Save on tickets for the upcoming, modern theatre adaptation of the Hugo Award-winning novel The City and The City by China Miéville, presented from Jan 24 – Feb 5, 2016,† as part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. (Show Details)
ABOUT THE SHOW
What does it mean to “unsee” another person, an incident…an entire city?
Adapted from author China Miéville’s multi-award winning novel, The City and The City is a highly participatory theatrical experience; equal parts dystopic science fiction, film noir, and murder mystery. Using emergent audio technology, the audience receives clues for actions, text and characterization to bring the story to life in real time.
The City and The City unfurls across Ul Qoma and Besźel, two “split” cities which occupy the same geographical space but operates distinct social, cultural, and political entities. Conditioned from birth, the citizens in these overlapping cities must unsee one another, and transgressors are “disappeared” by an invisible police force known only as Breach.
When a young woman is murdered, Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Besźel Extreme Crime Squad is plunged into a perilous investigation that risks kindling long-simmering tensions between the two cities and provoking the panoptic agents that oversee their now corroding boundaries.
A new co-production from two, Vancouver-based, Jessie award-winning companies, Upintheair Theatre (Inside the Seed, The North Plan) and The Only Animal (Other Freds, NiX, Nothing But Sky), The City and The City is an immersive, interactive theatrical experience. Like a matryoshka doll, the mystery hides another mystery of who you really are, and the city in which you live.