STRATA Giveaway

Published On August 4, 2012 | By Sweet1Lani | Giveaways, The Arts

Are you seeking personal enlightenment? Would you like to live in a world without barriers, disappointments, or pain? Gate Corporation provides a refitnessing program to alleviate your sadness, fatigue, and worldly troubles.

STRATA, or Strategic Training And Testing Agency, has a center in Downtown Pittsburgh that is fully equipped to deliver cutting edge proto-corrective treatment to attain clearer happier living, or iConsciousness, all for only $60 a session.

Intrigued, we journeyed to the facility for a refittnessing session of our own, in order to share with you, our readers, the truth behind STRATA and its effectiveness.

In reality, STRATA is the newest piece by the innovative and adventurous production company, Bricolage. The “immersive urban adventure” recalls dystopian fiction like Brave New World mixed with underlying Buddhist philosophy. The entire affair is clandestine, with secret meeting locations, code words, and surprises around every corner.

To attend a “refittnessing” session you must have a Life Works Partner to embark on your journey. Together you begin your adventure at a secret location, and are then scuttled off to various check points until you arrive at the STRATA center.  The entire experience is interactive, and it appears your choices and actions determine your fate. No one, not even your Life Works Partner, will undergo the same itinerary.

Having never participated in such interactive theater, the experience was at times quite jarring, and at other times rather serene.  Faced with the often deep nature of the subject matter, you may have to keep reminding yourself, “This is a show, a form of entertainment,” and not real life.  Every sense is engaged, you are constantly moving and interacting, and you’re thinking about and sometimes asked to expose intimate details of your life.  That is the pure genius behind the work. Art becomes life, life becomes art.  Perhaps it really is a rehabilitation center of sorts, guised as a theater production, posing as a refittnessing center.

Regardless of its ‘true’ nature, STRATA is worth a visit, or three. Due to the unique nature of the piece, each visit is one of a kind, which is why Bricolage is offering $20 off of your second trip. I admit, my first time through I remained quiet passive, did as I was told, and found myself apologizing over and over. It’s my nature to avoid rocking the boat and to avoid confrontation. It wasn’t until afterwards I realized I could have reacted much differently- defiant, brazen, outrageous. That is the beauty of this production, you are a character in the show, and can live out an alter-ego that may never otherwise see the light of day. This element also exposes the social experiment STRATA creates. We don’t often experience such confrontational situations, and without a handbook on how to react, many will find themselves acting in guidance with social norms. After it is all said and done, Bricolage may have some amusing insight on what people are willing to do because they think they have to.

Have we piqued your curiosity yet? Well lucky for you, we nabbed a pair of tickets to giveaway. To enter follow the Rafflecopter directions below, then be sure to comment on this post, where it says Leave a Reply, with why you need to reach iConsciouness.
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30 Responses to STRATA Giveaway

  1. Katy says:

    I love social experiments. I’m curious to see what iConsciousness has to offer.

  2. Sweet1Lani says:

    You must comment where it says Leave a Reply to have a valid entry.

  3. dj kingsbury says:

    this would be awesome if i got this cause by the look of it i indefintely need refittnessing my life is out of control!!!

  4. Mike says:

    I want to go back and be defiant as well

  5. Brian J. Parker says:

    Sometimes I feel emotional.

  6. Dionisia says:

    Wow, I’d love to go! Sounds like iConsciousness would help me to reach the side of Pittsburgh that I’ve been missing.

  7. r sul says:

    Is this scientology?

  8. Justin says:

    My consciousness needs rebooted.

  9. Mike says:

    Would love to go again

  10. Jia says:

    I need iConsciousness since the ghost of Steve Jobs would approve.

  11. Billy says:

    Because I told myself if I ever had a chance in real life to join the DHARMA Initiative, I’d take it…I think this might be the closest I’ll ever get.

  12. Alyia says:

    My cats told me to go to this. They’ve already been refitnessed.

  13. Lacey Gaga says:

    Sounds so weird & interesting! I must try it! Who knows, maybe it will help me in some way which would be nice!

  14. Jasmine says:


  15. Brooks says:


  16. Adam Rauf says:

    iFeel. iBuild. iRenew. iWant. iConsciousness.

  17. Brian Rangell says:

    As a theatre student, I’m super intrigued by this piece and want to get the opportunity to explore it. I’m glad you all enjoyed it so much!

  18. Experimental theater seems like a plausible way to achieve enlightenment. I believe in iConsciousness, therefore I am.

  19. Emily says:

    I’ve heard some strange things about the STRATA corporation — I’d like to investigate for myself.

  20. Brian Rangell says:

    @Emily, I’ve been following them for a while on Twitter and Facebook… some interesting stuff. Did you see the break-in video today?

  21. Sydney Carter says:

    My friend and I would love to reach iConsciousness through refitnessing at STRATA

  22. Tonya says:

    Not sure my first try at refitnessing stuck…need to get another appointment 🙂

  23. Robert Clifton says:

    What goes up, must come down.

  24. Emily says:

    @Brian, I did indeed — who do you suppose was involved? What was their goal?

  25. Bethany says:


  26. Kaitlin says:

    Would love to go to this

  27. Helen Gerhardt says:

    All these questions and arguments and doubts and wrong choices, over and over again, together or alone – iConsciousness may be the answer.

  28. Kayte says:

    The entry process is a little confusing! I commented in the FB comment, but I’ll comment here as well. Please help me seek perfection- or am I rooting out an evil, brainwashing corporation? We shall see!

    • Sweet1Lani says:

      Sorry Kayte it is our first time using Rafflecopter, we tried to be clear in the post on how to enter. Don’t worry, you got your entry right though! We’ll be announcing a winner soon!

  29. Sweet1Lani says:

    Congrats to Billy Hepfinger! You have 48 hours to reply to our email to claim your prize.

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