Mark Lawes Laureate of the international residency program City of Paris/French Institute at Les Récollets for 2012
Produced & presented by Theatre Junction (Calgary) World Première!
Mar 6-9 & 13-16, 2013 // 8pm
The “global village” may not be a peaceful place. Everyone knows that villages have the best butchers. – Marshall McLuhan
Theatre Junction GRAND is proud to present the world première of Sometime between now and when the sun goes Supernova, the latest creation from Artistic Director and founder, Mark Lawes. This inspired and original multidisciplinary performance explores the subject of hybrid identities resulting from new modes of communication in an accelerated world. Inspired by Marshall McLuhan’s theories on media, the scientific writings on the origin of consciousness by Julian Jaynes, and Douglas Coupland’s tales for an accelerated culture, springs a work where fragments of living memories, bodies and hard drives collide in brilliant orange and purple. An artificial light illuminates a BBQ and a neon green lawn in the backyard of a suburban home. We are sometime “after” or sometime “before” in a time-space capsule – a movie set that recalls a hangover from last night’s party: tin foil, beer bottles, an old TV, a mattress, a Marilyn Monroe figurine, fried chicken bones, a Kurt Cobain t-shirt. There are flashes in the night – eyes, animal’s eyes, shining like knives.
For three months during the 2012 summer Lawes worked on his new creation as a laureate under the auspices of the City of Paris and the l’Instituit français international art-in-residence program at Les Récollets. Through his research and his collective engagement in multidisciplinary theatre creation, he has developed a distinctive aesthetic: an unbridled pop-art hybrid drawing the human fresco with a living and unique sensitivity. Since 2006, Lawes has been creating work with an international multidisciplinary company of artists in their home at Theatre Junction GRAND. Playing with the possibilities of live performance, Lawes continues to cross boundaries between artistic disciplines. His first trilogy, based on themes of death, desire and the Canadian west, received two national tours to Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, (On the Side of the Road, 2009) and Montreal’s Usine C (Lucy Lost Her Heart, 2012). With the start of a new trilogy, and Mark Lawes’ distinguished residency in France, he is poised to move his work onto the international stage.
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Lawes’s work… “is somewhere between a Velvet Underground concert, a Bertolt Brecht musical, and a David Lynch movie.” – Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald