Theatre Y Presents An Experiment in Travel
The Bureau of Transient Affairs, and reuniting Theatre Y with
Hungarian Choreographers Dénes Döbrei and Heni Varga
August 17-September 22, 2019 (Possible Extension to Oct. 13)
A Public Offering as Part of the *FREE THEATRE MOVEMENT*
Beginning August 17th, each Saturday and Sunday, from 3-9pm, the performance will begin and end at
Ipsento 606. We will be in correspondence with attendees beforehand to understand their needs
and fully prepare them for their travels.
Chicago—Theatre Y proudly announces their first mobile performance, The Camino Project. The Camino Project emerged from Theatre Y’s walk across Spain’s Camino de Santiago in 2017, a 500-mile pilgrimage route dating from the 9th century. During this trek from the French border to Finisterre (Latin for “the end of the world”), we attempted to find in the ancient practices of walking and hospitality new possibilities of social life rooted in the fragility, care, and tempo of the body. The Camino Project—a six-hour participatory experience—extends this investigation to Chicago audiences. Theatre Y has partnered with The Bureau of Transient Affairs and veteran European choreographers Dénes Döbrei and Heni Varga to create a performative travel guide that immerses attendees in a walk designed to prepare them for travels both physical and internal, real and imaginary, alone and in improvised community.
Directed by Theatre Y Artistic Director Melissa Lorraine, Conceived by dramaturg Evan Hill, and featuring the 16-person Theatre Y Ensemble, The Camino Project combines a five-mile walk through Bucktown and Humboldt Park, a celebratory meal, and performative events that blend theater, dance, and performance art, The Camino Project is a thoroughly unique invention that challenges the confines of traditional spectatorship and asks audiences and performers alike to imagine how to be together beyond politics, beyond consumerism, and even beyond the theater itself.
We will be in further communication with you shortly.
In 2018 Theatre Y transitioned into a Free Theater to ensure that everyone is able to benefit from our programming. This is maintained through a membership model that is similar to NPR. Since 2018, every single Theatre Y offering has been open to the public for free to insist that Theatre isn't just another economic transaction but an opportunity to offer radical hospitality; a community experience created for
meaningful face to face encounters.