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Premiere Small Arms Inspection Building In Situ Festival November 2016

Creature, Performance Highlights 2016


The sound of breaking glass... A group of friends disturb the dusty silence of an abandoned factory. They play lively music, they dance.  A friend strays into the darkness... he does not return.

Memories come awake in the night.


Creature draws upon the constant, immersive and consuming presence of technology. It gives physical form to whispered fears and grieves for identities lost. Our project fulfils our urgent desire to explore highly physical forms of storytelling. Dancers journey through the space and the audience moves with them - promenade style. Onlookers encounter the physical and metaphorical spaces where creatures reside.

Creature was first performed in October 2016 at the Small Arms Building in Mississauga. We selected this building for its historical importance as the site of Canada’s first aerodrome and a 1940s munitions factory. This storied building was abandoned, rescued from a demolition ball, and recently designated a historic site under the leadership of local arts advocates. At the time of the performance, the building was an empty, beautifully dilapidated two-storey warehouse, possessing incredible character with peeling paint, exposed brick, large pipes, thick glass windows and a classic architectural style.  We are grateful to the Small Arms Society for their support and congratulate them on an amazing festival experience.  

Creative Team

Creature, a site-specific creation for ten dancers.

Small Arms Inspection Building 

Concept: Colleen Snell & Noelle Hamlyn
erformers & Collaborators: Mayumi Lashbrook,

Ofilio Sinbadinho, Maddy Wright, Alvin Collantes,

Kristen Carcone, Damian Norman, Thomas Colford, Philippe Poirier, J.T. Papandreos, Colleen Snell
Dramaturge, Mentor: Daniel Levinson
Choreography & Direction: Colleen Snell 

Costumes, Visual Design: Noelle Hamlyn

Lighting, Visual Design: Joe Pagnan.

Man wearing red looks over his shoulder

With Thanks

The Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Small Arms Society, Rapier Wit, In Situ 2016 artists & volunteers, the women of the Small Arms Ltd, Heritage Mississauga, Cawthra Park Secondary School, Frog in Hand volunteers.  

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