Sunny, the official SummerWorks mascot, interviewed Artaud co-creator and performer Adam Paolozza about the upcoming show…there was, however, a slight communication problem…
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
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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
Intro To Lecoq Training
with Adam Paolozza of TheatreRUN
Curious about the Lecoq School? Ever wondered how the training works?
This unique, 5 day workshop offers students an intensive introduction to Lecoq training.
During each session we will focus on the following areas:
The Moving Body: Using physical exercises and exploring Mime-based technique students will improve rhythm, balance and develop powerful tools for gestural expression.
The Body in Play: Students will develop their acting muscles through various games, improvisations exploring the dramatic territories of Commedia dell’arte, Clown (Beckett), Tragedy (Shakespeare) and Melodrama (Chekhov).
We will also explore the Neutral Mask, using leather masks made by Amleto Sartori
The Lecoq pedagogy explores the powerful link between emotion, expression and movement.
‘Tout bouge’ – Jacques Lecoq.
This is a unique opportunity for performers, directors, writers or choreographers of all skill levels, who are interested discovering the underlying laws of theatre and how the body, gesture and the theatrical space express passion.
WHEN: October 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 from 10am-3pm
WHERE: Zuke Studios, 1581 Dupont Street (in the Junction, just West of Symington).
20% discount for all union members OR if you sign up on or before before September 30th
*SOME SUBSIDIES AVAILABLE)*
Contact Adam Paolozza for more details:
Adam Paolozza is an award winning performer, director and teacher. He is artistic director of TheatreRUN (Spent, Artaud: un portrait en décomposition, The Double) and Urjo Kareda resident at the Tarragon Theatre. He’s a graduate of École Jacques Lecoq and studied mime with the Decroux company Intrepido and commedia dell’arte with Théâtre de Complicité’s Marcello Magni.
He has taught workshops in Lecoq based training all over Canada, in the USA, Europe and Asia.
Dark Poet, a maid’s breast
Embittered poet, life seethes
And life burns,
And the sky reabsorbs itself in rain,
Your pen scratches at the heart of life.
Forest, forest, alive with your eyes,
On multiple pinions;
With storm-bound hair,
The poets mount horses, dogs.
Eyes fume, tongues stir,
The heavens surge into our senses
Like blue mother’s milk;
Women, harsh vinegar hearts,
I hang suspended from your mouths.
Umbilical Limbo 1926
Translated by Victor Corti
“The Theatre of Cruelty has been created in order to restore to the theatre a passionate and convulsive conception of life, and it is in this sense of violent rigour and extreme condensation of scenic elements that the cruelty on which it is based must be understood. This cruelty, which will be bloody when necessary but not systematically so, can thus be identified with a kind of severe moral purity which is not afraid to pay life the price it must be paid.”
– Antonin Artaud, The Theatre of Cruelty
“All writing is pigshit. People who leave the obscure and try to define whatever it is that goes on in their heads, are pigs…. Those for whom certain words have meaning, and certain manners of being; those who are so fussy; those for whom emotions are classifiable, and who quibble over some degree or other of their hilarious classifications; those who still believe in ‘terms,’ those who brandish whatever ideologies belong to the hierarchy of the times, who talk of contemporary currents of thought; those who still believe in some orientation of the spirit, those who follow paths, who drop names, who fill books with screaming headlines …are the worst kind of pigs. “
-Antonin Artaud, Umbilical Limbo
The Pursuit of Fecality
(La recherche de la Fecalité)
There where it smells of shit
it smells of being.
Man could just as well not have shat,
not have opened the anal pouch,
but he chose to shit
as he would have chosen to live
instead of consenting to live dead.
Because in order not to make caca,
he would have had to consent
not to be,
but he could not make up his mind to lose
that is, to die alive.
There is in being
something particularly tempting for man
and this something is none other than
To exist one need only let oneself be,
but to live,
one must be someone,
to be someone,
one must have a BONE,
not be afraid to show the bone,
and to lose the meat in the process.
Man has always preferred meat
to the earth of bones.
Because there was only earth and wood of bone,
and he had to earn his meat,
there was only iron and fire
and no shit,
and man was afraid of losing shit
or rather he desired shit
and, for this, sacrificed blood.
In order to have shit,
that is, meat,
where there was only blood
and a junkyard of bones
and where there was no being to win
but where there was only life to lose.
o reche modo
do padera coco
At this point, man withdrew and fled.
Then the animals ate him.
It was not a rape,
he lent himself to the obscene meal.
He relished it,
he learned himself
to act like an animal
and to eat rat
And where does this foul debasement come from?
The fact that the world is not yet formed,
or that man has only a small idea of the world
and wants to hold on to it forever?
This comes from the fact that man,
one fine day,
the idea of the world.
Two paths were open to him:
that of the infinite without,
that of the infinitesimal within.
And he chose the infinitesimal within.
Where one need only squeeze
or the glans.
And god, god himself squeezed the movement.
Is God a being?
If he is one, he is shit.
If he is not one
he does not exist.
But he does not exist,
except as the void that approaches with all its forms
whose most perfect image
is the advance of an incalculable group of crab lice.
“You are mad Mr. Artaud, what about the mass?”
I deny baptism and the mass.
There is no human act,
on the internal erotic level,
more pernicious than the descent
of the so-called jesus-christ
onto the altars.
No one will believe me
and I can see the public shrugging its shoulders
but the so-called christ is none other than he
who in the presence of the crab louse god
consented to live without a body,
while an army of men
descended from a cross,
to which god thought he had long since nailed them,
and, armed with steel,
with fire, and with bones,
advances, reviling the Invisible
to have done with GOD’S JUDGMENT.
Here’s our thoughts on Artaud, our production and the festival in general
Tickets available HERE
Playing at the Scotia Bank Studio Theatre at Pia Bouman’s Studio
6 Noble Street, Toronto, Ontario
Tickets are now on sale HERE
Written by Michele Smith and Adam Paolozza using letters and poems by ANTONIN ARTAUD
Directed by Michele Smith
Featuring Coleen MacPherson and Adam Paolozza
Lighting design by Kim Purtell
“Intimate…beautiful…the kind of work we want to see more of in Toronto.”
- Sophie Perceval, TFO – Radio Canada
- Marjorie Murhpy, Radio Canada
“Stylish and cinematic”
- Patricia Marceau, actor/director
We just returned from a successful two week run of SPENT at the Queens Theatre in NYC. We played to smiling audiences, old and young alike. It was incredible to feel the response from an American audience to a show we had always felt should be played in the USA.
Here’s some audience feedback from the show:
“This is a seriously funny show by the extremely talented physical comedians Adam Paolozza and Ravi Jain. And don’t be scared off by the fact that it’s in Queens…”
-Max Dana, New York actor and mask maker www.mister-face.com
“Loved the show SPENT!! Ravi and Adam were so damn funny, even if they are Canadian! hahaha
They touched on many highlights of the current economic crisis and delivered it with perfect timing and humor. Thanks guys! There are some graphic scenes involving way-too-big boxer shorts and chest hair but it still rates a 5 star in my book!”
“This show hits the nail on the head with every single act. if I were Siskel & Ebert – I’d give it two thumbs up, since im not, I give it two snaps and a big circle!”
READ our exclusive interview in the Toronto Star HERE
READ more about what the audience had to say here