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Anthropic Traces

  • Balancing on The Edge in association with Thin Edge New Music Collective and A Girl in the Sky
  • Co-directed by Rebecca Leonard and Sonia Norris
    Musical Direction by Ilana Waniuk and Cheryl Duvall
  • Show Concept / Producers: Cheryl Duvall, Ilana Waniuk, and Rebecca Leonard
  • Jul 27 - Jul 31, 2022
  • $30 - 45
  • 1hr 10 minutes (including a 20 minute intermission)
  • Guloien Theatre
  • Details

    Anthropic Traces, produced by Balancing on the Edge in association with A Girl in the Sky Productions and Thin Edge New Music Collective, is a large-scale production fusing contemporary music, circus, dance, theatre, mask, and multimedia.

    In our current epoch, Anthropocene, we see the traces of human existence leaving an indelible mark in the history of the earth. Anthropic Traces showcases four original collaborative works whose artistic trajectory reflects on global issues affecting the current  human condition.  Each piece is unique in artistic approach and topic and yet they are all bound together by the threads of human impact.  

    Anthropic Traces features ten physical performers using experimental and traditional circus disciplines featuring hair hang, contortion, juggling, aerial plastic, invented apparatus paired with live performances of fresh and compelling compositions by trailblazing Canadian composers.

    A relaxed performance will be available on Friday, July 29th at 2pm.

    Regular admission is $45. Student, senior, and artsworker tickets available for $30.

    July 27th and the matinee performance on July 29th is Pay-What-You-Wish with these price options: $10, $15, $25, $50, $75.

    A four-person family pass is available for $100 on the Saturday or Sunday matinee.

    The production run time is 1 hour and 10 minutes including a 20 minute intermission.
    Act 1: 31 minutes
    Act 2: 17 minutes


     Content Warning 

    Includes 30-50 seconds of sounds of war, machine guns, and bombs (approx. 15 minutes into Act 1).

    Includes flashing lights, strobes, haze, and lighting in the audience. 

    Includes simulated drowning.

    Performers in the show will be performing in masks that do not always match their skin tones.  It could be triggering to see darker masks on lighter skinned performers. Please see program notes for context.  

  • The Team


    • Stephanie Carpanini - Physical Theatre and Mask
    • Amy Hull - Aerial Drum, Dance and Mask
    • Samantha Halas - Contortion
    • Louis Wei-Chun Barbier - Juggler
    • Natasha Danchenko - Aerial Plastic and Mask
    • Lara Ebata - Bungee and Mask
    • Nicole Malbeuf - Hairhang and Mask
    • Rebecca Leonard - Mask
    • Margaret Lamarre - Mask
    • Dana Lerman - Mask
    • Amahl Arulanandam - Cello
    • Suhashini Arulanandam - Violin
    • Cheryl Duvall - Piano
    • Terry Lim - Flutes
    • Aysel Taghi-Zada - Viola
    • Anthony Thompson - Clarinets
    • Nathan Petitpas - Percussion
    • Ilana Waniuk - Violin


    • Cheryl Duvall, Ilana Waniuk, Rebecca Leonard - Artistic Directors
    • Rebecca Leonard, Sonia Norris - Co-Directors
    • Cheryl Duvall, Ilana Waniuk - Music Directors
    • Collaboration between directors and cast - Aerial Choreography
    • Sonia Norris - Mask Direction and Dramaturge
    • Cheldon Paterson (SlowPitchSound), Juro Kim Feliz, Bekah Simms, Anna Höstman - Original Compositions
    • Michelle Tracey - Production/ Costume Designer
    • Justin Massey - Sound System Engineer
    • Jason J. Brown - Projection Design
    • Rebecca Leonard - Rigging Design
    • Kayt Lucas, Rebecca Leonard - Riggers
    • Sara Constant - Stage Manager
    • Paul Hodge - FOH / Mix Op
    • WxW (WhatbyWhen) - Production Management Providers
    • Wes Babcock, Crystal Lee - Production Supervisors
    • Carlos Varela - Production Manager
    • Micah Champagne - Technical Director
    • Patrick Lynn - Assistant Production Manager
    • Chris Cameron - Head of Digital Systems