Chilko Tivy Dizzies Us Down To Earth with a Quirky, Personal Show about Luminous Universals
"There is no such thing as a one woman show", Chilko Tivy tells me as she lists off her mentors, collaborators and friends who have all helped her compile her current Fringe creation Gravity: A Tragedy. Having met Tivy and knowing that she's as open-hearted as she is outspoken, I believe that she accepted help from an admired collection of artists including Jesse Stong, Tedi Tafel, Eamon Knowles, Krysteena Demarco and Leni Parker, only to name a few. However, given the originality of the piece, the kind of originality that can only really come from a lady who shoots high within the creative stratosphere. a woman with narrative ambitions that come with unavoidable personal quirks, I cannot help but insist: Tivy's show is uniquely her. She's been developing it for years and, now at the Montreal Fringe, she's brought it to a place of extreme writer-ly merit, not to mention her outstanding performance capabilities and brilliant musical talents.
Gravity: A Tragedy is centered around the Queen of the Universe and her love affair with Gravity. The concept is already incredibly poetic. I know few writers who could have the imagination, let alone the diction, to articulate such a crazy cool concept. Eventually, Gravity pulls The Queen of the Universe so far down to Earth, she's forced to adapt to human life and turmoil. Throughout the show, Tivy explores the repercussions of falling down to Earth, of being in love with a menace who tugs you downwards, and of cycling through self-abusive patterns that are usually symptomatic of a fallen ego.
Deep, dark and dirty, Tivy doesn't shy away from a gloomy theme: " This is the story of a loveless world and how ultimate love cannot survive in this society", she tells me and I let out my long-held breath and accepted that Tivy is a young writer, writing about darkness and the best gift she can give us is to write about it in an incredibly interesting way. The show includes music that Tivy has composed herself, a tool that helps add a touch of lightness to her very heavy subject matter. Though a heartbreaking story, the storytelling technique is light, absurdist, giving, so giving, and intimate. The combination of magic and disturbance gives way to a meaningful 45-minute musical theatre explosion. It is unique, it is brave and it is absolutely Chilko Tivy.
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Gravity: A Tragedy runs at La Chapelle on June 19-22.
All ticket and show information can be found here.