roger white, helen simard

April 19 to 22, 2023

Because You Never Asked

Tiotia:ke / Mooniyang / Montréal

Interdisciplinairy / Sound / Dance

Presented in English

April 19, 2023: 7:30pm

April 20, 2023: 7:30pm

April 21, 2023: 7:30pm

April 22, 2023: 7:30pm

Because You Never Asked is a dreamlike realm where historical fact meets auto-fictional storytelling in a multilayered, intergenerational experience. Based on discussions between musician, composer, and record producer Roger White and his grandmother, Marianna Clark (née Goldmann), about her experiences fleeing Nazi Germany and arriving in the UK as a refugee, the piece combines texts mined from diaries and letters that Marianna wrote in her late teens and early 20s with the recordings of her speaking in her 90s. The story unfolds simultaneously on two different timelines, merging past and present, to explore how memories are constructed and reconstructed over time. Because You Never Asked is an archive of complex family history. One that is innocently painful, naïvely complex, and beautifully tragic.

With Helen Simard’s choreography, performed by David Albert-Toth, Marie Lévêque, Brianna Lombardo, and Maxine Segalowitz.

A We All Fall Down Interdisciplinary Creations production.


Performers: David Albert-Toth, Brianna Lombardo, Maxine Segalowitz, Marie Lévêque | Technical Director and Lighting Designer : Tiffanie Boffa | Choreographer: Helen Simard | Rehearsal Director: Nindy Banks | Costume Designer: Tricia Crivellaro