This is Nowhere

Story

Legend has it that, in 1968, a secret organization called The Nowhere Collective attempted to draft a ‘Blueprint’ for a future Halifax, which they hoped to realize by 2018. It never happened. We don’t even know if the legend is true.

Downtown Halifax was the stage. Guided by a phone app, 850 participants searched the city of the present, considering its past and witnessing a series of encounters that evoke the city of tomorrow. In the process, they contributed to a New Blueprint for the city’s future, unveiled at the culmination of the search.

This is Nowhere featured a cast of 40+ actors, two choirs, a group of itinerant dancers and the work of an incredible team of writers, designers, technicians and site managers. It was one of 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program.

The show can be adapted in scale and for other cities.

Company

Dedicated to the memory of The Nowhere Collective, 1968

Principal Writer
Kate Cayley

Conceived and Directed by
Alex McLean with Stewart Legere, Kathryn McCormack, Liliona Quarmyne, Ben Stone

Additional concept work by
Kate Cayley and Susan Leblanc

‘Justice’ scene written and conceived by
Sobaz Benjamin

‘Perspective’ scenes written and conceived by
Rebecca Thomas

App Development
Andrew Burke

Choreography by
Liliona Quarmyne

Choirs
Xara Choral Theatre
The Nova Scotia Mass Choir

Composer
Jason MacIsaac

Musical Arrangement and Transcription
David Christensen

Cast

Love
Rebecca McCauley
Mary Fay Coady
Colleen MacIsaac
Sophie Schade
Lindsay Ross

Art
Matt Lumley
Briony Merritt

Memory
James MacLean
Gil Anderson

Belief
Tara Taylor
Stephanie MacDonald
Thomas Niles

Authority
Ailsa Galbreath
Kelin Boyd
Sheila McLean

Age
Jilly Richard
Zya Langdon
Ed Thomason
Steve Baker

Justice
Sobaz Benjamin
Lance Perry
Tim Dunn
Cst. Amit Parasram

Perspective
Sebastien Labelle
Lara Lewis
Kayla Gunn
Michelle Pillar
Rebecca Thomas
Aaron Prosper

Play
Deirdre Lee
Stepheny Hunter
Gina Thornhill
Jeff Schwager

Inclusion
Jennifer Powley

Commerce
Anthony Black

Disagreement
Peter Sarty

Wanderers
Rena Kossatz
Eunice Abaga
Allison Basha
Katie Dorion
Genevieve Steele
Madeline Tench
Roland Au
Lesley Smith
Kyle Gillis
Ivy Charles
Ryan Gallant
Sam Vigneult

Dancers
Jacinte Armstrong
Kendra Armstrong
Molly Johnson

Production Manager
Jessica Lewis

Crew
Emily Robinson
Georgia DuVall
Simon Ross-Siegel
Dan Bray
Simon Rainville
Lee-Anne Poole
Vern Endicott
Ben Hammer
Carmen Lee
Andrea Dymond
Benoit Gravel
Jocelyn Pringle
Alison Crosby
Anna Shepard

Video Designers
Nick Bottomley
Anna Shepard

Accessibility Coordinator
Steve Estey

Marketing
3 o’clock Communications

Assistant Producers
Sophie Schade, Ariel Bates and Rooks Field-Green

Producers
Alex McLean and Anika Riopel