FEBRUARY 15, 2021
Faced with the uncertainty of living in a pandemic and the closures of Montreal theatres, Scapegoat co-Artistic Directors Alison Darcy and Joseph Shragge began to solicit prophecies from fellow artists in Montreal, Vancouver, Mexico City and Los Angeles. This new collaboration has evolved into an online think tank/writer’s room with the aim of creating a series of contemporary prophecies as digital performance pieces.
The word prophecy is an ancient Greek compound meaning to tell in advance, but in its long and varied history, prophets have also served to criticize authority, admonish nations, and convey divine messages through frenzied performances, including the shedding of their clothes and self-lacerating. We are approaching prophecy as a conduit for our fellow artists’ deep anxieties and hopes, their intuitive responses and visions of the world to come.
Participating artists include: Alexis Diamond, Mary Jane Gibson, Gitanjali Jain, Julie Tamiko Manning, Alexander Nemser, Omari Newton, and Conor Wylie. Production and Dramaturgy: Alison Darcy and Joseph Shragge.
The ancillary project Pocket Prophecies will feature short text prophecies, ruminations, and anecdotes, by writers from here and abroad including Angel Beyde (Toronto, ON), Claire Jenkins (Melbourne, AUS), Michael Mackenzie (Montreal, QC), Thami aka Mbongo (Johannesburg, SA), Johanna Nutter (Montreal, QC), Rebecca Singh (Toronto, ON) and Anders Yates (Toronto, ON).
Graphic by Claudia Leblond
clockwise from top left, ending in centre: A.Diamond, O.Newton, J.T. Manning, MJ Gibson, Conor Wylie, A. Darcy, J. Shragge, G. Jain, A. Nemser.