Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Zone B Independent Project

Passage to the Kingdom, 2012

Suitable for all ages

Queen St. West Business Improvement Area (BIA)

Passage to the Kingdom

Theo Pelmus - Ottawa, Canada
Ulysses Castellanos - Toronto, Canada

Performance Art

Passage to The Kingdom is a new media performance/installation involving gold leaf, masks, edible sculptures made from gelato, Baroque music, and horror film soundtracks to mimic rites of passage found in many of the world’s religions.

Passage to The Kingdom plays with the concept of an afterlife: what would the other side look like; will we experience that world as we experience ours now? It comprises a series of “stations”  participants are taken through with the artists as guides. It features a sensorial passageway as an allegory for entering another dimension.

Pelmus and Castellanos are dressed in white and play the roles of Televangelist and Ashram Guru respectively. The two “guides” direct the public through the different stations, culminating in the gifting of a diploma commemorating participants'  crossing of the “Passageway."

Ulysses Castellanos explores how popular culture defines identity.

Theo Pelmus is a performance artist.


Queen Street West & Soho Street, 416-384-2946

This project is outdoors.