QUOTE UNQUOTE COLLECTIVE (TORONTO)
BY: AMY NOSTBAKKEN and NORAH SADAVA
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre: 140 Charlotte St, Peterborough
February 23, 2018
$23/$15 students, underwaged/$8 high school students
POST SHOW Q&A
Immediately following the show
Winner of Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Performance by an ensemble, Outstanding Sound design/composition.
Mouthpiece is a harrowing, humorous, and heart-wrenching journey into a woman’s psyche.
The story follows Cassandra, who is portrayed by the two women, as she expresses “the opposing voices that exist inside the modern woman’s head, during a 48-hour period as she tries to organize the affairs for her mother’s funeral,” including writing her eulogy.
Two performers express the inner conflict that exists in her head: the push and the pull, the past and the present, progress and regression. Created and Performed by Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken, Mouthpiece is directed by Amy Nostbakken with Movement Direction and Dramaturgy by Orian Michaeli. Defying conventions of style and form, the Quote Unquote Collective is built on the idea that individual ideas demand to be expressed through different forms, and should be expressed by whatever means necessary. Quote Unquote is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary performance company that aims to work outside the boundaries of tradition and expectation. Engaging with urgent social and political themes, the company is founded on the ﬁrm belief that art and performance are tools to provoke conversation and change.
While in Peterborough, Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken of Mouthpiece led Storytelling the Body workshops with the Peterborough New Canadians Centre Women’s Group, and the Elizabeth Fry Society.
Praise for Mouthpiece
“This show lays bare in an emotionally authentic, creative, often funny, self-reﬂective and guileless way what it’s like to be a woman in our society.”
– MY ENTERTAINMENT WORLD
“Utilizing creative movement and snippets of songs, the duo evoke a unique yet familiar world using nothing more than their bodies, voices and a large bathtub.”
– NOW MAGAZINE
“It’s an engrossing and virtuosic performance, layered with meaning and culminating in a silent scream that any person — male, female or undeﬁned by arbitrary binaries — will recognize from their own confused, complicated and conﬂicting mind.”
-THE TORONTO STAR
About the Artists
NORAH SADAVA Co-artistic director of Quote Unquote Collective, is an award-winning Toronto-based performer and playwright with a background in devised physical theatre. A graduate of the MFA program at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California, she has been involved in the writing and creation of new work with numerous companies both in Canada and internationally. International credits include; The Hinterlands Ensemble (Milwaukee, WI), Mud/Bone Collective (Brooklyn, NY), TeatroIATI (NYC, NY), PunchDrunk (UK/US), and Caravan Stage (Sicily, Italy). In Canada Norah has assisted in co-creating 5-time Dora-nominated The Double with BadNewDays (co-produced with the Tarragon Theatre, Toronto ON), Dora-nominated The Tale of a T-Shirt with FIXTPoint Theatre (Toronto, ON), Bloody Family with Philip McKee (in association with The Theatre Centre, Toronto ON), The Stranger with DopoLavoro Teatrale (Summerworks 2014), Wildlife with Events in Real Time/Summerworks (Toronto, ON) and the Tale of a Town London and Ottawa with FIXTPoint Theatre.
AMY NOSTBAKKEN Co-artistic director of Quote Unquote Collective and core member of Theatre Ad Inﬁnitum UK. An award winning playwright, performer and musician, Amy graduated from Concordia University with a degree in Theatre Studies in 2005 and then trained for two years at École Internationale de Théatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She has co-created and composed numerous award-winning productions including Theatre Ad Inﬁnitum’s First Class (2011), Ballad Of the Burning Star (2013) and the one-woman show The Big Smoke winner of a 2011 Argus Angel Award, a 2012 Manchester Theatre Award and 2015 Solo United Festival award in NYC. Most recently Amy composed, performed and acted as musical director for Theatre Ad Inﬁnitum’s highly acclaimed Bucket List which premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and is currently developing Quote Unquote Collective’s Now You See Her – an all female Rock opera.