bipolar bear

bipolar bear
Catherine Kidd

October 2006
Poetry / Performance
6×7 inches, 88 pages
includes DVD

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Following Kidd’s successful stage show and award-winning book / CD Sea Peach is her book / DVD bipolar bear. Part Dr. Seuss for adults and part spiritual quest, Catherine Kidd’s unique brand of performance literature has impressed audiences across the globe.

“A kind of postmodern version of Aesop’s Fables…” — Toronto Star

“Catherine Kidd’s performance style makes me think of Dr. Seuss meets Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom meets David Suzuki meets Vaudeville meets Patti Smith. Yeah, it is that good. It’s a musical theatre crash course in punk rock zoology.”
– Calgary Spoken Word Festival Blog

DVD Credits:

DVD production by Taien Ng-Chan

Flying Lizard video from The Esplanade on the Bay [Singapore 2005] by Étienne Boulanger. Thanks also to our friends at Necessary Stage: Melissa Lim, Averyl Rodrigues, Isis Koh, Noelle Perrera, Eunice Lim, Jezamine Tan, Haresh Sharma, Alvin Tan, and our wrangler Andrew. Thanks also to the Tech Super-team at Esplanade, and to Gin & Small Fry.

Bipolar Bear footage from Sea Peach 2004 at Theatre St. Catherine [Montreal] shot by Deb Van Slet. Jeremy Hechtman, Director. Robin Henderson, Choreographer. Jody Burkholder, Lighting Design. Thanks also to Eric Amber, Dave Luciac, and Kevin. Thanks for preliminary video/editing and research work to Jesse Hunter, Fan Zou, Carolina Medina, and Janet McNulty.

Queen of the Mushrooms video shot by Andy Brown.

All music composed by DJ Jack ‘Beets’ Biswell.

Video-montages for Bipolar Bear and Dream of Friends by Taien Ng-Chan. Audio slide-show Human Fish/ photography by Catherine Kidd and Geoff Agombar. ?Vocals for The Watchman’s Song and Dream of Friends recorded by Kris at DNA. Vocals and for Human Fish recorded and arranged by George Kandalaft. ?Extra photo credits: Natacha Mauquoy, Ronald Filion, Slovenian Bureau of Tourism.

Special thanks to all those who worked magic on the various incarnations of Sea Peach over the years, from the cd/book to the Bain St. Michel to the Edinburgh Fringe:?Kerri Strobl, Virginia Preston, Mike Paterson, Charlotte Calais, Alysia Melnychuk, Ian Ferrier, Bill Stone, Tod Van Dyk, Joanne Hui, Patrick McDonagh, Alan Kohl, Chris Flower, Patrick Goddard, Estelle Rosen, Chris & Feroza Spelay, Jack Beets, Caroline Ryser, Andy Brown, and my mother Carole Joyce Kidd.

Dedicated to my Great Aunt Isabel LeGrow, Curious George the parrotlet, and Bumpy the green iguana. You are missed.

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