Re-uniting from the past in the future.
7 years after our last visit to the back room of a bar,
Small Wooden Shoe returns to the tender science fiction
that first brought together (now) long time collaborators.
Perhaps in a Hundred Years is a tender science fiction story about three friends stuck in outer space, waiting for the future to arrive. They tell stories, sing songs, pass notes, and try to answer some questions about communism, candy bars and parties. Dancing, lip syncs and quiet beauty fill the space. Our heroes are surprisingly optimistic - armed as they are with cheerful pop songs and over a millennium worth of utopias. Despite an almost overwhelming pessimism for the long term future, which many of us share, Perhaps in a Hundred Years endeavors to keep it upbeat, or at least tenderly, militantly, hopeful.
Ceci est un tendre récit de science-fiction à propos de trois amis prisonniers dans le cosmos, attendant que le futur se présente. Ils racontent des histoires, chantent des chansons, se passent des petits mots et tentent de répondre à des questions à propos du communisme, des barres de chocolat et des fêtes. De la danse, du lip-sync et de la beauté tranquille remplissent l’espace. Perhaps in a Hundred Years prend comme mission de garder le futur lumineux ou, du moins, rempli d’un espoir aussi doux que militant. Une performance à la croisée du show rock et du confessionnal, du talk-show et du théâtre.
Conception: Jacob Zimmer
Creation et performance: Chad Dembski, Ame Henderson & Jacob Zimmer
In collaboration with: Kilby Smith-McGregor
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Six years after their first collaboration Jacob, Ame and Chad return to the show they love.
In 2005, unbeknownst to almost everyone, theatre and dance artists Ame Henderson, Chad Dembski, Jacob Zimmer spent a summer in Hub 14 making a play. Now, six years and more than a dozen more shows and events together, national and international tours, they return to the show they love.
Perhaps in a Hundred Years mixes space-rock show with confessional, talk show with theatre to create performance for the future from the past (or at least from 2005.)
“Broadcast #1 We are in space. That much is clear. We seem to have forgotten how we got here. Or perhaps we never knew. We don’t know if we are on our way to some distant planet, or on our way home. We don’t know what year it is, or how many have passed. Perhaps a hundred, perhaps more. So we speculate. We consult palm readers and the bottom of vodka bottles. We don’t remember who we were before. I think I may have been a printer. Chad has a hunch he won the Tour de France seven times after a bout with cancer. Ame is still undecided, but suspects she left children behind.”
conceived by: Jacob Zimmer
created and performed by:
Chad Dembski, Ame Henderson and Jacob Zimmer
in collaboration with:
Production History: 2005:
August: Hub 14 – Toronto October/November: Hub 14 – Toronto; Khyber Centre for the Arts - Halifax, Nova Scotia; Third Space Gallery - Saint John, New Brunswick; Cafe Esperanza - Montreal, Quebec**
*Perhaps in Hundred Years was created in partnership with Candid Stammer Theatre with the support of the Toronto Arts Council.
** With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Inter-Arts Section.