the joy machine
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the joy machine is a new dance-theatre project that has been hard to pin down. Initiated before, and then drastically changed by, the pandemic, the project has shifted and changed in the same ways we may have.
After two years trying to find a way into “why is joy so important”, the creative team takes a new approach to the project, drawing from Ingrid Fetell Lee’s book ‘Joyful’. In the book, Lee breaks down joy into aesthetics that humans are drawn to, shaped by, and even creators of.
The project is currently mid-process; more updates soon!
Directed/Facilitated by Andrew Barrett
Writing by Melissa Taylor
Movement Score by Andrew Barrett and Matilda Cobanli
Production Design/Animation by Patricia Reilly
Assistance to the Production Designer by Emily Friesen
Sound Design by Angus Gaffney
Research by Matilda Cobanli
Previous development contributors: Allison Brooks, Amber Downie-Back, Veronique Emmett, Loreto Esponoza, Tiffany Hannan, Ursula May, Rose McTavish, Noah McKimm, Jared Middleton, Julie Mombourquette, Kiera, Shaw Jess Amy Shead, and Jayne Walling.
Developed with the support of the BC Arts Council, Province of BC and the CRD Arts Support Service.
June 2022 - Development Phase
Spring 2021 - Development Phase
Summer/Fall 2020 - Development Phase
January 2020 - Performance Lab Residency
November 2020 - Peek Show 7