Leaving Still

For our 4th SideStream Cycle Theatre Gargantua is collaborating with The Sephine Collective in developing an original solo performance and installation by artist Michelle Polak.

Michelle’s project began with an exploration of her fascination with the history of us – from the microcosm of family history to the macrocosm of the Big Bang. In ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ Bill Bryson explains, “We have a universe. It is a place of the most wondrous and gratifying possibility, and beautiful, too. And it was all done in about the time it takes to make a sandwich.”

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Michelle Polak photo by Lyon Smith

Leaving Still is a durational live art performance and installation that grows every hour on the hour and is struck at dawn. It is an experiment to connect and to create something from nothing: every hour, on the hour, the performance will be punctuated by making a sandwich for a viewer-participant. In about the time it took to create the universe, the audience will have the chance to ask Michelle any intimate questions they want, and she will answer honestly, revealing to them the story and universe that is her.


Ties play a special role in the story Michelle is creating. In July we asked for your old ties, and we were overwhelmed by the response. Thank you to Milton Eugene at Eugene Corporate Neckwear, the community at St. Anne’s Anglican Church, and each individual who has sent Michelle ties and their best wishes for her project’s success. Thank You!


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