Manitoba Yellow Pages: A Scorebook for Movement and Sound

Manitoba Yellow Pages: A Scorebook for Movement and Sound

Co-Presented by Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival and Young Lungs Dance Exchange + Generously supported by Safe at Home MB and the Government of Manitoba

Manitoba Yellow Pages: A Scorebook for Movement and Sound takes its inspiration from the childhood game Telephone: as a whispered phrase moves from one ear to the next, sounds and meaning change with each transfer. The game brings focus to both the scrambling of communications, as well as those elements that persist through numerous transformations.

In the Manitoba Yellow Pages (MBYP), our Telephone games explore how an idea moves through a series of differing creative practices. 

Curators Ashley Au, Jillian Groening, and Sam Penner invited 35 Manitoba-based artists to participate in 5 game circles. Due to the realities of COVID-19 and the conceptual framework of the Safe at Home MB initiative, each game began with an artist crafting a creative prompt and a one-minute video work inspired by their home space. The one-minute videos were sent down the telephone line, with each following artist responding with their own one-minute video and a short prompt. Artists had approximately 24-hours to respond to the video they received, encouraging responsivity and playful exploration. 

In only sharing the video works with the next artist in line, a heightened sense of affective transmission is sought, allowing the prompts to occupy a creative textual realm unique to each artist. 

From March 6 to March 31, 2021, the prompts will be shared with the public, to invite folks to respond to these prompts in their own creative ways: be it through movement, sound, painting, snow sculpture, photography, assemblage of objects, collage, drawing, makeup tutorial, video, poetry, embroidery, a small act, a walk, the making or consumption of food, music, dance, a phone call, wood carving, an outfit, a word, etc. 

Using the hashtag #MBYP and the prompt’s number (published alongside the prompt), we invite people to share their responses and continue the games. The MBYP hashtag will be a site for inspiration and play, as well as holding a digital community archive.


Telephone Game A

March 6, 2021

Video Editor: Rowan Gray

Contributing Artists (in game order):

  • Naomi Woo
  • Kristin Haight
  • Sarah Jo Kirsch
  • Jennifer Otisi
  • Mutable Body
  • Neilla Hawley
  • Jason Tait

Graphic Design: Alexia Ruiz


Telephone Game B

March 13, 2021

Video Editor: Rowan Gray

Contributing Artists (in game order): 

  • Christine Fellows
  • D-Anne Kuby
  • Marijana Mandusic
  • Natalie Sluis
  • Jesse Hamel
  • Camila Schujman
  • Ali Wan Kenobi

Graphic Design: Talia Steele


Telephone Game C

March 20, 2021

Video Editor: Rowan Gray

Contributing Artists (in game order): 

  • Christina Hajjar
  • Marisolle Negash
  • Ella Steele
  • Joel Klaverkamp
  • Jaime Black 
  • Davis Plett
  • Mark Dela Cruz

Graphic Design: Christopher Samms


Telephone Game D

March 27, 2021

Video Editor: Rowan Gray

Contributing Artists (in game order):

  • Kristy Janvier
  • Andrea Oliver Roberts
  • Maritel Centurion
  • Kevin Waters
  • Carol-Ann Bohrn
  • Rayannah
  • Emma Beech

Graphic Design: Faith Robert


Telephone Game E

March 31, 2021

Video Editor: Rowan Gray

Contributing Artists (in game order):

  • Christopher de Guzman
  • Julian Beutel
  • Alexandra Elliott
  • Savant Flaneur
  • Joelle Jobin
  • French Class
  • Maribeth Tabanera

Graphic Design: Kelly Campbell