John is a memoir of my oldest brother John who disappeared from Vancouver in May of 1969, never to be heard from again. I sourced from an archive of family letters dating from 1959 – 2010, which document the years leading up to his disappearance, his medical history, and the subsequent tracking my parents did of his disappearance. He was twenty- three at the time and I was thirteen – Helen Walkley.
Choreographer: Helen Walkley
Composer: James Maxwell
Lighting Designer: James Proudfoot
Text: Helen Walkley and an archive of family letters dating from 1959 – 2010
Performers: Josh Martin, Billy Marchenski
Costume Designers: Leah Weinstein, Helen Walkley
Shirt Construction: Leslie Parent
Set Designer: Helen Walkley
Box Construction: Chris Nicols
Helen gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, a 2017/18 Artist in Residence at the Dance Centre, space subsidy from the School for Contemporary Arts/ SFU and numerous private donors.
John is a co-presentation of the Dancing on the Edge Festival and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs at SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.