New Creation

Mark Lawes and Theatre Junction’s Company of Artists are a performance ensemble, which, since its inception in 2006, has presented itself as markedly international, multilingual, and multidisciplinary. Comprised of a unique combination of people, skills, disciplines, and backgrounds, the artistic company includes actors, dancers, musicians and visual artists. Together they create new works in English and French and the multiple languages of artistic practice and origin to create a theatre performance that represents a composite of our place and time.

SOMETIME BETWEEN NOW AND WHEN THE SUN GOES SUPERNOVA

Mark Lawes (Calgary)

Laureate of the international residency program City of Paris/French Institute at Les Récollets for 2012

THEATRE/VIDEO/DANCE/MUSIC

Produced and Presented by Theatre Junction

The “global village” may not be a peaceful place.  Everyone knows that villages have the best butchers. – Marshall McLuhan

Created in 2013 in Calgary, Sometime between now and when the sun goes Supernova is Mark Lawes’ new multidisciplinary creation for a hyper-accelerated world, where the familiar rubs shoulders with the strange. Inspired by Marshall McLuhan’s theories on media which essentially predicted the internet 50 years before its application, Sometime between now and when the sun goes Supernova is an inquest, one that investigates manifestations of personal isolation in an increasingly connected globalized world.  The performers are caught on the soundstage of a B-horror movie or a pornographic film; yet the setting could be a suburban home.  Amnesia flirts with psychosis in a world where we feel the convulsions of a hyperactive, digital, consumer society. Sometime between now and when the sun goes Supernova will be presented at Théâtre Aux Ecuries in Montréal from May 28 – 30, 2014.

Créé en 2013 à Calgary, Sometime Between Now And When The Sun Goes Supernova, la dernière création de Mark Lawes est une exploration de notre culture accélérée, où l’étrange frôle le familier. Cette nouvelle création s’inspire des théories de Marshall Macluhan qui prédit l’avènement d’internet 50 ans avant son invention. Il observe  le développement des nouveaux medias et prédit leur impact sur l’individu et la société.  Sometime between now and when the sun goes Supernova investit nos perceptions et le sentiment d’isolation grandissant qui git dans  notre monde globalisé censé être toujours mieux “connecté”.  Les acteurs de Supernova semblent piégés dans les vestiges d’un plateau d’un film d’horreur de série B, ou bien d’un film pornographique et pourtant, ce décor, pourrait aussi être celui notre propre maison. Dans cet endroit entre l’après et l’avant, la perte de mémoire côtoie la psychose, et les dernières convulsions d’une société consumériste. Sometime between now and when the sun goes Supernova sera accueilli et présenté au Théâtre Aux Ecuries à Montréal au printemps 2014.

“The juxtaposition of the suburban and the solitude… is stunning and moving”    - Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald

 “SUPERNOVA amplifies the discordance of our modern hyper-reality, illuminating the dream-like state of the global village”    - Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary

For three months during the summer of 2012, Lawes and his team developed Sometime between now and when the sun goes Supernova under the auspices of the City of Paris and the l’Instituit français international art-in-residence program at Les Récollets. Since 2006, Lawes has been creating work with a multidisciplinary company of artists. His writing for the stage is created organically out of a friction between fragments of history, visual art, contemporary dance, music, and an alphabet of material coming from dramaturgical research. 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). This year the company will be presented at Théâtre Aux Ecuries in Montréal from May 28-30, 2014 with Sometime between now and when the sun goes Supernova, and then in September for an artistic residency that will host the first phase of their next creation.  This work is poised to break out for the national and international scene.

Pour ce projet, Mark Lawes a été lauréat de 3 mois de Résidence Internationale aux Récollets, soutenu par la mairie de Paris et l’Institut Français. Depuis 2006, il travaille et crée avec un collectif d’artistes unique dans sa diversité. Avec eux, il développe une écriture de plateau singulière, résultat d’une friction entre textes, histoires, danse contemporaine, arts visuels, musique live et vidéo. Il créé son propre langage artistique dans l’intention de rendre poreuses les frontières et les disciplines. Explorant toutes les possibilités de la temporalité scénique, Lawes n’a de cesse de confronter et de croiser les disciplines. Avec sa compagnie, il développe une première trilogie sur le thème de la mort du désir et de l’ouest canadien et a reçu l’accueil de théâtres nationaux comme Harbourfront Center à Toronto, (On the Side of the Road, 2009) ainsi que Usine C à Montréal (Lucy Lost Her Heart, 2012). Cette année, sa compagnie sera accueillie en tournée au Théâtre Aux Ecuries à Montréal en mai 2014 avec Sometime between now and when the sun goes Supernova ainsi qu’en septembre de la même année pour une résidence artistique Aux Ecuries qui accueillera les premier jalons de sa prochaine création. Son travail est destiné à la scène nationale et internationale.

[A] brilliantly conceived multimedia exploration of interstices, both temporal and spatial, that we, as members of Western society, currently find ourselves in”  -Prof. Maria Euchner, PhD, University of Calgary

 

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Review by Stephen Hunt of the Calgary Herald – Theatre Junction offers surreal, funny & thoughtful skewering of our times

BeatRoute Interview w/ Mark Lawes – A quantum take on the everyday

Mark Lawes featured as SWERVE Calgary Arts ALL-STAR

Calgary Herald Interview w/ Mark Lawes – Ghost of Marshall McLuhan summoned for Theatre Junction’s new creation

Recon Article & Review – SUPERNOVA examines our accelerated culture

For touring inquires please contact Mark Lawes at mark@theatrejunction.com

PRODUCTIONS
*New!* Everybody knows this is Nowhere  2014/15
Sometime between now and when the sun goes Supernova   2012/13 & 2013/14
Lucy Lost Her Heart   2010/11 & 2011/12
On the Side of the Road    2008/09
Little Red River   2007/08

Theatre Junction (Calgary) Conceived and directed by Mark Lawes. Created with Theatre Junction’s company of artists in French and English

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TOURING

Touring has been part of the company’s mandate since it’s inception in 2006. It is an opportunity to share the identity, dreams and the particular landscape of the Canadian West with an international community.

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