How do we shape the places that we live? What energy flows through a place, where does it begin and where does it end? What are the systems, buildings, places that nurture us?
Over the past three years James Tyson, Director of International Agatha Christie Festival, and Alex McLean, co-Artistic Director of Canada’s Zuppa Theatre, began to think about their two very different seaside towns – Torbay, Devon and Halifax, Nova Scotia. In these two places, they began by asking the rather unlikely question: “How does health-care and urban planning shape our relationship to the places we call home?”
This began a journey which delved through history, how towns are built and re-built and the environments which surround us.
In Good Spirits is a gathering with guest speakers from across the fields of urban design, cultural history and performance. Through illustrated histories and performed stories, this one-off event is a space to reflect on the places we live in and how we keep our individual and collective spirits in good order.
Guests include Still Point Dance Theatre presenting from their current work For Your Age exploring memories with elder dancers; urban designer Richard Maddock of Kay Elliott architects who has master-planned eco-communities, conservation projects and worked across some of Torbay’s most distinctive buildings; Gian Luca Amadei, a cultural historian whose work explores the intersection between architecture, urban planning, public health and end-of-life care.
Presented as part of Torbay Culture’s Eyeview programme in association with International Agatha Christie Festival, supported by Arts Council England. Zuppa Theatre is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts and the Halifax Professional Arts Grants Program.
All ages welcome, but more suitable for adults.