Dust World Premiere

Co-Presented by
Originally commissioned by
The Arctic Cycle
Produced with the co-operation of

A garbled transmission from our theoretical future, Dust is a plea, and a warning. In a seditious act of faith, a rogue "Person With Privilege" attempts to communicate across time and space from the year 2170. They speak to us from a world fully transformed by data-capitalism and migration into virtual space, and a world in which the Climate Catastrophe has been defeated … at an unspeakable cost.

A dystopian satire in the tradition of 12 Monkeys and Brazil, Dust is a hybrid performance-film written by one of Canada’s leading contemporary playwrights, Marcus Youssef, winner of the 2017 Siminovitch Prize. Starring Omari Newton and directed by Cameron Anderson and Neworld Theatre Artistic Director Chelsea Haberlin.

The World Premiere of Dust was on Saturday, March 27 and was followed by a live talk on VIFF Connect. But don't worry if you didn't watch live, the film is available on VIFF Connect until April 22.

Written by Marcus Youssef

Directed by Cameron Anderson & Chelsea Haberlin

Performed by Omari Newton

Produced by Sandra Henderson & Yvonne Yip

Story Editor Guillermo Verdecchia

Edited by Cameron Anderson

Sound Design by Nancy Tam

Costume Design by Christine Reimer

Props Design by Shizuka Kai

Sound Mixing by Ira Jordison

Lighting Technician Liz Kraft

Produced by Neworld Theatre


Chantal Bilodeau is a Montreal-born, New York-based playwright. In her capacity as artistic director of The Arctic Cycle, she has been instrumental in getting the theatre and educational communities, as well as diverse audiences in the U.S. and abroad, to engage in climate action through programming that includes live events, talks, publications, workshops, national and international convenings, and a worldwide distributed theatre festival. She is writing a series of plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight Arctic states and was recently named one of “8 Trailblazers Who Are Changing the Climate Conversation” by Audubon Magazine.

Marcus’ fifteen or so plays have been produced in multiple languages at scores of theatres and festivals in more than 20 countries across North America, Europe and Asia, from Seattle to New York to Reykjavik to Venice, London, Vienna, Hong Kong and Berlin. He is a recipient of the Siminovitch Prize for Theatre (Playwrighting), the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award, Berlin Germany’s Ikarus Prize, the Alcan Performing Arts Award, and the Vancouver Critic’s Innovation award (three times), among others. He has also written extensively for CBC radio and numerous print and web publications, and is currently writing the screenplay adaptation of his play Winners and Losers, with co-writer James Long and director Mina Shum. Marcus is Senior Artist at Neworld Theatre, International Associate Artist at Farnham Maltings (UK), and Playwright in Residence at Tarragon Theatre.

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