'make me cry' is a solo work inspired by/in response to the durational group work 'make banana cry' by Andrew Tay and Stephen Thompson. An existential exploration into the psyche of our titular artist (tia), the audience is delved into the horror and ambiguity of what it means to be the end result of a fetish versus participating in one, and the minstrelsy that accompanies BIPOC artists creating 'valuable' work for the consuming public.
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'make me cry'
Choreographer/Creator: Tia Ashley Kushniruk
Director/Dramaturg: Philip J. Geller
First Director/Consultant: Jake Tkaczyk
Lighting Designer: Trent Crosby
Composer: Cole Dorchester
Stage Manager: Erin Hayes
Videographer: Naomi Caufield
Special Thanks: Susannah Haight, Clarke Blair, Eryn Tempest, Stephen Thompson, Andrew Tay, Nicole Mion, NES artist residency, Jocelyn Mah
'make me cry' was first presented at Fluid Festival 2023 in Calgary AB CAN.