Eccentric guides walk the audience members through a 40-minute gypsy encampment of several living, and one dying, mini-exhibitions of select artists invited from Japan, Singapore, USA, Vietnam and of course, Canada. The artists will perform, exchange stories and interact to connect with the audience in an immersive experience ending with a customized piece of work for the audience.
In this day and age when people are becoming more and more isolated, and human interaction is becoming less and less, if you open up your heart and take the time to connect with another human being, you might be met with an eye-opening experience.
Artists have an inherent desire to express themselves and engage an audience through their works and creations. However, how often do they get to have personal interactions and real personal connections with their audiences? And how often do the audience get to know what the artist behind the work is really like? Walk the Talk sets up a simple intimate space for each artist and an individual or small group of audience to have an opportunity to take time out to interact and connect. In so doing the audience can get to know more about the artist, their life, and their artistry both local and from abroad. And conversely, the artists get to meet, talk, perform and connect directly and intimately with their audience. At the end of their meeting, through their artistry , each artist will celebrate the new connections made through a gift of a short customized work for the audience.
This show takes its inspiration from Thomas C. Knox’ statement, “Human Interaction, we don’t do enough of that.”
Mr. Knox, in order to remedy his own social viewpoint, set up a game of Connect Four at NYC’s 34th Street subway station to facilitate the simple act of people coming together to spend time conversing and exchanging stories. Bon Dos observed a similar and common need for more human interaction to exist in many modern cities with his own city, Vancouver being no exception. He wished to artistically address this phenomenon and reflect on this social need within a theatre art project. So when Bon met artists during his international art expeditions and got to know their stories, he was compelled to bring them to Vancouver. Together with our own local artists, Bon and his ARC Works partners, Yukari Komatsu and Dr. Tina Wang set out to develop an unorthodox theatre work. The resulting show, in inspired fashion, provides a setting and an opportunity where artistes and audience can come together to interact, communicate and connect via the artistes customizing a performance specifically for the audience.
the Info Center Granville Island, besides Cats Social House
Yukari Komatsu, & Tina Wang
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