Pick of the Day: A Spoon We Are Not

For several years now, the Globe Theatre has run a Sandbox Series under the sponsorship Jacqui Shumiatcher and the late Morris Shumiatcher. It's held in a small performance space at the Globe and, as the title implies, is intended to allow artists to "play" ie experiment, take risks, present work that is still in the process of being developed.

It's a neat idea. And one that provides true value to emerging artists, and potential young theatre-goers, in the city. In the Globe's overall operation, however, the Sandbox Series has tended to play second fiddle to the theatre's main stage productions. As a result, it hasn't always been as dynamic as it could have been. This year, the Globe is trying a new approach. It's handed over direction of the series to Andrew Manera, Fallon Mazurkewich and Jayden Pfeiffer. With the goal of fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, they've invited six different groups of artists to present performances with run-dates in October, January, February, March, April and May.

The season kicks off tonight with A Spoon We Are Not. Conceived by Heather Cameron, Fran Gilboy and Misty Wensel of FadaDance, the work, which will be performed Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 28-31, riffs on the idea of forks, and the different prongs/pathways that the utensil metaphorically embodies.

Here's a snippet of video from an unrelated FadaDance performance at the Exchange this spring. (YouTube)

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