ENTRAINMENT is a multimedia performance event about millennial longing.
The piece combines aspects of rave culture, performance art, dance and cinema
to create a non linear, immersive piece of vital theatre.
Alicia M Senior-Saywell, Belmont Theatre District, Chicago's largest theater district, BTDChicago.com:
"WELL DONE! I LOVED YOUR INNOVATIVE USE OF SPACE, AUDIENCE MANIPULATION, AND THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE. THE PERFORMANCE SPACE LITERALLY SHIFTED UNDER OUR FEET WITH EVERY CHANGING MOMENT! IT WAS, IN A WORD, ASTONISHING."
The “play” loosely follows a group of college students during the moments before, during, and after a party.
Through both the design and content of the piece, the makers investigate how screen culture is consciously and subconsciously dominating the human experience, and how we manage the simultaneous loneliness and euphoria brought on by this new augmented reality.
In a post-character world, the performers of ENTRAINMENT "play" themselves. They use their own names and offer their own life experiences as a basis for the creative process. This piece aims to eliminate the separation between audience and performer both physically and emotionally.
This work was produced by the Voyeur Theatre Collective, founded by ENTRAINMENT's director, Isabella Mehiel and producer, Russell Kahn. The collective has expanded far beyond its original members and become a staple of the Northwestern University art scene, as well as a multi-city network of multimedia artists. Please visit the VTC website to learn more!