The Edmonton Journal reviewed it, saying:

"...anxiety is by definition contagious. Being with nervous people, especially in enclosed spaces, makes you nervous. It’s the pink eye of communal feeling.... you’ll experience Anxiety from a variety of angles that always involve your own reluctance to be involved: the terror of up-close mortality..."
Photo by Levi Manchak

Photo by Levi Manchak

Anything Goes: GWG Dance in 17 Parts - Dancing

Anything Goes: GWG Dance in 17 Parts by Mile Zero Dance was a durational installation piece and dance. Exploring the rich history of the Edmonton-born Great Western Garment Company through live visual and sound installations, this work featured Ben as a performer working with one tonne of denim jeans, interactive audio media, and a dance score developed by Gerry Morita and Lin Snelling. In their positive review The Dance Current noted:

"The speed and intent of the workers casting the [jeans] against the wall grows to a frantic rhythm – an insane orchestra of melodic drones and denim-smacking beats. This fevered pitch is one of the show’s most satisfying moments: the catharsis is visceral as the workers cast off their burdens with the zeal and furor of an angry lover throwing their ex’s clothing out the window."

Banner photo by Marc Chalifoux of Mile Zero Dance's RV There Yet