Supernova Shines Light on Digital World

02Jun14
Supernova shines light on digital world

Calgary’s Theatre Junction timed its presentation of Sometime Between Now and When the Sun Goes Supernova to coincide with the Festival TransAmériques. The bilingual work is “an investigation of our relationship with the digital world,” says director Mark Lawes. (Photograph by: Alexandre Mehring)

Sometime Between Now and When the Sun Goes Supernova is a bilingual work largely inspired by Marshall McLuhan

MONTREAL — Mark Lawes, artistic director of Calgary’s Theatre Junction, says his show is “an investigation of our relationship with the digital world.”

Sometime Between Now and When the Sun Goes Supernova is a bilingual work largely inspired by Marshall McLuhan, who is credited with anticipating the birth of the Internet. The setting is a sound stage for a B-movie, and the characters — isolated by technology — express themselves through dance, spoken word and video.

“Because we work in English and in French, we’re quite an anomaly in the West,” Lawes said.

It was Douglas Coupland’s recent biography of McLuhan that reconnected Lawes with the author who coined the phrase “global village.”

Another influence was the everyday life Lawes was sharing with his partner, Raphaële Thiriet, who lives in France. They rely heavily on Skype to communicate. She has collaborated with Lawes on this show, which took shape during a three-month residency in France before it premièred in Calgary in March 2013. That’s when a couple of artists from Montreal’s La Pire Espèce, one of the resident companies of Aux Écuries, saw it and expressed interest.

The idea is to present “a window to our work” while the FTA takes place, Lawes said. “We were in discussions with the festival,” he added, “but it ended up not happening.”

He has already planned a return visit for September, when Theatre Junction will be doing a three-week residency with a new show.

Sometime Between Now and When the Sun Goes Supernova was staged from Friday, May 30 at Théâtre Aux Écuries, 7285 Chabot St. Call 514-328-7437 or visit auxecuries.com. (Source http://tinyurl.com/ms6x3k3 )

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