Written by Kirk Dunn^ & Claire Ross Dunn^
Performed by Kirk Dunn*
Directed by Jennifer Tarver*
Stage Managed by Jennifer Stobart*, Kelly Anderson
Projection Design by Wesley McKenzie, John Tarver
Lighting & Sound Design by Wesley McKenzie
Dramaturgy by Beverley Cooper^, Jennifer Tarver
* The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance•Opera•Theatre Policy.
^A member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.
"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
“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
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 4 @ 7 pm: Morningside High Park Presbyterian Church, Toronto, ON
Saturday, May 11 @ 3 pm and 8 pm: Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, ON
Sunday, May 12 @ 6 pm: Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, ON
Friday, May 17 @ 8 pm: The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Kingston, ON
Sunday, May 19 @ 2 pm: Amherst Island Public School, Amherst Island, ON (hosted by The Lodge)
Wednesday, May 22 @ 7:30 pm: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Barrie, ON
Thursday, May 23 @ 7 pm: Trinity Presbyterian Church, Kanata, ON
Tuesday, May 28 @ 7 pm: Calvin Presbyterian Church, North Bay, ON
Saturday, June 1 @ 7 pm: Knox Presbyterian, Burlington, Ontario
Monday, June 3 @ 7:30 pm: Knox Presbyterian, Waterloo, Ontario
June 14-June 22: The Ottawa Fringe Festival, Knox Presbyterian, Ottawa, Ontario
Sunday, June 23 @ 2:30 pm: Knox Presbyterian, Ottawa, Ontario
July 3-July 13: Toronto Fringe Festival, Bloor Street United Church, Toronto, Ontario
July 18-27: Hamilton Fringe Festival, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, Ontario
Friday, Sept 20 @ 7 pm: First Presbyterian Church, Collingwood, Ontario
Saturday, Nov 2 @ 8pm: Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth, Ontario
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
Friday, Nov 1 @ 1-4pm: knitting workshop at FACTS, Blyth, ON
“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