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Workshop (Calgary): Creative Process with Theatre Junction’s Company of Artists

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Workshop (Calgary): Creative Process with Theatre Junction’s Company of Artists

Kristina_Teeth_Supernova_Photo-Credit_-Alexandre-Mehring1-1024x682Theatre Junction GRAND presents…

A creative process workshop with The Theatre Junction Company of Artists, creators of
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Program dates: March 7, 2015 (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
Application deadline: March 2, 2015

This new workshop will allow participants to work with Theatre Junction’s Company of Artists which includes Raphaele Thiriet, Melina Stinson, Luc Bouchard-Boissonneault and Artistic Director, Mark Lawes. Since 2006, Lawes has been creating work with Theatre Junction’s multidisciplinary company of artists. His writing for the stage is created organically out of a friction between fragments of history, philosophy, visual art, contemporary dance, music and an alphabet of material coming from dramaturgical research. Utilizing a vibrant and surreal combination of text, live music, dance and film, the ensemble has developed a post-modern aesthetic that’s been described as “hallucinatory Franco-western Canadian gothic”. In their work, time is fragmented, alternating between the hyper-accelerated globalized state and the disorienting absurdity of the sterile suburban environment, creating a juxtaposition between technology and solitude, culture and nature.


Theatre has several specific qualities that make it a rare art form and fuel my desire to continue to create in this milieu. Theatre is the art of meeting. It is an opportunity to be together, to dream, to think collectively, and to imagine a future for us as individuals and our society. Theatre also has a very specific and delicate relationship to time and therefore history. Theatre is a time shared between people on one occasion in one place. The performance is born each night and dies each night. As such, I see it is an intense celebration of life. Theatre is not an object that you can buy and take home with you. It is a collective condition. It is ephemeral and fleeting, leaving only traces behind, bits of recollections, and memories that become a part of our collective unconscious. To create this possibility it is necessary to develop a specific language and form that reflects the universe of an artist or group of artists, and then to continually evolve that language and form. Each performance follows its own logic, its own chronology, and its own aesthetic, and it is up to each individual to find its resonance. An audience is a multiplicity of different subjects. Each person who sees a performance thinks differently, feels differently, likes and dislikes different things for different reasons. These differences are at the very core of what I imagine to be a vibrant society and is reflected in my vision for the theatre.

-Mark Lawes

This workshop is for early-to-mid career artists that make their own work.

Thanks to the sponsorship of RBC we are pleased to offer this workshop free of charge, however space is very limited. Early application is advised to secure attendance to the workshop.

For more information and to apply:

To apply directly, please email a brief description of yourself as an artist (or attach a CV/Resume) and why you are interested in taking the workshop.

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