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Occurs on Friday May 13 2022

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 15 minutes


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.

Running all day in the Franco Boni Theatre from 12PM-9:30PM. Small groups will be invited into an immersive 360° film experience to watch Lorena Torres Loaizia’s The Shining Lake and Nehal El-Hadi’s On Minors, Movement, and the Gathering of Data. When you book your ticket, the box office will follow up with you to confirm a time where you can see both films, if possible.

What's On Tonight:

Imaginary Campfires

The Observer Effect

Start Time: Thirty Minute Window Between 5:00-9:00pm

Please note: The Theatre Centre will be screening these projects in person as a 360° immersive experience. Capacity for each screening is limited. Once you've reserved a ticket, a patron experience representative will be in touch to schedule a specific screening time between 5-9pm.

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’s 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.

Imaginary Campfires

Imaginary Campfires are two short, recorded storytelling performances. They’re partly inspired in Latin American storytelling and Japanese Rakugo, where a single speaker brings all characters and events to life. They also experiment with video art and illustration. The Shining Lake (performed by Monica Garrido) is the life of an immigrant woman translated into a fairy tale. The Likewise Madam Mirror (performed by Polly Phokeev) is a short, horror tinged story about people’s relationship to their own thoughts.

The Shining Lake will be screened in-person; The Likewise Madam Mirror will be available to watch digitally.

Content warnings: Depictions of threat of violence and psychological/supernatural harm.

The Shining Lake - Created by Lorena Torres Loaiza, performed by Monica Garrido
The Likewise Madam Mirror - Created by Lorena Torres Loaiza, performed by Polly Phokeev

The Observer Effect

An Immersive Installation by Nehal El-hadi and Coco Guzmán

The observer effect occurs when the act of observation itself disturbs what is being studied. As we move through the city, it’s inevitable that our movements are tracked and recorded on several different cameras. There are cameras everywhere now, designed to observe, monitor, capture, and survey life in public space, ostensibly for the purposes of crime deterrence and investigation. The cost is not only our privacy but our freedom to simply exist. And what of the information that is collected? Our likenesses, movements, moods, and emotions are transformed into data, and the long-term implications and applications of this are unknown.

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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