Theatre Y invites you to go on a little walk with us. At the path’s end, a solitary individual awaits our arrival.
It is a day for meeting and being met, for celebrating chance encounters and the possibility that, as with all our adventures with the everyday, nothing may go as planned. Part guided tour, part meal, part cabaret of happenings, The Camino Project is a theatrical event that invites you to share in the joys and uncertainties of figuring out where you are, how you got there, who you are with, and where the next foot does or does not go.
The Camino Project: Your Absence Visited Me, Unannounced is not a traditional play, it is an eight hour communal experience.
3pm departure from the Humboldt Park Boathouse
6pm arrival at the Bloomingdale Arts Center for celebration and performances into the night (food provided)
Saturdays and Sundays August 17 – September 22, 2019 (Possible extension to October 13)
Participation, Performance and Meal are FREE thanks to the Free Theatre Movement!
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Humboldt Park Boathouse: 1301 N Humboldt Dr, Chicago, IL 60622
Bloomingdale Arts Center: 2418 W Bloomingdale Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
“The Camino Project” is a durational piece about pilgrimage that is a collective walking experience and site-specific theatrical performance. The idea for The Camino Project emerged from Theatre Y’s pilgrimage across Spain’s Camino de Santiago.
For nearly one thousand years pilgrims have walked approximately 15 miles per day for 33 days across northern Spain ending in the City of Santiago Compostela. In 2017, a group of 40 Theatre Y artists and volunteers walked the 500-mile pilgrimage to begin a theatrical investigation into the meaning of pilgrimage in today’s globalized society. After all, the origins of globalized culture lay along the medieval pilgrimage routes of Europe and the Middle East. Today, however, we are living in a time when the process of globalization is accelerated by climate change, multinational corporations, economic exploitation, and mass refugee migration. Yet despite being so connected, our engagement with the wider world remains mediated by political ideologies and digital media. In such a context, The Camino Project represents an attempt to return to pilgrimage as an old way to find new expressions of cohabitation. Through the ancient practices of walking and hospitality, The Camino Project imagines an alternative mode of being-together rooted in the fragility, proximity, care, and tempo of the body. Inspired by the form of medieval mystery plays—which would take their audiences across the city en masse as an expression of civic and spiritual identity, in blend of theatrical entertainment and meditation—our ensemble will guide audiences to question on what grounds we can create a new collective identity in spite of our age of contradictions and uncertainties.
A play about pilgrimage in 2019 seems to be circling the issue of immigration and the refugee crisis. We’ve partnered with WBEZ – Worldview’s Jerome McDonnell and Nari Safavi who are sponsoring this project and will host 2 segments about this project. The first will be a Town Hall event where will will invite 20 Chicago refugee and migrant communities to convene with us around the project – to get to know them and to make space for their stories inside the work. The second segment will feature the play once it has opened.
Conception & Dramaturgy: Evan Hill
Direction: Melissa Lorraine
Creation & Performance: Theatre Y Ensemble
Choreography & Movement Direction: Denes Döbrei and Heni Varga
Sound Design: Kimberly Sutton
Costume Design: Rebecca Hinsdale
Lighting Design: Rachel Levy
Set Design: Henry Wilkinson