Nick and Juanita

Created and performed by Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
Directed by Sophie Yendole
Original Music: Marc Stewart
Lighting Design: James Proudfoot

"Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg's two-act solo brings theatre and dance together in an incandescently hilarious performance." - Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight

Nick & Juanita- Livin’ in my dreams dances with the effects of love on Juanita, a woman who is trying to reconcile her fugitive brain and her adorably naïve heart, and Nick, a man seemingly lacking in both. Nick is a smooth, slimy talk show host whose use of a microphone brings new meaning to the words phallic symbol. In true Friedenberg style, his absurd, grandiose gestures capture a physical compensation for his lack of emotions. On the other hand, Juanita wears her heart on her sleeve by continuously abandoning her brain for the next guy who will show her affection. A classic comic tragedy, we don’t know whether we should laugh or cry at these two hapless personalities.  A highly comic piece, Nick & Juanita will leave audiences grinning from ear to ear, and perhaps a little reminiscent of their own forays as human beings searching for love, affection, and understanding.

PERFORMANCES/TOURING:

Feats Dance Festival, Alberta Dance Alliance, July 3 - 4, 2009
CanDance tour Fall 2008: Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver; Now Showing Live Arts, Lethbridge; Live Art Dance Productions, Halifax; Peterborough New Dance, Peterborough; Dance Victoria, Victoria; Dancers’ Studio West, Calgary
Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons B.C., March 21 and 22, 2008
Dance in Vancouver, The Dance Centre, Nov. 17 and 18, 2007
Fluid Festival, Calgary, AB Oct. 17 and 18, 2007
Dancing on The Edge Festival, Vancouver, B.C. July 8 and 9, 2007 (People’s Choice Award)
The Banff Centre, Banff, AB, June 1, 2007
Dance Allsorts, Vancouver B.C., April 29, 2006
(15 min. excerpt) The Dance Centre, Vancouver, B.C., Dec. 7 - 9, 2006