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"
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..."
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."