The Double closed in Kitchener at the MT Space last weekend. In three short days we transformed a black rehearsal hall into a theatre and were met by extraordinary audiences. Here’s a note from an audience member who saw the show on closing night:
“Dear MT Space,
I just wanted to write and thank you for the amazing entertainment we received last Saturday with the final performance of The Double.
When my wife and I moved to KW a few years ago, one of our concerns was the possibility that a city of this size might not offer us the kind of cultural opportunities that can be found in major cities. While this is true to some degree, organizations like MT Space have allowed us to enjoy first rate theatre within walking distance. We were both incredibly impressed with all aspects of the show – the writing, the acting and the technical aspects were all great. My wife commented that the “ventriloquism” scene in particular was absolutely brilliant both in conception and delivery, and I couldn’t agree more.
My only regret is that I didn’t stand during the applause. I hate to think of all the mediocre performances I’ve been pressured into standing for at large, expensive theatres, and yet on Saturday, when I felt the actors truly deserved a standing ovation, I wasn’t brave enough to give them one. If you could pass along my apologies for that mistake to TheatreRUN, I’d appreciate it.
Thanks again. I look forward to seeing more from you in the future, especially at the Impact festival this fall.
We want to give many thanks to The Double team, to Majdi and everyone as MT Space and to Richard Rose and Andrea Romaldi at the Tarragon theatre for their continued support of the project. Stay tuned for more Double news closer to the Fall.
Here’s a look at how it all came together:
A 3 Day Experimental Acting Workshop with TheatreRUN’s
There are many well-worn clichés surrounding Lecoq and Stanislavski’s training methods: Lecoq actors are great movers but cannot speak or emote, while actors trained in the naturalistic way have great depth but little technique. Lecoq actors exaggerate too much, they’re all surface. Actors using Stanislavski’s methods are too small, it’s all on the inside.
One could say Lecoq taught the way of Body while Stanislavski the way of the Heart.
If you ask me this is bullshit. Pure BS.
All great acting is physical, mental and emotional. Both Lecoq and Stanislavski looked at the Body, the Mind and the Heart. They were both looking deeper towards a holistic technique for the actor. They both asked, What does it mean to be onstage?
Q: How do we get beyond the prejudice and clichés surrounding Lecoq and Stanislavski and find an approach that brings them together?
A: A Mash-Up between these two theatrical giants of the 20th Century.
A Mash-Up is when you blend two previously existing things (usually songs) and seamlessly transform them into something new.
Transformation is the key here: by taking key concepts from Stanislavski and reinterpreting them through key exercises by Lecoq we want to transform the process and open up new possibilities for actor training.
We want to take ole’ Jacques and Constantin and mix’em up, mash’em together and see what happens.
This workshop will consist of 3 intensive days of exploration including:
This workshop is suitable for all performers who are curious, wish to experiment and take their existing craft further.
A 3 Day Experimental Acting Workshop with TheatreRUN’s Adam Paolozza
JUNE 19, 20, 21st, 2013
@ Zuke Studios
1581 Dupont Street
(In the Junction – just West of Symington)
$150 + HST ($169)
($50 deposit required to hold your spot)
*Discount available for all union members*
Some scholarships available
Contact Adam at theatrerun.ensemble(at)gmail.com to sign up or for more info.
Our hit show The Double is playing four shows at Majdi Bou-Matar’s MT Space Theatre in Kitchener from Wednesday April 11 to Saturday April 13th!
Follow the progress of the show on twitter @adampaolozza
Box Office Information
Theatre Smith-Gilmour’s fantastic new show, As I Lay Dying, is playing for one more week at Theatre Passe Muraille.
This show is epic, touching, emotionally wrenching and humanely funny. It has an incredibly strong cast and carries an equally incredible vision of what theatre can be. And really, there is no one in Toronto doing the kind of work that Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith have been doing for over thirty years! Go see this show and learn about theatre. Learn about life.
Info on tickets etc here: www.theatresmithgilmour.com
…From the TSG website:
Theatre Smith-Gilmour’s As I Lay Dying has hit the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainstage and the reviews are in! Audiences love this gothic tale of the Bundren family’s grotesque journey across the Mississipi.
“A wonderful and vivid translation of William Faulkner’s As I lay Dying. You will swear you have seen live horses and rivers in flood and barns on fire as well as the strangest and most heartbreaking family on that Passe Muraille stage.”
– Michael Ondaatje
“Theatre Smith-Gilmour has created another triumph in As I Lay Dying by staging what many would consider an unstageable novel, successfully bringing out all its complex themes and cruel ironies.”
– Christopher Hoile, Stage Door (4 out of 5 Stars)
March 14, 2013
“The nightmarish landscape of As I Lay Dying is home territory for the remarkable Theatre Smith-Gilmour, which has been entertaining and challenging Toronto audiences for 30 years with consistently satisfying, imagistic theatre.”
