Most people would find it very difficult to switch off from the demands of the day and take the time to reflect and think about themselves for a while. Fortunately, The Boon Companions seem to be all too aware of this and with their new immersive and interactive live art event ‘The You Pilgrimage‘, have provided people with an opportunity to have a break from the craziness of life.
This was the third event by The Boon Companions which I have attended and while their silent party and their 1920s literary themed event
were highly memorable, The You Pilgrimage surpassed all these with the
truly unique and entertaining opportunities of self-love and
self-reflection experienced during our excursion through Fitzroy.
Upon arriving at our destination – only made known to us 24 hours
prior – I complete three tasks: have my tarot read, write a love letter
to myself and receive my individual mantra for the day, all while I
enjoy a nice glass of port. Once I am done and ready to officially begin
my pilgrimage, my plus one and I receive a clue to our next
Each stop along the way helps us to think about love and its various
meanings and applications. While some of it can be seen as silly fun,
such as taking a selfie on the wall of love with a man wearing a
glittering gold leotard, there are some honest connections and moments
of realisation to be had.
Part of the fun of a Boon Companions event is the uncertainty and the
unknown of what to expect and giving yourself over to whatever has been
planned for us. With ‘The You Pilgrimage', this included a you-ga class
that simultaneously released our inner child while reaching into our
soul and then later belting out Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love
You” (among other songs) with a roomful of strangers at a karaoke venue.
They ask a lot from their participants by having us open ourselves up
but fortunately the trust we place in them is returned with great
The Boon Companions are certainly making a name for themselves with
the constantly amazing work they create. Their immersive and interactive
shows are focused on connecting people and creating a community and
‘The You Pilgrimage' is without a doubt the strongest example of this
yet, as it allowed us to share experiences – some personal, some
communal – with people who are initially complete strangers to us. While
it might be cheesy to say, ‘The You Pilgrimage' was very much about
going on a journey, but what an amazing journey it was.
‘The You Pilgrimage' was performed on Sunday 2 July 2017. For information on future events, follow The Boon Companions on Facebook and Instagram.
Photo Credit: Suzanne Pheonix
* Original article appeared on The Plus Ones on 18 July 2017.