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What I learned from a decade of fear ()

Produced by

Aluna Theatre

Presented by


Creators: Beatriz Pizano and Trevor Schwellnus and Lyon Smith
Director: Trevor Schwellnus


The Theatre Centre – BMO Incubator


January 21st, 2016 – January 24th, 2016


Are white privilege, second-class citizenship, surveillance, and interrogation the market price we pay for peace, order, and good government?  What of the lives of others, whose countries are disrupted in the name of our safety and comfort?

In an idealistic act of penance, Canadian-born white male Lyon Smith submits to having Colombian-born brown female migrant Beatriz Pizano pull incriminating details from his more-or-less average life. Under a visual palette composited from live security cameras and found footage, what begins as a eulogy for the human costs of our collective safety becomes a ritual to atone for a decade of repression, war, and paranoia.  (


Beatriz Pizano Performer
Trevor Schwellnus Performer
Lyon Smith Performer

Creative Team

Beatriz Pizano Creator
Trevor Schwellnus Creator
Lyon Smith Creator
Trevor Schwellnus Director
Trevor Schwellnus Scenographer
Lyon Smith Sound Designer
Lyon Smith Composer


Sebastian Marziali Titles
Carlos González-Vio Surtitles Translator
Sue Balint Producer