The Performance Lab is a new program designed to allow Victoria-based companies an opportunity to support new performance work in a process-driven environment. Three companies were given 40 hours of studio time and a small honorarium to develop up to 30 minutes of a brand-new show. The Lab culminates with a public showcase, giving these three companies a chance to test their exciting projects in front of an audience.
The Wonderheads, known across North America for their whimsical full-mask, silent, physical theatre performances, create work that has been compared to watching a living cartoon. Kate Braidwood and Andrew Phoenix, the dynamic duo behind the magical masks that give the company its name, will present an excerpt from their full-face mask version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Broken Rhythms, a local dance company created to showcase the unique style of rhythmical contemporary, will present Whirlpool. This solo work by Artistic Director Dyana Sonik-Henderson explores the connection between body, mind, agency, production and autonomy. Themes of feminism, social messaging, and physical and emotional health are woven throughout.
Finally, Impulse Theatre will present how to pull your heart out through your throat, an exciting and visceral “how-to” guide. Starting with three creatures in a vat of tar digging into their own deep reaches of vulnerability, and expands to explore questions of identity, self-creation, and the need to be seen authentically.