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P.O.R.N. Portrait of Restless Narcissism

Photo: Lapointe/Ross

P.O.R.N. Portrait of Restless Narcissism    in co-production with Carte Blanche (Quebec, QC)

Can one escape the labyrinth of pornoculture, a culture harnessed to the society of spectacle that has invaded every aspect of daily life?

Nadia Ross (STO Union) and Christian Lapointe (Carte Blanche) began an intense dialogue following their co-nomination for the 2016 Siminovitch Prize for theatre directors. Both known for their artistic visions and unique creations, this collaboration is a natural extension of their artistic temperaments. Their discussions led them to an ongoing process-based project where they use what they have on hand to explore the web of pornculture.

Pornoculture, harnessed to the society of the spectacle, has invaded all spheres of society. From selfies to food porn to performance, how can one get out of something that is seemingly embedded in everything we do?

In Portrait of Restless Narcissism, a couple meet online, interact, then hook up. In an intricate ballet of reality and fiction, mediated by their computers and the multitude of apps they use to communicate, the pair reach porn’s dead end in isolation, revealing how pornoculture works to keep us endlessly hooked on searching for something real in its reflection.

After a very successful Workshop 1 tour in 2018, P.O.R.N is in a research phase for 2019.

Stay tuned for announcements for 2020 including Workshop 2 and national and international tour dates.


CREDITS: Christian Lapointe and Nadia Ross