Perfect Imperfections: The Art of a Messy Life

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JUNO-nominated jazz bassist Jodi Proznick, award-winning educator and performer Celeste Snowber, and emerging harpist Alexa Reimer come together in the world premiere of Perfect Imperfections: The Art of a Messy Life at Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch. Interweaving comedy, dance, and live music, the work offers a poignant reflection of the many ironies faced by all women today.

Perfect Imperfections: The Art of a Messy Life

Where: Vancity Culture Lab, The Cultch (1895 Venables St, Vancouver)
When: June 14–16, 2018 at 8:00pm
Tickets: $20, available now online.

Directed by Lynn Fels, this multi-generational trio will be joined by guest artist singer-songwriter Katherine Penfold.

Perfect Imperfections: The Art of a Messy Life
Michele Mateus Photography

Perfect Imperfections will delight and move in a hilarious and heartrending combination of lived experiences and narratives. The provocative show addresses sensuality, loss, the spirituality of worry, wonder — and incorporates a range of formats from TED Talk parodies to haikus, and all-out improvisation.

The playful energy of the program can be gleaned from set list titles, such as “Not enough – Too much!” “Funeral for Superwoman,” and “Spirituality of Worry.” The aptly named “The Roll” waxes poetic on the well-known source of many people’s deepest insecurities, while recognizing that the belly holds women’s deepest eros.

Proznick and Reimer will improvise original music on upright bass and harp, respectively, as Penfold sings from Proznick’s applauded album Sun Songs, which was included in the Top 10 jazz albums of 2017 (Ottawa Citizen). Throughout the performance, Snowber’s dance, comedy, and spoken word will create an intimate space where both humour and humanity collide.

The interdisciplinary work has relevancy to the #MeToo movement and recent proliferation of stories about the objectification of women. The artists seek to reclaim and inhabit the body by honouring its paradoxical beauty of imperfections. In a pivotal moment in the performance, they confront the lurking, destructive feeling of “not enough-ness” that plagues the ambitious, the unrecognized, and the overwhelmed.

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  1. RayMonday, June 4th, 2018 — 7:06am PDT

    Sounds like a great performance.

  2. LucMonday, June 4th, 2018 — 8:54am PDT

    What an interesting musical experience!

  3. lorMonday, June 4th, 2018 — 4:50pm PDT

    Wow, what an interesting show!

  4. Jason BMonday, June 4th, 2018 — 10:32pm PDT

    Can’t beat a cello

  5. Pauline WilkinsonThursday, June 7th, 2018 — 4:10pm PDT

    This would be an interesting new experience

  6. MelanieFriday, June 8th, 2018 — 12:10am PDT

    Would love to treat a friend!

  7. PeggyFriday, June 8th, 2018 — 8:30am PDT

    This would be lovely to go to.

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