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Zorya Arrow’s upcoming play, much too much to say, feels familiar in title, but the performance itself is a step outside of the box—or rather, off the stage.
The West End resident has been working with a small cast on much too much for the past year, and it will be premiering from Sept. 5 to 10 at the B-Zone (558 Ellice Ave.). It’s a "devised" show, which means the actors and dancers all had a hand in creating the final piece, and it’s being performed among the audience, rather than onstage, adding an element of intimacy.
"The show starts at sunset outside, so that sets a tone as well," Arrow said. "I can’t say you are going to feel this or going to feel that, but it is an opening, an invitation to be together in a space and experience things together and I think we don’t give ourselves time for that."
Over the past year, the show has drastically changed in meaning for Arrow. While writing and creating the show, her partner died. Still grieving, Arrow has found a way to continue to put creative energy into much too much, which in the end has come full circle.
LEIF NORMAN / Zorya Arrow's devised play is showing Sept. 5 to 10.
"When my partner passed away, that was a huge shift in my life," Arrow said. "Obviously I’m still struggling with that but it’s been an interesting thing for this process, to think about, OK, where did I start with the idea for this and where is it going?"
Arrow said her original idea came to her when she was taking a clowning course in Vancouver and started thinking about identity as a verb — how we don different identities and different times and places in our lives.
"Right now, it actually fits really well with my original concept in that yeah, your identity is shifting, and acceptance, and letting yourself be with you need to be now, knowing that it will shift later… there are a lot of different connections to that original concept that I wasn’t expecting when I originally proposed it."
Arrow said she hopes the audiences in attendance will come ready to feel the emotions of the show.
"I don’t think the show will be super sad. There’s sadness in it, and there’s also humor in it. I like to find the humor in something—it is always there… This is where I’m at, and this is what I have to share right now, and it’s almost refreshing for people to be able to experience emotions together in a room."
Tickets are $20 at the door with shows starting at 7:30 every night from Sept. 5 to 10.
Community journalist — The Metro
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