Saturday, January 16, 2010
entering the theatre
To enter the theatre to see our latest work, La Comunion, you must first cross through a passage lined with photographs taken by youth from Medellin, Colombia. Some of these kids are youth at risk of becoming involved in the civil conflict, some are kids in a reintegration program, having been former child soldiers themselves.
Their stories form the backbone of our show - which is about a young woman who joins an illegal army as a way to escape poverty and domestic abuse.
Hopefully the threshold is a real thing to the audience - a bridge to another reality - moving from Toronto to Medellin, en route to a place of storytelling that is here and nowhere.
Friday, January 01, 2010
breaks in the routine
We've been cursing the difficulties of putting a show together over the holidays - the rehearsals mess up our chances to hang out with friends and family, and the holidays mess up our schedule for creating the piece. Why is everything always so fucking dialectical. Surely something good will come out the other side of it all - several resolutions to work differently, a scattering of new friendships, renewed familiarity with local take out, and right - a fabulous piece of theatre and a story that demands an honest telling.
So we interrupted our busy work lives to see my folks up near Arnprior (or "the Prior" if you live on the outskirts of this town on the outskirts of a city).
Looking at this shot makes me think that maybe we went walking around for excercise, sure, but also to measure ourselves in relation to trees.
I don't know, it means something to me.