SWELL presentation poster

So The Story Goes

SweLL is the (re)iteration of TASTE THIS, a Vancouver-based performance troupe that created Taste This and toured four stage works in Canada and the US, between 1995 and 2000, and co-authored Boys Like Her: Transfictions (Press Gang Publishers © 1998) to critical and public acclaim.

After a nine-year hiatus as collaborators and many book, performance, and recorded works to their individual credit, founding members “cultural agitator and fab femme (NOW)” Anna Camilleri, “natural-born storyteller (Globe and Mail)” Ivan E. Coyote, and “musical genius (Xtra)” Lyndell Montgomery initiated SweLL to create So The Story Goes, for which they are joined by visual artist Leslie Peters.

The premiere one-off performance of So The Story Goes was presented by the 10th Annual Vancouver Pride in Art Festival on August 2, 2009, to a sold-out, standing ovation house at the Roundhouse Theatre. In April 2010, two more presentations took place in Toronto (Buddies In Bad Times Theatre) and Ottawa (Club SAW), in conjunction with a workshop series presented by Mayworks Festival.

A lot has changed since Taste This emerged onto the cultural scene, but the issues that the earlier performance project inhabited continue to be relevant—questions of gender, sexuality, desire, culture and class, rural versus city life, and kinship. Home stories. Queer tales. Stories that swell and implode the spaces between cultural institutions and queer landscapes; between female and male; between tightly produced performance and kitchen table talk.

“Their (Taste This) rigorous exploration of gender and sexuality opened up strange new worlds posing enough threat to shut down all the arts funding in Alberta.”
—Mix Magazine

“Boys Like Her speaks eloquently of the need for civil rights for all of us . . . ”
—Library Journal

Red Dress Productions gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council’s Multi Arts Program, Mayworks Festival, our Toronto presentation partner, and community sponsors Venus Envy [.ca], No More Potlucks [.org], and Toronto Women’s Bookstore.