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Invites viewers into a nostalgic, magical world.
– Xtra! Magazine
Daniel Barrow’s work is impossible to contain and frequently takes the form of subtle stage works of “manual animation.” At the centre of his decidedly analogue set of tools – which include VHS, overhead projection, optical effects and live storytelling – is Barrow, the performer, manipulating his involving and frequently unnerving illustrations by hand.
Witty, vulnerable and grotesque, Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry is the story of an art school failure turned garbage man who attempts to create a catalogue of the city’s inhabitants. But this dream is doomed when the artist’s modus operandi – spying through windows and searching through garbage for information – is appropriated by a homicidal maniac who follows behind him, killing all who appear in his masterwork.
The Winnipeg-born Sobey Art Award winner is a darkly insightful Canadian original. This work simultaneously effaces and confirms the essence of theatre through its runaway allegory – evoking nostalgia even as it expertly dissects it.
Winnipeg-born, Montreal-based artist Daniel Barrow works in video, film, print-making and drawing, but is best known for his use of antiquated technologies, his “registered projection” installations, and his narrative overhead projection performances. Barrow describes his performance method as a process of, “creating and adapting comic narratives to manual forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors”.
Join Scholar-in-Residence Matt Sergi for a pre-show tea preceding Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry. Matt will invite World Stage attendees to join him in a structured brainstorm, in which we think through the technologies and tools we use (and use up), and the way that these objects tell our stories and preserve our memories imperfectly (and since Matt is a medieval theatre scholar, he’ll help us extend that brainstorm well into the past!). We’ll talk frankly about what traces can be seen of us from the scraps we leave behind, and about what happens when those scraps get pieced together after the fact — or simply thrown away.
Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.