FREE EVENT ~ In-theatre & Livestream tickets available!
The Port Theatre presents…
Chapter One ~ EXPLORING NANAIMO’S ARTISTIC LANDSCAPE
This four-chapter series is created and hosted by Nico Rhodes
You’re invited to the theatre — your theatre, to be precise. You’re invited into a space of magic, creation, and profound beauty. A place where the impossible is made concrete, feats of wonder are routine, and the only boundary to reality is your imagination.
Nanaimo is a vibrant community of artists from a myriad of backgrounds, identities, and perspectives — a living organism that is perpetually growing, changing, and adapting. The most iconic symbol of our shared artistic community is The Port Theatre. A labyrinth of wonders, a home away from home, or a place to escape the worries and misgivings of life.
You are formally invited in, and so are our artists. Over the next 4 shows, we will be blending and presenting musicians, dancers, spoken word artists, poets, visual artists, and more, in an attempt to celebrate and spectate the artistic richness of our community.
This is our gift to you and to ourselves. An opportunity to further strengthen the ties that bind us, to open our minds and our hearts to people and creations we may not even know exist right in our backyard. To meet the movers and shakers, and to engage in passionate discourse about the reality of being an artist in our community, and more importantly, how we are all welcome and may feel at home in our Port Theatre.
The nature of community identity is dynamic. Boundaries and perspectives shift fluidly, constantly in flux. Music, language, food, dance, stories, all adapting to their places and times, adopting features of their surroundings, molding to the political and structural landscapes. One thing, however, does not change, and that is community itself. Though the nature of its identity may change thousands of times over, the desire to understand, to connect, the want and drive to seek mutual ground is inevitable, and intrinsically human. The nature of this project is based in this unshakable truth. We need community, perhaps now more than in recent memory.