We are excited to be the Canadian theatre company leading the way in an exciting and innovative theatre project with world renowned theatre deviser and director, David Glass. David visited Revelstoke in April 2017 to launch the project and will return in the summer of 2018 to continue devising with our young performers. Over the summer of 2017 we are hosting workshops where we will explore the themes of the AB Project as viewed by our young devisers.
Listen to David Glass on CBC Radio here, scroll to 22.00 minutes to hear all about this amazing project we are working on right here in Revelstoke.
Here are some images from our weekend workshop held July 15 and 16 2017. Participants came from Salmon Arm, Vancouver, Edmonton and Revelstoke.
We will be holding more workshops between September and December 2017 - get in touch so you can join us.
From the David Glass Ensemble website about the AB Project: On July 22nd 2011 Anders Breivik, a known far right terrorist, detonated a bomb in the Government complex in Oslo and the proceeded to the Island of Utoya and shot dead 69 participants of a Workers Youth League summer camp. It was to become the biggest homeland terrorist attacks in Europe in recent times. Using this as a starting point, The AB Project will be an extraordinary three-year International Youth Arts Participation Project developing through a series of seminars, workshops and devising processes. These will culminate in an International Youth Production loosely based on the book ‘One Of Us’ by Åsne Seierstad; a journalistic account and reflection of the events that led to the act of terrorism from a multitude of perspectives. The AB Project explores this real life tragedy as a source for positive expression and renewal. Even though the 69 young voices have passed, their memories and stories will live on through arts engagement, creative discourse, renewal and ultimately, celebration.
Flying Arrow Productions has been invited to lead the Canadian contingent for the AB project, which will allow youth performers and Canadian facilitators to collaborate with an international team concurrently on the same project. The Canadian team will devise their own piece of theatre on how the themes of the AB project resonate with them. They will have opportunities to connect with the youth participants in the participating countries to allow for an international dialogue on themes important to and relevant to them, as well as learn artistic strategies that may otherwise have not have been offered to them as performers.
Listen to David talk on Stoke FM, April 5th, 2017.