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Workshop (Calgary): Temporary Distortion – Newyorkland

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Workshop (Calgary): Temporary Distortion – Newyorkland


Temporary Distortion (Newyorkland)

Saturday, November 12th, 2011
3:30-5:00pm – The Studio at Theatre Junction GRAND
Cost: $15

For theatre, film and visual artists

Theatre Junction GRAND presents Newyorkland November 9th – 12th, 2011, the latest work by the New York based theatre company Temporary Distortion, who, since 2002 have developed their own unique brand of contemporary performance that bridges the gap between theatre and cinema. On Saturday, November 12th, members of Temporary Distortion will engage in a discussion of the company’s history and creation process through a Q&A session with interested members of the public, theatre, film and visual artists in the studio at Theatre Junction GRAND.

Part of a new wave of dynamic, young, American theatre artists who are challenging the traditional limitations of the stage with idiosyncratic Western sensibilities, Temporary Distortion is committed to making work that features a fusion of theatre, cinema, and installation. The company stages unsettling, meditative performances in claustrophobic, boxlike structures that feature minimal physical movement and a uniquely restrained acting style. In the work, projected video is juxtaposed with live performance to create dreamlike double worlds that fracture traditional notions of narrative coherence and attempt to merge film, performance, and visual art.

Newyorkland is the third installment in a series of theatre pieces Temporary Distortion has created using an exploration of film genres as a way to bridge the gap between theatre and cinema. This series began with Welcome to Nowhere (bullet hole road), which explored the American Road Movie in 2007, and continued with Americana Kamikaze, an investigation of Japanese Horror in 2009.

With Newyorkland, the company has set its sights on the dark and gritty cop movies of the 1970s and 80s. Combined with playwright and director Kenneth Collins’ personal experiences and interviews with various police officers in his immediate family, these films serve as the aesthetic and thematic foundations of the production.

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