Building Rooms

Montréal - Montréal - Theatre

  2013 Archive - Edition

Photo Credit : Photo Shane Krepakevich

Montréal - Montréal

Organizers

Composite Theatre Co. (Website)
info@compositetheatre.org

Collaborators

Alexis Diamond, Shane Krepakevich

Target market

Adults

Languages

English

For more information

514-845 2378

Summary

A set of monologues for performer and malleable sculpture.

Detailed description

We propose to present a 30-minute performance every hour, between 1 and 4 p.m. (at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.) both Saturday and Sunday of Les Journées de la Culture.  The performance will consist of a 10-minute set of monologues capturing a moment of crisis in the relationship between a performer and a malleable sculpture that serves as both set and interlocutor. This 10-minute text will be repeated by three different solo performers in succession. The text will always be the same, but inevitably, something about the interpretation or presentation will change with each performer. The interplay between performer and structure initiates a crisis of engagement, imbuing the set/interlocutor with properties or personality based on its form and its mode of inhabiting the space.

The purpose behind this interplay between performance and installation is the realization that sculpture could easily be described as a set whose characters are absent, and performance as the manifestation of character, supported by a provisional set. In this piece, we scale theatre down to a direct physicality, while elaborating sculpture into dramatic narrative. The Freestanding Room seems the ideal location for such an experiment.

 

Shane Krepakevich has training in geology and contemporary art. He produces objects, writing and exhibition projects exploring the mediative role and figurative quality of objects in everyday life as well as a general notion of form unhinged from a specific, set physicality. Recent projects have been realized with Art Metropole (Toronto), Galérie Verticale (Laval), Gendai Workstation (Toronto), and Mobile Museum(Italy/China). Recent writing has been published by Palimpsest and Volume.

Alexis Diamond is a playwright, opera librettist and translator based in Montreal. Get Stuffed! (composer Richard Payne)her opera for young audiences about healthy eating, has been seen by over 15,000 Ontario students; a bilingual DVD of the opera is slated for release this year. The one-act opera for adults,The Perfect Screw (composer Abigail Richardson) was nominated for a 2009 Dora Mavor Moore Award. Her play Strange Land won the 2008 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition. Alexis was awarded an IPOLC grant from the Canada Council for the Arts/Heritage Canada to develop the musical Ride (composer Nick Carpenter, with percussionist Kristie Ibrahim); an Opera.ca Creation Program Fellowship; and a Banff Centre Leighton Studio Residency. In addition to translating several concert-plays for young audiences, she is currently working on a translation of the award-winning play Vipérine, by Pascal Brullemans.