The Theatre Centre project that began in 2014 and challenges artists to explore a burning question and create a new work by engaging deeply with communities and locations across the globe.
Location: London, England
Saturday, September 19, 7:30PM
In our second year Sky Gilbert went to London to explore questions about art and criminality and he got more than he bargained for. It didn’t come out quite as planned! Instead, he did write lots and lots of poems (you’re going to have to listen to some of them) and bonded with Johnny Golding (she used to be called Sue!) his oldest and bestus friend in the world. Sky did, however (as planned) inflict himself on the Globe Theatre in drag, asking lots of unsuspecting bystanders the question: Was Shakespeare Gay? Oh yes, and he had a long chat with the inventor of Verbatim Theatre.
Location: Giant Rock, Mojave Desert, California
Once home to sacred ceremonies, UFO conventions, an airport and Howard Hughes favourite restaurant, the Giant Rock now stands covered in graffiti and surrounded by broken bottles and the silence synonymous with the sand swept Mojave Desert. Near by stands the “Integratron”, an acoustically perfect dome built by Giant Rock homesteader and Ufologist, George Van Tassel with instructions from his Venusian contactees. The Integratron now serves as a meditation retreat, Van Tassel’s original dream of a time machine never realized.
Veteran raconteur Jani Lauzon, created Prophecy Fog, which wove together her performance skills with the expertise of projection designer Alex Williams and the compositions of award winning composer Marsha Coffey, to elicit a conscious remembering of ancient prophecies that spoke to rock teachings, star beings and earth changes.
Prophecy Fog gratefully acknowledges support from the Ontario Arts Council
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Marcus Youssef arrived in Cairo on January 12, 2014, the evening of Egypt’s third constitutional referendum since 2011. He left two weeks later, the day after the revolution’s third anniversary. In between was detained briefly by undercover police, witnessed his first car bomb, interviewed a dozen journalists, activists, academics and artists, and spoke to not one single person who said they support the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood. He also hung out with his Egyptian family for the second time in his life. His question: what is a revolution? His current answer: a better question might be whose.
Youssef’s talk, Whose Revolution? was part memoir of a family and exile, part snapshot of a country in the midst of massive change, and part investigation into what we can ever claim to actually know about another culture or place.
Location: Island of Shikoku, Japan
Denise Fujiwara investigated the notion of walking as a medium for transformation on the path of the 88 Temples Pilgrimage on the island of Shikoku, Japan. In Japanese theatre practices, Noh, Kabuki and contemporary Butoh, walking is a medium through which character and plot, time and space are transformed.
She invited the public to walk in a contemplative way through The Theatre Centre’s storied neighbourhood. Fujiwara shared perspectives and koans on Walk When You Walk that allowed participants to experienced time, space and your self in ways that belied the seeming simplicity of the act of walking.
A contemplative walk, a creative experience and ways to view the self and the world.
Location: Various places, India
Nadia Ross went to India and asked the question What Happened to the Seeker? The project was a story told in three mediums: exhibit, video and performance. The Seeker is a term that was popularized in the 1960s, as hundreds of thousands of westerners began to flock to India in search of enlightenment. Now, forty years later, Nadia Ross traveled to India to find out what happened to that original impulse and asked: how could that collective desire for truth end in such disappointment? Yes, true awareness is bad for the economy, so did those Seekers of the past simply succumb to their own commodification? As she walked the path of the original Seekers, she came face to face with the “thing that was never lost and that can never be found”, and shared her discovery in a story told in triptych form.