Catherine Kidd is a Montreal-based writer and performer. Her solo show Sea Peach won the MECCA [Montreal English Critics’ Circle Award] for Best New Text in 2003, subsequently touring to such festivals and literary events as the Spier Arts Poetry Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, The Edinburgh Fringe, Toronto Harbourfront’s World Stage, and Singapore’s Esplanade on the Bay. An accomplished Voice actor, her voice is heard in documentary narration, air safety messages, museum tours and video games for such clients as Penguin, Cirque du Soleil, and Ubisoft. Catherine is author of the novel Missing the Ark and the poetry collection Bipolar bear. Her new solo show Hyena Subpoena was launched Fall 2011 in Montreal, with plans to tour next year.
Missing the ark (Conundrum Press, 2007)
The portable conundrum (Conundrum Press, 2006)
Bipolar bear (Conundrum Press, 2005)
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A focus of my professional practice has been Writing for Performance, so my artistic approach has been twofold: the first phase of the creative process is taken up with writing, while the second involves rehearsal, memorization, ‘’fine-tuning’’ with an ear to enhancing musicality. The emphasis of these artist workshops would be on this second - the performance phase.
In keeping with a notion of performance as physical embodiment of text, my performance pieces often explore zoological themes as metaphors of the human condition. The poems spring from consideration of a particular species, then expand on a reflection of its qualities to draw in some human parallel or personal anecdote. In form, they are a hybrid of poetry and dramatic monologue, often presented with soundscape and video.
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