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Jordan Tannahill

Hundreds of short phrases reverberate through all aspects of existence. In a reading augmented by projections, Jordan Tannahill delivers this bewitching litany, a declaration of love to a terminally ill mother.


His theatre is fuelled by the unexpected, the unattainable and playfulness, and has launched him at warp speed onto the international stage. At 32, Canadian artist Jordan Tannahill is a force to be reckoned with. His first visit to the FTA involves an impossible quest: portraying the hurly-burly of the elusive sensations, images and impressions that make up a lifetime.

Heading home aboard an aircraft shortly after learning that his mother had an incurable cancer, Tannahill wrote in one go hundreds of declarative phrases: This is my left hand / This is an empty promise / This is a broken condom. In the original version of the play, five performers improvised and embodied those statements in a fascinating ballet. Today, the author himself delivers this bewitching litany, in a reading augmented by projections. What is life? What is death? An archive of the senseless abundance of existence in the form of a declaration of love to a terminally ill mother.


Produced by Festival TransAmériques 
Text, images and performance Jordan Tannahill 

Présentation en collaboration avec La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines 

Written by Paul Lefebvre
Translated by
Neil Kroetsch 

The original version of Declarations premiered at Canadian Stage, Toronto, on January 23, 2018 


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Jordan Tannahill (Toronto)

In less than a decade, the director, writer, filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist Jordan Tannahill has emerged as a major voice in English-Canadian theatre. In 2012 at the age of 24, he founded Videofag with William Christopher Ellis in a former barbershop in Toronto’s Kensington Market neighbourhood.

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