A theatrical video experiment for “SLASH TV dot medication”/An open air show at Nuit Blanche 2007, University of Toronto, St. George Campus, 79A St. George Street
concept, dramaturgy and artistic director: Antje Budde
videos written and filmed by: Antje Budde
performed by: Eve Wylden, Kirsten Dahlin and Tina Sterling and students within the used theatre pieces
make-up: Helen Yung
light and sound: the city of Toronto
technical support: Cameron Davis, Peter Freund
Urban Screening “investigates how the currently commercial use of outdoor screens and related infrastructure for digital moving images in urban space can be broadened with cultural content.” We were inspired by projects like URBAN SCREENS by Urban Media Research Berlin.
We tried to apply the idea to the city of Toronto in a theatrical and performative sense. There are two narratives combined. On the one hand we created three female characters who explore urban spaces like street cars, big squares, ethnic restaurants, beaches, street corners, super markets, subway trains, stops of transport and a fashion show in the centre of the city. All of those places provide an urban Mise-en-scène for storytelling at the intersection of public and personal daily life. We wanted to bring theatre to the city while not only waiting for the city to come to the theatre. At the same time we recognized that the city performs itself in theatrical ways.
We turned the three characters dramaturgically into messengers who, equipped with a laptop due to the lack of other means, delivered excerpts of theatre shows produced by the UC Drama Program directing class to the city. This urban presentation took place in two directions. On the one hand we confronted the citizens with our work while at the same time documenting this process by filming it. On the other hand, the final product then became an integral part of an open air multi-media theatre show in which it was publicly presented and re-framed. The show of the city became part of a theatre show in this very city. The city's architecture served as the show's stage design. The city staged the show and the show staged the city.
The factual and playful overlapping of urban public, personal and artistic spaces was essential to the project.
AV excerpts, of UCDP's theatre productions, all filmed by Antje Budde, were taken from:
• Not I by Samuel Beckett (directed by Katka Schroth)
• The Orphan Muses by Michel Marc Bouchard (directed by Katka Schroth)
• Aria Da Capo by Edna St. Vincent Millay (directed by Sandra Henderson)
• Miss Juli by August Strindberg (directed by Jennifer Dowding)
• Wolfboy by Brad Fraser (directed by Trevor Jablonowski)
• 4.48 Psychosis by Sara Kane (directed by Aidan Dahlin Nolan)
• Interviews with directing students by Antje Budde
The student's shows, from which excerpts were taken, were supervised by Katka Schroth (2005/06), Alisa Palmer (2006/07) and myself (both years).
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