Studies in Motion

STUDIES IN MOTION: The Hauntings of Eadweard Muybridge

Originally produced with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and Theatre at UBC

Premiere
January 17 – 29, 2006
Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC – Vancouver, BC

Studies in Motion is inspired by the life and work of 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, whose instantaneous photography and exhaustive studies in animal and human locomotion foretold the invention of the modern-day cinema. In 1885 Eadweard Muybridge embarks on a mission of cataloging animal movement and human gestures, dissecting time and in so doing, revealed a world invisible to the naked eye. However, Muybridge is haunted by the ghosts of his past actions; the man he killed, the child he abandoned, and the woman he thought he knew. The play, a physically and visually explosive spectacle, explores themes of memory, identity, and the quest for meaning at the very beginning of our culture’s obsession with images.

Vancouver Sun

“A piece of theatre polished to brilliance, so complete and so completely satisfying that this awe-inspiring oddity should be seen on major stages around the world.”

Vancouver Sun

“A lucid, visually compelling and forceful piece of theatre.”

Calgary Herald

The Georgia Straight

“STUDIES IN MOTION is always seductive to look at … the resulting complexity is sublime.”

The Georgia Straight

Globe and Mail

“For STUDIES IN MOTION, Kerr has written a complex, thoughtfully layered script that makes us laugh and care about this deeply troubled man.”

Globe and Mail

Vancouver Courier

”STUDIES IN MOTION… takes a subject from the world of science and breathes theatrical life into it with music, movement, imagery and text … production values don’t get higher than this. Feast your eyes.”

Vancouver Courier

PHOTOS

 

AWARDS

JESSIE RICHARDSON THEATRE AWARDS, 2004:
Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition, Large Theatre (Patrick Pennefather)
Outstanding Lighting Design, Large Theatre (Robert Gardiner)