Residency Showing: On ECT by Suvendrini Lena @ The Theatre Centre, Toronto [1 September]

Residency Showing: On ECT by Suvendrini Lena

19:00 - 21:00

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The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1J1
Please join us for the next Residency Showing: «On ECT» by Suvendrini Lena with Lyon Smith and Trevor Schwellnus. Showings are a time for our residency artists to share their work during development and to embrace the dialogue that emerges as part of the creative process.

Residency showings are free events.

Friday, September 1 at 7:00pm:
On (E)very ©orner a (T)errorist by Suvendrini Lena.

«On ECT» is an immersive theatrical exploration of schizophrenia – a word which literally means fragmentation of the mind.

In this work-in-progress we are exploring how fragmentation and loss of identity in schizophrenia relates to the fragmentation we all experience. Schizophrenics ‘hear voices’. Schizophrenics fear loss of control over their own thoughts and bodies. Clinically we call this ‘paranoia’ but is it really such a strange idea? How does anyone actually separate internal and external voices? How do we know which voice/voices are truly our own? What makes what we say, think, or even feel, truly our own? Is any self-unfragmented?

We use the writings of Franz Fanon, archives from Queen Street Hospital from 1900-1920, and fictional characters Ether and Zephyr to explore these ideas with an immersive sound and environmental design.

This work challenges the idea that there are clear boundaries between perceptual experience in schizophrenia and the altered states we may all experience and recognize at times.

Artists include: Suvendrini Lena, Lyon Smith, Trevor Schwellnaus, Leah Cherniak and Peter Bailey.

Previous showings have also benefited from the work of Soheil Parsa, Carla B Melo, Jiv Paramsaram and Andre Stills.

The Theatre Centre’s Residency Program is a two-year program designed to support artists in developing new work. The program facilitates a highly collaborative artistic process that embraces experimentation and learning with a wide variety of collaborators.

Residency is made possible by Lead Sponsor BMO Financial Group, and with the support of The J.P. Bickell Foundation.

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