We couldn’t have asked for a better 25th anniversary– meeting up with old friends and colleagues at our anniversary party at Buddies in Bad Times; reminiscing about the past with testimonials from collaborators and supporters; doing the work we love to do.
Thank you Toronto! Our production of Lorca’s Blood Wedding closes today and we couldn’t be happier. The production played to critical acclaim and full capacity houses throughout our run. We are grateful for the ongoing support of our audiences. It really has been a beautiful experience sharing this work with you all. NNNNN ‘…passionate, primal and poetic…one of the best and most vivid shows of 2015.’ – NOW Magazine **** ‘A marriage of fine acting, riveting text…wonderfully realized and filled with humanity.’ – Toronto Star *** ‘…a quintessentially Canadian approach to the classics – one that isn’t about a nebulous idea of diversity, but simply emphasizes the individuality of the performers.’ – The Globe and Mail ‘A production throbbing with heat, sweat, lust, uncontrollable passions and exquisite poetry.’ – Lynn Slotkin
We’re happy to announce a special post-show panel discussion after our matinee of Blood Wedding on Sunday March 15th. The Other Lorcas Sunday March 15th (performance at 2pm, discussion to follow) with Soheil Parsa, Ramin Jahanbegloo and Paulie McDermid Join us for what promises to be a fascinating trinity of perspectives. Soheil will be joined by Modern Times’ board member/philosopher, Ramin Jahanbegloo, and Aluna board member/Lorca scholar, Paulie McDermid. Book your tickets today. Ramin Jahanbegloo is a well-known Iranian-Canadian philosopher. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy, History and Political Science and later his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University. He has been a researcher at the French Institute for Iranian Studies and a fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. He is the author of more than 24 books in Persian, English, and French on philosophy, comparative politics and nonviolence. He is presently an Associate Professor of Political Science and a Noor-York Visiting Chair in Islamic Studies at York University and an advisory board member of PEN Canada. Dr. Paulie McDermid is a member of Aluna Theatre’s Board of Directors, as well as a queer performance artist, and an academic specializing in the theatre works of Federico García Lorca. Since he first saw one of Lorca’s dramas as a teenager in Scotland, Paulie has spent 30 years exploring the work of Lorca in universities and on stages in Ireland, Spain and Canada. In 2007, he completed a PhD on and published a groundbreaking book looking at Lorca’s theatre works from the queer perspective of sexual and gender identity. Paulie has also written about his own ‘other Lorcas’ over on the Aluna blog. Check it out here. Image: Garcia Lorca by Khadzhi-Murad Alikhanov
We’re thrilled to be partnering with Aluna Theatre to present this rarely produced translation by Langston Hughes of Federico García Lorca’s ‘Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre)’. A 12 person ensemble, directed and choreographed by our own Soheil Parsa, brings Lorca’s classic of 20th century theatre to life. Blood Wedding recounts a family vendetta that comes to a boil when a bride-to-be runs away with the son of the enemy. Their ill-fated romance sparks a poetic exploration of the conflict between desire and social convention. We’re about to enter our third week of rehearsals with a tremendously talented cast and production team. Ladies and gentlemen, here’s your #BloodWeddingTO roster… The Ensemble: Lara Arabian, Steven Bush, Sochi Fried, Carlos Gonzalez-Vio, Mina James, Derek Kwan, Jani Lauzon, Sebastian Marziali, Liz Peterson, Beatriz Pizano, Chiamaka G. Ugwu and Bahareh Yaraghi Scenographer: Trevor Schwellnus Costume Designer: Angela Thomas Sound Designer / Composer: Thomas Ryder Payne Stage Manager: Erika Morey Production Manager: Charissa Wilcox Producer: Sue Balint Blood Wedding | Bodas de Sangre by Federico García Lorca | translation by Langston Hughes directed by Soheil Parsa Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 12 Alexander St, Toronto, ON Previews: March 11 & 12 Runs: March 13 – 29 Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm Wednesday and Sunday at 2pm Reserve your tickets today! And, stay tuned for announcements about post-show conversations and special events we’ll be hosting throughout the run. photos: (l) The set build begins (r) Sochi Fried and Lara Arabian in rehearsal
[metaslider id=8756] Our workshop, ‘The Ritualized Moment’, is underway this week. Thirteen participants are joining us for a theatre laboratory designed for creators, actors, dancers, directors, and designers. Presented in partnership with Aluna theatre, the workshop is being led by Modern Times’ Soheil Parsa and Aluna’s Beatriz Pizano and Trevor Schwellnus.
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By Angelika Bertzold “The history of forgiveness found its end in Auschwitz”, wrote the French philosopher Vladimir Jankélévitch. This is a very strong, yet by no means simplistic statement, expressed and explained within a philosophical structure that seems to be the right place to reflect on subjects such as “forgiveness”. So given that philosophy or theology would be the place to consider the meaning of “forgiveness”, a theatrical approach seemed somewhat startling and, thinking of Jankélévitch’s statement, I was curious about what would happen on stage.
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