FERN is an original piece conceived and directed by senior performance student, Tanner Manson, and developed collaboratively with recent graduates: Johanna Burdon, Victoria Hill and Edward Wiebe. These four also perform this collage of dance, physical theatre, poetry and absurdist dialogue. The production serves as a culmination of Manson’s year long research for his Honours Special Studies in Devised Creation under the mentorship of Claire Borody. It is also a celebration of the end of his 5 years of studying theatre production, acting and devised creation at the University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for Theatre and Film.
FERN is an examination on the essence of humanity, on an individual’s soul and the collective irony of human existence. Exploring ideas and thoughts written by philosophers: Friedrich Nietzsche, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Simone de Beauvoir as well as pulling from research on Posthumanism. FERN has been developed through a devised process; inspired by the aesthetics and dramaturgical techniques of Charles Mee, Pina Bausch and Jerzy Grotowski.
FERN runs on Thursday, April 18 at 8pm and has two showings on Saturday, April 20: 2pm and 7pm at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film. Talkbacks to follow each performance.
Venue is accessible.
Admission is free but reservations are recommended and seating is limited. Please call our 24-hour Reservation and Information Line at 204.786.9152, or visit The University of Winnipeg’s Department of Theatre and Film website at: http://theatre.uwinnipeg.ca