February 16th, 2011
Mixed Tapes Rock On
The loveliness of old, mixed tapes is that the compilation often represents special moments from the past: an epic summer road trip, a first love, a broken heart.
As part of the Enbridge playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays, 300 Tapes doesn’t play around with nostalgia so much as it actually throws the actors right back into their pasts.
In a combination of theatre, dance, storytelling and sound installation, three performers have each filled 100 analog tapes with personal stories that are played back to them through earphones during a performance.
As the audience encircles the stage, viewers are made to feel like they’re inside a tape recorder and because there’s not enough time to go through each of the 300 tapes in one evening, every performance varies—just like the perfect one-of-a-kind mixed tape.