As dreams are made

September 12-19, 2020
October 6-11, 2020

Conceived by David Pay

Adrian Muir, Production Manager & Lighting Design
Nancy Tam, Sound Design
Amiel Gladstone, Theatrical Consultant
Rebecca Mulvihill & Marijke Asbeek Brusse, Stage Managers

Featuring music by
J.S. Bach
Saina Khaledi
Kaija Saariaho
Linda Catlin Smith
Nancy Tam

Performances by
Saina Khaledi, santour
Mark Takeshi McGregor, flute
Rebecca Wenham, cello
and the recorded voice of Katie Findlay

Vancity Culture Lab – The Cultch
1895 Venables Street, Vancouver | google map


“The feeling of connection is something that’s hard to describe;
it’s something closer to comfort and mutual empathy.”
(Janet Smith, Stir)


“As dreams are made” is Artistic Director David Pay‘s very personal response to the global pandemic.

Inspired by the magic of musicians in live performance, this 15-minute production was created specifically for one audience member and one performer to connect safely through music that brings us together.  It’s an immersive event that is at once intimate and comforting, inventive and dreamlike.

“As dreams are made” was also inspired by 1:1 CONCERTS, short, in-person encounters between one listener and one musician. Opening each encounter with eye contact and a kind, welcoming mutual gaze creates an intimate, very personal 1:1 concert experience with the feeling of “proximity from a distance.”

This brief, socially distanced live performance is part of Music on Main “The Tempest Project,” a full-length immersive work that will premiere in 2023.


What to expect when you attend “As dreams are made”

At Music on Main, our care for your health and well being is an extension of our love for audiences and artists.

We are following best practices to protect your health and prevent the spread of COVID-19.  This includes:  physical distancing; wearing masks; rigorous sanitization; and contact tracing. No one associated with the production of “As dreams are made” is permitted to work if they display any symptoms related to COVID-19.

We kindly request the same care from all audience members.

While Music on Main’s events will look different during this period, we remain committed to creating warm, welcoming, and musically enriching experiences for you.

Here is some additional information:

— The performance of “As dreams are made” will take place in the Vancity Culture Lab at the Cultch.
— The Vancity Culture Lab is 1,260 square feet theatre (117 square metres) with a ceiling height of more than 17 feet (5+ metres).
— Between every performance, the theatre is aired out for 30 to 90 minutes and contact surfaces are sanitized.
— You will be the only audience member attending the performance.
— There will be one musician performing for you.
— The musician will be seated more than 3 metres from you.
— There will also be two technicians working on the performance, physically separated from the performance space.
— The duration of the performance is approximately 15 minutes.
— Please bring your own mask to wear while walking inside theatre. Once you reach your seat, you may remove your mask for the duration of the performance.
— The musician will not be wearing a mask during the performance.
— You are required to fill out a COVID-19 health declaration in advance of attending the performance.

If you are experiencing any symptoms indicative of COVID-19 or are required by health authorities to self-isolate, please stay home and cancel your booking.

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“As dreams are made” and Music on Main’s research for “The Tempest Project” are possible because of support from BC Arts Council’s Enhanced Capacity project funding and donors like you.

“As dreams are made” was inspired in part by 1:1 CONCERTS, and Music on Main thanks the team of 1:1 CONCERTS GbR – flutist Stephanie Winker, scenographer Franziska Ritter and cultural mediator Christian Siegmund – for their warm-hearted advice.


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