June 14 – 26th
Blind artist Alex Bulmer takes the arm of people in her new neighbourhood. Together, they walk, listen, and share life stories — an architecture of place emerges. Experience their journeys through these multi-sensory moving-portraits that consider the past, illuminate the present, and evoke possible futures.
Originally created in 2018 as a live, interactive, performance installation, May I Take Your Arm? has been re-imagined into a 7-part multidisciplinary follow-at-home experience.
Experience the work
Video by Hoffworks
Visual description: An image of two white hands gripping the top of a white cane are overlaid with images of Riverdale Park in autumn.
The image tilts up and widens to reveal Alex Bulmer wearing a black leather jacket and mint green sunglasses. With a casual smile, she adjusts her hands – overlapping them on top of her cane. A man in a dark grey shirt enters the frame and stands next to Alex, slowly extending his bent arm toward her. The overlaid image of autumn trees is now especially vibrant against their dark clothing. Alex reaches back behind the man, gently holds onto his elbow, and extends her cane in front of her.
A final close up of Alex’s face overlaid with images of autumn trees. Her cane outstretched, arm in hand – Alex and the man walk out of frame together. The image fades to black and credits appear.
Access to experience May I Take Your Arm? is FREE.
There is an optional, tactile portion to this production — A limited edition series of 200 handmade pocket accordion books will go on sale May 18. A number of books will be set aside to prioritize access to low-vision and blind audiences.
About the Books
Designed by Anna Camilleri
A limited edition series of 200 handmade pocket accordion books are similar by design and different by dimension and material application.
Techniques include | Paper cutting and decoupage | Paper and thread weaving, wrapping, and stitching | Botanical dyeing (I gathered Black Walnut and Sumac from the Don River watershed to produce botanical dye extractions “fixed” with salt and vinegar Dyed papers have an earthy and faintly acidic scent.) | Embedded foraged botanical elements (Silver Birch and Grey Birch bark, Eastern White Pine needles, Tansy, and Rosehip).
From the artist | I’m grateful to Katie Yealland, Annanda DeSilva, Sierra Sun, and Rhekia Fahssi for bookmaking production assistance.
Co-Creator & Performer
Co-Creator & Environment Designer/Maker
Co-Creator & Sound Editor/Dramaturge
Tristan R. Whiston
Co-Creator & Live Video Animation
Creative Access Support & Audio Description
Wy Joung Kou
Sound Consultant & Field Recording
To schedule an interview with the artist, or staff members at Theatre Passe Muraille regarding this production, please email Emily Jung at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will try out best to accommodate your media requests, however they are not guaranteed.
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