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Poster: Hyena Subpoena launch, May 29--LaVitrola

‘Hyena Subpoena – seven poems with soundscapes’ is the newest release from poet/performer Catherine Kidd with longtime musical collaborator Jacky Murda (aka dj Jack Beetz), published by Wired on Words.


“The show is a reinterpretation, a reimagining, of all things maligned… Kidd expresses these notions – some of which are absolutely breath-taking – through relatable stories that are told from the point of view of various species: hyenas, antelopes, lions, humans. In this show, she does it with great finesse… Kidd is as playful and engaging as ever, but there is a new ingredient in the mix this time around. The level of risk, the edge in the work, brings a whole new dimension to her presence onstage.”

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The article also includes a link to this video — a demo of The Lottery from the October premiere, which Luna discusses in her article:

(Photo credit: Tristan Brand)

Exploring new territory
by Gaëtan L. Charlebois

(…) The space is an integral part of the evening, as central to the event as Cat Kidd herself, or her text. Squint and you have the raw, harsh world of the play (South Africa’s savannahs). Squint again and the street lights coming through the trees through the industrial space’s windows is the orange moon.  And Kidd dominates this space with a huge presence and yet without busy-ness…and she IS like no other solo performer I have ever seen.

The text, with its almost invisible patterns and rhyme schemes, is brilliant – 80 minutes of stories told which, in an odd way (an organic way, if you’ll permit me to enlist jargon) create their own chronology. The tale is of a mad artist, exiled by critics to the planes, who must relive the diagnosed madness of her childhood to find the violent peace which wild Africa might offer. Toward this end, she uses/inhabits the figure of the hyena who, in nature and in lore, is a chimera—shape-shifter, scavenger, savage, witch, whore, but, above all, a survivor.

Kidd pours words, turns of phrase and images over us, separated into cantos which each have a set of rhythms and themes. Sometimes the passage is one of life in a modern world, but in one glorious one it is about a connection made with a dying lioness (whose eyes we see in film projected on the rear wall) who, like the central character, is a victim of modernity. (…)

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 A highly anticipated return to our stage after a journey in and out
by Barbara Ford

Kidd’s performances elevate words to new heights, their endless pliability and depth stirring up lightning-quick associations, setting synapses afire. You can’t latch onto any one idea or memory as they come at you, rapid-fire, from every nook and cranny of your conscience and sub-conscience; you have to let go and just let the images wash over you. One super-charged phrase of words-on-steroids can bring you to the brink of despair and have you laughing to split a gut. The Montreal Gazette wrote that, “[Kidd] takes little shreds of language and lifts them up and turns them in the light, holding them, playing with them – searching them for meaning as if they were toys that had just come out of a black box, without instructions.”

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Hyena Subpoena Poster, artwork by Mark Lang

Painting by Mark Lang (

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Little Scream, Reversing Falls and Roma Carnivale with Catherine Kidd

Hyena Subpoena Benefit Show, Aug 26 at Cabaret du Mile-End

August 26 @ Cabaret du Mile-End
Doors at 8pm, Tickets $15
5240 av. du Parc,

Tickets on sale now at

All proceeds to support the launch of
HYENA SUBPOENA by Catherine Kidd
Premiering Oct 13-29 at Atelier Jean Brillant

A Scapegoat Carnivale/Cat Kidd Coproduction


Little Scream:

Reversing Falls: reversingfalls.bandcam​

Roma Carnivale:​ale

Cat Kidd live at HYENA SUBPOENA preview show:

Thank you to everyone who came to the show Saturday night! It meant so much to us to see so many friends old and new. Video of Lion Queen [Ode to a dying lioness] at New City Gas is up on Youtube now.

Lion Queen [Ode to a dying lioness], one of 6 story-poems performed Nov. 27 2010 at New City Gas.
Written and performed by Catherine Kidd (Montréal)
Music by Jacky Murda (Barcelona)
Video shot by Catherine Kidd & Geoff Agombar in Kruger National Park during a South African tour of Kidd’s solo show ‘Sea Peach’.
Video edited by Geoff Agombar (Montréal)
Lighting by Jody Burkholder (Montréal)

Also performed at New City Gas:
Being-Hit-On-The-Head Lessons, Hyena Subpoena, Sea Peach, The Lottery, and Dream of Friends.