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I & I

A reinterpretation of a scene from Chekhov's The Seagull.

 

"Music plays from a nearby bush and Vik Hovanisian appears in the foliage wearing a long, flowing black dress and does an interpretive dance. It’s quite impressive and graceful. She tells us quietly about her background, the meaning of her name and that she has lived in various European cities. She is a French and Canadian multidisciplinarian artist who works in several languages—many of which she spoke during her segment. She lead us out of the woods and into the park where we sat in chairs and she sat on the ground and asked us questions to get to know us better. The questions were thoughtful, not intrusive, certainly made us think about things that were important to us, and created a connection to her. Fascinating."

Lynn Slotkin

Co-created/written: D. Bartolini, V. Hovanisian

Images: L. Hovanisian & M. Jbara

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Spectators' Odyssey
o dell'Inferno

Inspired by Homer’s The Odyssey and Dante's Inferno, the terms 'Odyssey' and 'Inferno' are used as metaphors and re-imagined to be two distinct epic journeys for the audience: BLUE and RED. In BLUE, audiences voyage through the remote parts of the backstage areas of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, rediscovering what it means to be a “spectator.” In RED, audiences venture through the streets of the surrounding neighbourhood, finding themselves inside the St. Lawrence Market after-hours – a place of exchange where worlds meet through stories. The project borrows the great sense of wonder of the poems that inspired it, with each audience member becoming a modern-day Ulysses and Dante: a voyager.

Co-created: DLT and multiple artists

Photography: Zahra Saleki

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Her Sweetness

Certain acts dazzle us and light up blurred surfaces, if our eyes are sharp enough to see them in a flash, for the beauty of a living thing can be grasped only fleetingly. To pursue it during its changes leads us inevitably to the moment when it ceases, for it cannot last a lifetime. And to analyze it, that is, to pursue it in time with the sight and the imagination, is to view it in its decline, for following the marvelous moment in which it reveals itself, it diminishes in intensity.

Jean Genet, Miracle of the Rose

An experimental and improvised performance based on Elle by Jean Genet, with the Other HeArts collective.

Co-created: Vik Hovanisian & Other HeArts

Photography: John Gundy

You Asked for a Story

A war. From elsewhere, the violence that besets us can seem distant, unreal.

But bombs rain down on cities and villages, they fall on naked heads. Phosphorus scorches ancient woods. Mercenaries hack bare necks, human necks. Schools, hospitals, churches and houses fall to pieces under heavy shells. And here, now, still, oil’s filthy dollars buy the silence of a willing world. What is a world? There are many, and we are trapped within one.

Text: M. D. Pettit, V. Hovanisian, L. Glück, H. Arendt

Virus

From these peculiarities, these mysteries, these contradictions and these symptoms we must construct the spiritual physiognomy of a disease which progressively destroys the organism like a pain which, as it intensifies and deepens, multiplies its resources and means of access at every level of the sensibility.

Antonin Artaud, The Theatre & The Plague

Experimental work exploring creation and confinement, presented for Fringe TO 2020.

Co-creation

Dir: H. Thomas

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One Night

Set in contemporary Lebanon, One Night follows the journey of Abdulhakim, a young man tortured by the loss of his brother. Dissociated from his homeland and himself, he returns to reckon with the origins and outcomes of violence. Throughout, he is guided, challenged, healed, and rejected by Scheherezade, an apparition of the original story teller of the 1001 Arabian Nights, and the repository of memory for Abdulhakim and his ancestors. Incorporating performance art, storytelling and theatre, One Night interrogates how the stories of the past can inform, transform, heal and render the wounds of the present.

Text: Y. Kadura

Dir: H. Thomas

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24H de Créations Clandestines

Set in contemporary Lebanon, One Night follows the journey of Abdulhakim, a young man tortured by the loss of his brother. Dissociated from his homeland and himself, he returns to reckon with the origins and outcomes of violence. Throughout, he is guided, challenged, healed, and rejected by Scheherezade, an apparition of the original story teller of the 1001 Arabian Nights, and the repository of memory for Abdulhakim and his ancestors. Incorporating performance art, storytelling and theatre, One Night interrogates how the stories of the past can inform, transform, heal and render the wounds of the present.

Text by Yousef Kadura

Directed by Harri Thomas

What is the role of the artist in a climate emergency? (…) In these times, I feel quite powerless with respect to the environmental crisis, which certainly represents one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century… If theatre is a product of human creativity and allows us to imagine alternatives, let us come together to find solutions to the crisis. We who create imaginations, we have a duty. That of reflecting the context of the world in which we, too, live. It would be our job to listen, look, touch, feel and even taste what’s around us and to put it all into question.

Dillon Orr, Artistic Director

 

An intimate, ambulatory journey unfolding in the hidden corners of La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins, Ottawa, that brings together French artists from across Ontario. The artists have 24 hours to create a whole work. In small groups, the artists will create a performance in areas of the theatre usually inaccessible to the wider public (e.g., dressing rooms, laundry, box office, kitchen, security halls and control rooms). The audience wanders from place to place to see these different pieces, which together constitute a single, in situ and eclectic oeuvre.

Dir: D. Orr

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