Everything Has Disappeared

What would happen if every Filipino person in our society suddenly…disappeared?

Filipinos are domestic workers in Angola and construction workers in Japan. They staff the oil fields of Libya, with hundreds of thousands working as nannies in Hong Kong. They sing on the stages of remote provinces in China and help run hotels in the Middle East. A quarter of the world’s seafarers are Filipino, comprising 70% of workers on Japanese boats.

If they disappear. Everything disappears.

Everything Has Disappeared focuses on the very unique relationship the Filipino diaspora has to the global economy: they are everywhere and deeply involved in our lives as central threads in a tapestry that defines human dignity itself. Don’t think your life is interwoven with our Filipino brothers and sisters? Using digital interactive technologies – and a little magic – Everything Has Disappeared will prove otherwise. You will never look at your world the same again. 

Everything Has Disappeared puts faces to concerns that are often neglected, telling human stories that usually go unseen and unheard. When Venzon asks you to close your eyes, you listen. And when you open them, you learn.

Ben Waldman, Winnipeg Free Press (2024)

A mesmerizingly “tour de force play” aided by electronic wizardry and an electrifying performance of Hazel Venzon.

Rod Cantiveros, Filipino Journal (2024)

Presentation History

Prairie Theatre Exchange; Winnipeg, Canada

Original Credits

The World Premiere of Everything Has Disappeared at Prairie Theatre Exchange from February 1-4, 2024 was:

by Mammalian Diving Reflex & UNIT Productions
Conceived and Directed by Hazel Venzon & Darren O’Donnell
Produced by Isabel Ahat & Ryan Lewis
Illustrated by David Oro
Set, Lighting & Video Designed by PotatoCakes_Digital
Costume Designed by Brenda McLean
Sound Composed by Simon Campana
Sound Designed by Dasha Plett
Production Managed & Technical Directed by James Thurmeier
Stage Managed by Wei Qing Tan
Assistant Directed by Hera Nalam

Mentalism/Illusions by Erik Mana
Social and economic research supported by Dr. Geraline Pratt
Cultural Resources and Consultancy by Dr. Dennis D. Gupta

Everything Has Disappeared is supported by the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund, The Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Kingfisher Foundation, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Kampnagel and Rosendal Teater.