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The Explorer: A journey to the edge of the world..Directed by Cathia Pagotto..A new piece based on the themes of arctic exploration examines the reality of a harsh landscape and our romantic notions of adventure and discovery...Description:..On May 19, 1845 Sir John Franklin embarked on an expedition to the Arctic that was the best prepared in the history of exploration. On board was a crew of 129 hardy navy seamen, 3 years worth of food, 1,700 books, and supplies to meet every imaginable need. Less than a year later, Franklin and his ship disappeared.. .The Explorer is a new theatre piece that uses Franklin, and life aboard his ill-fated ship, as a window into the world of the Arctic, a place that lives, for the most part, in our imaginations: the mythic edge of the world, a place of awe-inspiring vastness, brutality, and mystery.. .Parallel to the story of Franklin's ship, another story is told: that of lesser-known inhabitants of the Far North, the Hyperboreans. Mythical creatures said to live 1,000 years in a state of paradise, the Hyperboreans do not experience age, illness, or battle. Their fate changes when Franklin's ship crosses their path.. .Created by Pagotto and the student collective, The Explorer is told through images, movement, sound and environment: a narrative installation, with scenes that are tableaux vivants, moving dioramas, lyrical pieces of performance art. The use of text is minimal, one element of many...About the director:. .With a background in visual arts and design, Cathia Pagotto has been exploring methods of visual narrative for the last ten years. Inspired by the worlds of dance, silent film, melodrama, and performance art among others, Pagotto aims to offer work that is "moving, magical, heartfelt, and honest." She has worked with numerous dance, theatre, and film productions worldwide.
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