Trophy is a unique storytelling installation which has been touring since 2017. The event is a living art experience built around stories of change and transformation: audience members move through a pop-up tent city of stories; and bring a public space to life. Inside each tent is a local person telling the true story of a turning point in their life; stories of loss, love, aging, careers and more fill these tents. These storytellers aren’t travelling with the show—they’re community members who reflect the diversity of each host city.
Since premiering in Ottawa’s ByWard Market in 2017—the same year Trophy earned Judge’s Choice at the Dublin Fringe Festival—the project has been presented by Summerworks (Toronto), High Performance Rodeo (Calgary), UNO Fest (Victoria), The Prague Quadrennial (Prague) and other venues from Halifax, NS to London, UK. Pop Drone provides support to the production team and media strategy when Trophy is on tour, maintaining a social media calendar, creating and curating original social media content.
Audience members circulate through the tents, visiting as many tents as they feel drawn to. Inside each, they’re offered both a story and the opportunity to share their own stories of change by writing on small, colourful transparencies. These are attached to the tents, transforming them into multi-coloured translucent structures. How the installation evolves is determined by the publics interactions with it. In this way, the Trophy experience becomes an expression of all participant’s stories, and a compelling exploration and conversation about how we all experience change.
Between performances, viewers can walk through the tent city to experience its beauty as a physical installation. At night, the tents are lit from within, resulting in an architectural installation that brings a public space to life. Trophy’s tents are built with sustainability in mind, and a portion are repurposed as seasonal greenhouses.
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