Come to the Edge

at this immersive and inclusive form of ritual performance.

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Hamilton Fringe Festival 2019

at the Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Ave North.

(Attendant services are available - contact Jenny at Jenny@adcid.org to arrange)

Come and participate

in a place where we re-imagine what is possible

This innovative performance engages audience members of all abilities, while facilitating participation of those who use Alternative Augmentative Communication.

We invite you to become immersed in our “Come to the Edge” Cafe – a creative oasis challenging what you think is possible. You will witness a ritual inviting you to bring your imagination to the edge, and jump into the world that emerges. Those who wish, will become part of an envisioned environment, and stories that unfold.

We are watchers of the edge

Head-Shot of Christine Jimenez

High Flyers Musician

Spiritual Guide for the Edge

The protector of the café

Headshot of Elaine

Sage and breaker of walls

Headshot of Laura

Resource Cocktail Shaker

As a diverse group of devised theatre artists, we work across physical and communication boundaries. Some of us are also members of the Imagining Possibilities Leadership Team – a group of adults with Cerebral Palsy (CP) that help others learn about drama. We use computers, and word boards to talk.

When people come to our presentations, they can see that although we have CP, we are normal people who are no different from them. Our drama shows people that we are capable of complex thought, and that there are no limits to our imaginations. We are showing what is possible.

We have arrived in Toronto, with our Pop-Up Creative Oasis – also known as the Come to the Edge Cafe. We’ve been exploring what it means, to go to the edge of what is “known” to be possible. We want to share a journey with you, together

Imagining Possibilities

it's a movement!

We have been steady sharing how we engage community members with complex disabilities through new modes of communication, story making and improvisation. This includes supporting groups of community members who use Alternative Augmentative Communication to take leadership roles in creating artistic experiences for their peers and community members.

Our Past Performances

where Come to The Edge has landed and re-imagined before

1st Come to the Edge performance - April 2017

Wheelchairs all around at the end of the performance.

Premier Performance at Artscape Sandbox, Toronto

A mix of new participants and past experienced performers from Toronto and Hamilton, where each day was a unique day of improvisation. A world in Northern Ontario revealed itself. Inside the woods on the side of a ravine, we discovered that there were some cottages. There were some comedic exchanges and some family tussles around burnt food on the stove. With all the food present, there was an incident with a bear, who appeared from the woods and got into the cabin. Once resolved, everyone had to make it to the local town, as they were now late to get on the weekly propeller plane. Overcoming some obstacles, they eventually managed to get onboard. After a few starts the engines slowly fired up. The passengers boarded the plane and got comfortable in their seats, forming a line with 2 being strapped on the wings. Everyone started to listen and hear

Taking our performance to Belgium

Elaine at the performance in front of the residents at Huize Eyckerheyde

Taking Imagining Possibilities to Belgium! Performance for Family and Friends at Huize Eyckerheyde Residence

During our week long stay at the Huize Eyckerheyde Residence in Belgium, a residence for people with disabilities, we ran daily Envisioned Scenography workshops.  Residents created various worlds using fabric, and brought these to life. This ranged from people being ants in the grass of a summer garden party, looking up at the guests eating, while children played around a conservatory; to a church service, with all present, along a historic waterfront. The final day was a Come to the Edge event for family and friends, complete with Belgium donuts made by the staff. Audience looked at photo cards as they pondered what they think is possible. They were invited to choose a fabric whose texture provided them with the power to come closer to the edge. After crossing the edge, the large group improvised a story around a town, with a church, garage, and nearby forest. A traveler arrived, and from the

Taking Imagining Possibilities to Belgium! Performance at COMALSO’s Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Conference in Liege

Run by Comalso ASBL, Belgian Center for Alternative and Augmentative Communication, we were thrilled to have a few residents, along with  Leadership team members Elaine Grover and Kris Daunoravicus as well as young three-year participant perform Come to the Edge. It was a magic day, and we improvised the Café and the Edge introducing Fabric resources drinks for the first time.

Headshot of Elaine
Photo of Kris

Kris Daunoravicius travelled with us to Belgium.

In 2015 when the Imagining Possibilities Leadership Team visited Brock University as part of our Engaging Possibilities project, and Kris connected to the movement.

Kris did an amazing job in Belgium and you can see details about her visit on the International Society for AAC website.

An old fashioned stamp from Belgium

Hamilton Team join performance at all abilities event

An evolution from our Joining the Fires

This truly inclusive form of performance, evolved out of the Joining the Fires workshops and Community Sharings.

In 2014, the Imagining Possibilities project embarked on a new adventure, following our 2015 presentation at Artscape in Toronto.

Starting in 2015, with engagements in St. Catharines, Hamilton, and later Brantford, the improvised process for creating stories evolved into what we call Envisioned Scenography. This is a multi-arts approach, involving fabrics to create worlds envisioned by participants and within these worlds, stories and soundscapes emerge. We are grateful for the support of Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council, without which this performance form would not have been possible.

Picture of community and friends of imagining possibilities watching a film "Over the Edge" created in collaboration with group improvisations
Imagining Possibilities Sharing at Artscape in Toronto

Participant Feedback

This program is developed by A.D.C.I.D. (Aiding Dramatic Change in Development), an organization that Engages Communities in Creative Thinking which supports the organically developing Imagining Possibilities movement.

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