Progress Festival's Silent Dinner Relies on Active Communication

By: Meghan Young - Jan 18, 2015
References: thisisprogress
Silent Dinner is the title of an eight hour performance set to take place during the Progress Festival, which is hosted in Toronto, Canada. It involves a combination of Deaf, CODA (children of Deaf adults) and hearing artists that are both performers and non-performers, who will be expected to "collectively arrange a rudimentary working kitchen, prepare, cook, and consume a shared meal, all in complete silence," informs the Progress Festival website.

Any number of situations are bound to occur during Silent Dinner, which will underscore the need for careful and active communication on the part of the participants. Silent Dinner hones in on the complex layers of such connections and how restraint can result in more meaningful interactions. A post-performance conversation will also take place in which loud and hushed voices are welcomed.