December 1, 2022 at 20:00 Performances
December 2 and 3 at 20:00
SUBJECT & CREATION
I saw Ōta Shōgo’s Mizu no Eki when his production was touring around the world in the late 1980s. I’d never seen a slow tempo, silent play before. I remember the challenge of giving over my teenage brain to it. I remember the euphoria of being suspended in the temporal world of its characters. I never forgot it.
By slowing down time, by removing spoken language, The Water Station offers its audiences an escape from the world’s cacophonies. It is a manifestation of a death–perhaps not a physical death, but a death of a certain human ego that leads to self-destruction.
Ōta Shōgo developed an artistic aesthetic he called the Theatre of Quietude which explores emptiness of space, silence and slowness. His focus on “being” instead of “doing” on stage highlights human fragility and an existentialist human perspective. In the play, weary travelers encounter an intriguing stream of water and a pile of junk made up from objects other travelers have left behind.
“Subject and Creation” is the name of the course surrounding our adaptation of Ōta Shōgo’s Mizu no Eki. We looked at how we as performers/creators can bring our cultural, gender, physical and neurological subjectivities into creation, and what are the socio-political and ethical questions come out of that. We questioned our relationships to each other, and the power structures present in our rehearsal practice. We questioned our use of the dramatic material and preparatory techniques, and brought in guest artists to help us navigate this. Our investigation embraced a fluid, non-rules based approach to rehearsal practice founded in a dynamic ethics of creation.
Ōta Shōgo was born in China to Japanese parents in 1939, on the eve of WWII. As a child, his family, along with other Japanese nationals, were forcibly expelled from China to make the long, difficult journey back to Japan on foot, allowed to take only what they could carry. Shōgo vividly recalls seeing piles of refugees’ most precious belongings that were eventually discarded when they were too burdensome to carry. These images and the idea of ‘divestiture’ stayed with him, and as an adult he chose to explore those themes through his art. Ōta began writing plays in high school. In 1968 he helped found Tenkei Gekijō (Theatre of Transformation) for which he served as house playwright and artistic director until the group was disbanded in 1988
Creators, Armias Azariya, Aidan Cottreau, Ian Crane, Peter Farbridge, Léa Fournier, Violette Perron, Julia Pye, Kaleigh Wiens Director, Peter Farbridge Stage Manager-Assistant Director, Léa Fournier Music and Sound Designer, Ian Crane Video Designer, Aidan Cottreau Set & Lighting Designer, Peter Farbridge Ice Block Designers, Dominique Coughlin, Marlène Lucas Technical Director, Elisabeth Nyveen Production Assistant, Maryam Nour Costumes, The Ensemble Guest Artists, Mariko Tanabe, Laurie-Anne Langis, Philippe Racine Volunteers, Banafsheh Hassani Program text, Kaleigh Wiens
In order of appearance
The Little Girl, Julia Pye
Man A & Man B, Armias Azariya & Aidan Cottreau
Woman with A Parasol, Léa Fournier
Husband & Wife, Ian Crane and Kaleigh Wiens
The Person in the Junkheap, Julia Pye
The Addict, Violette Perron
The Caravan, All
The Man with the Huge Load on His Back, Ian Crane
All the team at the CDA, Alvino Alberto Forbes, Anika Paterson
Jen Strahl, Supervisor, Performance Production and Venues Ted Stafford, Stage Supervisor, D.B. Clarke Theatre Tristynn Duheme, Technical Coordinator / Lighting Pietro Cerone, Technical Coordinator / Sound and Multimedia HeatherEllen Strain, Performance Production AssistantTim Rodrigues, Lighting Coach John Davis and HeatherEllen Strain, Front of House & Box Office Coordinators
Laura Acosta, Head of Costume Shop Stefne Vallandigham, Eija Loponen Stephenson, Work Study Students, Costume Shop Leeza Bouchard, Marian Fernanda Briones Sanchez, Gabriella Torchia, Costume Shop Crew
Marlène Lucas, Head of Scene Shop Lauryn Andersson, Adlin Loud, Breagh Lunn,
Scene Shop crew
Dominique Coughlin, Head of Properties Shop Ian McCormack, Work Study Student Keegan Edwards, Izzy Walker-Sherman, Properties Shop Crew
Meghan Moe Beitiks, Assistant Professor
Raymond Marius Boucher, Senior Lecturer, Artistic Producer Ana Cappelluto, Professor Jessica Carmichael, Associate Professor Micheline Chevrier, Artist-in-Residence Noah Drew, Associate Professor, Department Chair Peter Farbridge, Artist-in-Residence Gene Gibbons, Associate Professor Shauna Janssen, Associate Professor, Concordia University Chair in Performative Urbanism Menka Nagrani, Limited Term Appointment Ursula Neuerburg-Denzer, Associate Professor Robert Reid, Associate Professor Luis C. Sotelo Castro, Associate Professor Mark Sussman, Professor
Floyd Patrick Favel
PART-TIME FACULTY 2022/23
Leslie Baker, John Battye, Suzanne Cerreta, Elisabeth Couture, Joe De Paul, Jean-François Gagnon, Amy Keith, Mark Krupa, Jonathan Monro, Lenka Novakova, Brian Mitchell Peters, Cathia Pagotto, Gabriela Petrov, Rose Plotek, Catherine Quirk, Anne Sabourin, Warona Setshwaelo, Harry Standjofski, Liz Valdez.
Maud David Lerebours, Department Administrator Katherine Scribner, Department Assistant Ka Kay Daisy Chung, Department Assistant Chantal Colpron-Morris, Receptionist & Office Assistant
Visual Identity Design for Season 2022-23
Georgia Leigh Newsam
under the supervision of Raymond Marius Boucher