April 4, 2019 Registry Theatre, Kitchener
April 16, 2019 Flato Markham Theatre
June 1, 2019 Guelph Dance Festival
Eunoia is Christian Bök’s award-winning and bestselling book of conceptual poetry. It is built on the notion of constraining language to one vowel per chapter and tells stories in ways that are as pleasurable as they are ingenious.
Denise Fujiwara’s adaptation of the book is a multimedia experience of dance, video, music and costume that employs similar constraints in such inventive ways that it has resulted in a groundbreaking performance lauded by audiences and critics alike.
EUNOIA takes the audience on a verbal, visual and visceral journey. The conceit of the poem is introduced through games and then builds in complexity with fanciful narratives and semiotic play. Initially, the audience grapples with the rich play of words and images, and then as the performance unfolds, they surrender to the surprises and wit that are revealed through layers of meaning in the moment.
Join us for the Coach House Spring Poetry Launch, Ottawa edition, with Domenica Martinello, Jason Christie, Ben Ladouceur. Hosted by Jeremy Hanson-Finger.
André Alexis and Joyce Carol Oates, moderated by Lise Quintana
In our Writer to Writer series, two authors who are fans of each other’s work come together for conversation. Winner of the prestigious Windham-Campbell prize for his body of work, Trinidad-born and Ottawa-raised André Alexis sits down with National Book Award and National Humanities Medal winner, and author of over 40 novels, Joyce Carol Oates. The pair will discuss genre-bending, world-building, and their shared obsession with storytelling.
André Alexis, Esi Edugyan, Sheila Heti, moderated by Omar El Akkad
Three award-winning Canadian writers converge on one stage to recount their adventures in literary risk-taking and rule-breaking. Esi Edugyan’s richly spun historical epic “Washington Black” celebrates the genius of an escaped slave (not the white man who freed him). Sheila Heti’s “Motherhood” is a searingly honest rumination on whether or not to have children. André Alexis’s surreal and hallucinatory “Days By Moonlight” defies all conventions. Join these authors for a look at the leaps they took and the rewards they reaped.
Pull up a chair to a conversation of endless curiosity: two of the hottest names in Canadian fiction discuss their craft with each other, after first bonding during the 2015 Giller tour. Anakana Schofield’s extraordinary debut Malarky was followed by the Giller-shortlisted Martin John. Her third, Bina, is just as ambitious— a “novel in warnings” told through the voice of an ‘ordinary’ woman who has simply had enough. André Alexis’ Fifteen Dogs won the Giller and Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize. Days by Moonlight reasserts the author’s philosophical creativity, asking: how do we know the things we know are real and what is real anyway? Expect a riveting discussion from these erudite minds.
Coach House Spring Poetry Launch, Montreal edition, with Domenica Martinello, Jason Christie, Ben Ladouceur.
Coach House Spring Poetry Launch, Calgary edition, with Domenica Martinello, Jason Christie, Ben Ladouceur.