Co-presented with Susie Burpee and Linnea Swan
In PUS, two funny women grapple with their calcifying imaginations, their ghosts, and their need to scream (sing) about the passage of time. It’s a variety show, a dance spectacle, and an intimate interview about the things that make us itch.
Approximate run time is 45 minutes.
Traversing both dance and theatre, Susie Burpee is a choreographer, performer and teacher. Over the past 25 years, she has worked with a multitude of Canadian dance-theatre artists who continue to light up her life. Susie embodies questions of comedy, age, and wonder in her artistic work, and thus, she still believes in magic.Read more + Read less -
In 2020, Susie completed a Master’s degree in Theatre, Drama, and Performance Studies (University of Toronto); working with post-secondary dance students is an ongoing passion. Susie is currently Artistic Producer of Theatre Direct’s Balancing Act, a national initiative to support parents, caregivers, and care needs in the performing arts.
Linnea Swan is a multidisciplinary artist whose work lives at the intersection of dance, theatre and film. As a performer and creator, she has been an active contributor to the Canadian arts ecology for over 25 years, living and working in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and now Calgary.Read more + Read less -
Also a filmmaker of note, her work includes dance film, documentary shorts, web series, as well as video to accompany live performance. Her extensive body of work has been acknowledged with the Dora Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance, as well as the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Dance. Linnea is Co-director of ReLoCate, and was Associate Artist with Dancers’ Studio West (2018-2021).
Alyssa Martin (she/her) is a choreographer making dancetheatre in Tkaronto. She uses an absurdist, joy-based approach to understand the more pickled corners of the psyche through homemade spectacle.Read more + Read less -
Blurring dance, theatre and comedy from an anti-patriarchal perspective, she founded a company called Rock Bottom Movement in 2012. Their works play with irreverent winks at modern dance and have been shared in seasons and festivals ranging in size throughout the country and abroad. She has been commissioned to create new work for Toronto Dance Theatre, The National Ballet of Canada (MicroCommission), Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Toronto Metropolitan University and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She’s worked in residence at The Banff Centre, Canadian Stage and The Stratford Festival. Outside of the dance world, Alyssa has brought her psychedelic image-based choreographic process to theatre, musical theatre and opera productions across the country including with The Stratford Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Talk is Free Theatre, theatrecorps and FAWN Chamber Collective. She guest teaches often, leading creative workshops as well as her NONDancer workshops. Her recent works include; Sex Dalmatian, DINO, Bin Chicken and hollow mountain. She’s been awarded multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards, The Bulmash-Siegel Award for New Creation at Tarragon, The Jack McAllister Award for Alumni Achievement and the Canadian Stage Award for Direction. In all her work, she hopes to offer unbridled romps through cheeky explosions of our consciousness while deeply considering the audiences, communities and collaborators who come to play.
Choreographer and Director: Alyssa Martin
Performers and Co-Creators: Susie Burpee, Linnea Swan
Music and Lyrics: Susie Burpee, Alyssa Martin, Linnea Swan
Costume Design: Brayden Jamil Cairns
Lighting Design: Noah Feaver
Associate Lighting Designer: Mathilda Kane
Stage Manager: Kathy Le
Creative Contributors: Drew Berry, Jamal Jones, Jordan Laffrenier
PUS is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts
It’s been a dreamy quest and a heartfelt joy to collaborate with Susie and Linnea on the creation of this piece. Throughout the entire process we’ve had you, our eventual audiences in the penthouse of our skulls. We hope you’ll join us to sing, trip, laugh and scrape out our crusty hearts. We can’t wait to share this with you. <3