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Ian directs the Umbrella Project

By caitlin on January 20, 2015

We’re thrilled to announce that our very own Ian Garrett will be directing the 2015 Umbrella Project. It promises to be our most tech savvy endeavor and is already slotted to premiere in its entirety at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ian will start working on his project tentatively called “Transmission” at our York University residency. Students from York’s theater department will collaborate with Indy Convergence alumi and professional Toronto artists to get the Umbrella rolling. We’ll pick up again in Indianapolis May 19-30 for our EIGHTH (time flies!) annual pop-up residency. Interested in participating? Apply today!


THE STORY: Transmission is a story of our first interaction with an alien race. Their early radio broadcasts reach us and are audible in the radio spectrum and rock the foundations of civilization on a global scale.  This other race is not different from us, and we are filled with hope and dream like we never have.  But, over the transmission we watch our mirror wage war, deplete their resources and, eventually, destroy themselves. Are they gone? Is their planet decimated? We can’t know…. we are once again alone in the universe.

THE PERFORMANCE: This performance piece will follow a story line that will be constructed out of a constellation of performances taking one of many forms. In it’s full form the project will travel in and around the theater space to reveal parts of the story accessible through our devices in specific places. Ian will use his (not-so-secret) hobby of geocaching and other new technologies to create his exciting theatrical scavenger hunt. Peaked your interest? Head to our application page to be involved for our 2015 events.

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