Theatre Yes’s ANXIETY challenged audiences to explore the underbelly of these phenomena as they journey through this one-of-kind immersive performance sculpted by Edmonton playwright Cat Walsh and scored by renowned sound artist Gary James Joynes in collaboration with some of Canada’s most inventive small-scale companies. Each of the 6, guest companies contributied 10-minute immersive performance installation-style pieces that examined anxiety, its mechanisms and how it shapes our lives.
“We live in an increasingly complex society. Technological advancement and the rise of electronic media have changed our lives. Our achievements have been profound and have resulted in challenges we could never have dreamed of as we adapt to our lightning paced and rapidly changing world. There is a great deal to synthesize and concurrently a great many choices to make. We are at once more aware than ever of world events and more suspicious that anything we read may be a deception. We have become a very anxious society. And there is a lot to be anxious about: super charged polarized politics, climate change, corporations with the rights of citizens and the power of countries, epidemics of loneliness, failing economies, endless choices, endless advertising, a barrage of disturbing messages from corporate media conglomerates, a crumbling social safety net … the list is long. In fact, anxiety has purportedly reached near epidemic proportions in 2016. While the experience of anxiety is as old as time itself, and possibly, a condition of our very consciousness – as we look compulsively to our futures. Perhaps our most primal and profound fear is our annihilation via time, event, or both. ANXIETY will challenge audiences to examine these phenomena through the prismatic lens of a unique collection of regional Canadian artistic voices.” – Heather Inglis, Artistic Director, Theatre YES
Each collaborating company received a mysterious artifact in the mail along with a series of directions which will serve as a writing prompt to create their contribution to their installation.
Each received the following Letter….
And Quotes were also distributed to each of the groups:
“noise is tremendous. It assaults from all directions, music, crowds, automobiles. They live on top of one another, crowded into each other’s lives. How does anyone live like this?”
“as if a door had closed, forever locked to me. I wept. Then gathered myself. There is nothing else to be done. I must press forward. But the panic rises each time now, each time I open my eyes to an unfamiliar setting.”
“There is no way back. There is no way back. There is no way back. There is no way back. THERE IS NO WAY BACK.”
Production companies have begun their processes!