Mass is a poetic, probing, and playful rendition of the liturgy of the Catholic church, written for cross-disciplinary presentation and presented with the theatrics and fervour that are often suppressed in modern day religious service. It’s an investigation into the nature of community and exclusion, uncertainty and faith; it’s exploration for celebration’s sake.
Phase one of Mass was developed with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia. It was workshopped in Halifax, NS, in late 2014, culminating in a public presentation of the first stage of the project.
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From opening hymn to closing prayer, the traditional script of worship will be reimagined, infusing an ancient space with new energy and offering audience members an opportunity to commune, participate, or abstain, as they see ft. At Mass, questions are as revered as prayer and critique is necessary to heal the rift between seekers and the leaders and institutions who long dictated the view. With a contemporary spin on the millennial-old format, Mass aims to engage modern viewers – be they atheist or devout believers – in a ritualized event full of imagination and wonder, hope and anger, ardent poetry and yearning song. It is a call to rouse both listless souls and sleeping gods.
Written by Tanya Davis
Directed by Ann-Marie Kerr
Lighting Design by Leigh Ann Vardy
Produced by Andrea Dawson Thomas
Production Assistant – Don Brownrigg
Organist/Choir Director – Simon Abbott