Pi Theatre is starting the year by inviting audiences to livestream its 2021 Provocateurs Presentation Series. The series begins February 18 & 19 with Macbeth Muet, an innovative interpretation of Shakespeare’s play performed by two actors using elaborate sound design, physical theatre, and the manipulation of inanimate objects to represent the play’s characters. Then February 20 & 21 brings the Canadian premiere of Frequencies, a mixed reality techno confessional performance. Each of the creative productions, include cutting-edge technology and to be presented virtually, live in real-time from Montreal and Halifax.
Tickets start at $15 and are available online at pitheatre.com.
Macbeth Muet | February 18 & 19 at 7:00pm PT
Macbeth Muet completely deconstructs this Shakespeare Tragedy into a fast-paced, visceral theatre experience, using the body, objects as imagery, and a ton of fake blood. Produced by La Fille du Laitier, created by Jon Lachlan Stewart and Marie Hélène Bélanger Dumas, and directed by Jon Lachlan Stewart, Macbeth Muet presents a world so devoid of morality that human lives become as disposable as styrofoam cups. And the excess – the blood, the scraps, the waste – will all be left behind for future kings.
Macbeth Muet is presented via livestream (multi-view or single camera view) with performances broadcasting from the Maison international des arts de la marionette (MIAM) in Montréal, QC.
Frequencies | February 20 & 21 at 4:00pm PT
“I’m telling you I miss someone I’ve never met”, proclaims Aaron Collier, creator and star of HEIST’s new multimedia storytelling show Frequencies. Debuting live from Halifax, in partnership with Pi Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange and Theatre Outré, Frequencies is an innovative, solo, and mixed reality performance viewed through the eyes of a second actor wearing a VR headset with a special camera attached.
Frequencies premieres nationally via livestream with performances broadcasting from The Bus Stop Theatre in Halifax, NS.
“Like the cashless society, digital representations of live events have been dramatically accelerated by the pandemic,” says Richard Wolfe, Pi Theatre’s Artistic and Producing Director. “Smaller independent companies across Canada and around the world are doing much of the R&D into the dramaturgy and the technology of the livestreaming experience. Pi Theatre is very pleased to be able to bring you two of those shows in a livestreaming/live in real-time experience this February as part of our Provocateurs Presentation Series.”
Wolfe adds, “La Fille du Laitier and HEIST are making real breakthroughs by using technology to create experiences you can’t get on Netflix or even at your local theatre. Their work is of the now. Using multi-camera views and virtual reality augmentation, participants will see and hear the shows as they happen, with no chance of catching the ‘recorded livestream’ sometime in the future. The shows are thematically linked by a haunting. Both stories use the absent child as fuel for their action. Pi Provocateurs livestream brings you into psychic proximity with other people to share a moment, an idea, and an experience.”
Pi Theatre’s Provocateurs Presentation Series livestreams; Macbeth Muet February 18-19 and Frequencies February 20-21, 2021. Tickets, $15, are available online at pitheatre.com