|Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre presents:
Discomfort Lab 2019
April 26-28, 2019 – 7:00 pm, plus a 1:00 pm matinee on Saturday, April 27
In 2017, Swallow-a-Bicycle ran a performance incubator called Discomfort Lab, as a way of testing our company’s mandate of supporting work which engages in ‘productive discomfort’. We gave artists space, money, and time. We endeavoured to hold space for uncomfortable conversations.
Die Phantasie is a poetic phantasmal quest of a wandering poet/fool into the hedonistic liberation of Berlin and the spiritual unknown of the self. Their world is turned upside down as they attempt to open their heart to every last beat of life. To let fall away the restrictions of the home self and let in the self that exists beyond realms of fear. And as the poet seems to reach this point of transcendence, the death of their brother back home leads them down a path of immense grief. In a sometimes electric, sometimes rhythmic and sometimes disarmingly casual style the poet offers a world of effervescent light and consuming darkness. What happens when those two energies meet? And who do we become? And what new worlds can we create from this place? In Die Phantasie the poet pushes the edges of what we think is possible and asks What freedom truly means? Where do we hold the dead? How do we actually live? And is it possible to recreate the world through intimacy, sex, friendship, delving into the depth of our pain and/or disco dancing? The poet’s main question though that drives them to wander around the world is…. How many people is it possible to love?
Following a young man’s assault at a hotel on New Year’s Eve, fastLOVE is an exploration of consumption and the political power of human bodies. A three-part solo show utilizing storytelling, video installation and vocal sampling, this piece investigates the ways in which we manipulate ourselves for the pleasure of others.
Clothing is a strong marker of group affiliation: are you one of us or one of them? Two artists from Swallow-a-Bicycle – Bianca Guimarães de Manuel and Mark Hopkins – will dig into the role that clothing plays in uniting or separating us. With the rise of conservative populism and extremism around the world, we’re interested in how clothing demarcates what is acceptable and what is to be feared: whether it’s the Quebec government’s religious symbols ban, that will disproportionately affect Muslim women and other religious minorities, or Calgary’s recent public uproar about a swim organized by a group of nudists. Clothing will be an investigation into how we’re received by society based on what we do, or do not, wear.
All washrooms at Discomfort Lab 2019 are all-gender washrooms.
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Artist biographies (coming soon)