40 Days and 40 Nights

Instigated by Director/Creator Kim Collier and Director/Writer Daniel Brooks with Composer Debashis Sinha.

Creation 2016/17, Development 17/18,  Premiere 2019

Partners in Creation: The Theatre Centre, the Tracy Wright Global Archive, and Necessary Angel.

A three month journey to India, the magical poetry of Hafez, the musings of Alain Badiou on revolution and love, Hindu festivals, the tales of the Ramayana, a challenge to live for 40 days and 40 nights making all choices based in Love, and many decades of intense dedication to theatrical experimentation – these all form the background, the nourishment, the inspiration for a piece of theatre entitled 40 Days and 40 Nights.

To begin, Daniel Brooks and Kim Collier spent three months in India supported by The Theatre Centre’s Tracey Wright Global Archive Fund. They began with the question “What is love to you?” and the question remained a presence in their experience of the country and its history, religion, and the people they met.

Their project is investigation of the nature of love, how we talk about it, how we find it, how we lose it.  They seek to create a ritualized theatrical space in which the darkest and most intimate realms of love are confronted, and through this immersive theatrical experience, will inspire audiences to believe, even for a moment, that Love is something active and alive in the world.