Collective Creations

This year has been a relentless teacher. Its lessons, and my shifting artistic interests, have had profound influence on my person – influences which I feel are only beginning to settle (or, at least, not float directly into my eyes as I’m trying to walk). As the fall approaches, I am looking forward to getting back into the studio to run my second series of classes at hub14. I don’t know how these lessons will influence the way I teach, but I do know these will be the next version of what I was exploring back in the spring. As we live and make theatre, theatre becomes our lifestyle. See you in the studio.


UPDATE Aug. 31st, 2016 — A show I’m part of, the [elephants] collective’s A Wake for Lost Time, has been accepted into the DaPoPo Live-In in Halifax! We’re going to be performing this intense 24-hour ritual for time on October 21st. Meaning, I’ll be in Halifax, rehearsing with our new, local Haligonian members the week leading up to it and, therefore, class on the 19th is cancelled. This iteration of Collective Creations will run for 5 classes. 


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Collective Creations
hub14 (14 Markham St., Toronto)
Wednesdays
Sept. 21 & 28
Oct. 5, 12 & 26

7 – 9pm
$15 / class
$10 for multiple classes

Collective Creations returns this fall to hub14 led by Andrew Gaboury.

Collective Creations will focus on two main areas of theatrical exploration: (i) physical training for the theatre, and, (ii) collective creation techniques for material generation. The goals of these classes is to provide an affordable and accessible space for artists to continue their individual training; to provide a platform for the spontaneous generation of ideas; and offer an arena to challenge our  understanding of what it means to work in a collective.

Each class will follow a similar structure with the second half, the collective creation aspect, exploring a different technique or launching point. These classes will combine vocal improvisation techniques and various movement forms, including aspects of Viewpoints, clown, contemporary dance improv and archetype work. Using time as our adversary (and collaborator), we will create new, imperfect works destined to fail and find success in the jewels hidden amongst the rubble.

Drop-ins welcome. Each class is standalone although we will be building on concepts as the weeks progress.

To reserve a spot send an email to afieldofcrowns@gmail.com

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Seasonal Activities v.V // Performer Profile: Diana Kolpak “BLUE”

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artist:

Creative adventures have taken Diana Kolpak from performing liposuction on herself to being a prima ballerina to seeking fallen stars in frozen wastelands to fighting epic cream-pie battles. Clown makes all her dreams come true.

abstract:

BLUE is an interactive solo musical about the highs and lows of love. Stylistically, it’s clown meets the Blues by way of 30’s Berlin cabaret with a little detour through Las Vegas. The first song is set. The rest of the songs (all original) are chosen by the audience, so the tone and narrative structure of each performance is different. Lounge singer Sally Siren serves as guide, interacting with the audience, introducing each song with minimal improvised dialogue, and singing either a cappella or while accompanying herself on a toy piano. It’s a wonderful ride for everyone.

portals:

www.dianakolpak.ca


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Seasonal Activities v.V // Performer Profile: Zachary Murphy

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artist:

Zachary Murphy is a multi-disciplinary artist who seeks out the connection between text, movement and music. While originating as an actor, he has placed a strong focus on physical practices and has begun training in Butoh, Gaga, Suzuki Method, Viewpoints, Ballet, Authentic Movement and Contact Improv, among others. He is currently developing a show titled The Dark Lady: a Bacchanalian Coven, which will show in 2017.

abstract:

Where is the connection between the philosophical ideology of “continuity” and movement/poetry?


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Seasonal Activities v.V // Performer Profile: Gina Horswood

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artist:

Quietly compelling Aussie-Canadian singer-songwriter GINA HORSWOOD is a musical force to be reckoned with. Now based in Toronto, Horswood has travelled far and wide for her music, as a true modern troubadour. She’s recorded in Australia, where her debut Our Way, penned with her sister Melanie, was released in 2006 and boasted two Top 10 country singles down under. Her video for “Ordinary Girl,” from her sophomore album Crazy Brilliant Mess, reached the top 50 on Australia’s Country Music Channel charts. In Nashville, she gained the attention of renowned songwriter and producer Jim Reilley, recording The Nashville Sessions EP. Now in Muskoka, she’s recorded her third full length-album Porcelain with producer Andre Wahl (Luke Doucet, Hawksley Workman).

portals:

www.ginahorswood.com/listen


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