Imaginary Anthropologies


Factory Theatre Studio
125 Bathurst Street
Ticket Price: $15 Save with a Pass
Friday August 5th 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday August 6th 8:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Monday August 8th 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday August 10th 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday August 12th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday August 13th 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM


Performed in French with English subtitles.

Latecomer Policy

No Latecomers.


Winner of the Best International Production at the 2015 Amsterdam Fringe Festival, Imaginary Anthropologies is a solo vocal performance that interacts with a video mockumentary. The experts on screen comment on invented vocal traditions demonstrated by the singer-performer. Various odd or isolated vocal expressions from around the world are woven together and revisited through imaginary folklore and experimental voice techniques, showcasing the virtuosity, versatility, and strangeness of the human voice. The result is an aural landscape that questions concepts of normality by reminding audiences how people across the world use the voice differently to convey their cultural identities and artistic sensibilities. A humorous and disturbing exploration of post-colonialism, post-exoticism, cultural extinction, globalization, normalized racism and cultural appropriation.

“In a performance that is at once serious and powerful, satirical and playfully funny, and aesthetically delightful, Gabriel Dharmoo transports us into an imagined world of exotic Others, apparently doomed to be swept aside by modernity’s relentless march of progress.”
Nick Wees – Centre for Imaginative Ethnography


Written, Composed and Performed by Gabriel Dharmoo; Video Cinematography by Ménad Kesraoui; Video Editing by Paul Neudorf; Video Sound Design by James O'Callaghan; Performed (on video) by Alexandrine Agostini, Daniel Anez, Florence Blain Mbaye, Luc-Martial Dagenais and Catherine Lefrançois.

Curator's Note

"A terrific demonstration of extended vocal technique opens into a performance that touches on postcolonialism, the persistence of the discovery scenario, and fetishization of otherness. I laughed, but wasn’t always sure why. And I like that." - Guillermo Verdecchia