The Impossible Has Already Happened brings together two nation’s stories of water amid a global climate crisis. Choreographers Jennifer Mascall (Canada) and Claire O’Neil (NZ) investigate the power and purpose of water. Water sustains, nourishes, disrupts and dazzles our planet. It draws parallels to our flowing lives, to stagnated situations, and presence of being. With a sense of urgency, this work highlights our precious natural resource and all it can achieve.
“ For years, artists globally have been tickling our collective consciousness, urging the world to wake up to the perils of impending climate change. Footnote’s latest co-production, The Impossible Has Already Happened, with Canadian dance company MascallDance is a discourse on the precious taonga, water and the way in which “the story of our lives in this world is changing”. But the work is no earnest polemic – instead the two choreographers, Claire O’Neil from Aotearoa and Canadian Jennifer Mascall translate the inherent qualities of water into a distinctive movement style that is constantly mobile. Each dancer has a solo which is revelatory in defining their various identities. As an ensemble the companies merged effortlessly”
~Review by Jenny Stevenson, 02nd April 2023, Theatreview NZ
A 60 minute love story to water and our relationships with it, The Impossible Already Happened the Western Canadian tour will include six dancers with narration by performer Tobias Macfarlane as the voice of the water. The piece is a cohesive collection of many different personal stories that take audiences on a journey that provokes people to consider their own relationship with water and what they are considering doing themselves since…. The Impossible Has Already Happened. This collaboratively created work ponders the ways we survive, the tiny gestures we make like drops in the ocean, and the stories we tell ourselves to go on.