Upintheair Theatre  Presents Mia Susan Amir's World Premiere

Geologic Formations

How is the individual and collective body haunted by socio-political events? An immersive experience.

The words fascia and fascism share an etymological root, the Latin word, fasces, which means, “bundle.”

A bold melding of immersive multidisciplinary performance, intimate personal narrative, and theory, Geologic Formations explores the present-unseen: the way socio-political events haunt the individual and collective body.

Curious about her experience of the present-unseen  – invisible chronic illness impacting the (myo)fascia, and the invisibilized intergenerational impacts of war, genocide and displacement, specifically the 1943 liquidation of the Białystok Ghetto, Poland – mia susan amir, with collaborators, creates an interactive experience that crosses and collapses time and geography; to talk to ghosts; to decode what shapes our perceptions; to face the limits and possibilities of empathy.

Historically inspired, Geologic Formations is a response to the contemporary rise of fascism.

Geologic Formations has been developed with the generous support of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity's 2018 Playwrights Lab, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Writer & Creator: mia susan amir
Collaborating Director: Julie Hammond
Dramaturg: Veronique West
Performers: mia susan amir, Raresh DiMofte, Sarah Ferguson, Lissa Neptuno, María Escolán Nuila, mischa shadloo
Scenographic Design: Alexander Lazaridis Ferguson
Choreographer: arash khakpour
Sound Designer: Nancy Tam

Light & Projection Designer: Daniel O'Shea
Set Designer: Leah Weinstein
Co-Producing Stage Manager: Heather Barr
Marketing, Promotions & Outreach Co-Producer: Danielle Lavallée
Graphic Design: grey aigéan
Research Collaborator: Julia Siedlanowska


Produced by mia susan amir (Vancouver)

Co-produced by mischa shadloo (Vancouver)

Venue: The Greenhouse
60 minutes

May 23 8:00pm
May 24 8:00pm
May 25 8:00pm Talkback
May 26 2:00pm ASL Interpretation
May 27 7:30pm


rEvolver 2018 Mainstage Shows

VENUE - The Cultch:  1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC