Now and Not Now, Here and Not Here

WINNIPEG — Now and Not Now, Here and Not Here is an eight person ensemble piece exploring time and space as defining elements in the shape of human experience. This original performance piece is conceived and developed collaboratively by members of the senior Honours Devised Theatre class and directed by Claire Borody.

“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t.” – Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper

“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T.S. Eliot, The Four Quarters

We are all products of the time and space into which we are born and yet social values acceptable in a specific time or space are not necessarily acceptable outside of those parameters,  The passage of time and any change of space alter perception. Human obsession with defining, measuring, understanding, and controlling time and space has existed forever, yet time and space remain mysterious concepts always hovering just beyond the reach of our understanding.  Now and Not Now, Here and Not Here examines questions and issues relating to the ways in which time and space affect the choices we make in lives and our behaviour, and how these concepts determine the ways in which societies function.

The performers began their creative process with formal research exploring aspects of time and space and improvisation with common props associated with measuring time and space. In later phases of development improvisations were transformed into repeatable sequences and scores.  Physical images, vocal sound-scapes, live music, props, and additional text were then woven into the framework. The ensemble montage is influenced and inspired by a range of sources such as dance, literature, film, music, visual and plastic arts, as well as popular culture and journalism.

Performances are Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, March 21 at 7:00 pm at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film, 400 Colony Street.  Tickets are free and available at the door; the box office opens one hour prior to curtain.  Visit for more information.

Based in the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film at The University of Winnipeg, the Department of Theatre and Film offers concentrations in Acting, Design, Drama in Education, Filmmaking, Playwriting, and Production/Stage Management. Our classes are small and our approach is practical. Our faculty is comprised of highly respected and award-winning professionals who are experienced teachers and remain active in their disciplines, bringing relevant and up-to-date instruction to our students.

Patty Hawkins, Dept. of Theatre and Film, The University of Winnipeg
T: 204.786.9955, E:

Claire Borody, Dept. of Theatre and Film, The University of Winnipeg
T:  204.786.9385, E:



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