In Reverberations, audiences are divided into small groups of 20 to rove through five different performance spaces.
The immersive show is based on memories of writer and award-winning sound designer Brian Linds. Linds and his team mix multiple sound media with live performance to create a sensory experience of a life fully lived.
Reverberations is on at Presentation House Theatre (333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver) from March 7-17. Find out more below.
Combining innovative sound technology with vintage systems, including a live mix of LPs, cassettes, reel-to-reel tape, 8-track, and digital recordings, Reverberations replays key moments from Linds’ life.
His parents’ love story, a childhood act of betrayal, his Bar Mitzvah, his mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and a moment of lucidity his mother experienced while in the late stages of the disease are among those moments. Collectively, the result is a rumination on love, aging, and Jewish heritage.
Reverberations premiered at Belfry Theatre’s 2017 Spark Festival. There, “audiences enjoyed the novelty of moving from space to space and loved the idea that each group’s journey was a unique unfolding of the story told,” says Linds. “They were also inspired to share with the performers and audience members their own experiences of loss, betrayal, and love. It was deeply touching for our team to experience.”
Following the successful premiere at The Belfry, Presentation House Theatre partnered with Reverberations Collective to bring the experience to Lower Mainland audiences. “Brian Linds’ Reverberations is immersive, personal and celebratory,” said Presentation House Artistic Director Kim Selody. “His creation honours the life of his mother, and what it feels like to lose someone to Alzheimer’s disease. Having lost my own mother in the same way, I was deeply touched by how Brian approached his experiences. His choice to end with a celebration is a touch of genius.”
Reverberations is a co-production of Presentation House Theatre and Reverberations Collective in association with Mortal Coil Performance.
When: March 7 – 17
Where: Presentation House Theatre
Tickets: from $15 at phtheatre.org and 604-990-3474.