January 13, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Everything Has Disappeared

Mammalian Diving Reflex and UNIT Productions Toronto and Winnipeg
  • Co-written and co-directed by  Hazel Venzon and Darren O’Donnell

Everything Has Disappeared tells the story of a mysterious and horrific supernatural event in which every single Filipinx person in the entire world suddenly vanishes, and chronicles the short- and long-term consequences of the disappearance of this crucial globalized workforce. Collaborators Hazen Venzon and Darren O’Donnell are devising the work through extensive interviews with members of the local Filipinx community and research by economists, demographers, sociologists and human geographers.   

Combining elements of mind-reading, mentalism, stage and video magic, Everything Has Disappeared is both a horrific science fiction story and a celebration of the enormous (and often overlooked) contribution of Filipinx migrant labour to the global economy. 

Illustration by David Oro © David Oro

Company

Mammalian Diving Reflex creates performances by looking for contradictions to whip into aesthetically scintillating experiences. The company creates site- and social-specific performance events, theatre productions, participatory gallery installations, videos, art objects and theoretical texts to foster dialogue and dismantle barriers between individuals of all backgrounds by bringing people together in new and unusual ways.  

U ‘N I Together (UNIT) Productions collaborates with artists to produce live art events, social engagements, performance art, plays, musicals, films, documentaries, animation, digital shows and any other hybrid entertainment combination imaginable. Its intent is to serve the unique interests of writers, devisers, creators and artists who desire a fresh approach to creating something new.  

Creative team

  • Co-written and co-directed by  Hazel Venzon and Darren O’Donnell
  • Producer Tina Fance
  • Illustrations David Oro
  • Illusions Erik Mana
  • Lighting Designer Kanon Hewitt

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s investment of $170,000 will support collaborations with local Filipinx performers, and several technical workshops to experiment with 360° video projections, VR, and the seamless integration of stage magic and mentalism. 

Credits

Presentation Partner: Prairie Theatre Exchange.

Developed with support from the National Arts Centre's National Creation Fund.

Performance dates

Premiering in 2022-2023. 


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