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Handle with Care: Values in Our Hearts – A Micro Opera

2023-02-08 @ 18:00 - 20:00

Come join us for this massive collaborative improvisational micro-opera that explores relations between identity, independence, and our yearning for belonging, and collaborative creation.

When? February 8th, 6:00 PM

Where? Video Production Studio (EV 10.760)

Our identities are partially constructed of rules internalized through our upbringing, which provide us with a lifeline and a noose. Some need rules to guide or motivate, some need them only to resist and break, some see them as songs or poems yet to be written.

We are like starlings in their murmuration: individuals, we naturally share, mimic, and flow, out of the corners of our eyes, our ears, our bodies, all our senses. We mimic to learn and survive but, reflecting, we know we have potential beyond mirroring, to reach out on our own lines of flight.

We slow – even stop – time to reflect, recycle, reuse, and replay experience, creating fluctuations of harmony, community, rupture, separation, identity, solitude, discord, multiplicity, complementarity, solidarity.

This is performance with no limits and rules, other than that we respect each other’s limitations. Consent, no consent, yes, no, maybe, are activated within us as questions and invitations, emerging to shape our actions and conversations, articulating possible rules of individual and collective responsibility.

What is in our hearts as our most cherished values? How do we make laws to free us from servitude and serve us better? What would we want laws to say or not say, do or not do? Could our deepest values be expressed in law, or are there ways beyond words in which to express them?

Under the direction of Professor Eldad Tsabary, Reflective Iterative Scenario Enactments (RISE) is a Le PARC based 5-year (2020-2025) research-creation project designed to enact and investigate cataclysmic scenarios in 10 mini-operas and funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Inspired by the RISE research team’s recent collective exercises, experiences and reflections, this micro-opera developed from a proposition by Oonagh Fitzgerald, INDI PhD student in the Fine Arts Program.


18:00 - 20:00
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Video Production Studio (EV 10.760)