R.A.V.E.

by Me Time

Announcing the World Premiere of R.A.V.E., a transformational dancefloor seminar designed to unlock your true potential with the power of dance.

 

It’s a dance party. It’s a theatre show. It’s a rave opera for desperate times.

Me Time is one of Toronto’s favourite underground DJs, known for her inclusive events and infectious energy on the decks. She’s teamed up with Outside the March to “remix” live performance styles, bringing interactive theatre to the dancefloor to tell the story of a futuristic wellness startup and a founder forced to face the music.  

The result is an immersive mashup like no other. R.A.V.E. is parody meets autobiography; Black Panther meets Severance; Oprah meets Daft Punk

✨ No rave experience required ✨ 

Created, co-directed and performed by Me Time
Co-devised and co-directed by !Kona
An immersive experience brought to you by
The R.A.V.E. Institute and Outside the March
 in association with Luminato Festival Toronto

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DANCE INTO A NEW YOU

Previews
June 9, 2024 – 8PM
June 12, 2024 – 8PM

Regular Performances
June 13 – 16, 2024 – 8PM
*Please note Sunday, June 16th’s performance will be filmed

Location
Downsview Airport Lands
123 Garratt Blvd
Near Wilson Subway Station – parking available
Detailed travel instructions

Approximate runtime
135 minutes

Audience advisories
Loud music. Flashing lights. Haze. Audience interaction.

R.A.V.E. was commissioned and developed by Outside the March as part of our TD Forward March Program. Read more here.


ACCESS + FAQ

> Read R.A.V.E. full access and venue guide <
Created in collaboration with the accessibility team at Luminato Festival Toronto.
Includes detailed venue information and walkthrough, detailed show content and more.

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Wait, so, what is this? Is it a rave? Is it performance? Is it real? Is it fiction?

Yes!

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Please oh please answer the question.

It’s a mashup. It’s part dance party, part theatrical experience, part self-help parody. 

If you still have questions after this FAQ, shoot us an email and we’ll answer them… probably.

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Do I have to dance?

Are you breathing? ✅ Is your heart beating? ✅ Then you are dancing! 

This is a playful interactive and participatory experience on the dancefloor where dancing is encouraged. You’ll be invited to fully participate at your own pace, physical ability and comfort level. 

Worried about your dance moves? Feeling self-conscious? Or just not at home on the dancefloor? That’s okay! You won’t be put on the spot or in the spotlight. A curious, open mind is all you need!

We welcome those using mobility devices and who can’t stand for long periods of time. Dancefloor seating will be provided so that you can be part of the action. 

No matter your definition of dance, you’re in good hands at The R.A.V.E. Institute. 

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Can I sit?

If you need and/or want to sit, we have a designated area with chairs on the dancefloor that can accommodate wheelchairs, too.

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How loud will it be?

A little loud—it is a dance party, after all. We have earplugs available for every audience member, free of charge, if you want them.

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What if I need somewhere quiet because I’m overstimulated; somewhere to rest, recharge, take medication, etc. 

We have a quieter, comfortable “Sanctuary Space” near the dancefloor, facilitated by two professional staff and managed by Psylush; and a quiet space in the lobby helmed by our box office staff, including an active listener managed by Held Agency. Read more about our Sanctuary Space and Active Listener in our Access Guide.

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I read the access guide but I have more questions about accessibility.

No worries. Just email info@outsidethemarch.ca 

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Do you have any further ticket discounts?

Outside the March has limited tickets available for audience members in financial need. Just email laura@outsidethemarch.ca to request a single free ticket, no questions asked. Or donate to the program “caffè sospeso”-style and give a stranger the gift of an evening at the theatre. Donate here: https://outsidethemarch.kindful.com/

Where is this happening?

It’s happening at The R.A.V.E. Institute Head Offices, located at Downsview Airport Lands, 123 Garratt Blvd just a short boogie from Wilson Subway Station.

It’s about 40 minutes by TTC from St. George Station, pretty much a straight shot up the 1 Yonge-University Line. There is free parking on site.

CLICK HERE for detailed travel instructions and maps.

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What is this place?

The venue is formerly the home of Downsview Airport, and houses runways, hangers, offices and more. It’s currently operated by Northcrest Development as an exciting arts and culture venue, and will ultimately be one of the largest urban development projects in Canadian history. R.A.V.E. will be performed in one of the venue’s former office spaces operated by Bombardier Aerospace.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Citizens to our head offices for the first time ever,” says The Founder, The R.A.V.E. Institute’s enigmatic chief executive officer and resident DJ. “This is unlike any dancefloor you’ve ever experienced.”

Raves have a long history of transforming unlikely industrial spaces into sites of imagination, wonder and fun. R.A.V.E. is no different. I invite you to follow your curiosity and embrace the adventure to this exclusive one-of-a-kind venue.”

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Who is The R.A.V.E. Institute?

They’re a secretive tech startup and our co-producing partner. Their mission is to cultivate human potential and social change through communal dance experiences…
Join the movement at rave.institute 


THE FOUNDERS
2024 Spring Season

R.A.V.E. by Me Time completes our founder-focussed Spring 2024 Season, joining our upcoming production of A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney by Lucas Hnath. 

Meet two complicated corporate founders as they grapple with late-stage capitalism, retro-futurism and the dystopian hubris of utopian thinking

It’s a cool season for a warming world.

