Chamber Obscura

Live distanced performance
  • July 02, 06:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • July 03, 06:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • July 04, 01:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • June 05, 01:00 pm–5:00 pm
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produced by Le Fixe Theatre

Our family of three has collaborated to adapt and perform this American folk story as a 15-minute drive-in performance set in Dustbowl-era Alberta. Inspired by the storytelling style of Edward Gorey, “Chamber Obscura: 50 Cent Piece” is a whimsically dark tale of one family’s strange encounter with the kindness of strangers.

Each performance is a private viewing experience for the driver and passenger(s) of a single enclosed motor vehicle, to be viewed through your front windshield, with live audio broadcasting on your FM radio.

This is a LIVE distanced performance! You must book your 15-minute performance slot in advance. Each 15 minute performance starts on the half hour or hour with 8 performance times a day. Click here for performance times!

PLEASE NOTE: this is a DRIVE IN experience. You must be in a vehicle to attend this performance (sorry, no bicycles or convertibles!). All passengers must remain inside the vehicle for the duration of the 15-minute experience (for your safety and for the safety of the performers!).

The performance is family friendly. Sight lines may vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Side windows and sunroof should remain closed during the performance. Your vehicle will be draped with opaque fabric and plastic in order to block outside light. Performers, volunteers, and soft materials may touch the outside of your vehicle in order to facilitate the setup and performance.

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PSST! Hey Foundsters – COVID-19 is real and we want you to stay safe and healthy. All of our programming is designed to be experienced solo or with your designated cohort/house group/pod. Please don’t gather in large groups. Please mask up. Please keep a safe distance from others. And please review Alberta Health Services’ recommendations here and here.

We find ourselves in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of the Cree, Nakota, Blackfoot, Dene, Saulteaux, Metis, and other indigenous peoples who have made this place home long before we settled here. For thousands of years, people have gathered here to share in story, community, and creative exchange.

We find ourselves thankful: thankful to play a small part in that long-standing tradition, a tradition carried on the shoulders of so many creators, builders, dreamers, agitators, and makers who came before us, and who will come long after us.

We find ourselves inspired: inspired by an evolving community of artists who passionately spark the magic that manifests when we surrender ourselves to the long summer days of this northern place.

We find ourselves grateful: grateful to everyone who rallies around this tiny but mighty Festival — the artists, the volunteers, the staff, the audience, the board, the mentors, the partners and sponsors, the funders, the believers. Found Festival exists because of you.