The Knitting Pilgrim
"In the knitting world where grey and beige plain sweaters seem to rule, how extraordinary to find this energetic man knitting such detailed and intricate color. I applaud his moxie!” – Kaffe Fassett, Textile Artist
“The Knitting Pilgrim is astounding and the opportunity to engage with it and Kirk’s amazing story-telling talent is a much needed balm for our age, for any age.” – Peter Smith, Project & Creative Director, Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity
About The Show
An international textile exhibition, one-hour theatrical play and talkback tour about knitting together the Abrahamic faiths.
Kirk Dunn has been knitting Stitched Glass, his textile installation of 3 hand-knit tapestries, each 6 ft by 9 ft in size, exploring the commonalities and differences of the Abrahamic faiths, for 15 years. Starting in the Spring of 2019, Ergo Arts Theatre will tour the textile exhibition alongside a one-hour theatrical play called The Knitting Pilgrim, performed by Kirk, animating the exhibition. The evening of exhibition and play can also feature a panel discussion about the issues of interfaith understanding, compassion and empathy.
The Knitting Pilgrim is a one-act interdisciplinary performance using theatre, image projection and the remarkable Stitched Glass tapestries. The play, performed by Kirk Dunn, recount his fifteen-year artistic and spiritual journey of hand-knitting the ambitious project, and his hope to contribute to the vital conversation about xenophobia, interfaith strife and fear of the other.
The Knitting Pilgrim 2019 - May Tour Dates
ONE MAN SHOW & TALK BACK
Saturday, May 4th @ 7 pm: Morningside High Park Presbyterian Church, Toronto, ON
Saturday, May 11th @ 3 pm and 8 pm: Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, ON
Sunday, May 12th @ 6 pm: Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, ON
Sunday, May 19th @ 2 pm: Amherst Island Public School, Amherst Island, ON (hosted by The Lodge)
Wednesday, May 22nd @ 7:30 pm: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Barrie, ON
Thursday, May 23rd @ 7 pm: Trinity Presbyterian Church, Kanata, ON
Saturday, May 25th @ 5:30: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Picton, ON (in association with the PEC FibreFest)
Tuesday, May 28th @ 7 pm: Calvin Presbyterian Church, North Bay, ON
Sunday, May 5th @ 11 am: Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, ON
Saturday, May 18th @ 1 pm: The Lodge, Amherst Island, ON (Featuring Topsy Farms yarns)
Monday, May 27th @ 6 pm: Stix and Stones Yarn Boutique, North Bay, ON
“Kirk’s commitment to seeing this remarkable 15-year project through is outstanding. He has taken an accessible medium like knitting and not only placed it in the Museum, but used it to communicate ideas that can help repair our social fabric. And then to combine it with a piece of theatre - that is to truly create a unique offering. ” — Nataley Nagy, Executive Director, Kelowna Art Gallery