Embargo is a daringly theatrical, and highly physical performance inspired by the underground punk-rock music scene in Cuba, but set within our own political landscape. Dirty, loud, and low-fi, the play is about the lengths we will go to be free-thinkers and dreamers. Embargo follows the journey of two sisters as they are gradually pulled apart while attempting to move beyond the parameters of their reality. The play will be presented as a work-in-progress, and we invite and encourage feedback from the audience as we continue to develop this piece.
Claire Thérèse Friesen takes the lead on a new project entitled Embargo which will explore the idea of importing art into non-conventional venues and potentially isolated communities. Claire was inspired by the non-profit organization Solidarity Rock, which sends Canadian bands to tour Cuba and helps support a growing, yet under-nurtured and under-resourced Cuban punk scene. Working within the parameters of using extremely lo-fi technology and minimal sets, the primary focus will be to explore innovative ways to tell stories without relying on dialogue, or finding a more universal language that enables us to transcend boundaries. An initial set of workshops in early August will connect artists from a wide range of disciplines to engage in training and skill-sharing. A public performance of this work in progress will be held in Spring of 2017.