Queen's University

The 'mane' attraction

 
2014-06-11
Hair Lines opens June 11 at the Rotunda Theatre in Theological Hall at 7:30 pm. The show runs each night until June 13. Tickets are $10 or pay what you can.

By Rosie Hales, Communications Officer

Forty performers will take to the stage in the Rotunda Theatre this week to share their experiences losing, growing, removing or flaunting their hair.

“We’re so glad that we are able to put on a production featuring some of Kingston’s most talented professional and community artists,” says Queen’s drama professor Kim Renders, the artistic co-ordinator of Hair Lines. “We have spoken word performances, movement pieces, and lecture-style talks all connected by music.”

 Kim Renders, artistic co-ordinator of Hair Lines, gives direction to the cast. 

Our manes are the main focus of the latest production for Chipped Off Performance Collective. According to Professor Renders and Chipped Off members and PhD candidates Dan Vena and Robin McDonald, what people do with their hair defines and signifies them.

Each two-minute performance is given by contributors from the Kingston community, many of whom are Queen’s faculty, staff and students. As a specialist in large-scale artist/community theatre collaborations, Renders has thoroughly enjoyed stitching all of the various pieces together.

“Hair Lines is funny, political and poignant,” she says. “I think I can best describe it by comparing it to a quilt: there are lots of different pieces but they are all connected and flow together.”

For Professor Renders, the best part of the process has been seeing many first-time performers get up on stage and share their pieces with the audience.

“This project brings professional Kingston artists of diverse disciplines together with dozens of community members to create a theatre spectacle for anyone who has ever plucked an eyebrow, gone for a Brazilian, combed over, shaved off, braided, lost or cried about their hair,” she says.

This show is Chipped Off’s second original production and opens to coincide with Kingston Pride.

View a gallery of rehearsal photos by Hilbert Buist on Flickr. 

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