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Occurs on Monday May 9 2022

Approximate running time: 2 hours


The Franco Boni Theatre
1115 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 3P4

Event Notes

× Welcome to Hybrid By Design.

This is a festival that celebrates process and experimentation.

We invite you to do the same.

Each block of time, whether it be an afternoon or an evening, has been curated with a series of offerings for you to experience.

The artists have been thoughtful & intentional about the experience for audiences both in the theatre and at home. We highly recommend you attend these pieces in full as each one is a journey. Because these pieces were programmed as an evening of activities, we don’t have exact start and finish times. We would love it if you could join us for the whole evening, but if you are unable, we anticipate Broken/Sometimes Repaired beginning at 8PMEST and salt:dispersed beginning at 9PMEST and will do our very best to adhere to these start times on the night.

Some blocks are open to audiences coming and going, while others we recommend you attend in full. We’ll always do our best to let latecomers in at the earliest appropriate moment based on when you arrive.

What's On Tonight:

Broken/Sometimes Repaired


Start Time: 8:00pm

*Tonight's performance will feature a post-show opening night reception in the café*

Running May 9-15, 2022, Hybrid by Design features seven works by artists from The Theatre Centre’s Residency program and a selection of international work curated by Battersea Arts Centre in London, U.K. As part of Canada Council for the Arts' Digital Now program, the work featured will bridge live performance and digital creation in experimental, genre-defying ways ensuring audiences in-person and at home can experience the show of a lifetime.

Broken/Sometimes Repaired

Broken/Sometimes Repaired is a tiny concert, inspired by a giant book. A reflection of queer pain and love, this work-in-progress micro-concert and four-song live-streamed music video is inspired by American writer Hanya Yanigahara’s monumental 2015 novel A Little Life. Writer/performer Stewart Legere explores themes of friendship, love, trauma and joy, through the lens of his experience reading and processing the source material in the intervening years. Combining, dismantling and recombining variables of live performance and pre-recorded music; each song also reflects and echos aspects of literary processes: the formation of ideas, freewriting/improvisation, editing, reusing, repurposing, referencing, dissemination. With a vivid costume designed by multidisciplinary artist Mark Reinhart, and music produced by Mike Legere (Century Thief) and Adam Warren, (waants, Glory Glory) this evolving performance is a sparkling tribute to queer resilience, love, and a celebration of the tremendous ripple effect great works of art can have on the little lives of those who encounter them. (Like most book clubs, you need not have read the book to attend).

Content warning: suicide, depression, partial nudity

Created and performed by Stewart Legere
Music Produced by Mike Legere and Adam Warren/waants
Costume Design by Mark Reinhart

salt:dispersed (Programmed in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre)

salt:dispersed is the filmed performance of Selina Thompson's award-winning work salt. In salt., Selina Thompson is a passenger onboard a commercial container ship taking the route upon which her ancestors were deported from Ghana to Jamaica and then on to Britain. Thompson’s forebears were among several million black men, women and children sold as slaves whose work made Western prosperity possible and served as the foundation of contemporary European economic success.

On her own journey, Thompson is confronted with normalised, systemic and casual racism and observes patriarchal power structures within the crew, suggesting that the colonial past is not as distant as she believed it was before embarking. As Thompson stands in front of the Door of No Return at Elmina Castle in Ghana and looks out to the Atlantic Ocean, she recalls the people who died there, on the journey and in the plantations. How can the sorrow that she feels at that moment exist in a world which also contains such banal things as post offices and perfume atomisers? And what does it mean to live as a black woman in a country with a majority white population?

For salt:dispersed
Written and performed by Selina Thompson
Directed by Wendy Yee Man Wong
Sound by Guy Dowsett
Camera operated by João Luís Ribeiro
Produced by Selina Thompson Ltd., Battersea Arts Centre and Arts Council England

For salt.
Written and performed by Selina Thompson
Directed by Dawn Walton
Designed by Katherina Radeva
Music by Sleepdogs
Sound design by Tanuja Amarasuriya
Lighting design by Cassie Mitchell and Louise Charity
Dramaturgical support from Maddy Costa and Season Butler

Tickets for Hybrid by Design are free - donations are happily accepted

Hybrid by Design is made possible by the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Now Fund, and the Department of Heritage Canada Arts Presentation Fund.

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