Erin Donovan is the Artistic Director of Hear Here Productions. Burnwater began as a dream of Erin's upon returning to Nova Scotia after many years away. She created the 2013 outdoor performance in East Dover on the property of her friends John and Nancy Little in collaboration with Mocean Dance and LoHiFi Productions.
Passionate about site-specific and interdisciplinary performance Erin has produced shows all over Canada on glacier lakes, in parks, libraries, night clubs and in theatres. As a percussionist and a pianist she has performed in orchestras and chamber groups all over Canada.
This 2016 production, Burnwater: Alchemy (a co-production with Mocean Dance and the Osprey Arts Centre) is an ongoing conversation with the outdoor show experience. An experiment triggered by a desire to examine our relationships to nature and influenced by the outdoor work she has created with Hear Here for the past 10 years.
Can you bring the feeling of the outside in?
What memories do we take from places we leave behind?
What residue do we leave behind when we move through spaces?
Erin Donovan with Sagromides of Venus (John Little) photo by Maylynn Quan
Susanne Chui/Movement, Choreography
Susanne Chui is a Halifax–based contemporary dance artist, a co-founder of SiNS dance and is currently the Co-Artistic Director of Mocean Dance. A natural collaborator, she enjoys working with people from a variety of backgrounds and creating work inside and outside of the theatre setting. Susanne has performed and collaborated on works in theatres, hallways, shopping malls, parks, bus shelters, subway stations, public squares, in a swimming pool, on a clothes line and in a hay field.
Susanne Chui by Nick Rudnicki
Ellen Gibling/ Set design, Image design, Concept
Ellen Gibling is a Halifax-based harpist and designer. She studied classical harp performance at McGill university with Jennifer Swartz, and has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. She is currently a member of the pop band The Heavy Blinkers and Irish traditional duo Ragged Robin, and is the harp instructor at Acadia University. Following her studies in Montreal, Ellen pursued theatre at Dalhousie University through the technical scenography program. She designed two shows for Dalhousie, and was assistant to designer John Dinning for productions at Neptune Theatre (Halifax), and the Segal Centre (Montreal). Recently, Ellen has worked as a designer for Burnwater Alchemy, a collaborative project with Hear Here Productions and Mocean Dance.
John Little/ Sculpture Artist
Born in 1943, John Little has been a full-time blacksmith and sculpture artist in East Dover, Nova Scotia for 46 years. In recent years, he has been exploring various sonic implications of forged steel objects.
Doug Cameron is a Halifax-based jazz and improv drum set player, instructor and composer. He attended St. F.X. University and studied with Mark Adam, John Hollenbeck, Owen Howard, and Terry O’Mahoney. Since moving to Halifax in 2002 Doug has been heavily involved with the local jazz and new music scene. He works regularly with the Upstream Orchestra, SuddenlyLISTEN and Jerry Granelli through the Creative Music Workshop, where is is also a faculty member. Other highlights include performing with Fred Frith and appearing at the 29th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, Quebec. Doug has founded several jazz and improv groups including TFC with Jeff Torbert and Adam Fine, whose 2006 recording Rhizomatics was nominated for a Music Nova Scotia Award. In addition to improvised music he also founded rock bank Aide-de-Camp with Cory Bowles which recorded and toured extensively. Doug performs and composes regularly for dance artists including Jacinte Armstrong, Susanne Chui, Lisa Phinney and Mocean Dance. In 2013 he performed Threnodies, a dance/music collaboration by Susanne Chui and Geordie Haley created for the TD Halifax Jazz Festival.
Current projects include: Composing and recording a debut record with The New Bridge, to be released in 2016; touring with Juno-nominated ukulele artist James Hill; collaborating with Mocean Dance on Burnwater:Alchemy, a multi-faceted installation/performance.
Doug Cameron by Michelle Doucette
John D.S. Adams/ Sound Design
Multi Juno Award winning recording engineer John D.S. Adams has been passionate about sound for 30 years. His artistic collaborations vary widely across the disciplines of recording, design and performance. As a recording engineer Adams has worked with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jane Bunnett, Anton Kuerti, Yo Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, The Getty Center, Kevin Fox, James Ehnes, John Cage, and Neil Young to name a few. Adams' sound designs have been commissioned by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Blue Rider Ensemble, composer Peter Hatch, and Barishnykov’s White Oak Dance Project. A specialist in experimental electronic music, Adams has performed throughout the world from the Paris Opera Garnier to the Lincoln Centre, and had the privilege of working with some of the great musical pioneers of our time, including John Cage, Walter Zimmerman, Takehisa Kosugi, Steve Lacy, Stuart Dempster, and Pauline Oliveros. Adams worked with the ground breaking Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1991 to 1996, and subsequently with Composers Inside Electronics, EHRES (Oliveros, Ione, Adams), suddenly LISTEN music, and a multitude of cutting edge improv based ensembles. He recently was the Senior Recording Engineer, at The Banff Centre, Canada, a renowned cross-roads for artists and cultural leaders in performing, literary, new media, and visual arts. http://www.stonehousesound.com/