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Downsview Airport Lands
123 Garratt Blvd

CREATIVE TEAM

R.A.V.E.

Produced by Outside the March and The R.A.V.E. Institute in association with Luminato Festival Toronto

Created, co-directed and performed by: Me Time
Co-devised and co-directed by: !Kona
Developed by: Griffin McInnes
Development and directing support by: Mitchell Cushman
Development in embodied creative practice with Andrea Nann/Dreamwalker Dance

Lighting Design by: Nick Blais
Sound Design and Composition by: Amine Bouzaher
Environmental Design by: Leigh van Maaren
Choreography and Movement Design by: Andrea Nann/Dreamwalker Dance in collaboration with the performing artists
Costume Design by: Diséiye
Assistant Lighting Design & LX Operation by: Wesley Babcock

Performing Artists:
Chenise Mitchell
Ashley Perez
Wellesley Robertson III
Raoul Wilke

Production Manager: Tori Morrison
Technical Director: Liv Bunge
Stage Manager: Jadi Darawi
Assistant Stage Manager: Annabel Pearson
Producers: Lucy Coren and Griffin McInnes
Associate Producer: Laura McCallum
Audience Concierge: Sébastien Heins
Promotional Graphic Design: Carly Fridhandler and Jared Olsever 
Promotional Photography: Dahlia Katz
Script Coordinator: Morghan Watson

Graphic design by Carly Fridhandler of Scorpion Sorbet
Photography by Dahlia Katz
Costume by Diséiye
Makeup by Rahsthetics

R.A.V.E. was commissioned and developed by Outside the March as part of the TD Forward March program. It was developed with the support of Dreamwalker Dance Company, The Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism, Summerworks, and TO Live’s explorations Initiative. It has been supported by the TD Ready Commitment, Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council.

With thanks to the dramaturgical contributions of co-conspirators Alicia Richardson and Amy Keating.

CREATOR BIO
Me Time is a DJ, techno-futurist, and founder of The R.A.V.E. Institute, who engages dance music, interactive technology, and speculative fiction for social change. They elevate the dancefloor as ‘more than a party,’ harnessing its transformative power to create collective utopias – where tapping into ancestral wisdom, sharing limited resources, engaging in ecstatic somatic rituals, and forging deep connections allow us to recognize our agency in building radical new worlds. As a co-founder of Bass Witch Coven, Me Time is a champion of intentional safer spaces that create fertile ground for self-expression, connection, and play. Their DJ sets are an emotional journey of infectious energy and genre infusions, where bass is the common denominator.

PRODUCTION SUPPORTERS

OtM LEADING SEASON SUPPORTERS
Laura Dinner and Richard Rooney
Sandra Pitblado and Jim Pitblado
David Daniels and Kate Alexander Daniels
Josh Hellyer & Audrey S. Hellyer Family Foundation
Andrew Cumming and Hillary Cumming
The Stanley Shalom Zielony Foundation
Bulmash-Siegel Foundation
Emerald Foundation

OtM SUPPORTERS
Canada Council for the Arts
Ontario Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council
Government of Canada
Metcalf Foundation
Hilary & Galen Weston Foundation
Rama Gaming House and Charitable Gaming
TD Ready Commitment
Koskie Minsky

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Dedicated to Lady Wiggles whose light continues to shine bright through this piece. 

Additional thanks from The Creators:
Those who have opened their homes and hearts to us: Adil Dhalla-Kim, Happie Micha Edwards and the RESET team, Andrea Zanin, Martha Burns, Pastor bob (Woodbine Heights Baptist Church), Carol Brown, The Music Gallery (Sanjeet Takhar), Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism (Jessica Kirk, Mila Mendez, Elizabeth Mudenyo, Natalie Wood, Rochelle Ellar, all my Fellowship cohort).

Those who have collaborated and contributed to five years of development:
Outside the March (Mitchell Cushman, Katherine Devlin Rosenfeld, Griffin McInnes, Laura McCallum, Sébastien Heins, Allie Wood, Jeff Ho, Nick Blais) Dreamwalker Dance Company, Morghan Watson, Amy Keating, Karl Skene and Calder Ross, Jaz Fairy J, Alicia Richardson, Patrick Hart, Syrus Marcus Ware, Diséiye, Carly Fridhandler, Valerie Soo, Farah J.S., Fisher James, FWI Media (Kevin Gallant, Karis Malszecki, Gordon Graham), Brendan Wyatt, Sahara Morimoto, Elenna Mosoff, Wild Soma (Andrea Nann, Roula Said, Julie Applin, Shannon Litzenberger), Maylee Todd, Kristyn Gelfand, Falling Motion, all 80 PORTAL participants, TOLive (Josephine Ridge, Lani Milstein), Gaitrie Persaud, Annie Luján, ThermaKota (Linda Lundstrom and Joel Halbert), Black August Residency (faculty and participants), John Beale, SummerWorks (Laura Nanni, Jayna Mees, Rachel Penny) Soulpepper HerWords Residency, Adam Barrett, Olaf Boswijk, 

Those who have offered love and support:
Ryan Collins-Swartz, Susan Barrable, Gene Tishauer, Joanna Ebbutt, Art Samuel, Harriet Collins, Bernie Swartz, Jessica Mary Clayton, Margaret Evraire, Morgan Switzer-Rodney, Simone Aduah-Rose Blais, David Bloom, Jivesh Parasram, The Campers+

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