With the participants we study the chosen theme and research events/ideas/people in relation to it and then use our compositional performance vocabulary and creativity to dramaturgically evolve characters and choreography that have a relationship to the spirit of the place. By using an array of circus arts and physical theater we create a dynamic and dramaturgical thread that connects the community space to its spirit of place in a performance continuum that can moves spectators throughout a site-specific story.
The “Whizzbang!” project illustrates our Environmental Exploration Community Project
In the town of Nanaimo, British Colombia (Canada), The Carpetbag Brigade and Flam Chen collaboratively taught a week-long workshop culminating in a performance called “Whizzbang!” Participants drew on the legends, myths, history and characters of the Northwest region to create striking stage images of the ghosts, miners and decimated wildlife from their ancestry and heritage. The month-long project began in 2006, and received a grant from Canadian Arts Council to develop a second phase of development. in 2007. The project was completed in summer 2008.
Video work by Adam Cooper-Teran:
Interpreted Landscape of the locales, people, and history of Nanaimo, British Columbia. Originally from a community performance-installation created by Crimson Coast Dance Society, Carpetbag Brigade, Flam Chen, and the community of Nanimo.