Thank you so much to everyone who came out and gave us their attention and warmth in the space where we played out our show. LABOUR is looking forward to continuing down a road of collaboration and joy with all of our supporters. Be sure to keep an eye out! Thank you so much again, we could not have done it without you.
Until next we play again,
Love, The Kids at Coyote.
Fantastic interview Andrew Gaboury at dossier did with the pups.
Originally posted on a field of crowns:
Today’s dossier is an exciting one. The folks of Coyote Collective have such a vigour and passion for generating work that I can’t really say anything to add to the following dossier. The only thing I know is I’ve spent much time with Max Tepper, who is an unbelievably encouraging fellow, and some time with Susannah, Blue, Garett and Eric at various events and parties and you can see, just by looking at them, just by talking with them, that they have that spark behind their eyes.
Their most recent production, ICARUS DANCES WITH THE SUN will make it’s premiere THIS SUNDAY, June 16th as part of Clay and Paper Theatre’s Annual Dufferin-Grove Park event DAY OF DELIGHT! Outdoor theatre! Beautiful weather! A park! Coyote-pelt-masks! Check it out!
Ahem. Here is dossier #13:
Who are we talking with?
Susannah Mackay, Blue Bigwood-Mallin, Max Tepper, Eric Welch, and Garett Oliver. The young pups…
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Commissioned by Clay & Paper Theatre as part of the 2013 Day of Delight, Icarus Dances with the Sun presents an everyman office clerk that yearns to break free of his monotonous life but does not know how. Little does he know that the Sun has been watching him, and equally yearning for his affection. As Icarus struggles to break his daily constraints, the Sun struggles to express her love, building a story of whimsy, frustration, and new-found expressions of joy and happiness.
Photos by the talent of Alexander Richard Fields.
By the Company
With some hard work and a bit (actually, a lot) of luck, The Kids at Coyote Collective were able to contact Michael Holingsworth and Deanne Taylor of VideoCabaret to invite them to see Like A Generation. Not only did they accept our invitation, but since then, Coyote has been invited to sit in on 4 rehearsals for VideoCab’s up-coming The War of 1812 to witness and examine the results of over 30 years of collaborative creation, experimentation, and the labours of love to create exceptional theatre.
We young pups at Coyote were thrilled and awed at the amount of virtuosity, stamina, and focus that each actor, designer, technician and director brought to this play. And yet, despite the rigour, professionalism and occasional frustration of the rehearsal and creation process, the performers, the crew, even Deanne and Michael all had a healthy sense of boisterous self-effacing humour! It is rare to see such joy still infused in the work after years of touring, performing, and remounting. It was amazing to see how their dedication to their unique form and style paid off with humour and joy. The palpable enjoyment we felt during the rehearsal process really brought the magic of the intimate, black box-style of VideoCabaret to life.
The very direct performance aesthetic Video Cabaret presents onstage makes one realize that VideoCab is very much aware of you, the audience member. They are there for the audience right from the beginning. Everything from the direction, to the design work, to the performances seems to be done in service of the audience. This may seem like an obvious observation in one sense, and very practical, as theatre requires an audience to make it so, but rarely can one see a piece that is constantly inviting and refuses to stop staring back. This is our job as theatre makers. We have to be there for our audience. We are on stage for them.
Sitting in on VideoCab’s process as a metaphorical “fly-on-the-wall” is what the theatre is all about; community. These moments create a dialogue between artists, one that needs to continue in order to create work that is specific yet accessible, funny and heartfelt. This examination of life through theatre is a shared responsibility, one that should be discussed amongst colleges of all ages. It is this sense of community that we cannot afford to lose.
VideoCabaret’s work speaks to its years of specificity and unrelenting humour in Canadian life. They’ve managed to incorporate humor and absurdism into real-world issues which is something Like A Generation continues to work towards. It makes us look forward to the next 20 years of our own careers, how we young pups at Coyote can be equally uncompromising with our own brand of humour, and carve out a place for it on the Canadian Theatre landscape.
The War of 1812 is on-stage now at The Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Be sure not to miss it!