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Photo courtesy of Confederation Centre of the Arts. Architectural model for the Confederation Centre of the Arts, 1962

Lou Sheppard and William Robinson: Cabinet Music (Cantata for Erosion)

The unique exhibition combines audio and sculpture to reflect on the history of Confederation Centre of the Arts and the shifting perspectives on Canadian Confederation. The exhibition will feature a choral recording by The Saint David’s Singers (with soloist Janelle Lucyk) which harkens back to the choir performance at the Centre’s official opening in 1964. They will also explore the process of erosion, inspired by the sandstone cladding of the building as well as Prince Edward Island’s coastline.

Robinson and Sheppard are Halifax-based artists who have both been finalists for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s leading visual arts prize. Their work generally involves processes of recontextualization and translation, in which information and objects culled from historical research, and investigation of architecture and archives, is transformed and rearranged into new configurations.

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What are Relaxed Performances?


Sometimes referred to as sensory-friendly experiences, Relaxed Performances give the opportunity for those with various sensitivities towards sensory stimuli to experience and enjoy live theatre.

These performances will be designed in a way to be more comfortable for audience members who may experience anxiety or are not comfortable with some aspects of a traditional theatre setting. This can include people on the Autism Spectrum and their families; those with sensory and communicative disorders or learning disabilities; people with Tourette’s syndrome; someone who might need to move often due to chronic pain or to use the facilities; or even parents with toddlers.



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