Terra Incognita Collective (TIC) is a group of six artists who use performance to discover alternative ways of being. TIC uses a hybrid practise of documentary & theatre to explore the political and social dynamics relating to the environmental justice and in particular degrowth. TIC sees a need for new democratic practices within our political and artistic spheres. We use physical theatre (specifically mask) to create socially interdependent and embodied experiences for audiences and artists. The relationship a mask has with its audience can initiate a more active involvement from participants and its heightened reality can expand the current cultural imaginary making it an excellent tool for initiating change. The collective aims to better understand how active audiences can result in active community members. Through community partnership, site-specific exploration and collective creation, TIC challenges the perceived chasms between market and consumer, politician/expert and civil society and growth and human development. We also like to laugh… a lot.
In this particular performance audiences will be introduced to the mask character Veronica, a former starlet who now gets high from wearing the shoes of others. With each new pair she imagines a life of luxury and extravagance, until she removes the sole from her soul and steps back into reality. This character and scene is an excerpt from Terra Incognita by the TIC to be performed June 3 – 6, 2016 at the Warehouse 10 Busy St, Toronto.
Diary Reflection with Morgan Johnson: