All that you touch you change.
All that you change, changes you. The only lasting truth is change.
Five years in the making, Remixed gathers true stories from all over the globe to explore how we instigate and navigate change in our lives, in our communities, and in the world. These pivotal moments are as different as the people who lived them, yet threads of connection emerge as our experiences of change divide and connect us. In Remixed, we’re listening for the sound of change, and we invite you to join us.
Remixed is a listening party for one, performed across geography and time in a collective experience. Together, we travel down the spine of change. Each audience member receives their own playlist of stories and music, personalized just for them by our algorithmic DJ, and a party gift for use during the performance.
This project is the latest manifestation of Trophy, an evolving and award-winning creative investigation into individual and collective change rooted in the personal lived experiences of communities across the globe.
when we listen
to each other?
CUSTOM APP & PLAYLIST
Remixed is experienced in each audience member’s home via our custom app, the portal into the performance and the pass to our listening party. The app is designed to playfully guide audiences through an interactive listening journey down the spine of change. Over the course of the performance, our algorithmic DJ crafts a unique playlist for each audience member, refining the playlist as it gets to know each person. The resulting playlist is tailored to both complement and complicate. Audiences are not alone in this synchronous experience: each performative journey intersects in complete anonymity, reminding us that we are not alone and that change does not happen in isolation. Underneath the experience is the question: how does technology impact our ability to make change?
Remixed is a playful hybrid of local geography and digital experience. On the day of the performance, a kit of installation supplies are dropped off at each audience member’s home. During the performance, audiences listen to their playlist while creating their own immersive environment. This process offers a subtle visualization of change audiences can keep afterwards, a physical marker of our digital experience. The kit includes seeds chosen in partnership with local food service organizations, and in consideration of their individual symbolic and biological properties and the audience members’ geographic areas.
An in-person version of Remixed, featuring an immersive and responsive installation, is currently in development.
Each playlist weaves together true stories of change with narration that prompts audiences to reflect on their own lives, easing from personal to collective to systemic and back, asking: what are you willing to do to make change in our world? The stories are vulnerable and intimate, and reflect where these experiences are lived: tucked into kitchens, cozy in living rooms, overlooking nature and cityscapes. The recordings bring audiences to the storyteller, evoking a sense of place, space, and ethereal presence. Our library of stories began while touring Trophy and continues to evolve through an ongoing recording process. Together, they reflect change in all its possibilities and impossibilities, and are a polyphonic choir of socio-economic, linguistic, and age-based diversity.
Inspired by a growing collection of Trophy stories...
Trophy is born! 5 glowing tents appeared in the middle of a cold rainy street for Nuit Blanche Ottawa, each holding a dear friend sharing a true story of change from their lives. Our tents overflowed with audiences, who cozied up to explore what it takes to make change in our lives and in the world.
Several years of touring Trophy across Ontario culminated in our largest iteration to date for the National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene Festival. 150 tents, 150 community members of all walks of life sharing intimate stories of change, and thousands of audience members who transformed our tents in multicoloured living monuments to change.
Trophy continued to evolve, criss-crossing Canada and Europe over the course of 15 tours. Our tents appeared in parks, closed down streets, overlooked oceans, tucked into city halls, and illuminated public squares. Hundreds of people of diverse lived experiences and backgrounds shared stories of the moments in their lives when everything changed.
Inspired by our growing collection of Trophy story recordings and the desire often expressed by audiences, presenters and storytellers to hear stories from other Trophy performances, we began work on Remixed. While Trophy acknowledged experiences of change, Remixed is an urgent search to identify how we instigate change. We presented work-in-progress showings with the undercurrents festival and In the Soil Multi-Arts Festival, and will premiere the show at the undercurrents festival in 2021.
Sarah Conn creates, directs and produces performances, installations, and live art, and has had her work presented at contemporary theatre festivals in Canada and abroad. She also works as a producer and curator, and has facilitated everything from international multi-city tours to awards shows to conferences. Sarah has won two Rideau Awards, the 2016 Siminovitch Protégé Prize for Directing, and the 2018 Ontario Arts Council Pauline McGibbon Award for Directing.
Véronique Claude is a designer and creative consultant. She works alongside artists, cultural organizations and non-profit groups to help bring their visions to life, promote their projects, and engage audiences. More recently, she has shifted her focus towards the social innovation sector, and is currently pursuing graduate studies from OCAD University in Strategic Foresight and Innovation.
UX/UI & GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Laurel Green (she/her) is an adventurous dramaturg and arts & culture producer with a decade of experience in the creation, development, and production of new work; from world premiere plays, to video games, immersive experiences, virtual gatherings, and secret backyard shows. laurelkgreen.com
Guillaume Saindon is a director, designer, and creative developer. Through an M.A. in Digital Narratives at the internationale filmschule köln and an M.F.A. in Theatre Directing at the University of Ottawa he studied the impact of digitality on theatre. His practice deals with the notions of immersion, interaction, transmedia and ludology
Allison O’Connor is a francophone multidisciplinary artist who creates interdisciplinary site-specific installations. Her work emphasizes the ecology between the artist, the audience, and the natural environment. She is an apiarist and the steward of a fourth-generation farm where she produces her work. Her collaboration with the natural environment materializes into contemporary and conceptual art experiences on environmental activism and literacy.
Formé en théâtre à l’école secondaire De La Salle (Ottawa), Julien Desautels a entrepris des études scientifiques en génie chimique puis en informatique. Ayant toujours maintenu des liens amicaux et professionnels avec le monde théâtral (et des arts en général), il a accepté avec enthousiasme de collaborer à Remixed. Ses compétences en science de la donnée et son intérêt pour la scénographie se sont révélées idéales pour ce projet: comment élaborer une participation interactive des spectateurs? Julien has worked with companies ranging from BeaverTails to the CHUM Hospital, implementing data driven solutions in Business Intelligence (BI), predictive modeling and data management.
Sound Artist, Nancy Tam, works and lives on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her work fuses sound and performance to devise interdisciplinary performances. Nancy is a founding member of the Vancouver-based performance collective A Wake of Vultures, and the Toronto-based Toy Piano Composers collective.
AL has worked as a full-stack theatre professional since the turn of the century. He's an award winning producer and designer who loves finding new ways to interact with audiences. In 2020 he pivoted to working as a digital producer, running events for the Ottawa Fringe, Ottawa Storytellers, and Ottawa favourite, Pierre Brault.
Remixed will be presented virtually
at the 2021 Undercurrents Festival
March 12, 2021 @7:30pm
March 13, 2021 @2:30pm
March 18, 2021 @8:30pm
March 20, 2021 @7:00pm