Theatrical Tour-de-Force SPIN Returns To Toronto
Evalyn Parry takes her audience on an uncommon theatrical and musical journey in SPIN, her tour-de-force performance celebrating the bicycle. SPIN returns to Toronto on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 8PM, for one performance only, at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 28, 10AM.
One part documentary and another part musical activism, SPIN is inspired in part by the incredible true tale of Annie Londonderry, the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1895.
Outlandish, brash, and charismatic - a master of public relations, a consummate self-promoter, and a skillful creator of her own myth - Annie Cohen Kopchovsky was a woman of boundless chutzpah. When Annie Cohen Kopchovsky reinvented herself as a new woman - the daring globetrotter and adventurer, "Mlle. Annie Londonderry" - she became one of the most celebrated women of the 1890s.
Learn more about the world's first international female sports star, and Jewish mother from Boston, Annie Londonderry, here: http://www.annielondonderry.com/
Parry spins a fascinating web of stories that travel from 19th-century women's emancipation to 21st-century consumer culture, peeling back layers of history to reveal a surprising and contemporary heart to her theme of liberation.
A vintage bicycle, hooked up to simple electronics and suspended in a mechanic's stand, is played - from fenders to spokes to vinyl seat, from whirling pedals to bells - by percussionist Brad Hart, providing a captivating sonic accompaniment to Parry's songs and monologues. Staged by award-winning director Ruth Madoc-Jones, with stunning visual projections by acclaimed designer Beth Kates, this unique show has delighted audiences across the continent since its premiere at Toronto's Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in 2014.
Learn more about Evalyn Parry, here: http://evalynparry.com/2011/02/spin-project/