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Denise Clarke and the fresh new ensemble of beautifulyoungartists turn up the heat once more with the all-new productionShe Sat Down & Wept,featuring some of Calgary’s most talented young theatre and dance artists.
Presented last summer in its development to a sold-out audience, this production is set for its world premiere. Working with Elizabeth Smart’s brilliant writhing and writing as laid down in her ecstatic 1945 prose poem, “By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept”, with contemporary sound design, the company presents a “performative conversation” that investigates, illuminates and glories in the text.
The source text is famously known for capturing the raw passion and subsequent heartbreak of a young couple caught within the snares of a torrid love affair. Re-envisioning this work for the stage reveals that the complexities of love resonate today as they did decades ago. Is she a young woman breaking free of societal expectations and exercising her artistic vision, or is she something more sinister—a carefree villain whose fixation on her lover brought chaos to those around her?
She Sat Down & Wept is created by Denise Clarke and the beautifulyoungartists ensemble. Featuring performances by: Lauren Brady, Donna Ng, Grace Fedorchuk, Arash Minhas, Maezy Reign, and Sarah Ord.