Together, Words in Motion and their audiences create energetic and stimulating experiences, helping young participants of today become creative, caring citizens of tomorrow.
Words in Motion creates and delivers innovative arts programming that is rooted in and derived from the community. At its core is active storytelling.
“Words in Motion makes a very meaningful contribution to the education and experiences of children!” Diane Letsche Early Childhood Education, Ryerson University
Memory in the Mud was featured at Evergreen Brick Works this summer through Thanksgiving. Memory in the Mud is a roving play that celebrates the lives of people who helped build Toronto in her early days. In partnership with Evergreen Brick Works, Words in Motion has discovered and interpreted the stories of several fascinating yet unrecognized Canadians who worked or lived at the Brick Works. These characters and others all have a story to share with audiences of today.
“As a travel journalist I’ve seen hundreds of presentations similar to Memory in the Mud and this one is superior in terms of dramatic arc, physicality and historical accuracy. It really involved the group, both youth and adults.” L.Peat O”Neil, Washington Post staff writer.
Voices in the Valley A moveable, moving play in 3 acts about 3 people who lived in 3 different centuries.
Charles Sauriol, William Helliwell and Elizabeth Simcoe never met during their life times but at Todmorden Mills, time and place conspire to bring them together. An advertising executive turned conservationist, a hunter who can’t shoot straight, and a female wilderness cartographer in long colonial dress discover each other as audiences discover them. As all search the Todmorden Mills site, fascinating stories of Toronto’s history are uncovered. With comedy and pathos, Voices In the Valley leads audiences towards an understanding of how the past and the present create our future through constantly evolving relationships between built space and nature.
Come and discover how events along the Don River valley shaped the Toronto of today. Perfect for families and audiences of all ages.
At Todmorden Mills, Voices in the Valley premiered in October, 2013. It will be returning next summer for regularly schedule performances.
Historical Consultant Sydney Dale-McGrath
Get Stuffed! On tour and in Ontario schools
Get Stuffed!, an opera for children about healthy foods by Librettist Alexis Diamond and composer Richard Payne, is currently touring in Northern Ontario. Co-producer Tapestry has created a DVD of the opera and the Words in Motion Get Stuffed study guide has been translated into French. Over 2013, both English and French versions and the DVD will be distributed to 1,500 schools across Ontario.