Great art is born from constraint—and these three local arts groups embraced (or are embracing) the strange new structure of digital performance to create works uniquely of their time.
Who Non-binary drag collective the Darlings (Maiden China, PM, Continental Breakfast and Rose Butch)
The Inspiration “It’s a representation of the ups and downs we can go through when we are confined,” says Continental Breakfast. “The pleasantries that exist, swiftly followed by the melancholy of isolation.”
The Show The quartet may have performed from their individual living rooms for the livestream of Quarantine I and Quarantine II, but their mixed-medium performance art explored universal themes: love, distance, queer existence and intimacy. vimeo.com/thedarlings
Who Rumble Theatre
The Inspiration “I wanted to offer an audience a chance to be soft in a hard world,” says creator Christine Quintana.
The Show In Good Things to Do, you’re not a viewer but a participant, interacting with visual dreamscapes and music as you explore a digital environment designed to empower and restore. goodthingstodo.ca
Who Evolver Fest (formerly Revolver Fest)
The Inspiration Empowering artists who want to make something new with technology and non-traditional platforms.
The Show The emerging-theatre festival adapted to these unpredictable times not just with a name change but also with a new mandate: to commission original real-time content specifically created in response to isolation. Will we see Discord audio dreamscapes? Experience modern dance via Skype? We’ll find out in late June. upintheairtheatre.com