“If what Nadia Ross does isn’t theatre, then give me less theatre — and more of this stuff, whatever you want to call it…(Ross) is kind of a Canadian female progressive theatre person version of screenwriter legend Charlie Kaufman or even early days Woody Allen.”
Stephen Hunt (Calgary Herald)
A STO Union production, in co-production with Festival TransAmériques (Montreal), The Theatre Centre (Toronto), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen, Norway), Brut Koproductionshaus (Vienna, Austria) and in association with the Wakefield Art Collective.
What Happened to the Seeker (formerly Intimacy with a Thousand Things) is a the story of a white, privileged female artist born in the middle of the revolutionary 1960s. Her world is propelled by its revolutionary vision and promise of liberation. But her story proves troubling. As she travels the infamous hippie trail in India in reverse she finds her freedom through questionable transactions. The cost of her search has been on the backs of others, yet this inequity doesn’t seem to impact the outcome of the Seeker’s search. What Happened to the Seeker is an exploration into searching, what it costs and what it means to stop.
As the public enters the theatre, they are divided into three groups and are brought to one of three locations: a mini cinema where they are offered popcorn and watch a movie made with puppets; an exhibit of objects and texts with a fully functioning bar; or an audio experience with headphones. The groups travel from section to section, and after a brief intermission, return to the main hall for the second half, a travelogue to India on video and a final performance.
Fiction and non-fiction blend, as do performance, visual arts, video, textiles, performance… all together they weave a story with narrative threads that go back in time and emerge fully in the present. A full-on experience for a public that wants to wander.
What Happened to the Seeker premiered at the Festival TransAmerique in May 2015.
“…Everything shifts when Nadia Ross appears. It takes only a few seconds for us to become captivated by her voice, her undeniable presence.”
Lucie Renaud (Revue Jeu)
“…shows us a high level of originality on the level of form. The presentation surprises and succeeds in arousing our curiosity on the path…”
Genevieve Germain (Montheatre.qc.ca)
“What Happened to the Seeker takes experimental performance to a new level”
Justin Borrow (The Theatre Reader)
STO Union gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council