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Quebec designer Stéphanie Jasmin wins 100,000 $ Siminovitch Prize

Quebec designer Stéphanie Jasmin wins 100,000 $ Siminovitch Prize

Quebec designer Stéphanie Jasmin wins $100K Siminovitch Prize

Winner considering dream trip to visit Japan for inspiration

Designer Stéphanie Jasmin been named the winner of the 2018 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. (National Arts Centre/Canadian Press)

Quebec video artist and set designer Stéphanie Jasmin has won the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.

The co-artistic director of Montreal’s UBU creative company was praised by the jury for “beautiful and highly original visions.”

The 38-year-old gets $75,000 and the right to choose a protégé to receive $25,000. Jasmin chose emerging set designer Max-Otto Fauteux, with whom she has collaborated on past UBU productions.

Ottawa’s Jordan Tannahill wins GG literary award for drama

Ottawa’s Jordan Tannahill wins GG literary award for drama

Tannahill, who lives in the United Kingdom these days, is currently finishing work on a Virtual Reality theatre piece called Draw Me Close which will premiere at the Young Vic Theatre in London in January. The piece is a co-production with the National Film Board and the National Theatre of London. An earlier version was seen at the recent Venice Biennale.

Tannahill is active in a wide range of artistic endeavours including film and writing for dance. His text is featured in the Akram Khan Company production of Xenos which was recently at the National Arts Centre. He has also written a first novel called Liminal.

Tannahill has previously won a GG for Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays in 2014. And his script Concord Floral was a finalist in 2016. Botticelli in the Fire and Sunday in Sodom jointly won the 2016 Toronto’s Theatre Critics Award for Best New Canadian Play.

Tannahill joins Sarah Henstra who won the award for English fiction for her first novel The Red Word (ECW Press) a murky and twisted story about sexual assault on a college campus.

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The Colouring of Mind and Memory in Le Dire de Di.

The Colouring of Mind and Memory in Le Dire de Di.

 

 

Student review by Hannah Skrypnyk     in the theatre criticism class of  Janne Cleveland (Carleton  University) The play was written and performed in French.

How do we deal with painful memories and intimate stories that beg to be told? In La Nouvelle Scène’s production of Michel Ouellette’s one-woman show, Le Dire de Di, director Joël Beddows crisply weaves together the notions of female sexuality and the threat of land exploitation through a series of memories divulged by a sensitive, expressive sixteen-year-old girl. Throughout the play, Di, which fittingly suggests the word “say” in French, leads us through the intricate and sometimes murky details of her past, the history of her family, and the incidents that have come to shape her world. While both the writing and Marie-Ève Fontaine’s performance maintain a high-calibre throughout, what gives this production its richness is the way in which Beddows portrays the gravity of Di’s memories through a first-class use of design elements.

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Bannon, Buruma and free expression: Media outlets should not be bending to the latest Twitter storm

Bannon, Buruma and free expression: Media outlets should not be bending to the latest Twitter storm

Latest postings concerning free expression of opinion no matter what that opinion is.

Marcus Gee

The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books are two of the most respected titles in journalism. So when both of them fold under pressure over matters of free expression in the course of a month you know that we are in trouble.

The New Yorker was first to buckle. The magazine announced it was inviting former Donald Trump aide Steve Bannon to the annual New Yorker Festival. He was to sit down for a conversation with editor David Remnick about “the ideology of Trumpism.”

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Ostermeier, La Nuit des Rois à Paris

Ostermeier, La Nuit des Rois à Paris

Ostermeier, la «Nuit» où «tout le monde est trans»

Par Anne Diatkine

Le directeur de la Schaubühne à Berlin monte avec la Comédie-Française la pièce de Shakespeare «la Nuit des rois…» qui multiplie les jeux de rôle et de genre.

Thomas Ostermeier à la Comédie-Française ? Une évidence, du genre de celles qui paraissent se sceller sur un coin de table en trois minutes. Erreur ! La rencontre entre la maison de Molière et le directeur de la Schaubühne à Berlin n’aurait jamais eu lieu sans l’attention prolongée d’Eric Ruf, bien avant qu’il n’administre la maison de Molière, pour le travail d’Ostermeier.

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THE LAST FIVE YEARS coming to Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe: Studio September 19 to 23.\

THE LAST FIVE YEARS coming to Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe: Studio September 19 to 23.\

Ottawa – September 9, 2018 – First produced in 2001, The Last Five Years tells the story of a young New York couple from two very different points of view. Created by Tony award winning composer and playwright Jason Robert Brown, The Last Five Years will captivate Ottawa audiences as his characters sing through the highs and lows of a tortuous relationship. Featured in the stage production are all of the fourteen brilliant musical numbers found in the 2014 film that first enthralled audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Essai sur le métier du critique théâtral: Catherine Voyer-Lèger.

Essai sur le métier du critique théâtral: Catherine Voyer-Lèger.

Dans Métier critique, l’essayiste et blogueuse Catherine Voyer-Léger insiste sur l’importance de la responsabilité partagée dans le mal-être de l’espace critique actuel. Les milieux culturels autant que les artistes qui y gravitent, tout en passant par les grands patrons médiatiques et ceux qu’ils dirigent – les critiques eux-mêmes –, tout le monde a sa responsabilité et doit faire sa part pour que la critique demeure vivante, pertinente et démocratique. Ne vous méprenez donc pas, malgré son titre, ce n’est pas uniquement le métier de critique qui y est analysé, mais bien l’organigramme médiatique complet, car il semblerait qu’il faille trouver un coupable.

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À la Nouvelle scène: Théâtre action présente “Feuilles vives”, Lectures des auteurs de théâtre francophones

À la Nouvelle scène: Théâtre action présente “Feuilles vives”, Lectures des auteurs de théâtre francophones

Animée par Hugues Beaudoin-Dumouchel, et dans le cadre de Théâtre Action, la rencontre a dévoilé  les titres et les résumés des pièces et des extraits qui seront mis en lecture par huit compagnies professionnelles de partout en province, du 21 au 23 septembre prochains, à La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins. La programmation se distingue par la richesse et la variété des textes proposées, qui s’adressent à un vaste auditoire, de l’enfance à l’âge adulte.

Les textes de la programmation dévoilée sont donc :

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