Productions

EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE

Conceived and directed by Mark Lawes and created with Theatre Junction’s company of artists

A mediation through dance, music, and in particular body language and movement that transcends the limitations of verbal language   - Brad Simm, Beatroute

 

 

THEY TAUGHT US ABOUT THAT WORD, ‘UTOPIA’. THE GREEKS HAD TWO MEANINGS FOR IT: ‘EU-TOPOS’, MEANING THE GOOD PLACE, AND ‘U-TOPOS’ MEANING THE PLACE THAT CANNOT BE.

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere is set sometime after the cultural, economic, and political impasse of the 21st century. Inspired by the “last man” of Nietzsche and the “last woman” of Lana Del Rey, passing through the American dream to the other side of emptiness, it is an artistic exploration of the mechanics of the disenchantment of the Western world: How did we get here? What happened to us? Are we in a desert or on the set of a 1950s Hollywood western? In an expressionist cabaret or a decrepit motel room? On stage lies an empty billboard, a transmission radio, and four solitudes whose stories of broken love bring back memories that haunt us and, in part, define who we are. In Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere the future becomes a retrospective: it is an active inquiry into the possibility for re-enchantment, to be found in the cracks of lost and broken dreams.

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere combines theatre, performance art, pop music, and video installation. It deals with fragments, pieces of a puzzle, partial stories, lost memories, historical references, personal fantasies, and projections. The stage becomes a collective (re-) construction site, a space to sift through the archive of the past and imagine possible futures together. In contrast to traditional forms of narrative, Lawes and his troupe of actor/ dancer/musicians employ a thematic and aesthetic point of view to examine the work of some of our great cultural pillars, creating a type of active, communal meditation. Through the use of multiple languages and disciplines, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere explores the question of time and space and, in particular, the present moment in which we construct possible worlds together, in real time.

The task of rebuilding the world through a productive engagement with the past is a fluid, mobile exploration of hope and disappointment, nostalgia and mourning, of trying and failing repeatedly.” – F. Waubert de Puiseau (Referring to the creative process of Theatre Junction)

 

QUAND ILS EMPLOYAIENT LE MOT ‘UTOPIE’, LES GRECS VOULAIENT DIRE DEUX CHOSES: ‘EU-TOPOS’, LE LIEU DU BONHEUR ET ‘U-TOPOS’, LE LIEU QUI N’EST NULLE PART.

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere nous parle de connections et de déconnections, de d’enchantements et de désenchantements. Quelque temps après l’impasse culturel, économique, et politique du 21 ème siècle, le futur est jonché de bribes d’un sens à recomposer. La scène est un désert. Mirages. Quelque temps après l’impasse culturel, économique, et politique du 21ème siècle, le futur semble être une rétrospective. Sommes-nous dans un désert ou un décor de western hollywoodien? Un cabaret expressionniste ou une chambre de motel décrépite? Sur le plateau, un panneau publicitaire, vide. Des histoires d’amour brisées, en morceaux, comme ces souvenirs qui donnent une définition de qui nous sommes et finissent par nous hanter. Un journal. Quatre solitudes.

Du dernier homme de Nietzche à Lana Del Rey, en passant par la contemplation active de la structure archétypale pop du «rêve américain», Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere est une exploration de la mécanique du désenchantement du monde occidental, pour, peut-être tenter de trouver, dans ses failles, un ré-enchantement des possibles.

Theatre Junction considère la scène comme le lieu actif de la construction de la société, un espace dédié à négociation les futurs possibles au sein du collectif. Dans cette nouvelle création s’empilent traumatismes et souvenirs, ainsi que les endroits de connections et de déconnections de nos identités avec la perspective historique, l’inconscient collectif, ainsi que le monde dans lequel nous vivons.

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere se situe aux frontières de la performance, du théâtre, de la musique pop, de l’art vidéo et des nouvelles technologies. Rejetant la narration littérale depuis maintenant plusieurs années, Mark Lawes et les artistes de la compagnie Theatre Junction opèrent du point de vue thématique et esthétique et sondent de façon ludique les vacillements de notre époque. En faisant sans cesse jouer forme et contenu, et grâce à la coexistence de di!érents langages et disciplines, c’est la question de l’espacetemps, mais aussi l’époque que nous cherchons à vivre qui est finalement mise au travail dans l’espace-temps qui est aussi le présent partagé du théâtre.

Le travail de reconstruction du monde passe par un rapport actif avec le passé, qui se traduit par une exploration fluide et mobile de la question de l’espoir et du désenchantement, de la nostalgie et du deuil, sous la forme d’une répétition-variation des tentatives et des échecs.” – F. Waubert de Puiseau

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BeatRoute Interview w/ Mark Lawes and Raphaelle Thiriet – Everybody Knows This is Nowhere: Theatre Junction’s Provocative Pop Meditation

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

 

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

 

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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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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