Comfort Society is proud to present Gillian Hastings of Connect-the-Dots.
Originally from the great country...er...state of Texas, Gillian Hastings has been devising theatre with the Silent Theatre Company for the last 10+ years here in Chicago. She is one of the founders of the collective, Connect-the-Dots, which is the focus of her talk. On a foundational level, Connect-the-Dots explores the notion that our culture is in large part made up of social constructs, a.k.a. ideas created by humans that are ingrained in a culture to the point of feeling very real and natural, but do not necessarily represent "reality." Race, gender, government, religion, education, and employment are just a few examples. Once we recognize that these ideas do not exist in nature the way they do in our culture, we realize that they are not as fixed as they may seem and thus have the potential to be changed. Connect-the-Dots attempts to do away with duality and crack open these big ideas into the multitude of experiences that create them. We can ask ourselves: are these constructs successfully benefiting all people? If they are outdated, oppressive, or obsolete, how can we re-imagine them?
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