Expedition: The Symposium


On November 23 – 26, 2016, we unveiled Expedition: The Symposium and Apparition, the fourth instalment in the Expedition series.

In The Symposium, prominent scientists, activists and humorists created 10-minute talks on their area of interest and expertise from a future perspective. Discouraging limits to their imagination and encouraging possible misinterpretations of the “past”, these talks were both funny and satirically insightful.

Imagined by The Performance Corporation’s Jo Mangan, this piece included speakers from both Canada and Ireland.

Expedition: The Symposium and Apparition
November 23 – 26, 2016
The Fishbowl on Granville Island
The Symposium was also available via live stream on the Boca del Lupo Facebook Page.

Imagined by Boca del Lupo and The Performance Corporation, Expedition is a series that consists of immersive pieces of speculative fiction set in 2167 that explore how climate change might affect our future, and how our future selves might look upon the actions of the present. Artists from a variety of disciplines create short pieces that explore this subject matter with humour, irony, and potential insight. Previous pieces in the Expedition series include Boca del Lupo’s The Underwater Archeologist and The Performance Corporation’s The Table, which were presented at the 2016 Magnetic North Theatre Festival and as part of the 2016 MPS.


Jo Mangan is Artistic Director of The Performance Corporation in Ireland which focuses on the creation of Theatre, Opera, and Virtual Reality work. Her most recent directing work for the company was a Live/Virtual Reality piece called Emperor 101, presented as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2021, and The Dead – an Opera at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre and screened at Kilkenny Arts Festival. She also founded the company’s SPACE Programme – Ireland’s longest running multi-disciplinary international artists residency with a current focus on Arts and Immersive Technology.

As the recent Director/CEO of Carlow Arts Festival she developed a focus on Digital work including creating a Virtual Festival Campus in Altspace as well as creating the film 72 Hour Lost Weekend and live performance for Woman in the Machine project at the former Braun Factory. Other recent directing work includes 5 films for Irish National Opera’s 20 Shots of Opera, 14 Voices from the Bloody Field for the Abbey (National Theatre) and Out of the Ordinary – a Virtual Reality Community Opera work for Irish National Opera which won the prestigious European Fedora Digital Prize.

Other recent work includes Curator for the Prague Quadrennial Design Exhibition 2019 for Ireland  through Virtual Reality, Digital Consultant for the Arts Council programme Brightening Air, and she was also international programmer for Limerick National City of Culture. She created the BIG House Festival (ERIC for Best Irish Festival) and was Artistic Director of the Bram Stoker Festival (Eric for Best Irish Festival) in 2014. She has served on many boards, including as Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts until recently.Awards include multiple Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, the UK based Clore Leadership Fellowship and most recently the prestigious Fedora Digital Prize for her Irish National Opera project Out of the Ordinary.

Collaborations with Boca del Lupo in the past have included The Table and Symposium as part of the long form Expedition project in Vancouver, and at Dublin Theatre Festival.

Jo Mangan

Expedition was part of Culture Ireland’s 1916-2016 Centenary programme. Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Series is supported by Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Province of BC, City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, Granville Island Hotel, Vancouver Fish Company. Exclusive media sponsor: The Georgia Straight.

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