52 Pickup is a one-woman show that explores what it’s like to cope with and overcome trauma. The story follows Katie as she comes to terms with her own traumatic incident and relearns how to navigate the world with altered vision. Funny, hopeful, and emotional, this play portrays a journey that finds beauty from pain.
The show follows a woman as she struggles to cope after being sexually assaulted. The character has panic attacks onstage and talks briefly about her abuser. The show was built to be a safe place for all people who have experienced different types of trauma and we have no intention of triggering our audience. However, the healing process is not pain free and our show portrays that.
Allison Elizabeth Burns
What is the key to time travel? It’s easier than you think. We’re doing it right now. I’m writing this, thinking about you – and now you’re reading it, thinking about me. Present tense, days apart.
The Key to Time Travel is a theatrical contemporary dance duet inspired by the groove, strength, and shapes of Breakdance. It treads the brilliant borderland between reality and magic. The dancers travel through time by dropping memory markers/keys in specific moments in the past, present, and future. They want to know: can we somehow reach people who are here in a different “now”?
Each show will feature an open act choreographed by a different local contemporary dance artist; Geoffrey Dollar (June 13), Alya Graham (June 15), Cathy Kyle (June 16), Sarah Hopkin (June 18), Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson (June 21), and Mizuki Hoshino (June 23).
Critics’ reactions to Allisoneb’s 2017 Ottawa Fringe production:
“It’s unusual to walk into a room and experience beauty, but Do You Want To Live Forever? is an exercise in the sublime […] I was captivated.” – David Currie, Apt613
“Delightful and mesmerizing. Allison Burns is a gorgeous dancer, exemplifying poetry in motion” – Allan Mackey, On Stage
Show credits: Allison Elizabeth Burns – Project Instigator & Choreographer | Amanda Bon, Chelsea Passmore, and Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson – Collaborating Performers | Tristan Henry – Composer and Creator of Original Score | Travis Martin – Writer and Story Consultant | Keir Knight – Choreographic Consultant | Yvonne Coutts – Mentor
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Throughout my travels, I have observed many women from all over the world. I have seen the chain-smoking women of Berlin with face tattoos standing as an emblem of the free and rebellious woman, I have seen women of rural Jordan draped from head to toe in sacred scarves, and women that have to be indoors by 6pm in Varanasi, India. I’ve seen women who use their sexuality to gain respect from men on the city streets of New York and through all this I stand somewhere in the middle. Recognizing my own privilege, I step outside of it and take on the role of a respectful student. This proposed work has been years in the making and is influenced by the vast experiences I have had observing women from other cultures.
Our story follows Namid, who travels to four unnamed worlds each with it’s own unique dance and musical style. She changes with each world as she encounters new experiences and new people. By the end she meets the love of her life, Aki. Due to citizenship laws, same sex marriage restrictions, and familial responsibility, Aki is not able to leave with Namid. She gives her a remorseful goodbye. Namid feels afraid, yet continues her journey of exploration with wisdom, heartache, and the realization that she is forever nomadic.
Worldly Women is a thought provoking piece that aims to reflect the spectrum of oppression that women face around the world.