Reassembled, Slightly Askew
Shannon Yee (Northern Ireland) | Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Jan 17 – Feb 4, 2018 | Vancity Culture Lab [map link]
An audacious melding of art and science, this multidisciplinary adventure is a head-trip in the literal sense. The survivor of a medically induced coma and acquired brain injury, creator Shannon Yee presents a chance for us to live through her medical journey. In this radically immersive production, audience members lie on hospital beds, put on headphones and enter her mind. It’s an audio experience like no other: re-enactment, internal monologue, evocative aural textures and more.
What does it mean for a mind to be injured? The answer lurks beyond the objective world, behind a wall of privacy and selfhood. Here is your chance to jump over that wall, and feel a kind of empathy you may have thought impossible. Along with its psychedelic frenzy and rushes of emotion, this work is perhaps most valuable for its tender intimacy.
Fearlessly personal and forthrightly political, Northern Irish playwright Shannon Yee uses her perspective as a queer, female, ethnic minority artist to create works that excite and subvert. She is a proud member of Agent 160, a female playwright-led company dedicated to fighting gender imbalance in the theatre.
[A] quietly devastating example of uncategorisable art at its best… what comes across loudest of all is a call for compassion for people who seem unreachable.” —Time Out London
A real-life ordeal, captured by a daring, disorientating artistic collaboration, which works brilliantly on so many levels…It should be available on prescription.” —The Stage
Beautifully put together.” —The Guardian
Jan 17, 18, 23–25, 30–Feb 1, 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8pm
Jan 19, 20, 26, 27, Feb 2, 3, 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm, 9pm
Jan 21, 28, Feb 4, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7pm
90 mins, no intermission
Writer, producer: Shannon Yee
Director: Anna Newell
Composer: Paul Stapleton
Dramaturg: Hanna Slattne
Choreographer: Stevie Prickett
Arts Council Northern Ireland
Arts & Disability Forum, Northern Ireland
The MAC, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast
The Arts Council of Ireland