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hard wire

September 13–16, 2023
8PM @ The Citadel
World Premiere

Co-presented with Bare Nerve

Citadel LIVE presents

hard wire
Choreographed and Performed by Bare Nerve


hard wire follows two scientists through a psychological journey and an embodied study of rocks and permanency. Their archeological dig leads to a deeper reflection on life in the face of a climate in crisis. Felt through the lens of two millennial-ish women, they fight to reconcile with humanity’s inaction and deflection in determining how, and if we move forward.

Approximate run time is 55 minutes.

Meet the Artists

Photo of Bare Nerve Photo by Emma Kerson

Bare Nerve

Choreographers / Performers

Together, Emma Kerson and Jane-Alison McKinney seek to create multifaceted, piercingly visceral performance works. They founded Bare Nerve in 2019 as the formalization of their long-term artistic relationship and as a means to integrate their core creative values.

Their debut production, hard wire, has been in development since 2019 through residencies at Shawbrook Residential (Ireland), the National Ballet of Canada’s Open Space, and Arts Orillia’s Dance + Design. After hard wire’s premiere with Citadel + Compagnie in 2023, the work will be presented by Arts Orillia as part of a multidisciplinary art event focused on environmental sustainability. Emma and Jane-Alison have presented and performed nationally at platforms such as Citadel + Compagnie, SummerWorks, Tangente, Artery, ODD, Guelph Dance Festival, Chinook Series, NextFest, IMPACTfest, and the Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival amongst others. They have additionally created in residencies including those spearheaded by adelheid, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Mocean Dance, Moonhorse Dance Theatre, and Toronto Dance Theatre.

Emma Kerson |
Jane-Alison McKinney |

Show Credits

Choreographers and Performers: Emma Kerson, Jane-Alison McKinney
Lighting Design: Noah Feaver
Music Composition and Performance: Germaine Liu
Music Composition and Sound Design: Mark Zurawinski
Set Design and Construction: Cory Hudson
Additional Sound Design and Set Design: Emma Kerson, Jane-Alison McKinney
Dramaturgy: Daniel MacIvor
Outside Eyes: Syreeta Hector, Heidi Strauss
Creative Producer: Mayumi Lashbrook
Stage Manager: Miah Lewis

hard wire was written by Emma Kerson and Jane-Alison McKinney, with excerpts and references from Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman by J. J. Cohen and from Thelma and Louise.

Thank you to Jill Carter, Sara Coffin, Kate Holden, and Dedra McDermott for their outside eye support during the creation stage of hard wire.

Artist Notes

hard wire was created with generous support from Shawbrook Residential, the National Ballet of Canada’s Open Space, Arts Orillia’s Dance + Design, the Canada Council for the Arts, and Toronto Arts Council. With thanks to Citadel + Compagnie and adelheid for production support, and to the many individuals who have cared for this work along the way.

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