The Fire Kedgys’ Howl is a mythological intervention depicting the arrival of a luminescent, otherworldly community.
The Kedgys’ call us to pull up our sleeves, blow the horn, catch the ropes and right the ship’s path to safer ground. A collective ‘cry for help’, this ethereal work evokes feelings of urgency and discovery. It provokes compassion and awakens us to the resilient nature inherent in all beings so we may do better in our current, conflicted world.
Kedgy, according to the Dictionary of Newfoundland English, is someone who does all the odd jobs on a boat - sound the fog horn, pull up the lines, etc. We thought this image was compelling to explore because this is someone we might not think of as a "rescuer of humanity" - and yet they do what needs to be done, to emerge out of the fog, out of danger, to catch the ropes and get everyone ashore safely.
The Fire Kedgys' Howl was performed for a live audience on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 in St. John's, NL. This live performance adheres to the health and safety guidelines of the region in which it was recorded.
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Neighbourhood Dance Works (St. John’s, NL)
Artistic Producer: Calla Lachance
Project Consultant: Lois Brown
Production Manager: Sharon King Campbell
Choral Direction: Kellie Walsh
Composer, Musician: Andrew Staniland
Headgear Design: Sara Tilley
Costume Design: Kelly Bruton
Choreographic Direction: Andrya Duff, Andrea Tucker
Text Development: Santiago Guzmán
Graphic Design: Knoah Bender
NDW Administration and Marketing: Branden On, Leslie Pierce
Filmmaker: Justin Simms
Sound Engineer: Stephen Lilly
Talent Coordinator: Robyn Breen
Stage Managers: Amanda Klein, Robyn Vivian
Musicians: Rob Power, Daniel Oore
Costume Builders: Sheila Coultas, Carl Schraefel
Headgear Builders: Jay Butler, Vanessa Cardoso Whelan
Photographer: Malin Enström
Additional Creative Advisors: Pepa Chan, Pam Hall, Emily Deming Martin, Louise Moyes, Paul Power, Jamie Skidmore, Sarah Joy Stoker, Anne Troake
Vocals: Deirdre Costello, Holly Daley, Deantha Edmunds, Alanna Fitzpatrick, Brenda Gatherall, Sarah Halliday, Jennifer Halliday-Chafe, Jennifer Hart, Leanne Kearsey, Becky McDonald, Sarah McDonald, Katie Sullivan, Angela Warren
Kedgys: Robyn Breen, Kailey Bryan, Vanessa Cardoso Whelan, Allison Carter, Ava Clouston, Azal Dosanjh, Andrew Draskoy, Hannah Drover, Lily Dubrowski, Andrya Duff, Sharmila Gunasekaran, Brandon Hillier, Zihan Jin, Tendai Mudunge, Josh Murphy, Julius Paare Joseph, Laura-Beth Power, Paul Power, Amy Sheppard, Lisa Sheppard, Akash Singh, Andrea Tucker, Bridget Wareham, Kim White, Catherine Wright