The Ghomeshi Effect is a verbatim dance-theatre piece that tackles sexual violence in Canada, particularly how it is handled in the justice system, through an edited series of documented interviews, and uses dance to inform and interrogate the language used in the discussion of sexual violence.

L’effet Ghomeshi est une œuvre verbatim alliant théâtre et danse qui aborde la violence sexuelle au Canada, plus particulièrement la façon dont le système juridique traite les cas de cette nature, au moyen d’une série d’entrevues documentées et éditées. La danse sert à interroger et à informer le langage usité dans les discussions portant sur la violence sexuelle.

The hashtags #BeenRapedNeverReported and #IbelieveLucy emerged as
countless people shared powerful stories of their own unreported sexual assaults.
The outpouring of support was dubbed “the Ghomeshi effect.”

The Vancouver Sun

People who’ve never had to go through any kind of sexual trauma really can’t relate,
in the same way that I can’t relate to what it’s like to live in a war zone.

– The Ghomeshi Effect, Interview #5

The world premiere of The Ghomeshi Effect is presented as part of The Gladstone’s 2016-17 Season, from January 19 to 28, 2017. For full details and to purchase tickets or a subscription please visit The Gladstone website.