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Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 5:00 PM PDT

× by Myriam Verzat with Melissa Nobles, Josephine Burgess, Valerie Mermet, Michael Geselbracht

There is an old Sanskrit word, lila, which means play, richer than our word, it means divine play, the play of creation, destruction, and re-creation, the folding and unfolding of the cosmos. Lila, free and deep, is both the delight and enjoyment of this moment, and the play of God. It also means love.

Lila may be the simplest thing there is — spontaneous, childish, disarming. But as we grow and experience the complexities of life, it may also be the most difficult and hard-won achievement imaginable, and its coming to fruition is a kind of homecoming to our true selves.

Lila is an interactive performance that was born out of play. It was born out of a liberating and community play that emerged through a restrictive pandemic. With the Silent Disco technology, a core group of dancers started to connect to the landscape to dance, to dive into our collective space and to play in it.

This performance is an invitation to let yourself be transported by dancers into the energy of dance, love and play. All of us, performers and spectators will be listening to the music using the Silent Disco technology. Part of the show is improvised to let the magic of play unfold. You might be invited to join the dance.

From 6:30-7:45pm, join the fundraiser for Ukrainian Refugees at the Port Theatre lobby after the show. Perogies and Sausages available for purchase by Sandy’s Ukrainian Kitchen.



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Venue

Maffeo-Sutton Park
100 Comox Road
Nanaimo BC V9R 3H7


Performance Notes

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From 6:30-7:45pm, join the fundraiser for Ukrainian Refugees at the Port Theatre lobby after the show. Perogies and Sausages available for purchase by Sandy’s Ukrainian Kitchen.


What to expect during the performance:

•This is a walking performance and we will be moving around the park for 1.5 hours. It is wheelchair accessible and kid friendly. Wear comfortable shoes, you might feel like dancing at some point!
•The piece is 1.5 hr long. If you require water or sustenance, please bring that along.
•Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to get your headphones and settle in. The show will start right on time.
•It is a participatory show, (this is not mandatory) yet we would like you to be part of it! Bring a backpack with:
-an object that symbolizes your childhood. It can be a toy, a picture, or simply an object that reminds you of your childhood. You will bring your object back home after the show.
-something shiny, sparkly, or funky that you could wear or shake (a T-shirt, a scarf, a hat, a belt, a shaker, a pair of sunglasses...be creative!)
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This is a festival seating performance - the seats are on a first come, first serve basis when you arrive at the venue.

Doors open 1/2 hour prior to start of performance.