Art | 12 Sep 19 - 15 Sep 19


Art | 12 Sep 19 - 15 Sep 19


Vista is a window to another place. Is that an escape, or a sanctuary? Or perhaps just a view afforded when we step back and see things – even ourselves – from a distance.

But what if that place we see is dysfunctional? What if it has been left to ruin? Who to speak to? What to do? Or maybe the dysfunction is also a rhythm and, if so, what rhythms do we live with?

Is this half-empty car park in Halifax, Nova Scotia – or Torquay? Are you the architect or the patient, the one that suffers or the healing hands? And where is nature? What environment are we responsible for?

Vista is an ambient walking tour that reflects upon such questions based on a series of interviews with health and planning professionals in Nova Scotia and Devon. It begins when you download an app onto your phone. It can be taken alone or in small groups during Torre Abbey opening hours, 10-5pm. The journey begins at Torre Abbey.

Download the app and being your walking tour. There is both a flat wheelchair accessible route, and a route with steps. You can select which version when you begin the journey..

Download VISTA app here. 

Created by Zuppa Theatre and James Tyson. Written and devised with Kate Cayley and Andrew Burke.
Zuppa Theatre are one of Canada’s leading artist-led contemporary theatre companies based in Halifax, Nova Scotia and whose recent works have focused on “ambient drama” projects: experiments with spectatorship to enhance attentiveness to a place’s histories, possible futures and ghosts.
James Tyson is Director of International Agatha Christie Festival. In 2017 he co-directed the durational performance reading of Agatha Christie’s Endless Night.

Kate Cayley is a fiction writer, playwright, and poet living in Toronto, Canada. Her short story collection, How You Were Born, won the 2015 Trillium Book Award and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award and the ReLit Award. Her first collection of poetry, When This World Comes to an End, was shortlisted for the ReLit Award, and her young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror, won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Stranger Theatre, Toronto and her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in a wide variety of magazines, and in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017.  

Andrew Burke is a software developer and founder of Shindig Digital Constructions based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

‘They are always smart, interesting and entertaining, and they always challenge the company and the audience to look at things differently, to feel something new, to imagine another reality.’ – Naomi Campbell, Luminato Festival, Toronto. 

Supported by The Canada Council for the Arts and the Halifax Professional Arts Grants Program.