ID: Three people are hanging from a silks rig that stands in front of carnival posters. The person at the top hangs upside-down. The person in the middle faces away from the camera with their legs wrapped around the silks as though standing. The person on the bottom stands on the floor with their legs spread wide, holding the silks in their hands and looking upwards.

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The Invisible Artist Carnival

14 – 18 Oct 2023

Eyelevel in collaboration with The Other Hearts Collective and Erin Ball presents The Invisible Artists Carnivale at Nocturne Art at Night Festival!

Located @ Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4W1 on October 14 at 6:30 pm (rain date: October 15) Masks are required and will be provided. ASL and visual descriptions will be provided. 

Other performances: 

  • October 17 at 6:30 pm (rain date: October 19 at 6:00 pm) @ ArtsPLACE, 396 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, NS - CANCELED
  • October 20 at 6:30 pm (rain date: October 21) @ the Deanery Project, 751 W Ship Harbour Rd, Lake Charlotte, NS. 

ASL and visual descriptions will be provided. 

The Invisible Artists Carnival is a multi-disciplinary performance work created by Other Hearts with Erin Ball. The production focuses on a collection of rag-tag circus folk led by Patches T. Barker, Applique von Battenburg and Buttons. Over the course of the show, they make various attempts to contact The Invisible Artists (portrayed and created by Lexi, and Seeley Quest. Artists from Halifax's Mad and Disability communities), a legendary, multi-faced figure who vanished several years ago. These attempts vary in form, from clown turns and aerial silks to cinema projection and audience participatory ritual, and ultimately succeed, culminating in a theatrical carnival of light, music, and creative joy.


OTHER HEARTS is a Toronto-based performance collective made up of four members: Yousef Kadoura, Sebastian Marziali, Silvae Mercedes and Harri Thomas. Our work has been called “consistently challenging” (Mooney on Theatre, 2021) and moves laterally across form and genre, ranging from puppetry and performance art to installation and experimental film. This versatility is supported by the diversity of our identities and lived experiences (Arab, Womxn, Mad, Disabled, Latinx, Non-Binary, Queer). Our work together is driven by a shared curiosity around the possibilities of hybrid performance forms, and is especially devoted to marginalized histories, the inventive use of bodies and objects, and the performance of memory.

ERIN BALL (ze/zir) is a white, neurodivergent, double below knee amputee. Erin is a circus artist based near Katarokwi/Kingston, Ontario and the artistic director of Kingston Circus Arts. Erin achieved Disability membership in 2014 and took a year off. Ze then began the process of un-learning ableism and internalized ableism and its many intersections, as well as re-learning circus arts and delving into the world of creative accessibility. Erin created a course to strive to welcome the Mad, Deaf, Neurodivergent, Chronically Ill, and Disability community into the realm of circus (and movement-based) arts as artists, audiences, etc. Erin travels internationally to perform, teach, and collaborate. Erin has been a movement-based artist for 15 years, and has co-produced and co-choreographed shows with numerous artists and access providers.

LEXI is a MAD, Queer, Neurodivergent multi-disciplinary artist based out of Kjipuktuk, Mi'kma'ki (Halifax, Nova Scotia). An experienced film and television media professional, with more than fifteen years in the industry, Lexi is re-emerging with a focus on personal projects born out of trauma-informed therapy, that center accessibility-first interactive installations meant to empower all, theater related to MAD pride, as well as visual art connected to how they experience time. Lexi hopes to help bring equitable arts to the beloved East Coast and beyond.

SEELEY QUEST is a trans disabled environmentalist, working in literary and body-based composition, curation and facilitation. who presented in San Francisco’s Bay Area 2001-14. Hir playscript “Crooked” is in At the Intersection of Disability and Drama, and first game narrative debuted for National AccessAbility Week 2020. Sie created the 2021 Rhubarb Festival’s ecological assessment, and a Queer Disabled Joy workshop for Studio 303’s 2021 Queer Performance Camp. Hir script “Modeling” has developed with Eastern Front’s 2023 Early Stages Festival.  Sie inaugurated a 2021 Quebec Writers’ Federation disabled writers’ workshop, and this fall leads a workshop “Writing Futures With Resiliency.”

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