An interactive, multi-screen narrative experience created by filmmaker and multi-media artist Naomi Jaye, MIRIAM’S WORLD takes over Theatre Passe Muraille’s Mainspace from December 9-18 and features Pamela Palsat, Isai Rivera Blas, Scott Clarkson, Pascale Couderc, Tarick Glancy, Adrian Griffin, Gloria Mampuya, Brian Rhodes, and Pete Smith.
The installation is based on Martha Baillie’s Giller Prize long-listed novel The Incident Report, which was recognized for its strikingly original structure, comprising 140 fragments or “reports.” The book explores the tensions between private and public spaces. In MIRIAM’S WORLD, Jaye also explores the dark, and sometimes funny side of urban life and the real-world issues of homelessness, mental illness, and suicide.
This is Jaye’s first foray into expanded cinema and installation work. The installation encompasses paper ‘bookshelf’ scrolls and furniture create the virtual library and eight massive screens hang in a circle, creating a 360-degree film experience. Library patrons are projected onto each screen, the patrons talking to each other and walking from screen to screen. Meanwhile, the ‘audience’ become real patrons, as they rifle through the library desks finding strange notes and books left by other patrons, both virtual and real, as well as incident reports written by Miriam, and attempt to unravel the story.
Hear more from Jaye herself about MIRIAM’S WORLD, its inception, opening in Toronto, and potential future plans.
Performances of MIRIAM’S WORLD will run Wednesdays to Saturdays at 7:00pm and 8:00pm with 2:00pm and 3:0)pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can-Afford at three levels, $10, $30, and $60 and are available online at passemuraille.ca.