The Merkin SistersIngrid Hansen and Stephanie Morin-Robert
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Daughters of the now-defunct Merkin Empire, these formerly-famous sisters leave the house for the first time in a decade as they risk everything to present their Ultimate Work of Art. An outrageous, no-holds-barred romp toying with bodies, hair, and sibling rivalry. Imagine the Olsen Twins meets Grey Gardens, meets the Muppets.
Created and performed by Ingrid Hansen (Little Orange Man, Kitt & Jane, Interstellar Elder) and Stephanie Morin-Robert (Blindside, My Myself & Eye – UNO Fest 2015).
“EXPERT PHYSICAL COMEDY“-CBC.
“OUTRAGEOUSLY HILARIOUS!“ – Montreal Gazette
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Co-Creator & Co-Performer
Ingrid co-founded SNAFU in 2006. Raised by gregarious Danish parents and fueled by a love for talking with strangers, Ingrid is fascinated with ways of creating temporary communities out of groups of strangers. She likes to push polite Canadian boundaries with great mutual respect and humour. Her favourite performances are in found spaces.She has co-created and performed the multi-award-winning touring shows Little Orange Man, Kitt & Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future, and Snack Music. Ingrid has created and performed original work with SNAFU at events curated by The Belfry Theatre, the Next Stage Festival, the Gabriola Theatre Festival, the SummerWorks Festival, The Great Canadian Theatre Centre, The Centaur Theatre, the PUSH Festival, and others. Outside of SNAFU, she has performed with Corpus Theatre, Story Theatre, Theatre Direct, The Quickening, Theatre SKAM, Shakespeare in the Ruff, Architect Theatre, Atomic Vaudeville, and Suddenly Dance Theatre. For the past seven years, Ingrid has built an ongoing collaboration with the inmates at the prison theatre company William Head on Stage, which operates inside a federal prison near Victoria, BC.She spent four summers performing as a lead puppeteer and voice actor on the children’s television series Tiga Talk on APTN. She has toured across the country performing her solo show Little Orange Man at festivals and schools, and worked as a designer on the Dora-Award-Winning Ride the Cyclone with Atomic Vaudeville. Ingrid loves to teach students of all backgrounds, and has taught theatre workshops for children, adults, actors, dancers, puppeteers, and prison inmates.
Co-creator & Co-Performer
Stephanie is a critically acclaimed Canadian artist who successfully and extensively tours to recognized festivals and venues across Canada. Her work as a performing artist has been celebrated by a wide range of audiences, critics and producers with sold out runs, raving 5 star reviews, and multiple awards underlining her outstanding talent, professionalism and charm.Graduating from Concordia University with a degree in Performance and Contemporary Dance, Stephanie was rewarded as the most outstanding graduate for her expansive interpretation of choreography and her ability to cultivate an interest in creating work that merges physical comedy and dance to enhance her audiences theatrical experience.Shortly after graduation, Stephanie’s work was programmed in professional theatres and well reputed festival lineups alongside other high caliber artists, such as Edgy Women with Studio 303,Phenomena Festival and WildSide Festival at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal, Chinook Series and Next Fest at the Westbury Theatre and Convergence at the L’Uni Theatre in Edmonton, BC BUDS at the Fire Hall Theatre in Vancouver, as well as Uno Fest at the Metro Theatre in Victoria.Co-producer and host of Dirty Feet, a Montreal-based podcast, Stephanie orchestrates a modern discourse on dance and physical theatre. Her interviews and reviews have been heard by thousands of Canadians across the country and beyond our borders. She has been granted media accreditation and invited as a jury member for major performing arts festival in Montreal, emphasizing her reputation as a critical eye within the milieu.As the artist director, performer and choreographer for the company For Body And Light, she has created three productions that merge storytelling and dance to portray the might of Canada’s climate and the perseverance of Canadians. Since debuting at Montreal’s Tangente, Coming And Going, Bear Dreams and Within | Between have been celebrated at festivals in every major Canadian city and have left critics talking in superlatives.
Stephanie is known throughout the Canadian arts-community for her vibrant spirit and talent to inspire. When she was 2 years-old she lost her left eye to Cancer and has had a glass eye ever since. Thought her performances, she establishes a trusting and save environment by sharing her very own experiences with Bullying and how she managed to work through her insecurities and come to terms with her disability. She also generates inspirational discussions and workshops where she helps her students transform their personal life experiences into performance with students, theatres and parents.
Her performances and creativity have been celebrated with awards from Theatre Festivals across the country, such as “Most Outstanding Production”, “Best-Cast” and “Fringiest Show” in London, “Most Original Work” in Ottawa, “Best-Choreography” alongside nominations for “Best-Clown” and “Best Theatre English Production” in Montreal and nominated for “Best-Physical Theatre” in Victoria.
Her upcoming Canadian, European and American tours demonstrate her great dedication to share her work internationally. She was recently invited to perform her solo artist at the International Vault Festival in London, UK.
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