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Festival Programming Announcement: June 26th

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Café Sarajevo

Live Art / Participatory / Video & Film


The Theatre Centre - Franco Boni Theatre

January 30, 9:00pm

January 31, 9:00pm

February 1, 2:00pm

February 1, 7:00pm

February 2, 2:00pm

February 2, 7:00pm

90 Minutes

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* North American Premiere

An immersive theatrical experience exploring the borders that divide and unite us, within the framework of a live podcast.

Café Sarajevo follows protagonist, Lucy Simic, as she travels to her father’s birthplace, Bosnia. Along the way, we explore divided cities and the notion of “human nature”, asking the question: what causes a nation to divide, and begin to hate the very people and culture that it used to see at its own?

With story, dance, game, music, 360° video, and by casting the audience as characters in the story, internationally acclaimed performance makers bluemouth inc. create a fast-paced, intimate, and thoughtful exploration about nationalism, racial bias and war tourism.

An excerpt of Café Sarajevo was shared with sold-out houses as part of the 2018 SummerWorks Lab, where it received honourable mention for the Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation. SummerWorks is thrilled to now present the North American premiere of the fully realized work for Toronto audiences.

“The richest, fullest theatre experience I’ve ever had.”
– Martin Denton, NYTheatre.com on Dance Marathon by bluemouth inc.

“Immersing myself in the fascinating full-evening experience of It Comes in Waves, I realize just how much I’ve missed bluemouth inc. Nobody comes close to doing what they do.”
– Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine on It Comes in Waves by bluemouth inc.

Created and Performed by Mariel Marshall, Peter Musante, Lucy Simic and Stephen O’Connell
Production Manager: Lisa Humber
Stage Manager: Gloria Mok
Creative Technologist: Jacob Niedzwiecki
Lighting Designer: Patrick Lavender

With the support of High Commission of Canada in Singapore, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.

Canada / USA

Performed in English