Press release for Bunker

Season-1415-Webpage-BannersFor Immediate Release: September 8, 2014 • Please include in your listings/announcements

Factory Theatre and QuipTake present
THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER
Written by Adam Lazarus and Guillermo Verdecchia
WARNING:  A play about sensitivity training that is anything but sensitive

On Stage October 11 to November 2, 2014

Factory Theatre launches its 45th season with the main stage world premiere of THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER in partnership with QuipTake. This one-man tour-de-force is co-written and directed by Guillermo Verdecchia and co-written and starring Adam Lazarus. First seen in 2013 at SummerWorks Festival, the show was heralded by Torontoist.com, The Grid, BlogTO and Artvox.ca as one of the best of the Festival, as well as named Best of the Fest for Outstanding Production, Performance and Direction by NOW Magazine.

THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER is a viciously funny and tragic story recounting a week in the life of your average Elvis as he endures mandatory workplace sensitivity training. Elvis finds himself surrounded by a group of characters that is diversely bizarre and bizarrely diverse, all portrayed by Adam Lazarus with a sharp wit and comic genius. THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER is an equal opportunity satire where nothing is sacred and no one is spared.

Guillermo Verdecchia is a director, playwright, dramaturge, and reluctant actor. He is the recipient of the Governor-General’s Award for Drama for his play Fronteras Americanas and a four-time winner of the Chalmers Canadian Play Award. His work, which includes the Governor General shortlisted Noam Chomsky Lectures (with Daniel Brooks), the Adventures of Ali & Ali (with Marcus Youssef and Camyar Chai), and Another Country, has been anthologized, translated into Spanish and Italian, and produced in Europe and the US. He is a Resident Artist at Soulpepper where he heads New Play Development.

Adam Lazarus is an award winning actor, director, and acting instructor and graduate of L’École Phillipe Gaulier. He is faculty at The National Theatre School of Canada and the Artistic Director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns. Notable credits include, The Solo Show Project at the National Theatre School of Canada (2009-13); The Lupe Trilogy (QuipTake); Bleed (QuipTake); [boxhead] (Crow’s Theatre/ Mammalian Diving Reflex);  Wonderland  (QuipTake); Le Fain de Partie (Waves Festival/Luminato Festival); Appetite  (Volcano/Theatre Passe Muraille/ Exchange Rate Collective); Tyumen, Then (Groundwater Productions); and Terminus (Outside The March).

QuipTake produces startling new works that engage audiences through bouffon and clown styles. Often heralded as political meets comic, the works of QuipTake are challenging, entertaining and relevant. THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER is a Factory Theatre and QuipTake partnership. 

FACTORY THEATRE and QuipTake present
THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER
Created and Written by Adam Lazarus and Guillermo Verdecchia
Directed by Guillermo Verdecchia • Starring Adam Lazarus
Set and Costume Designs by Camellia Koo
Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay • Sound Design by Richard Feren
Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street (at Adelaide)

Run Dates: October 11 to November 2, 2014 • Opening Night: Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 8pm
MEDIA NIGHT: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 8pm
Tuesday – Saturday @ 8pm • Sundays @ 2pm

Ticket prices range from $23-$45 (plus applicable service charges) and can be purchased by calling 416.504.9971 or online at www.factorytheatre.ca

Student/Senior/Arts Worker discounts and limited Pay-What-You-Can Sunday Matinee tickets also available

Media Contact: FLIP PUBLICITY, 416.533.7710 • www.flip-publicity.com @Flip_Publicity
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The Art of Building a Bunker at Factory Theatre October 16 – November 2, 2014

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THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER
October 11 – November 2, 2014
Main Stage
A Factory Theatre and Quiptake partnership

The season will launch with the Main Stage premiere of the Summerworks hit, THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER, written and performed by Adam Lazarus and written and directed Guillermo Verdecchia. A play about sensitivity training that is anything but sensitive, THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER is a viciously funny and tragic story recounting an average week in the life of Elvis as he endures mandatory workplace sensitivity training.

Adam Lazarus is an award-winning actor and director, faculty at The National Theatre School of Canada, and the Artistic Director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns. Guillermo Verdecchia is a director, playwright, dramaturge, and reluctant actor. He is the recipient of the Governor-General’s Award for Drama for his play Fronteras Americanas, a four-time winner of the Chalmers Canadian Play Award, and he is a Resident Artist with Soulpepper Theatre where he heads New Play Development.

 

http://www.factorytheatre.ca/201415-season/the-art-of-building-a-bunker/

http://www.factorytheatre.ca/201415-season/the-art-of-building-a-bunker/

 

MIND/BODY AND AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT Intensive with Tedi Tafel from Montreal

Back by popular demand!

