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Trace ()

Produced by

Theatre Gargantua and Vertical City

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Creators: Bruce Barton and Martin Julien and Michelle Polak
Director: Bruce Barton


Artscape Young Place – Silver Studio (106)


August 12th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014


Trace is a ghost telling, a haunting created collaboratively by two performers and a small group of audience members. A sequence of intimate interactions unfolds in a shared space, each linked to and contaminated by all those that precede it. The audience enters a world that has been emptied of – and by – its past. In each performance a unique story is then woven out of memories, traces of experience, offered to and by those who attend. Audience members are invited to join their own ghosts with those of the performers in a collective grasp at a visceral yet intangible past.  (


Martin Julien Performer
Michelle Polak Performer

Creative Team

Bruce Barton Creator
Martin Julien Creator
Michelle Polak Creator
Bruce Barton Director
Pil Hansen Dramaturge
Lyon Smith Sound Designer
Heather Nicol Installation Design
Michael Gordon Spence Set Designer
Bruce Barton Set Designer
Jacquie PA Thomas Vocal & Movement Consultant
David DeGrow Lighting Consultation
Fiona Sauder Artistic Input
Helen Monroe Artistic Input


Fiona Sauder Stage Manager
Helen Monroe Properties Management