Small Things was two weeks from its opening. H’artists were preparing to take the Isabel Bader Human Rights Arts Festival stage. Then, Ontario shut down public performances due to the COVID-19 crisis. Right now, H’art is exploring ways to reinvent and remount our interrupted docu-dance production.
“We plan to reunite our creative team to re-work our original script and dances to reflect new safety standards,” said Katherine Porter, Executive Director of H’art Centre. “This will require weeks of effort. First, we will need to re-work the existing show to meet COVID-19 requirements. Then we will need to consider how to rehearse and prepare with H’artists. Finally, we will need to think about set-up and performance. We think this reimagined production will ask the audience to think about what is truly important in life and resilience in the face of adversity.”
The team is considering options. It is too early to tell. Reimagined Small Things might involve distanced performances or pre-recordings. Maybe livestreams. Whatever form it takes, the goal is to respect COVID protocols and to honour the months of work by H’artists.