– Robert Crew, Toronto Star (3 out of 4 Stars)
March 15, 2013
“Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith, principals of the long-running Theatre Smith-Gilmour, prove to be more than capable of meeting in a new stage adaptation that had its world première on the Theatre Passe Muraille mainstage Wednesday.”
– John Coulbourn, Toronto Sun (4 out of 5)
March 18, 2013
“The members of the cast are the future of theatre in this town. And I had forgotten the sheer and simple pleasure of the magic of live performance.”
– Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star
March 20, 2013
“Beautiful work, well done, I loved the physicality , compositions, and rhymes. “
– Kim Collier, Canadian Stage
We are proud to announce that our Dora Award winning production of Dostoevsky’s The Double has been included in The Tarragon Theatre’s 2013/14 season. And in such esteemed company!
We are currently in the middle of a 3-week Workspace at Tarragon developing the piece further. Thanks to Richard Rose and all the Tarragon gang for their continuing support.
The Double will be running in October and November 2013.
Stay tuned for dates, times and ticket information
Adapted for the stage by Adam Paolozza, Arif Mirabdolbaghi and Viktor Lukawski (with the assistance of Norah Sadava, Lisa Marie DiLiberto and Coleen MacPherson)
Directed by Adam Paolozza
Original Music by Arif Mirabdolbaghi (from the Juno nominated Canadian Metal band Protest The Hero)
Featuring Arif Mirabdolbaghi, Adam Paolozza and Viktor Lukawski
Lighting Design by Andre Du Toit
Set Design by Ken Mackenzie
Jon Kaplan interviewed Adam Paolozza about our new piece at Rhubarb : Shostakovich, 3 Days In Red.
“ Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich spent a nerve-racking weekend in 1961 waiting to be arrested by the Soviet police, his bags packed and waiting at the front door.
That situation inspired Adam Paolozza’s Shostakovich, Or Three Days In Red, a wordless music-and-movement piece underscored by the composer’s 8th String Quartet.
“I appreciate the concentration and size of chamber music,” offers Paolozza, creator of The Double and currently performing in Spent. “Given the small number of instruments, you can see the contour of the music. Somehow, its size suggests dance and movement to me.” …
Shostakovich, 3 Days In Red
@ Rhubarb February 27-March 3, nightly at 8:30pm
Click HERE for tickets and information
SPENT opened on Tuesday at the Young Centre to a fantastically warm house.
HERE’S 2 NEW RAVE REVIEWS:
“ Even if you are not interested in the financial crisis, the pure theatricality of Spent, the wonders that just two men can accomplish on a bare stage, is so great that the show should be required viewing for anyone who loves the theatre. For a small investment of time, you’ll get a great return.”
“I could’ve watched Jain and Paolozza all night. In fact, this is probably my only complaint: Spent is too short!”
We only have 4 SHOWS LEFT PEOPLE!!!!!
TONIGHT FEBRUARY 14TH @ 8PM
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16TH @ 2PM
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 21ST @ 8PM
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22ND @ 8PM
Call the YOUNG CENTRE BOX OFFICE : 416.866.8666
OR VISIT THE WEBSITE TO BUY TICKETS HERE: www.youngcentre.ca
SPENT returns to the Young Centre this week!!!
After winning a Dora award and playing to sold out houses in Edinburgh, Mumbai and NYC SPENT opens this Tuesday February 12 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts for a limited run of 6 performances.
“A wonderful combination of incisive satire and sharp physical comedy… Paolozza and Jain are impeccable!”
“After SPENT everything else might just seem a little boring… A rare phenomenon in English speaking Canada… I kid you not, what this company has achieved is important.”
Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Why Not Theatre and TheatreRUN in Association with the Young Centre for the Performing Arts present
SPENT is a fast paced, satirical commentary on the greed that caused the financial crisis. Conjuring the madness of the 2008 economic downturn, the comedic duo Jain and Paolozza spare no one, impersonating suicidal traders, the BBC world news, those who lost everything and especially the CEO bastards that took your money! Inspired by the techniques of silent film where humour, slapstick and pathos come together in the most imaginative way, SPENT will make you think and make you laugh… all the way to the bank.
Written by Dean Gilmour, Michele Smith, Adam Paolozza and Ravi Jain
Directed by Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith
Featuring Adam Paolozza and Ravi Jain
Kudos have to go to the COC for brining in world renowned theatre and opera director Peter Sellars to direct Wagner’s difficult, pro to-modern masterpiece.
So, don’t complain we never get world class spectacle in Toronto…and go see this show. I think that you can even get cheap, rush tickets so don’t use the bohemian excuse
Here’s a preview from the Toronto Star
Seminal pop thinker and ambient pioneer Brian Eno lays down some interesting thoughts in a Guardian interview from 2010: