Obstructions Are Coming

Obstructions was launched at last night's AGM-apalooza which took place at PL 1422.

Following three sold-out iterations of the Hive party series, Vancouver's Progress Lab network of indie theatre-makers are coming together to test the theory that creativity feeds on limits. Inspired in part by The Five Obstructions by Jørgen Leth and Lars Von Trier, the core artists of each participating company will submit, a few at a time and under a cold spotlight, to a list of obstructions delivered by a shadowy emcee. The companies will then be commanded to create their next production around those limitations.

The obstructions for each company have been developed in secret by their peers - a custom-designed set of obstacles that will prompt each artist to adapt to a new approach to making theatre. Their individual tendencies toward form, place, style, theme, design, period, story are exposed and obstructed, spilling the artist's bag of tricks all over the stage and out of reach.

Last night, on October 27, the first three companies received their obstructions: Radix (artistic director Andrew Laurenson), Boca Del Lupo (artistic directors Sherry Yoon and Jay Dodge), and Felix Culpa (artistic directors David Bloom and Linda Quibell).  They will return in 2012 to perform their new works, and more obstructions will be delivered.

March 31, 2012
May 19, 2012
June 9, 2012

More dates to be announced.

Stay in the loop about upcoming Obstructions events. Check out the website coming soon: progresslab.ca

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