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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Fantastic Voyage

Boca Del Lupo continues their Micro Performance Series with a stunning show called The Voyage. Set in the darkness of a shipping container, this "20-minute sonic journey" into human trafficking is poignant, sad, scary, creative, and harrowing.

I don't want to ruin anything by telling you more about this piece, since it is short, and since part of the experience is not knowing what to expect. Enveloped in pitch black, I couldn't even see my own hand in front of my face. Imagine being in that for - how long does it take to cross the Pacific Ocean? Yeah. Exactly.

It made me think about how families and children were crammed into those things, hoping for a better life on the other side. It made me wonder, where the hell did they go to the washroom? Yeah. Exactly. And food? Water? How could anyone survive in that? The mysterious sounds going on outside. The constant silence because you don't want to be discovered and deported. How long would you have to wait for the people who brought you here to come and fetch you? And is the promise of a better life kept? Who are these people who risk their lives only to get tricked into such a long and arduous plight and then wind up in orange jumpsuits in prison? Who and what did they leave behind in order to become human cargo?

This is probably one of the most important pieces of theatre you will witness this year. Brilliant, amazing, and thought-provoking, the masterminds behind Boca have done it again and invite you along on this voyage of your own imagination, fed by a cacophony of sounds that form a warped human trafficking symphony of horror and sadness.

The Voyage plays at The Anderson Street Space (1405 Anderson St) on Granville Island now until Saturday (3 shows nightly, and 1 Saturday matinee). Tickets are $10.

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