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.
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.
Norm Reynolds is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. A hit at the inaugural Summerworks Festival (CBC Radio, NOW Magazine), Put Up Your Hand went on to be one of four scripts chosen for the WordWorks Festival at Solar Stage. Reynolds has published short fiction in the United States and Canada, and book reviews in the Canadian national press. He currently teaches English and Drama in Toronto.
My dad died in 2000. The following year, I ended a long-standing friendship (not romantic). It struck me that both experiences of loss physically felt the same. I had the good fortune to workshop my play idea with Edward Albee at the Humber School for Writers. Albee said: “That’s a really wonderful monologue. If you put it at the end, you might have something.” I did. After some reimagining, The Good-bye Play had its premiere at Theatre Aurora’s Playwrights of Spring Festival, and TheatreStarts.
As the promo for the play says, some relationships never die. Leo and Patricia have split. Patricia has come back for closure. Leo isn’t having any of it. A comedy about grievances, petty and great, and the difficulty of finally saying good-bye.
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.
Where is the connection between the philosophical ideology of “continuity” and movement/poetry?
Terra Incognita Collective (TIC) is a group of six artists who use performance to discover alternative ways of being. TIC uses a hybrid practise of documentary & theatre to explore the political and social dynamics relating to the environmental justice and in particular degrowth. TIC sees a need for new democratic practices within our political and artistic spheres. We use physical theatre (specifically mask) to create socially interdependent and embodied experiences for audiences and artists. The relationship a mask has with its audience can initiate a more active involvement from participants and its heightened reality can expand the current cultural imaginary making it an excellent tool for initiating change. The collective aims to better understand how active audiences can result in active community members. Through community partnership, site-specific exploration and collective creation, TIC challenges the perceived chasms between market and consumer, politician/expert and civil society and growth and human development. We also like to laugh… a lot.
In this particular performance audiences will be introduced to the mask character Veronica, a former starlet who now gets high from wearing the shoes of others. With each new pair she imagines a life of luxury and extravagance, until she removes the sole from her soul and steps back into reality. This character and scene is an excerpt from Terra Incognita by the TIC to be performed June 3 – 6, 2016 at the Warehouse 10 Busy St, Toronto.
Diary Reflection with Morgan Johnson: