Danielle Palardy Roger is a composer, percussionist, and improviser. Active in the Montreal musique actuelle scene since 1980, she has been a member of many improvisational ensembles and projects including JUSTINE, WONDEUR BRASS, Les Poules, don’t Double-Sens and Flammèches. She has toured to international festivals: The Ring Festival (Belgrade), The New-York International Festival of the Arts, and Canada Nouveau Festival (London). Her compositional credits include commissions for l’Ensemble contemporain de Montréal and Musée Pointe-a-Callière. Roger is also the artistic director of Productions SuperMusique (Montreal).
During her residency at the Western Front, Roger will be composing a new work for choir and chamber ensemble. The Heart Noises, a 50 minute sonic poem, is scheduled to premiere in Montreal in 2004. Vocalists Christopher Butterfield, Kate Hammett Vaughan, Peter Hurst, & DB Boyko will join Roger in a web performance of this work-in-progress for the Ars Electronica Festival, in Linz, Austria.
Marie Clements will read from her most recent play “Burning Vision”. In the late 1800’s, Dene Medicine Man had a vision of a burning coming from the sky. The vision came true.
Burning Vision traces the journey of uranium rock from Northern Canada- embedded in the Sahtu Dene territory- through water, over land, and into fire: the bomb that dropped on Hiroshima. Both tragic and irreverent,
Burning Vision weighs the burdens of our ancestors as they travel through time, across continents and in our
genes to cast shadows on the present.
Marie Clements is an award winning performer and playwright whose has work has been presented on stages across Canada, the United States and Europe. Marie has been developing three plays over the last two years in residences at Playwrights Workshop Montreal, The National Theatre School, in Montreal, as well as The Firehall Arts Centre and Rumble Theatre in Vancouver. Her play Burning Vision was directed by Peter Hinton and produced by Rumble Theatre in collaboration with her company urban ink productions where it has been nominated for six Jessie Richardson Awards. Last year, Marie co-directed the premiere production of her play The Unnatural and Accidental Women at The Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver. Her script, Copper Thunderbird∏ a commission by Les Ondinnok Theatre in Montreal was given a staged reading by the prestigious Festival des Ameriques, as well as the presentation of her one- woman show Urban Tattoo, one of two Canadian works selected for the international festival that played to sold out houses and critical success. As an actor, she recently performed in the CBC radio drama Magpies by Thomas King and Horse Latitudes at The Playwright’s Theatre Centre. She can be seen as Melanie Frum, on Da Vinci’s Inquest, this fall.