BRAVISLOVIA

BRAVISLOVIA
Created and Performed by Jordan Tannahill
Cinematography and Live-Video Manipulation by Sam Lebel-Wong
Production Management by Rae Powell
A country, and a play, a lifetime in the making.
Throughout his childhood Jordan created hundreds of maps, building blueprints, portraits, and family trees of the imaginary nation of Bravislovia, a fractured former-Soviet republic on the Baltic Sea. The performance follows the life of the mercurial Isaac Nyakov, Jordan's alter-ego who lived a storied life as a fugitive poet before succumbing to the tyranny of a brutal regime. Employing dozens of Jordan’s original childhood drawings, lush, cinematic backdrops and live narration, Bravislovia is a deeply personal and whimsical journey exploring the ability for imagination to overcome personal trauma.

 

PERFORMANCES
February 23-26, 2011
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb Festival, Toronto
August 17, 2011
Festival Antigonish, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
August 19, 2011
Theatre on the Edge Festival, Saint John, New Brunswick


PRESS
"The creation of alternative identities is at the centre of Bravislovia. Incorporating projected film images with overhead transparencies and live narration, the show turns a complex story from (Tannahill's) childhood into a multimedia performance. As a boy, struggling to deal with divorcing parents, an intensely religious family and his burgeoning gay sexuality, Tannahill found respite in a fantasy world he called Bravislovia, a fictitious breakaway republic of the former Soviet Union on the Baltic Sea." - Chris Dupis, Xtra (2011)