A little Q & A with Adam Paolozza a propos le Double…
Torontowide.com came in to film a clip of The Double last week. Here’s a sneak peek at the average morning chez Golyadkin…
We’ve begun rehearsals again for The Double at Tarragon yesterday…We open October 23rd with previews October 15-22. Check www.tarragontheatre.com/season/1314/the-double/ for more info on tickets, etc.
Our co-production with DLT Teatro from Florence ofMidway Along The Journey Of Our Life is selling-out at SummerWorks!
Here’s what the reviews are saying:
-“lost in a dream like world…fragmented…exciting”
-“Midway Along the Journey of Our Life requires a lot of trust and confidence from both its artists and participants. If you feel comfortable joining in the action, you’re in for a treat: Walking along Queen West, behind a white rabbit on stilts, while wearing a pilot’s uniform and carrying a locked briefcase, was pretty magical.”
-“…there’s nothing I’ve ever seen that I could compare that to. What I ignorantly signed myself up for was something 100 times more exciting than I expected…Another highlight of the Summerworks theatre festival….”
There are only 5 DAYS LEFT to see it…Wednesay-Saturday this week.
…that the title Midway Along The Journey Of Our Life is inspired from Dante’s Inferno? It comes from the first canto of La Divina Commedia?
Show opens on this Thursday, August 8! Get tickets here
Here’s the whole first canto:
The Divine Comedy : Inferno: Canto I
|Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,
ché la diritta via era smarrita.Ahi quanto a dir qual era è cosa dura
esta selva selvaggia e aspra e forte
che nel pensier rinova la paura!Tant’ è amara che poco è più morte;
ma per trattar del ben ch’i’ vi trovai,
dirò de l’altre cose ch’i’ v’ho scorte.
Io non so ben ridir com’ i’ v’intrai,10
Ma poi ch’i’ fui al piè d’un colle giunto,
guardai in alto e vidi le sue spalle
Allor fu la paura un poco queta,
E come quei che con lena affannata,
così l’animo mio, ch’ancor fuggiva,
Poi ch’èi posato un poco il corpo lasso,
Ed ecco, quasi al cominciar de l’erta,
e non mi si partia dinanzi al volto,
Temp’ era dal principio del mattino,
mosse di prima quelle cose belle;40
l’ora del tempo e la dolce stagione;
Questi parea che contra me venisse
Ed una lupa, che di tutte brame
questa mi porse tanto di gravezza
E qual è quei che volontieri acquista,
tal mi fece la bestia sanza pace,
Mentre ch’i’ rovinava in basso loco,
Quando vidi costui nel gran diserto,
Rispuosemi: «Non omo, omo già fui,
Nacqui sub Iulio, ancor che fosse tardi,70
Poeta fui, e cantai di quel giusto
Ma tu perché ritorni a tanta noia?
«Or se’ tu quel Virgilio e quella fonte
«O de li altri poeti onore e lume,
Tu se’ lo mio maestro e ’l mio autore,
Vedi la bestia per cu’ io mi volsi;
«A te convien tenere altro vïaggio»,
ché questa bestia, per la qual tu gride,
e ha natura sì malvagia e ria,
Molti son li animali a cui s’ammoglia,100
Questi non ciberà terra né peltro,
Di quella umile Italia fia salute
Questi la caccerà per ogne villa,
Ond’ io per lo tuo me’ penso e discerno
ove udirai le disperate strida,
e vederai color che son contenti
A le quai poi se tu vorrai salire,
ché quello imperador che là sù regna,
In tutte parti impera e quivi regge;
E io a lui: «Poeta, io ti richeggio130
che tu mi meni là dov’ or dicesti,
Allor si mosse, e io li tenni dietro.
|Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say
What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,
Which in the very thought renews the fear.So bitter is it, death is little more;
But of the good to treat, which there I found,
Speak will I of the other things I saw there.
I cannot well repeat how there I entered,10
But after I had reached a mountain’s foot,
Upward I looked, and I beheld its shoulders,
Then was the fear a little quieted
And even as he, who, with distressful breath,
So did my soul, that still was fleeing onward,
After my weary body I had rested,
And lo! almost where the ascent began,
And never moved she from before my face,
The time was the beginning of the morning,
At first in motion set those beauteous things;40
The hour of time, and the delicious season;
He seemed as if against me he were coming
And a she-wolf, that with all hungerings
She brought upon me so much heaviness,
And as he is who willingly acquires,
E’en such made me that beast withouten peace,
While I was rushing downward to the lowland,
When I beheld him in the desert vast,
He answered me: “Not man; man once I was,
‘Sub Julio’ was I born, though it was late,70
A poet was I, and I sang that just
But thou, why goest thou back to such annoyance?
“Now, art thou that Virgilius and that fountain
“O, of the other poets honour and light,
Thou art my master, and my author thou,
Behold the beast, for which I have turned back;
“Thee it behoves to take another road,”
Because this beast, at which thou criest out,
And has a nature so malign and ruthless,
Many the animals with whom she weds,100
He shall not feed on either earth or pelf,
Of that low Italy shall he be the saviour,
Through every city shall he hunt her down,
Therefore I think and judge it for thy best
Where thou shalt hear the desperate lamentations,
And thou shalt see those who contented are
To whom, then, if thou wishest to ascend,
Because that Emperor, who reigns above,
He governs everywhere, and there he reigns;
And I to him: “Poet, I thee entreat,130
Thou wouldst conduct me there where thou hast said,
Then he moved on, and I behind him followed.
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.
Box Office Information
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