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In Performance: Dedicated to the Revolutions (Canada)

Dedicated to the Revolutions is a show about seven scientific revolutions that a grade eight teacher once said altered the course of humanity: Gutenberg, Copernican, Newtonian, Industrial, Darwinian, Nuclear and Information.

Erin Shields, Aimée Dawn Robinson, Chad Dembski Photo: Trevor SchwellnusErin Shields, Aimée Dawn Robinson, Chad Dembski Photo: Trevor Schwellnus

Six performers, not in any way experts in science and not apologizing for that, attempt to understand and question our notions of progress and knowledge and share that with an audience using things they found around the house.

Jacob Zimmer, Aimée Dawn Robinson Photo: Ömer Yükseker
Jacob Zimmer, Aimée Dawn Robinson Photo: Ömer Yükseker

With whiteboards, unrehearsed questions and answers, songs, and demonstrations, Small Wooden Shoe demonstrates the difficulty of demonstrating the effects of progress on our lives.

Small Wooden Shoe engages with the world in an honest, informal way while maintaining the need to step up and entertain. Absurd and delightful with a critical eye and a casual formalism, Small Wooden Shoe tries to help – and believes live performance might just be the best way.

Jacob Zimmer, Erin Shields, Chad Dembski Photo: Ömer Yükseker
Jacob Zimmer, Erin Shields, Chad Dembski Photo: Ömer Yükseker

Since 2006, Small Wooden Shoe has been developing Dedicated to the Revolutions by creating and presenting performances based on each of these revolutions in order to create a final piece that responds to a bigger picture of all of the revolutions and the very idea of revolutionary change.


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