Productions

SOMETIME BETWEEN NOW AND WHEN THE SUN GOES SUPERNOVA
Sometime between now and when the sun goes Supernova Theatre Junction (Calgary) Conceived and directed by Mark Lawes, created with Theatre Junction’s company of artists in French and English

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

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.

<< If I turn off the computer, I’m gone >>

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

LUCY LOST HER HEART
Lucy Lost Her Heart Theatre Junction (Calgary) Conceived and directed by Mark Lawes, created with Theatre Junction’s company of artists in French and English

Haunting, catastrophic, addicting — this performance covers all bases. - Lifestyle Magazine

Wide open, spare – equal parts beautiful and unnervingly empty. - The Calgary Herald

New Creation

Once upon a time there was the town of Lucy. The town itself, now a ghost town, was founded on a coal bed whose exploitation was the birthmark of all of the townspeople. Its land is covered with the thick coat of ice that a devastating cataclysm has left behind. The townsfolk have retreated to a myriad of underground tunnels, suspended in time, prisoners of their labyrinth, stuck like flies in honey. Pocahontas, Lost Soldier, FLIP, Red, Pierre and a prehistoric bear wander the corridors amongst stories told, woven, unwoven in an attempt to understand their new reality, searching for a way out. ‘We are the stories that we tell ourselves…’ the shattered character of Pocahontas tells us, “…without them we would surely already be dead.” Lucy Lost Her Heart interrogates the violence of the past in relation to the possibilities for the future.  Can our desire to “return home” lead us through the pain and anxiety of what the future might hold? The underground city of Lucyland opens onto a surreal landscape of stories and dreams as the characters attempt to understand their new reality, and to reinterpret themselves in a world where inventing stories makes the future possible. After premièring at Theatre Junction GRAND in March 2011, Mark Lawes and Theatre Junction’s company of artists have been invited to tour to Usine C in Montreal as part of their 2011/12 season of international performance.

Lucy lost her heart / Mark Lawes from UsineC on Vimeo.

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

ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD
On the Side of the Road Theatre Junction Conceived and directed by Mark Lawes and created with Theatre Junction’s company of artists in French and English

“****”- a smart, big-hearted, sexy, strange, hallucinatory, Franco-western-Canadian piece of cottage country mythology - Calgary Herald

In an unbridled pop-hybrid, this multidisciplinary event created and performed by Theatre Junction’s Company of Artists, opens a door on a playful and moving new aesthetic, drawing the human fresco with a living and unique sensitivity. Samuel Clement was born in Lac La Biche in Northern Alberta. At the age of 24, he writes the novel On the Side of the Road, which is largely ignored by his Canadian contemporaries, but as fate would have it, becomes a cult classic in Europe.  He leaves Canada to live in Berlin where his book is published.  One night at a party in an old Stasi prison in East Berlin, Samuel meets Alice, a young artist who is working on the reproduction of pigs on aluminum plaques. Following a series of dizzy spells and panic attacks, Samuel is diagnosed with Stendhal Syndrome. While recovering in Hôpital St Anne, he receives news of his father’s death from an unknown Uncle Bill.  Advised by the doctors to leave Europe for the sake of his health, Samuel and Alice decide to return to Canada to claim his inheritance, the family cabin at Lac La Biche. One evening, the unknown Uncle Bill arrives with his mysterious companion, Lola, to throw a BBQ in memory of Samuel’s father. The party turns sour and Alice drives off into the night drunk and in despair.  She runs into a deer on the side of the road. In a state of shock, Alice picks up the dying deer and carries it for miles on her shoulders before collapsing by the lake and falling into a deep unconscious state. On the Side of the Road premiered in Calgary March of 2009, and was invited to perform in 2010 as part of Harbourfront Centre’s Worldstage in Toronto.

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Review by Stephen Hunt in the Calgary Herald

Critical Perspective by Michael Thomas Taylor

Critical Perspective by Natalie Meisner

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

LITTLE RED RIVER
Little Red River Theatre Junction (Calgary) Conceived and directed by Mark Lawes. Created with Theatre Junction’s company of artists in French and English

This is a revolution! - Almut Wagner

Harry Smith is born with an uncertain past. Something happened in 1971 that changed everything, but he can’t remember what it was. This unremembered event is the catalyst for his work as a metal smith and sculptor. He is constantly forging and melting his own past into multiple shapes, as his thoughts and dreams are populated with the ghosts of the past.  These ghosts live with him, in his gallery, in his studio, in the shadows of his mind. But something clicks when Harry meets Rose, the girl who collects butterflies, the girl whose eyes are his eyes. Little Red River seeks out the relationship between reality and one’s personal point of view or experience of it. Each time we remember, we create a new memory of the memory.  Memory is always changing. A memory of an event does not always tell the true story.   What happened? When did it happen? Did it really happen? Little Red River becomes the scenic landscape of the memory of Harry Smith. Little Red River premièred in Calgary in March of 2008.

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Letter by Almut Wagner

Critical Perspective by Michael Thomas Taylor

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

2 Responses to “Productions”

  1. Colin Doroschuk October 15, 2011 11:31 pm #

    The infinitely strange and beautiful landscapes of imagination need to be explored, mapped out, and created … I’m always glad to see people doing it … a great service to all

  2. Veronica February 28, 2012 8:56 pm #

    You guys should do Little Red River again :)

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