The play emerges as the actors are executed on stage using ideas from the audience.
Phantasm — an illusory, hallucinatory phenomenon, strange thing that has fantastic character.
— Theodor Ziehen, German psychiatrist

'What a strange dream I had', — Alice thought, and she ran home, not to be late for tea.

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Fantasm. Improvisation
This is the reality of the multiple, disparate and interconnected. Reality is born by actors, from scraps of the subconsciousness of spectators.
Random word, sensitive question – grains, from which grows phantasm – neither the director nor the script. Only the breath. Simultaneous inhale on stage and in the auditorium. Laughter, sadness, waiting – holding your breath. The gesture, dialogue, plot – exhale. Phantasm.

For the first time, the term was introduced by Theodore Tsigenom in 1906. Observed in people with well-developed imagination. It comes from the inability to distinguish early childhood real objects and fictional. Explicitly seen most often in children (e.g., the child came up with the ghost, and now it frightens his imagination). However, adults can also pursue all sorts of fantasies. In some cases, fantasies can lead to delusional states.

Our theater group is a permanent acting experiment. We are open to showing our inner kitchen – sometimes we hold open rehearsals, which can be attended by spectators. During the performances, we cultivate the action scenes from the micro-hooks, which we also offer to the audience. Hence, we produce a spectator-actor dialogue. Join us to participate in this process.
A modern spectator is ready for transformation
We believe that a modern viewer is ready to transform the sophisticated consumer of theatrical activity into a partner. Together with the audience, we create 'Phantasms' on the stage, and a joint creative act, which remains true as long as the effect of surprise and unpredictability is present. Each performance is born from the interaction of the actors and the audience, each performance — experiment, so your applause — this is not an expression of gratitude for what you saw, but rather a sign of consent to participate in the event.
Cast & Creative
Playing himself is Smile Theatre newcomer, David Michael Moote. David is a McGill voice performance graduate who spends his days singing in a rock cover band, writing and recording original music.
  • Andrew Stones
  • Mary James
  • Jackie Soyer
  • John Wallis
    Actor / Frontman
  • Amy Griggs
  • Gregg Winter

When the idea is slipping from our consciousness, it does not cease to exist - as well as a machine for hiding an angle does not dissolve in the air. She was just out of sight. Later, we can meet this machine again, and how can we come across what previously was thought lost.

— Carl Gustav Jung, Analytical Psychology.

Media About Us
Ask questions, despite its banality, collectively run while sitting in the hall through the process that does not stop even after the performance. Of course, in the end, you can try to capture the author and the relativity of the world, but you will have to dig out the issues yourself and unpack them on your own. It is good for your soul.
Peter Grey, Theatre Observer
This is a very good performance. There are a lot of things. It is great for Toronto, where people are at the peak of their success, and it is helpful for them to look at their past and their roots.
Alex Zimberlaitman, Spectator
Upcoming Performances
January: 09, 13, 31 February: 02, 18, 29

Price / $10–$25. All performances start at / 20:00 pm.
Running time / 2 hours, 10 min. Age restrictions / 16+
Thank you
It would be great if you shared your impressions and pictures on social media using the hashtag #FANTAZM.
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Original text: Nika Velt with supporting by Smile Theatre.
Page design: Roman Bocharov
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