Canary Variations
Shane Belles Project

USA ° Austria

Thursday, 14th ° 7.00 - 9.00 pm
Friday, 15th ° 7.00 - 9.00 pm

Canary Variations is a performance excerpt from the screenplay "Dakota", the moment - a critical choice binds or separates a character into personality, principle, emotion, and history; in the epic fantasy of identity. The live interpretation draws from melodrama, clown, cinema, Peking Opera, dance, and installation.

The actor, with the live musical composition, similarly compels each other to become - in the continually contrived moment of decision - part of another character. While the mechanics of movements are not subject to hierarchies, the pathology that enables them is. All this with the same interest: a precise look at the objective detail enacted. In this approach a parallel to the 'Landscape plays' by Gertrude Stein can be discovered, who tried to utilize the look of viewing landscapes and landscape-painting for theatre and her writing techniques.
The title of the piece comes from the phrase 'canary in the coal mine', when the canary was used to determine the presence of toxic fumes in the mine.

Shane Belles is a manufacturing engineer, living and working in Berlin. He is the principle conceiver and writer for the Shane Belles project.

Colin Gee studied at Lecoq School in Paris and Dell' Arte School of Physical Theater in Blue Lake, USA. In 1998 he moved to New York and began Limelight, a theatrical storytelling program for the aged, and was co-founder of Atlas Mason in residence with Mabou Mines. He was co-artistic director of The Flying Machine, theatre-company, from 1998-2001. and performed with Irene Hultman Dance, at the Joyce Theater and Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. He has taught in South America, the US, and Europe; and was a principle clown for Cirque du Soleil, in Dralion from 2001- 04. He co-founded the company Shane Belles, with Shane Belles, in 2001.

Erin Gee studies with Beat Furrer in Graz as Rislov scholarship holder. She was born in California and finished her Bachelor and Masters degrees, in piano and composition respectively, at the University of Iowa. She gave numerous performances of her compositions in the USA, Germany and Austria, including the Internationale Ferienkurse Darmstadt, the R.A.T. festival in Novi Sad, the MATA festival in New York and during Sommerakademie Schloss Solitude. She is prize winner of Impuls Wettbewerb 2004 and has been commissioned by Neue Musik Tage Bludenz 2005.

The performed works of the company include musical, actor oriented, mixed media, and lecture/ demonstration. Principal performance works have taken place in Winston-Salem, USA; Graz, London, Mexico City and St. Louis, USA.