By Torien Cafferata and Sébastien Heins

This concludes an email exchange between theatre artists Sébastien Heins and Torien Cafferata. In this final edition Torien and Sébastien analyze the industry and trade rapid fire Top Eights.  Read more →

By Torien Cafferata and Sébastien Heins

In this third part of an ongoing email exchange between artists Sébastien Heins and Torien Cafferata, Torien pulls back more curtains and muses on what is "enough".  Read more →

By Dominique Banoun

"The artists became autonomous, creators and carriers of the video projections. To that end, we experimented with iPhones and pico projectors. We also used very small pocket amplifiers and transducers for sound. The iPhones were bought at small repair stores and iFix it franchises. The pico projectors were bought from a private vendor in Mississauga. These allowed us to project video that was already captured and edited as well as capture and project live video, stills, keynote presentations, etc. It was like having a portable mini-computer at each artist’s fingertips."  Read more →

By Laura Cournoyea

"One of my favourite elements is being able to engage before and after the show, strengthening the connection and bond between audience and artistic work... When it comes to immersive, traveling works, the stage manager ends up taking on the task of audience management way more than is usual. With [the production] LOT X, it felt as though Cohort was akin to an Assistant Stage Manager, doing the work of managing the patrons without direct interaction."  Read more →

By Elizabeth Staples

"The creation of The Afterparty took us on a journey this summer. Pride returned to its revolutionary roots, a spotlight was held to the racial inequalities in our society, a call was made to restructure theatre institutions, and personal pressures were mounting so the piece needed to pause and respond accordingly. The world and the show had a parallel feeling of changing so rapidly daily yet feeling like nothing had changed at all."  Read more →

By Torien Cafferata and Sébastien Heins

Instigated by Cohort, theatre artists Sébastien Heins (Outside the March, Stratford) and Torien Cafferata (It's Not a Box Theatre) undertook an email exchange about immersive theatre, technology and the cultural sector. We edited, but not much. This is the second of four parts of their extended conversation.  Read more →

By Jordan Campbell

"This piece was inspired by the COVID restrictions. It was designed for a single audience member, standing in a two-metre radius chalk circle in a public park. The audience member is listening to a track through their earphones, which is synced up with the track playing in my earphones. It’s a solo performance, but also a one-on-one interactive journey of dance, drag, outfits, reveals and surprises all around the parkette. The piece is about two queers meeting each other in a park. It’s 30 minutes long and it’s very intimate."  Read more →

By Torien Cafferata and Sébastien Heins

Instigated by Cohort, theatre artists Sébastien Heins (Outside the March, Stratford) and Torien Cafferata (It's Not a Box Theatre) undertook an email exchange about immersive theatre, technology and the cultural sector. We edited, but not much. This is the first of four parts of their extended conversation.  Read more →

By Jacob Niedzwiecki

"Thirty years ago I stepped into a dance studio for the first time. Twenty-eight years ago, I wrote my first line of code. And ten years ago, I had an idea for a dance/theatre work that would need a specific technical capability: cueing portable, synchronized, multi-track headphone audio. Working with an awesome creative and production team, we realized that technical capability (and a few others), and created the show Jacqueries around it... When the Digital Strategy Fund was announced by the Canada Council, it seemed like a good idea to assemble a network of the performing-arts companies I’d worked with, so we could improve and formalize the shared technical infrastructure we’d built, and share it with the wider community of artists and producers experimenting with new modes of presentation."  Read more →