Myriam Verzat (Nanaimo)
with Melissa Nobles, Josephine Burgess, Tatiana Hassan, Michael Geselbracht

A family friendly outdoor dance performance, using silent disco headphone technology.
July 7 at 5:30 at Maffeo Sutton Park at the Pavillon. Presented by Crimson Coast Dance Society InFrinGinG Dance Festival, 2022

“There is an old Sanskrit word, lila, which means play, richer than our word, it means divine play, the play of creation, destruction, and re-creation, the folding and unfolding of the cosmos. Lila, free and deep, is both the delight and enjoyment of this moment, and the play of God. It also means love.

Lila may be the simplest thing there is — spontaneous, childish, disarming. But as we grow and experience the complexities of life, it may also be the most difficult and hard-won achievement imaginable, and its coming to fruition is a kind of homecoming to our true selves.” (Free play-  Stephen Nachmanovitch)

Lila is an interactive performance that was born out of play. It was born out of a liberating and community play that emerged through a restrictive pandemic. With the Silent Disco technology, a core group of dancers started to connect to the landscape of Nanaimo to dance, to dive into our collective space and to play in it.

This performance is an invitation to let yourself be transported by dancers into the energy of dance, love and play. All of us, performers and spectators will be listening to the music using the Silent Disco technology. Part of the show is improvised to let the magic of play unfold. You might be invited to join the dance.

  • This is a walking performance and we will be moving around the park for 1.5 hours. It is wheelchair accessible and kid friendly. Wear comfortable shoes, you might feel like dancing at some point ;).
  • The piece is 1.5 hr long.  If you require water or sustenance, please bring that along.
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to get your headphones and settle in. The show will start right on time.
  • It is a participatory show, (this is not mandatory) yet we would like you to be part of it! Bring a backpack with:
    • an object that symbolizes your childhood. It can be a toy, a picture, or simply an object that reminds you of your childhood. You will bring your object back home after the show.
    • something shiny, sparkly, or funky that you could wear or shake (a T-shirt, a scarf, a hat, a belt, a shaker, a pair of sunglasses…be creative.)


Lila, true to it’s reference, took audiences on a magical journey through Maffeo Sutton Park that was mystical in that we traveled as a seemingly secret, sacred pod (with our headphones), and it evoked wonder in that we had no idea where we were headed, both in terms of landscape and story.  The dance and story was skillfully woven into the fabric of the landscape and into the hearts of the community as we all grappled with the experience of living through a pandemic.  As a professional dance artist, choreographer and presenter, I found the dance and it’s accompanying script very cleverly choreographed and delivered.  And I lift my hands to the (safe) risks that the artists took in creating their physical journey.  These deftly provided captivating moments calling for presence and inviting reflection for the audience members.
~ Holly Bright, Founder and Artistic Managing Director of Crimson Coast Dance.

“I was completely spell-bound throughout the whole performance of Lila and fascinated how the audience is led on a journey from place to place as we follow the dancers. I loved the creativity of dancers interacting with the built structures in the park and natural waterfront features as they tell the story of Lila! I highly recommend this show and would definitely like to see it again!”
Susana Michaelis

Myriam Verzat, main choreographer and dancer
Josphine Burgess, dancer
Tatiana Hassan, dancer
Melissa Nobels, dancer and narrator

The audience will be assigned headsets and guided on a journey that takes us through the park together.

$20 Tickets available at the Port Theatre – Maffeo Sutton Park

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