Fringe Artist Snapshots: Danielle Keiko Eyer

Interview series with artists from the 2021 St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival


As an official media partner of the 12th annual St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, Montreal Theatre Hub brings the #FringeBuzz in 2021 with an all-new interview series with artists from this year’s edition of the fest! In this Snapshot, we feature DANIELLE KEIKO EYER, one of the composer-lyricists of HOW THE FABLES HAVE TURNED, a digital song cycle presented by Home Theatre Productions from June 1-20 on the FringeTV platform.


Q&A

MONTREAL THEATRE HUB: What is ‘How the Fables Have Turned‘ about?

DANIELLE: How the Fables Have Turned is all about putting a queer or feminist spin on classic fairytales! It’s a song cycle for which four separate composers have each written a song based on a specific fairytale. The song I contributed, “Grow,” was inspired by the story of Thumbelina.

MTH: What can audiences expect from the experience of seeing it? 

DANIELLE: Be prepared to laugh, smile, be moved, and hopefully sing along to the cast album that is for sale on Bandcamp!

MTH: What was the idea and inspiration behind the piece? 

DANIELLE: Despite it being based on a completely fictional and fantastical story, “Grow” turned into a very personal piece for me. As a gay woman, I have most certainly struggled with the concept and definition of love, and it took me a long time to come to terms with my identity because of that. Thumbelina’s struggle in this song, in which she debates whether or not to accept a man’s proposal and wrestles with identifying her exact feelings for him, is very much a reflection of my own internal monologue as a teenager navigating her first relationship.


Camila Fitzgibbon performs Danielle Keiko Eyer’s “Grow“, in How The Fables Have Turned (Image courtesy of Home Theatre Productions)


MTH: Why did you choose the Fringe as the place to premiere this work?

DANIELLE: Although this song cycle would have absolutely worked as a live show, I love that we have it in a digital format for FringeTV this year. It especially contributes to the fantasy elements of some of these songs. Creating digitally simply gives you more freedom, as you’re not confined to the physical (and financial!) limits of the stage. The producers did an amazing job taking advantage of the digital aspect of the show.

MTH: What has it been like trying to create a show during a pandemic?

DANIELLE: The main challenge for me was being confident in my work enough to let it go and allow the performer and producers to interpret and “stage” the song the way they saw fit. Normally, everyone involved would be in the same room, and the writer would potentially have some control over the production. Because of the pandemic, I simply wrote the song, sent off my demo, and waited to be surprised by the final product! It was both terrifying and magical, and the end result put a massive smile on my face.

MTH: What’s kept you driven to keep creating during this past year? 

DANIELLE: I have had a surprisingly prolific year as a writer. Almost all my work as a theatre artist vanished so suddenly, but it gave me more time to work on some personal projects. Specifically, I got to write the things I wanted to write, instead of focusing on the projects I felt that I should write in my spare time. It was, weirdly enough, somewhat of a blessing.


Camila Fitzgibbon performs Danielle Keiko Eyer’s “Grow“, in How The Fables Have Turned (Image courtesy of Home Theatre Productions)


RAPID FIRE ROUND

What have you missed most about the Fringe?
The both stressful and energizing 3 hour tech set-ups!

Favourite Fringe show you’ve ever seen?
I really loved Exits from the 2019 lineup!

#Fringebuzz: which show(s) on the 2021 lineup are you most stoked to check out?
I am SO excited to see The Space Between, as it will be the first live, in-person show I’ve seen since the start of the pandemic. What a concept!


ARTIST BIO

A recent Concordia graduate from the Performance Creation program, Danielle Keiko Eyer is an emerging author, composer/lyricist, playwright, and stage manager. Being a passionate musical theatre lover, she is ecstatic to be working with Home Theatre Productions on her first official project as a composer. Roman Payne said that “all forms of madness, bizarre habits, awkwardness in society, general clumsiness, are justified in the person who creates good art.” Luckily, Dani benefits from every one of these.

FOLLOW DANIELLE
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/danielleeyermusic



HOW THE FABLES HAVE TURNED presented by Home Theatre Productions plays from June 1-20 on FringeTV. Tickets ($10.50) can be purchased online at www.montrealfringe.ca.

Listen and purchase the cast album at Bandcamp:
https://hometheatreproductions.bandcamp.com/album/how-the-fables-have-turned.


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www.montrealtheatrehub.com/fringe-artist-snapshots
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