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Of Haily Dabits and Oversized Heads

Of Haily Dabits and Oversized Heads combines elements of dance, mask, object theatre, and participatory performance installation in a playful and subversive examination of daily life. It celebrates all that is absurd, transcendent, and extraordinarily ordinary about the spaces, objects and actions we inhabit, use, and perform everyday. Haily Dabits inhabits and utilizes familiar objects and spaces of the everyday, and allows for both audience and performer to engage with them by unconventional and playful means. It playfully recreates odd and surreal images of daily life that reflect to the audience that it is only our habits that make the world normal, as reality itself is strange, bizarre and incomprehensible. We feel that in a society where it is easy to be swept away in the unconscious proceedings of day-to-day life, we have to be reminded to engage with our actions, and to reflect on the ways that we may be confirming the status quo through what we do. Of Haily Dabits and Oversized Heads asks how we may create a world of agency and imagination within all aspects of our daily lives, and reminds the audience of the ever-present element of play.


Photos by Diana Li

Collectively created by:

Isabella Donati-Simmons (Director) 

Clarisse Bériault (Designer/Production Manager/Performer)

Dima Issa (Performer)


Performers: Rémi Mireault, Kia Borst, Claire Donati-Simmons

Sound designers:Louis-Olivier Desmarais and

Gian-Tenio Carlone


Presented as part of Concordia University's performance event, The Playground February 17-20th 2016 at the FC Complex, Montreal.


Click here to be directed to the blog of the entire Performance Creation Playground project.


" My delightful journey at this perspective-shifting theatrical affair began inside the Loyola chapel, where “Of Haily Dabits and Oversized Heads”, an outlandish, fourth-wall-breaking flash mob of sorts, inhabited the sanctuary space. I reclined myself against a bench, thoroughly amused at the series of eerie events [...]Diverted and in a trance-like state, I could have effortlessly perched there for hours." Camila Fitzgibbon, Montreal Theatre Hub

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