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Aiding Dramatic Change in Development co-presents with The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

FREE EVENT, however please reserve a ticket as seating is limited

This immersive and participatory performance features local emerging artists with complex disabilities that have explored innovative new modes of expression, story creation and improvisation. Niagara community creatives from the March of Dimes Canada and the Brain Injury Community Re-Entry's PET Program have collaborated with Emerging Disabled Artists from Toronto to create a singular Come to the Edge experience to share with everyone.
The performance takes you on a journey that challenges what you believe to be possible! To prepare the imagination for the immersive adventure you are initially welcomed by the Come to the Edge café that serves up surprising sensory delights.
The Watchers of the Edge are introduced as they arrive in Niagara in their single-blade helicopter. Once your imagination has been refreshed at the sensory café you will embark with the Watchers of the Edge on a time-slowing ritual into a curious space of unknowing – where energies are evoked, environments are envisioned, and stories emerge. Each improvisation is different, unfolding through negotiations by a diverse cast who work across physical and communication boundaries. This immersive and participatory storytelling space incorporates, live music, wheelchair dance, live analog video, and fabric world building.


Come to the Edge first premiered in Toronto in 2017 and toured to Belgium later that year. It was presented in Toronto in March 2019 following a period of creative development that integrated wheelchair dance, video enhanced ritual, and an immersive experience for the audience. In July 2019 the event was part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival.

The Come to the Edge performance is part of the Imagining Possibilities Movement which aims to support community members who use Alternative Augmentative Communication to take on leadership roles in creating artistic experiences to share with their community. Imagining Possibilities is developed and facilitated by Aiding Dramatic Change in Development, and has been funded by the Ontario Arts Counsel, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Canada Counsel for the Arts, and the St. Catharines Culture Builds Community Fund.

FREE EVENT, however please reserve a ticket as seating is limited



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