Mind/Body & Authentic Movement Intensive with Tedi Tafel from Montreal

June 23 – 27, 2014
10am-1:30pm daily

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
This workshop will bring together two very different, yet complementary, physical practices: Mind/Body training and Authentic Movement.

Mind/Body begins with form and looks to find the life inside that shapes it (sensation, intention, and perception). Authentic Movement starts with impulse and explores the pathway into form. Seemingly opposite in approach their common goal is to create access and openness in the performing body.

MIND/BODY:
Mind/Body training is based on the research of Japanese Butoh dancer Min Tanaka. It’s an energetic, dynamic workout that re-examines the mental structures and physical habits that can inhibit the potential state of the individual. Here we rigorously explore the body as a site of presence and transformation while developing strength, stamina, support, precision and abandon. As the mind ‘drops’ into the body, a concrete experience of sustained presence is made possible.

AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT:
Authentic Movement looks to the body as source and inspiration through the embodiment of internal impulse. Here the body is seen as subject, to be attended to, listened to, with its stories, intelligence, perceptions and experiences. Leaving aside for the time being our desire to invent, to direct, to be creative, we learn instead to listen and allow. As we enter this realm that is unplanned, without goal, unpredictable and often surprising, we invite direct experience of personal and creative truth.

Maximun of 14 participants

FEE:
1 week for $350 ($280 – CAEA, CADA, ACTRA, previous students and other Unions)

$50 deposit to hold a spot

Some bursaries available.

TO REGISTER:
Contact Adam at adlazarus@rogers.com

LOCATION:
Pia Bouman School for Creative Movement

TEDI TAFEL has been a teacher, dancer and choreographer for over 25 years. At the heart of her work is an interest in exploring movement as an entranceway into the deeper layers of human experience. Tedi is an award -winning artist with a reputation for creating innovative and deeply sensitive work. Her most recent project, Calendar, was a yearlong site-specific performance series. (www.calendarproject.ca). She is inspired by a long-term engagement with somatic practices that access the intelligence of the body and reveal its intrinsic expressive language. Along with her studies with Butoh master Min Tanaka, she has worked extensively with renowned teachers Janet Alder and Judith Koltai in the disciplines of Authentic Movement and Embodied Practice. Tedi has taught across the country and at the Stratford Festival and Playwrights Workshop of Montreal. From 1997-2013 she played a principal role in the training of actors and playwrights at the National Theatre School of Canada.Trajectory Field, Antony Gromley

Nighttime Bouffon and Jeu Intensive with Adam Lazarus – August 18-22, 2014

1921mirrorFor the first time in 5 years, Adam Lazarus is offering an evening class in Bouffon and Jeu.

Don’t miss out!

From August 18 – 22, 2014
6pm – 10pm daily

The workshop begins with a focus on Jeu – the rediscovery of how to play, mental and physical agility, stillness and complicity in a group. As the week progresses, students will explore the Bouffon – the art of satire by using text, play and improvisation to generate material, scenes and characters.

At the core of Bouffon is the fine art of satire. Dating back to the middle ages, the Bouffon were the outcasts of society who sat in their ghettos, their swamps, watching the mainstream world, noting their foibles and laughing. Today’s Bouffon takes the shape of Sasha Baron Cohen, Stephen Colbert, the South Park team, or Chris Lilley. For the Bouffon, no subject, person or institution is spared mockery and ridicule.

Students will be challenged to take risks, hone improvisational skills and push through performance inhibitions to find the pleasure of being present, space, rhythm, fixed point, complicity, focus, flop and play. This workshop is designed for both non-performers as well as professional and pre-professional actors, directors, dancers, writers, critical thinkers and physical performers, wishing to increase their performance palette.

Fee: $400 + HST for 20 hours of instruction ($320 for any union affiliations or previous students)

Required deposit of $100

To Register, contact Adam at adlazarus(at)rogers(dot)com

As an instructor, Adam Lazarus is known for his intensity, clarity and ability to safely guide students into unknown creative terrain. Adam is a celebrated and award winning actor, director and acting teacher who is based in Toronto, Canada. He is an instructor at The National Theatre School of Canada and the University of Toronto as well as a consultant and regular facilitator of workshops for many of Canada’s top musicians, theatre and film makers. He is the artistic-director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns.

December Jeu and Bouffon workshop – Toronto

1382981_10153341647435640_792415314_nJeu and Bouffon workshop with Adam Lazarus and guest instructors
December 9 – 13, 2013
Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm daily. 

The workshop begins with a focus on Jeu – the rediscovery of how to play, mental and physical agility, stillness and complicity in a group. As the week progresses, students will explore the Bouffon – the art of satire by using text, play and improvisation to generate material, scenes and characters.

