The Portico Project
THE PORTICO PROJECT kicks the season off on Centaur’s spacious stairway and veranda from September 24th to October 3rd, happily participating in the city’s lively buzz of the month-long special edition of the Journée de la culture. All events are pay-what-you-decide and Montrealers can expect a fun, immersive closing event.
Centaur has invited Vancouver’s Boca del Lupo to bring its intriguing Red Phone performance piece to Montreal, to play in between the five rotating Portico shows. Part interactive theatre and part social intervention, Red Phone was conceived by Boca del Lupo’s Artistic Director, Sherry Yoon, and designed by Jay Dodge, with technology by Carey Dodge.
Inside a hand-crafted, fully enclosed phone booth equipped with a red phone and teleprompter, two audience members engage in a five-to-seven minute conversation written by emerging, provocative playwrights Alice Abracen, Omari Newton and others. The ensuing scripted conversation, driven by the teleprompter and interpreted by the two audience members, invisible to each other, provides an anonymity that heightens the intimacy of the encounter, and results in a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience akin to singing in the shower.