plastic orchid factory’s The Door Project improvises transformations

    1 of 1 2 of 1

      Multidisciplinary art group plastic orchid factory (pof) is back with their latest work—examining transformation through movement, light, and sound just in time for the summer solstice. 

      Conceived by N’laka'pamux/Secwepemc artist Chris Bose and produced in tandem with pof, The Door Project is grounded in interviews with more than 20 people about their own transformations. 

      Doors can represent many things, like stepping from one world to another, or, as a press release puts it: a passage to a new destiny. 

      Natalie Lefebvre Gnam, pof artistic director, said in a press release that the work was structured improvisation, based on the interview answers, performed in an environment featuring “rich media, … saturated lighting, [and] sound that spans natural world to house club scene.”

      Taking place at Left of Main (211 Keefer Street) on June 23 and 24, The Door Project takes answers from the interviews and turns them into a mesmerizing mix of movement—some practiced, some improvised, but all based on ideas of transformation. 

      “Performing together in a state of deep listening, we propose and respond in real-time within a space that is shaped by ropes, tyvek panels, river rocks, and living plants and trees,” Lefebvre Gnam added.

      pof formed in 2008, and created Left of Main as a shared artist-run space in 2017. The Door Project is part of their 2022-23 season of programming that aims to imagine new modes of connection between people, ideas, and places.

      The Door Project runs on June 23 at 7 p.m. and June 24 at 4 p.m. at Left of Main, 211 Keefer Street. Tickets are priced on a sliding scale and are available here.