Final UWinnipeg theatre show is an original piece

WINNIPEG, MB – The final production of the season, FERN, is an original devised theatre piece directed by senior performance student Tanner Manson, and developed collaboratively with recent graduates Johanna Burdon, Victoria Hill, Edward Wiebe, and the Department of Theatre and Film.

“FERN is an examination of the essence of humanity, on an individual’s soul, and the collective irony of human existence,” shared Manson.

Exploring ideas and thoughts written by philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Simone de Beauvoir, as well as pulling from research on Posthumanism, FERN has been developed through a devised process, inspired by the aesthetics and dramaturgical techniques of Charles Mee, Pina Bausch and Jerzy Grotowski.

The production is a culmination of Manson’s year-long research for his Honours Special Studies in Devised Creation under the mentorship of Professor Claire Borody. The play includes a collage of dance, physical theatre, poetry and absurdist dialogue.

FERN runs on Thursday, April 18 at 8:00 pm, and has two showings, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, on Saturday, April 20 at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film, 400 Colony Street.

Admission is free.  Tickets are available at the door or by phone reservation through our 24-hour Reservation and Information Line at 204-786-9152.

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. Visit the Department of Theatre and Film.

Melinda Tallin, Department of Theatre and Film, University of Winnipeg
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