This class is for artists from any and all disciplines – actors, dancers, directors, comedians, physical theatre artists, bouffons, clowns, characters, spoken word artists, critical thinkers, et al.

Fee: $400 + HST for 20 hours of instruction ($320 for any union affiliations or previous students)

Required deposit of $100

Bursaries available.

MindBody/Authentic Movement with Tedi Tafel, 2013

Trajectory Field, Antony Gromley

QUIPTAKE PRESENTS
A WORKSHOP WITH TEDI TAFEL

Week 1: Monday June 24- Saturday June 29, 10am-1pm

Week 2: Monday July 1 – Friday July 5, 10am-1pm

 

FEES:
1 week for $350 ($280 – CAEA, CADA, ACTRA, previous students and other Unions)
2 weeks for $625 ($500 – CAEA, CADA, ACTRA, previous students and other Unions)
Payment plans and bursaries available

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
These 2 one week workshops will investigate the body’s capacity for expression, communication and creativity, through the bringing together of two very different, yet complimentary, physical practices: Mind/Body training and Authentic Movement.

MB begins with form and looks to find the life inside that shapes it (sensation, intention, and perception). AM starts with impulse and explores the pathway into form. Seemingly opposite in approach their common goal is to create access and openness in the performing body. In combination, they provoke the individual towards new terrain. What happens when these different ways of being meet and collide? How do they feed each other, how might they inspire freedom from obstruction, availability, transformation and creativity? While the workshop is geared for performers, in the spirit of inquiry we invite practitioners from diverse disciplines to join us. The aim is to incite a rich and fertile investigation.

Mind/Body:
Tedi Tafel’s teaching of Mind/Body training is based on the research of Japanese Butoh dancer Min Tanaka. MB is an energetic, dynamic workout that re-examines the mental structures and physical habits that can inhibit the potential state of the individual. Here we rigorously explore the body as a site of transformation while developing strength, stamina, support, precision and abandon.

Authentic Movement:
Authentic Movement is a self-directed practice of embodying internal impulse. The body is seen as subject, to be attended to, listened to, with its own stories, intelligence, perceptions and experiences. As we learn to suspend judgment and analytical thinking, a more receptive attitude is adopted. At the heart of the practice is the willingness to surrender to the experience of the moment. Giving up controlling, directing, censoring and deciding, we enter a realm that is unplanned, without goal, unpredictable and often surprising, one that invites direct experience of personal and creative truth.

REGISTRATION:
Contact Adam Lazarus at adlazarus(at)rogers(dot)com

DATES & TIMES:
Week 1: Monday June 24- Saturday June 29, 10am-1pm
Week 2: Monday July 1 – Friday July 5, 10am-1pm

FEES:
1 week for $350 ($280 – CAEA, CADA, ACTRA, previous students and other Unions)
2 weeks for $625 ($500 – CAEA, CADA, ACTRA, previous students and other Unions)

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Tedi Tafel is a choreographer, performer and teacher based in Montreal. She makes site-specific performance events that blend movement, sound, video and architecture and challenge the dictates of the cityscape in terms of how we perceive our surroundings and how we habitually move inside them. For her, the body is the very site and vehicle of direct experience and movement is an entranceway into the deeper layers of what it is to be human. She has been greatly influenced by her studies in Japan with Butoh masters Min Tanaka and Kazuo Ohno and her long-term work with Authentic Movement pioneers Janet Alder and Judith Koltai. Over the past 20 years, her work as an artist has been presented across Canada, in Europe, Iceland and New York. Since 1994 she has taught a generation of actors and playwrights at the National Theatre School of Canada. She has also facilitated workshops across the country and at the Stratford Festival and Playwrights Workshop in Montreal.

NOW! recommends Bunker

JUN 6
NOW! MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS

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SummerWorks sizzles

Heading into its 23rd year, the curated festival of cutting-edge works offers 38 local, national and, for the first time, international works. Highlights include a trio of scripts by powerhouse black women writers (Andrea Scott’s Eating Pomegranates Naked, d’bi. young’s nanny: warrior queen of the maroons and Donna Michelle St. Bernard’s Salome’s Clothes) and pieces by native writers (Jani Lauzon’s A Side Of Dreams and SummerWorks fave Cliff Cardinal’s Maria Gets A New Life). Other hot tickets include productions by Jordan Tannahill, Sky Gilbert, the collective Birdtown and Swanville and an intriguing collaboration between Adam Lazarus and Guillermo Verdecchia. August 8 to 18 at various venues.

by Jon Kaplan

Check out the whole This Summer’s Best article at:

http://www.nowtoronto.com/stage/story.cfm?content=192716