One Yellow Rabbit presents The Chop Theatre’s
Through the Gaze of a Navel
January 26 – 28, 2017 – 8:00pm
160-115 9th Avenue SE
Part of the 31st annual High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts
More than a mere a kiss-and-tell of a person’s life-long self-help escapades, Emelia examines the line between seeking out enlightenment and destructive navel-gazing.
Emelia has been obsessed with making herself better since she was a kid. This is a woman who has undergone so many attempts at personal growth she fancies herself a sort of expert in the field. From swimming with cosmic dolphins to crystal bowl vibrational healing to vaginal weightlifting classes, Emelia has done it all. In Through the Gaze of a Navel, Emelia asks the big questions while guiding you through a physical journey suitable for people of all levels of experience.
Emelia’s irreverence is hilarious but the darkness she encounters is real. More than a mere a kiss-and-tell of Emelia’s life-long self-help escapades, Through the Gaze of a Navel attempts to tease out the value and/or folly of a personal spiritual quest. And as she dares to lead the audience through a live consciousness shift Emelia examines the line between seeking out enlightenment and destructive navel-gazing. In this seemingly benign yoga class Emelia asks what we are searching for – Comfort? Meaning? Happiness? Maybe, in the words of author Terence McKenna, ‘The problem is not to find the answer, it’s to face the answer.
After premiering in Vancouver BC to a sold out run Through the Gaze of a Navel toured to Toronto, Ontario (East End Culture Crawl) and Whitehorse, Yukon (Yukon Arts Centre) and The Belfry Theatre in Victoria BC in 2015. The show then sold out yoga festivals (Victoria Yoga Conference) and a yoga studio in Vancouver (One Yoga For the People) on its tour in 2016. Up next is Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo in 2017.