Monthly Archives: January 2011

Winter season

2011: The year of the Fool

Every new year I consult the Tarot, that great arbiter of Chance, for a little arcane clairvoyance. As I was in India over the holidays and not near my cards I couldn’t check right away but when I began rehearsals for Artaud last week I pulled a card at random. Quel chance! It was Le Mat (The Fool)!
According to the Tarot of Marseille the Fool signals creation, innovation, a new departure, abandoning everything. The Fool places himself on the fringe of ordinary existence.

So, under the aegis of the Fool we wish you a year filled with inspiration and innovation.
May all your creative comings and goings in 2011 bear the such foolish blessings.


NEW PRODUCTIONS, INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS, STAGED READINGS…please read below about what we have planned for Winter 2011…



photo by Matt Smith

Artaud: un portrait en décomposition

February 16-19 & 23-26, 2011 8pm

Presentée en co-production avec/
Presented in co-production with

Théâtre Français de Toronto

Cruelty, madness and beauty.
Through his poems and letters and through the memories of his closest friends Artaud: un portrait en décomposition presents an unflinching theatrical portrait of Antonin Artaud.
We invite you to join us in celebrating the incandescent poetry and sublime violence of Artaud’s language and thought.

“La vie et de brûler des questions. ” -Antonin Artaud

avec/featuring Adam Paolozza
and Coleen MacPherson
mis en scène/direction Michele Smith
éclairagiste/lighting design Kim Purtell

performance in French/performance en français

$20 available at the door

Wednesday to Satuday, February 16-19, 23-26 @ 8pm

Bureaux et Centre de création
21, rue College • Bureau 610
Toronto ON M5G 2B3
TÉLÉPHONE : 416.534.7303

with the generous assistance of the Ontario Arts Council
avec l’assistance genereux du Conseil des Arts de l’Ontario


L’Empire de la nuit

February 22, 2011 7:30pm

conception et jeu Adam Paolozza
musique Prince Nifty
pour L’Alliance Française de Toronto

Soirée unique/One night only

Mise en lecture/Staged reading
Presented in partnership with the Alliance Français de Toronto

Dans la nuit, pendant l’Heure bleue, un homme est assis auprés de sa fenetre, regardant la nuit à travers. C’est une espace de calme, de rêve et de songe. L’homme s’ouvre aux rhythmes et forces nocturnes.

L’Empire de la nuit (The Empire of Night) is a poetic and musical hommage to the night. The audience is invited to enter into a series of aural and visual ‘poem spaces’ for an experience at once intimate, mysterious and dreamlike.

…inspired by the writing of Fernando Pessoa and the installations of Belgian artist Jan Fabrelink name


Marcello Magni commedia dell’arte workshop

March 26-31, 2011

In partnership with Why Not Theatre and with support from the Canada Council for the Arts

It is with great pleasure that we are offering a workshop this March with Marcello Magni!
A co-founder Théâtre de Complicité and a regular collaborator with Peter Brook, Marcello is a world class performer, director and teacher.
Stretch your physical and gestural vocabulary and develop your creative imagination during this intensive exploration into one of the theatre’s oldest and most mysterious disciplines – commedia dell’arte

March 26 – March 31, 2011

cost: $525.00 ($464.50 plus HST)
*some scholarships are available

Space is limited to 24 participants
to register please email:


The Pasolini Project

March 2011

…stay tuned for more info about a staged reading of The Pasolini Project at the Canadian Stage’s Spotlight: Italy festival…