February 6, 2022Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. W., Toronto6:00 pm

MONOMYTHS is conceived and curated by Shannon Cochrane and Jess Dobkin.
The series is presented by FADO in the context of Progress.

MONOMYTHS invites a diverse collection of artists, scholars, and activists to revise Joseph Campbell‚Äôs conception of the hero‚Äôs journey through performance art, lectures, workshops, and other offerings. This new assemblage of non-linear un-narratives proposes a cultural, political and social feminist re-visioning of the world. The MONOMYTHS perception of the universal journey dispels the notion of the lone patriarchal figure on a conquest to vanquish his demons‚ÄĒboth inner and outer‚ÄĒin consideration of community, collectivity, and collaboration.

MONOMYTHS Stage 4: Crossing the Threshold
Armando Minjarez

Armando Minjarez‚Äôs performance is part of his long-term international participatory art project¬†AlieNation, which is grounded in his personal experiences as an undocumented Mexican immigrant living in the USA.¬†AlieNation¬†examines mass migration and the disturbing trend of dehumanizing the migrant‚ÄĒan alien without a home, without rights or a defined identity.

Racism and identity politics remain prevalent threads in the fabric of America, existing in a constant tension of mine vs. ours and black vs. white, a dangerous game hidden behind the veil of diversity and progress. This constant denial of a history of oppression and white supremacy has normalized a language of hate and hostility toward communities of colour throughout the USA. This performance serves as a mirror of America‚Äôs denial of self. Only through self-awareness can the process of healing begin. Armando Minjarez has traveled and conducted research on displacement and migration of people in the USA, Mexico, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia. The project will eventually travel to Southern Mexico and Central America to follow the steps of displaced Central American minors. 

SummerWorks, in partnership with¬†The Theatre Centre¬†and a roster of Toronto theatre and performance organizations/presenters and companies including¬†Aluna Theatre,¬†Dancemakers, FADO Performance Art Centre,¬†Summerworks,¬†The Theatre Centre¬†and¬†Volcano Theatre¬†brings the world to Toronto with¬†Progress, an international festival of performance and ideas¬†from January 14‚ÄďFebruary 7, 2016.

© Armando Minjarez, AlieNation, 2016. Photo Henry Chan.



AlieNation by Armando Minjarez





Books & Ephemera

Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer