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Studies in Motion

Studies in Motion by Kevin Kerr Studies in Motion
Your Price: $18.95 CDN
Author: Kevin Kerr
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 144
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 0889225923
ISBN-13: 9780889225923

About the Play:

Studies in Motion is a full-length drama by Kevin Kerr. A mesmerizing and seductive exploration of the work and life of turn-of-the-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, whose obsession with capturing human motion on film leads to the birth of cinema.

Studies in Motion is inspired by the life and work of 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, whose instantaneous photography and exhaustive studies in animal and human locomotion foretold the invention of the modern-day cinema. In 1885 Eadweard Muybridge embarks on a mission of cataloging animal movement and human gestures, dissecting time and in so doing, revealed a world invisible to the naked eye. However, Muybridge is haunted by the ghosts of his past actions; the man he killed, the child he abandoned, and the woman he thought he knew. The play, a physically and visually explosive spectacle, explores themes of memory, identity, and the quest for meaning at the very beginning of our culture's obsession with images.

Studies in Motion premiered in 2006 at the Frederic Wood Theatre on University of British Columibia campus during the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver.

Cast: 5 women, 7 men

What people say:

"A vivid demonstration of what theatre can be but so seldom is, Studies In Motion entertains, engages and concerns us with ideas that get to the root of human existence." — Toronto Now

"A piece of theatre polished to brilliance, so complete and completely satisfying that this awe-inspiring oddity should be seen on major stages around the world." — The Vancouver Sun

"… a lucid, visually compelling and forceful piece of theatre." — Calgary Herald

"Studies in Motion is always seductive to look at … the resulting complexity is sublime … a lucid, visually compelling and forceful piece of theatre ." — The Georgia Straight

"For Studies in Motion, Kerr has written a complex, thoughtfully layered script that makes us laugh and care about this deeply troubled man ." — The Globe and Mail

"Studies in Motion … takes a subject from the world of science and breathes theatrical life into it with music, movement, imagery and text … production values don't get higher than this. Feast your eyes." — Vancouver Courier

About the Playwright:

Kevin Kerr is an award-winning playwright, director, actor, and founding member of Vancouver's Electric Company Theatre. While he was Writer in Residence at Touchstone Theatre, he developed Unity (1918), which earned him the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. He is the recipient of four Jessie Richardson Awards for Outstanding Original Play, and his work has been produced across Canada, in the U.S., France, Australia, and the U.K.

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