Mark Lawes and Theatre Junction’s Company of Artists is 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. Their latest piece SOMETIME BETWEEN NOW AND WHEN THE SUN GOES SUPERNOVA premiered March 6, 2013 at Theatre Junction GRAND, received with rave reviews!
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
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
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.
“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 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.
“[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
For touring inquires please contact Mark Lawes at email@example.com
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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 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.