HM: What is “magic realism” to you and how is it a part of Life List?
AE: “Magic Realism” is blending real things into unreal things, in a gradual way so that hopefully my audience is not sure when things stop actually being real. I want to build belief in the unreal things – to trick us into momentarily believing in something magical.
In Life List, when we are first looking for the White Robin it’s a very natural activity. We’re using binoculars and plotting the locations of birds. We’re noticing things that the local community has done to try to protect this bird. But as we go along, the audience tasks and the evidence of the bird gradually gets weirder – more abstract. There are quite a few little surprises along the way. And this is meant to parallel the way that the stories I’m telling get darker and more personal and less about birds and more about loss.
Somehow I have managed a total of ZERO new posts in almost two years!
I assure you this is not because of lack of activity on my part. Quite the opposite. I just seem to only get busy with website building when I'm promoting a new theatre show... like I am for Toronto Fringe RIGHT NOW.
Between late 2014 and 2016, I lost a mother, bought a house, and helped make a baby. I have been teaching music and drama to some wonderful groups of young persons. And all the while, I've been composing and writing as much as I can!
In February I worked with Thought For Food again as composer and sound designer for their production of The Trial of Judith K. by Sally Clark (a startlingly-relevant 1980s retelling of Kafka's "The Trial"). You may remember that a couple of years ago I created sound for their run of The Memo by Vaclav Havel.
In April, I had the pleasure of composer for AND performing with the Toy Piano Composers ensemble, premiering four musical poems about birds called Oiseaux Domestiques. It was such fun to be a narrator with this tight and expressive group of young professional musicians. They made a video of the premiere... I'll post it shortly!
And in about 6 weeks (June 30) I'm premiering a storytelling walking tour at the Toronto Fringe festival called LIFE LIST. This is an outdoor, bird-themed, venue-less, wandering show taking place in the Seaton Village area, and tickets will be very limited. MUCH more to come on that project very soon...