Award-winning playwright and nationally touring performer Devon More is a Vancouver-based musician and wordsmith who creates works of Edutainment and wields her Art as Activism. In her musical storytelling shows, she weaves personal narratives with political content and original songs to bring history to life. Devon is also a UBC BEd graduate (2013) and TRB-certified teacher with a passion for using creative methods of instruction to explore the medium of Story with learners of all ages.
Berlin Waltz was highly engaging, age appropriate and an excellent fusion of music, drama and storytelling. Educator, SD40
The subject matter was of historical and personal interest, and Devons reflections on her travels in Berlin gave a fresh perspective on both the life of a traveller and the Cold War. Her use of puppets, video, music, and song kept the students engaged and entertained. Teacher-Librarian SD19
Devons performance was thoughtfully put together and provoked our students to think from different perspectives. Her performance is cross-curricular and embodies the new curriculum. It encourages students to look at the big picture, instead of focusing on facts. Although many of the ideas addressed in Mores performance are very complex, she approaches them from a familiar point of view, making them accessible to everyone. Educator, SD40
Grade Suitability: Grade 7 - 12
Duration: 60 mins.
Capacity: 250 (will offer 2 shows for the cost of one to accommodate 500 students at a school)
Tech Requirements: Electrical outlet; stage area (min 15' wide x 12' deep), access 30 minutes prior
Fee Range: $645 - $945 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Devon More's Berlin Waltz is a one-woman autobiographical Cold War Cabaret featuring songs, slam poetry, sock puppet history lessons, and projection media of Berlin's street art and cityscape scenes. As a young woman cycles all 160-kilometres of the Berlin Wall, she builds a Wall of Sound using an electronic looper and a curious assortment of musical instruments. While uncovering the history of its Rise and Fall, she reexamines her own (Capitalist) bias in relation to a new friend raised in (Socialist) East Germany. Using the concrete example of Berlin's Wall and the invisible "walls" built by the Stasi secret police, Berlin Waltz provide a framework for analyzing political ideologies, systems of governance, and contemporary parallel issues of online privacy and digital surveillance. Most importantly, Berlin Waltz aims to inspire and empower an Active Citizenry by illuminating both significant individuals and the masses behind 1989's incredible People's Revolution.