Intangible Adorations Caravan

Lisa Anita Wegner and Other Hearts Collective in association with Tangled Arts + Disability Toronto
  • Created by Lisa Anita Wegner and Other Hearts Collective
  • Co-produced by Tangled Art + Disability

Intangible Adorations Caravan is an immersive, traveling performance and film experience that fuses carnival with science-fantasy biography, circus, and disability culture. A multi-sensory interactive experience with robust accessibility built into each performance, the show presents a threadbare Victorian Caravan as a deceptive cover for a world of mobile Cinema, aerial wizardry and shared ritual.

As a Mad and disabled artist, creator Lisa Anita Wegner is committed to the idea of public art that is truly accessible, and to eliminating barriers of poverty and disability that too often get in the way of underserved communities experiencing art. Lisa’s work explores the possibilities of Madness and disability as a source of communal activation, and Intangible Adorations Caravan specifically aims to reclaim the performing caravan not as a site of display, but rather as a site of world-dismantling potentiality.

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Company

Lisa Anita Wegner is a Mad and disabled public artist.  She is the creative producer of Mighty Brave Productions, a small multi-media production company.  After being diagnosed with complex-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, she began exploring visual art and performance as a means of healing.  Her art practice has grown to encompass post-production photography, short film, video, and live performance.  Lisa uses artifice and adopted personae as a means of exploring the truth.

Lisa was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in 2018, and this increased understanding of what was going on with her body caused her to re-evaluate her approach to putting art out into the world: she adopted a slower, more compassionate methodology and began exploring ways of bringing people into her practice to establish a community of artistic support.

Tangled Art + Disability is dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community, and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Its mission is to support Disabled, d/Deaf, chronically ill, neurodiverse, k/crip, Mad, sick & spoonie artists; to cultivate Disability Arts in Canada; and to increase opportunities for everyone to participate in the arts.

Other Hearts Collective draws from a plurality of experiences and disciplines to expand the boundaries of performance in pursuit of accessibility, presence and shared experience. Operating within a flat organizational structure, Other Hearts’ artistic practice crosses boundaries of performativity and place to unite artists and audiences in a radical, anti-hierarchical exchange of ideas and experience.

Creative team

  • Created by Lisa Anita Wegner and Other Hearts Collective
  • Co-produced by Tangled Art + Disability
  • Written by Harri Thomas, Yousef Kadoura and Lisa Anita Wegner
  • Directed by Harri Thomas
  • Performers (in order of appearance) Yousef Kadoura, Erin Ball, Harri Thomas, Lisa Anita Wegner, Silvae Mercedes
  • Salon members Kathryn Cooper, Meek Adrik, Amy Loucareas, Emily (Ava) Gillespie
  • Sceneography and production management / technical direction Sebastian Marziali
  • Costume and prop design Silvae Mercedes
  • Sound design Jack Consadine
  • Stage manager Senjuti Sarker
  • Salon coordinator Kathryn Cooper
  • ASL and Deaf interpretation Sage Lovel
  • Audio description and Blind / low vision dramaturgy Kat Germain
  • Carnival posters Stephanie Avery

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s investment of $108,000 supports the further development of a fully accessible production, with the incorporation of live audio description and ASL and Deaf Interpretation in a way that makes these features essential to the nature of the show.  The creators will also have additional time to expand the original vision for the show to develop a tourable version of the work.

Credits

Co-produced by Tangled Art + Disability Other Hearts Collective and Mighty Brave Productions.  Presented and funded by ArtworxTO, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Partners In Art, and Toronto Arts Council

Community partners:  Workman Arts, The Theatre Centre, Summerworks Festival, North York Arts, East End Arts, Scarborough Arts, Etobicoke Arts, Urban Arts

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

Performance dates

Premiering in Toronto in June 2022.


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