The Dream Project
Based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Created and directed by Katie McHugh
Wednesday, October 9 – Sunday, October 13, 2019
New York City-based Yonder Window Theatre Company has journeyed to Québec to develop and premiere The Dream Project 3.0, Montréal, a multilingual, multidisciplinary collaboration between North American artists from Mexico, United States and Canada. This unique production performs from October 9-13 at the expansive Universcène.
In this project, Shakespeare’s ageless tale of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is deconstructed and reinvented into a high-flying spectacle. Complete with original music, dance, and aerial choreography; Spanish, French, and English text; and cutting edge design, The Dream Project encompasses the most compelling art forms of North American culture.
In 2017,Yonder Window Theatre CompanybeganThe Dream Project 1.0 in an art gallery in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The production then traveled to Brooklyn for version 2.0, New York in 2018 to continue its development. Now, Yonder Window is shaping the third and final round of creation, The Dream Project 3.0, Montréal with a full design team and triple the aerial rigging, making it the grandest version of the show so far.
This exceptional production will be performed at Universcène, a warehouse in Hochelaga often employed by circus companies such as Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Eloize. “As a company that focuses on playing in 360 degrees of space, having a venue we can mold to fit our theatrical vision is thrilling; audiences should feel like they are entering into another world, a dream fantasy where anything is possible,” said Katie McHugh, The Dream Project creator and director.
Local Montréal performers include Brett Watson (Oberon), who has been with the project since its conception back in 2017, and Oliver Koomsatira (Puck), Michelle Rambharose (Hermia) and Robine Kaseka (Helena), who were welcomed to the cast this year along with cirque performers Nadine Louis and Caterina Pio.
McHugh is inspired by each new, distinctive company member through the course of this project, “Collaborating over linguistic and cultural barriers provides us with comfort. Instead of fearing our differences, we celebrate them at a time when the world needs this more than ever. The importance of pursuing ‘our dream’ now could not be more pertinent,” she said.
Yonder Window Theatre Company is dedicated to the exploration of cross-cultural and social relationships. Through the use of interdisciplinary performative arts, they seek to create innovative and relevant productions that explore the universal themes of the human experience both domestically and abroad.
Yonder Window Theatre Company
THE DREAM PROJECT 3.0, Montréal– 7 performances only
October 9-13: Wed.-Sun. at 8pm; Sat. and Sun. at 3pm
Tickets: $25 Online or at the door
At Universcène 2350 Rue Dickson, Suite 230, H1N 3T1 (métro Assomption)
The full company for this final phase of the production is: Director and Creator Katie McHugh, Assistant to the Artistic Director Megan Schadler, performers Elke Van Dyke, Nadine Louis, Oliver Koomsatira, Caterina Pio, Robine Kaseka, Evan Regueira, Michelle Rambharose, Hugo Luna, Maia Ramnath and Brett Watson;Tour Manager Jeremy Blunt, Music Director Nicholas Aguilar, Assistant Music Director Antonio Millán, Scenic Design Diana Uribe,Costumes Sophie El Assaad, Lighting Robin A. Paterson, Assistant Lighting Design Amber Hood, Dramaturg Max Sklar, Stage Manager Kelsey Rae, Aerial Choreographer Anouk Vallée-Charest and Cirque Coordinator Evan Tomlinson Weintraub.