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Reviewing Theatre in Canada's Capital Region
La critique théâtrale de la région Ottawa-Gatineau

Dieudonné Niangouna rend hommage à son maître, Sony Labou Tansi,

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L’image contient peut-être : une personne ou plus, personnes debout, nuit et chaussures

Théâtres francophones  

Au théâtre de la Colline:
Dieudonné Niangouna rend hommage à son maître, Sony
Labou Tansi, en adaptant l’une de ses pièces les plus célèbres,
Antoine m’a vendu son destin, et en y mêlant ses propres
textes. Un condensé de l’Afrique en un temps record, 1h30, il y
a longtemps que Dieudonné Niangouna n’avait pas présenté un
spectacle aussi resserré.Dieudonné Niangouna a 9 ans lorsque
Sony Labou Tansi et Daniel Mesguish répètent Antoine m’a vendu son destin à Brazzaville. Il observe les répétitions du spectacle
qui sera créé en 1986 au Festival International des Francophonies de Limoges (Continue reading » )

Lepage’s 887: An Innovative Exploration into the World of Memory

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887 Photo Erick Labbé.

Reviewed by Natasha Lomonossoff

Ex Machina’s production of Robert Lepage’s recent play 887, showing at the National Arts Centre’s Babs Asper theatre, is a true triumph in innovative storytelling. The technologies of video and image projection work to complement the events and interactions that are recounted onstage in a way that is meaningful rather than cheesy. The program for the show states that “Ex Machina’s creative team believes that the performing arts-dance, opera, music-should be mixed with recorded arts-filmmaking, video art and multimedia.” Upon seeing a performance of 887, one is inclined to agree. (Continue reading » )

Nijinsky: a provocative and fascinating exploration of the artist’s complex inner journey.

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Nijinsky, Photo courtesy of the National Ballet of Canada

NAC Presentation  from the National Ballet of Canada

Thrilling in scope, John Neumeier’s dazzling ballet is theatrical and unflinching, paying reverent, astute tribute to a tortured genius.  Vaslav Nijinsky changed the trajectory of dance in a spectacular and ephemeral career that came to an abrupt end with his descent into madness at the age of only 29. In this exhilarating production, the entire company draws on its extraordinary heart and stamina to bring to dramatic life a provocative and fascinating exploration of the artist’s complex inner journey. Nijinsky  is an unforgettable, balletic tour de force of artistry, narrative and spectacle. (Continue reading » )

OLT’s An Inspector Calls: Dark Comedy or Impactful Social Drama ?

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An Inspector Calls
Photo: Maria Vartanova

Reviewed by Natasha Lomonossoff, Wed. January 10, 2018

The Ottawa Little Theatre’s production of An Inspector Calls, the classic mid-20th century drama by British writer J.B. Priestley and directed by Jim McNabb, is one which leaves something to be desired for the more socially-conscious viewer.

As a performance given by actors, it is not entirely unsuccessful; the laughter elicited from the audience at even odd moments during the show attests to this. The task of meaningfully transmitting Priestley’s message of social responsibility for others, however, is where McNabb’s vision falls short. (Continue reading » )

David Hare: My ideal ‘theatre…new years even wished from one of Britain’s most popular playwrights.

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In 1946, George Orwell wrote his last essay for the Evening Standard. He described an imaginary pub, the Moon Under Water, where the music was quiet enough for conversation, the bar staff knew all the customers’ names and where you could always get a cut off the joint and a jam roll for three shillings. (Continue reading » )

Ashes to Ashes, by Harold Pinter at the Europe Theatre prize in Rome

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Isabelle Huppert with Jeremy Irons  reading Ashes to Ashes by Harold Pinter.Photo Franco Bonfiglio

The XIV Europe Prize Theatrical Realities went to Susanne Kennedy, Jernej Lorenci, Yael Ronen, Alessandro Sciarroni, Kirill Serebrennikov, and Theatre N099. Estonia. The Special Prize was awarded to Dimitris Papaioannou. Wole Soyinka and Fadhel Jaibi were chosen as the recipients of the Special Europe Theatre to extend the recognition of theatre excellency beyond Europe. The XVI Europe Theatre Prize was awarded to Isabelle Huppert and Jeremy Irons.

Report by Yana Meerzon from Rome

Festival Quatre Chemins Entretien avec Guy Régis Jr.

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guy régisGuy Régis Jr. a pris la direction artistique de ce festival en 2014, à la suite  de la Fokal, qui l’avait fondé à la demande d’artistes haïtiens: comédiens, musiciens, plasticiens, réunis en collectif, sous la houlette de Daniel Marcelin, metteur en scène et directeur du Petit Conservatoire jusqu’à sa fermeture en 2014. Le jeune artiste revenait d’un séjour de six ans en France. « J’ai quitté Haïti, dit-il pour croiser mon travail avec d’autres artistes, ici, je continue ». (Continue reading » )

Lady Macbeth rejoint l’Inde médiévale : Anjali à l’Université d’Ottawa

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Les 1 et 2 décembre 2017 (vendredi et samedi), à 19h30, Anne-Marie Gaston, mieux connue sous le nom d’Anjali, son nom d’artiste, va présenter Lady Macbeth, un spectacle unique de théâtre dansé à la Cours des Arts, dans la salle ODD, au 2 avenue Daly (près de l’université). (Continue reading » )

Difficult for the Uninitiated, but Technically Brilliant: L-E-V’s OCD Love

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Kellie MacDonald. Criticism class of Patrick Langston. November 18, 2017

From Israel-based dance company L-E-V, co-Artistic Directors Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar present OCD Love at the National Arts Centre’s Babs Asper Theatre. At roughly 55 minutes without intermission, the performance is an exploration of love and obsessive compulsive disorder set to the metronomic ticking of DJ Ori Lichtik’s soundscape. OCD Love keeps audiences on the edge with writhing choreography and repetitive bass-thumping house music. (Continue reading » )

L-E-V OCD : Dancing the Pain Away

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Emily Blake,  November 26th 2017

In Patrick Langston’s criticism class.  


Silence speaks louder than words, and in that silence is all the meaning in the world. LEV’s OCD Love is a powerful commentary on what it like to be plagued by OCD, shedding light on the realities of those who are faced with this disorder every day. LEV is an Israeli dance company founded by choreographer Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. They are joined by techno musician Ori Lichtik, working together to create this hypnotic masterpiece. (Continue reading » )

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