The Listening Stage: May I take your arm?

Alex Bulmer is smiling at the camera, wearing mint sunglasses and holding a cane close to her. She is wearing a grey hoodie and leather mustang jacket overtop. The image is lined by red vertical lines on each side.

A Theatre Passe Muraille and Red Dress Productions Co-Production with the support of Common Boots Theatre.

By co-creators Alex Bulmer, Anna Camilleri, Tristan R. Whiston and Katie Yealland, and creative enabler & audio describer Becky Gold and website designer Wy Joung Kou.

June 14 – June 26, 2021
Online and by mail. Access is free.


Photo by Hoffworks

Blind artist Alex Bulmer takes the arm of people in her new neighbourhood. Together, they walk, listen, and share life stories — an architecture of place emerges. Experience their journeys through these multi-sensory moving-portraits that consider the past, illuminate the present, and evoke possible futures. Originally created in 2018 as a live, interactive, performance installation, this iteration of May I Take your arm? has been re-imagined into a 7-part multidisciplinary follow-at-home experience. A purpose built website will act as a navigation map for audiences to experience the work in their own homes, in their own time and pace.

Join The Listening Stage to launch your May I take your arm? experience.
– June 15th at 7PM Join us to start your experience with a streaming of the audio of the original 2018 production
– June 14 – 26 Explore the site and new content at your own pace
– June 22nd at 7PM Join us to stream new May I take your arm? audio elements followed by a talk around with the artists at 8PM

REGISTER HERE for either or both events

A white paper accordion book is laying on top of a moss covered rock. The book has four panels, each side decorated with handmade cuttings and paper weavings. There are two foraged items inserted into two of the panels.

But wait! There’s more!

A series of 200 limited edition accordion books designed by Anna Camilleri, which will be mailed, are a tactile accompaniment to experience the show. The books are hand-made using stitch work, paper weaving and cutting, and wild crafted botanical dyes. A number of books are set aside to prioritize access to low-vision and blind audiences. The show can be experienced with OR without the book.

To ensure you receive a book on time, please be certain to request your copy before June 1, 2021. Books are available for a Pay-What-You-Can-Afford price of $5, $25 or $50. They can be ordered online here or by phoning Theatre Passe Muraille at (416) 504-7529. If the price of the accordion book is a barrier to you or someone you know, please contact the Community Engagement Coordinator, Angela Sun, and a book will be sent free-of-charge (while supplies last).

*Allergy warning: Ingredients used in the book may include Black Walnut & Sumac botanical dye extractions, salt and vinegar. Silver Birch/Grey Birch bark/Eastern White Pine needles/Tansy/Rosehip. Dyed papers have an earthy and faintly acidic scent.

Photo by Katie Yealland

The Listening Stage streaming events are free, however, pre-registration is required. The June 15th and 22nd events will take place via Zoom. An email address is required in order to register, however, participation may be online or by phone.
If you require assistance in the registration process, please contact BALANCE at (416) 236-1796.