Monthly Archive for May, 2010

Oh, Uncle Aldous, That’s Lovely

Aldous Huxley: “…there is no form of contemplation, even the most quietistic, which is without its ethical values. Half at least of all morality is negative and consists in keeping out of mischief.”

Wingéd Review Roundup

NOW Magazine on the show: “Tomlinson takes the audience on a journey that begins with a stomach-churning fall and ends with transcendence…The design provides an added lift, with Sharon DiGenova’s lighting and Jacob Niedzwiecki’s video and imaging lifting us out of our everyday world.”

Eye Magazine: four out of five stars.

Plank Magazine: “Tomlinson’s insight into the damage love inflicts is piercing…”

Mondo Magazine: “The ceiling-video projections created by Jacob Niedzwiecki successfully enlarged the stage to include a sky and create a space for Tomlinson’s characters to fall and fly.”

Props to the whole amazing team I got to work with: David Tomlinson on lead bass & vocals, Diana Kolpak conducting, and Sharon DiGenova pushing photons like it was going out of style.

Wingéd

Created video projections for David Tomlinson’s amazing show Wingéd. Runs now through May 8th — come check it out!(0)

Wingéd — Running Now Through May 8th

A few months ago I got an email from Toronto director Diana Kolpak. I’d heard of Diana’s amazing 2004 clown show, The Gorgonetrevich Corps de Ballet Nationale in “Bethany’s Gate”, though I was unable to see it as I was performing at the time. Diana invited me to collaborate on a show she was working on with actor David Tomlinson, creating video imagery and projections; the connection came through their lighting designer Sharon DiGenova, who I worked with on Bastard Fugue. The script hooked me instantly: it was sexy, contemporary, and brilliantly written.

The last two weeks have been a blur of preparation, as we worked to turn the DeLeon White Gallery (1139 College St. at Dufferin — not on Queen West anymore, despite what Google will tell you!) into a fabulous performance space, with a specially curated exhibition of art from residents and special guests complementing the show. David blogged the process at No Rest for the Wingéd.

The show is a set of three linked monologues based on characters from different mythologies, tracing an arc from falling to taking flight again: Icarus, Lucifer, and Phoenix. We run every night from now ’til next Sunday, May 8th, except for Monday May 3rd. You can get tickets at the door ($20 / $18 students or Equity) or online at Brown Paper Tickets. Tix for next weekend are going fast so come early next week for best availability. It’s hilarious, inspired, and stunningly performed. Come and check it out!