Presented in partnership with Outside the March and in association with Stratford Festival Lab
The Pop-Up Shop - 1282 Bloor Street West
August 6, 4pm
August 6, 7.30pm
August 7, 7.30pm (ASL)
August 8, 3pm
Rainbow on Mars is a sensory reclamation of blindness encountered through the metaphor of a cave inspired by Plato. This is a large scale, narrative-driven, physical piece depicting the journey both into and of blindness. Rainbow on Mars dramatizes the journey from our usual grip on eyes that are blind as flawed/damaged to experiencing the beauty in blindness. This show is one for the senses; it will ignite and stimulate audience members through the sensory rich language of sounds, smells, touch. We invite the audience into blindness making use of movement, sound and narration as a way to immerse audiences in blindness as opposed to simulating it.
Join Devon Healey and Nate Bitton throughout The Pop-Up Experience: Rainbow on Mars as they explore creating a movement score for the world of the larger project. This score will exist both as physical choreography, and also as story-integrated immersive descriptive audio, accessible to audiences with all expressions of blindness and sight.
During this Lab Residency Devon and Nate will be working in collaboration with co-conspirator Mitchell Cushman, acclaimed National Ballet choreographer Robert Binet, multidisciplinary designer Melissa Joakim and performer Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks.
As part of the SummerWorks Lab Residencies this year, four artists/collectives from Outside the March’s TD Forward March program will take over pop-up storefront spaces. If you want a glimpse into the artistic process, stop by 1282 Bloor Street West between August 03 – 08, where you’ll be able to engage in the creative process and peek through the windows to watch the Forward March artists at work throughout the month of August.
Playwright — Devon Healey
Director — Nate Bitton
Lighting & Sound Design — Melissa Joakim
Choreographer — Robert Binet
Performers — Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks, Jeff Ho, Jeff Yung
TD Forward March is supported by TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment.
See information about the other projects from The Pop-Up Experience below.
The Pop-Up Experience is an indoor experience with a small capacity of distanced audience members who must remain masked at all times. There will be up to 20 people distanced in the space at any time.
Unfortunately there is no on-site audience washroom. The space is wheelchair accessible.
A limited number of tickets are reserved for audience members who use American Sign Language for the Saturday August 14, 7:30PM performance. If you require ASL interpretation please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve one of these tickets.
If you have further access questions you can get in touch with our access team at email@example.com.
Part of the SummerWorks Lab programming – a place for exploration, experimentation, and process. In the Lab, you can experience new works in development from artists exploring new possibilities in performance.