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Imaginary Anthropologies ()

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Playwright: Gabriel Dharmoo


Factory Studio Theatre


August 5th, 2016 – August 13th, 2016


Imaginary Anthropologies is a solo vocal performance that interacts with a video mockumentary. The experts on screen comment on invented vocal traditions demonstrated by the singer-performer. Various odd or isolated vocal expressions from around the world are woven together and revisited through imaginary folklore and experimental voice techniques, showcasing the virtuosity, versatility, and strangeness of the human voice. The result is an aural landscape that questions concepts of normality by reminding audiences how people across the world use the voice differently to convey their cultural identities and artistic sensibilities. A humorous and disturbing exploration of post-colonialism, post-exoticism, cultural extinction, globalization, normalized racism and cultural appropriation. (


Gabriel Dharmoo Performer
Alexandrine Agostini Video Performer
Daniel Anez Video Performer
Florence Blain Mbaye Video Performer
Luc-Martial Dagenais Video Performer
Catherine Lefrançois Video Performer

Creative Team

Gabriel Dharmoo Playwright
Gabriel Dharmoo Composer
Ménad Kesraoui Video Cinematography
Paul Neudorf Video Editing
James O’Callaghan Video Sound Design