Let’s Not Beat Each Other To Death is a genre-defying play/memorial/electro-pop dance party. Inspired in part by the brutal killing of a Halifax queer activist and an attack against an outspoken gay musician, its scope expands outward and becomes a search for explanation, compassion and catharsis on a larger global scale. Part monologue, part concert; the show is a tribute to and celebration of LGBTQ people around the world who have been affected by violence, and asks us to search for the roots of violence within ourselves. As a participatory event that combines dance, theatre, and music, the piece offers audiences the chance to remember, celebrate, think and dance.
Work on the show began during residencies at Toronto’s hub for innovative queer performance, Videofag, and at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig in Ireland. The show had its first workshop presentation in July 2014 at Halifax’s Queer Acts Theatre Festival.
Let’s Not Beat Each Other To Death has since toured to the Stages Festival (Halifax), Intrepid Theatre’s inaugural OUTstages Festival (Victoria), the SummerWorks Performance Festival (Toronto), the PuSh Festival (Vancouver), the Festival TransAmériques (Montréal), and the IMPACT Festival (Kitchener).
Always a work in progress, Let’s Not Beat Each Other to Death includes local stories in each iteration. Every new place sees itself reflected in the show, and the show leaves changed by each place it’s been.
Let’s Not Beat Each Other To Death has been developed in part through The Collaborations – at Canada’s National Arts Centre.
The Accidental Mechanics Group gratefully acknowledges support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, the Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage, and The Craig Foundation.