Q&A with Vojin Vasovic, Artistic Director of Ars Mechanica

 I would always rather our show provoke the audience to read many different meanings in what was performed than have them leave the theatre with the feeling that we did it “by the book.”

Still from Ars Mechanica’s production of “Show and Tell Alexander Bell”

Ars Mechanica is an emerging theatre company that incorporates projections, illusion (magic!), and physical movement to create new works that challenge audiences that tend to want to be active observers rather than passive bystanders. Their second show is in development, and highlights will be featured at the Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT2013) happening this weekend at the University of Toronto.

The company’s exciting use of interdisciplinary elements makes for a unique audience experience, continuing the tradition of theatre and the living arts as a way of engaging the audience. I can’t wait to check out their future productions and collaborations; it is long overdue for us to have magic, technology, and theatre on stage at the same time.  Read on to the rest of the Q&A and watch some videos of their work!

To stream or not to stream?

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People are risk-averse. More often than not, audiences don’t venture to new or different shows because they’re wary they won’t get their dollar’s worth. So, they stick to what they know and are accustomed to. This is why franchises tend to do well; consistency. As a performer, would you consider live-streaming your live performances (in HD) to BeMused’s audience for a reduced ticket price?

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