Everything Everywhere All the Time / The Icelandic Paper
núna is pleased to present an evening of film tonight at Cinematheque featuring the Winnipeg premiere of Everything Everywhere All the Time, a documentary on the Reykjavik-based record label, The Bedroom Community which wowed Winnipeg audiences at the WSO New Music Festival in January. This evening will also feature the premiere of The Icelandic Paper, which tells the story of the oldest ethnic newspaper in North America, the legendary, Lögberg-Heimskringla.
Everything Everywhere All The Time (2011)
Running Time: 60 minutes
núna (now) is thrilled to present the sublime Icelandic alt-country songstress Lay Low with Montreal’s multi-instrumentalist balladeer Leif Vollebekk and very special guest Christine Fellows of Winnipeg. The concert will be presented in the First Lutheran Church, a beautiful venue with deep roots in the Winnipeg Icelandic community.
Last Thursday, núna proudly presented the opening launch of Jaik Josephson’s volume of poetry, ‘97 Positions of the Heart’, in addition to recent launches of new books by Michael Benjamin Brown and Sylvia Matas.
97 Positions of the Heart probes the inner workings of compelling Canadian writer, Elizabeth Smart (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept (1945)). WCD’s artistic director and choreographer Brent Lott celebrates Elizabeth Smart’s intensely lived quest for self-actualization. The story unfolds against the backdrop of Smart’s childhood, a tumultuous romantic pairing with English writer, George Barker, and the experience of motherhood. Smart aimed to discover a new literary language that stepped beyond the established tenets of storytelling. Staying true to this pioneering spirit, Lott joins forces with poet Jaik Josephson to traverse a new creative territory. The result is a piece dripping with metaphoric image, that loyal to Smart’s vision, dares to speak a truth about life in the social margins. Josephson explores Elizabeth’s rapturous existence by constructing a vocabulary based on the interplay of poetry and Lott’s movement. The dancers use spoken word as a vehicle to reveal Elizabeth’s story. The narrative is a conversation that is sometimes directed toward George, sometimes toward Elizabeth’s mother, and at other times, seemingly, toward the audience. The effect of this shifting voice is both mysterious and provocative. For more information, visit www.97poth.ca
Núna(now) will present the production of “Sargent & Victor” by Deb Patterson, in both Brandon and Winnipeg. This solo play is created from a series of interviews Patterson conducted with past and present residents of this iconic Winnipeg intersection. Sargent and Victor was the early urban settlement of immigrant Icelanders but has lately become an area known for gang violence and crime. Drawn to the area by a fascination with how neighbourhoods evolve, Patterson has created a series of monologues using only the words spoken by her interview subjects. The haunting narrative is infused with a potent honesty that comes from her capacity to touch difficult and often dark subject matter with humour and grace.
The núna (now) curatorial committee is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Administrator / Production Manager Heidi Ouellette. Heidi is a Winnipeg-based composer, curator and enthusiastic instigator interested in the concepts of organics, experience and alchemy. Her work often incorporates borrowed or recycled material, improvisation and collaboration with other musicians and disciplines. An active member of the Winnipeg arts scene, Heidi is the co-founder and co-Director of Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival, and contributes to GroundSwell, the Canadian New Music Network, and the Central Canadian Centre for Performance. Heidi will be a huge asset to the organization of this years activities for nuna (now) – Welcome Aboard!