Balaklava Blues

Balaklava Blues

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June 21, 2018 - Luminato Festival, Toronto, Mod Club
July 12 - 15, 2018 - Latitude Festival, Henman Park, Suffolk, UK

BALAKLAVA BLUES is an etno-rave set in the middle of the war-torn Ukrainian steppe. Video from the front lines of the Donbas war, footage from mine shafts, factories, and fields, and iconic Soviet cartoons form the backdrop for remixed folk songs by Counting Sheep/Lemon Bucket Orkestra creators Mark and Marichka Marczyk.

A couple named WAR (Marichka Marczyk) and SOLDIER (Mark Marczyk) guide you through this complex visual expression of the Ukrainian psyche, and glimpses of life on the front lines of the current Ukraine-Russia conflict. Celebration, regret, obligation, fear, anger, introspection, and surprise weave with industrial synths at this unusual party.

Mark and Marichka Marczyk are the recipients of two Dora Awards, a Scotsman Edinburgh Fringe First Award, and an Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award.

Music/Performance by Mark and Marichka Marczyk
Created by Mark Marczyk, Marichka Marczyk, Michael Rubenfeld
Production Design by David Mesiha
Choreography by Orian Michaeli

Producer: Michael Rubenfeld
Producing Company: Selfconscious Productions

 

Foreign Radical

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Foreign Radical

Thirty participants are invited into an intriguing theatrical game exploring security, profiling, privacy and freedom of expression in the age of cybersurveillance.  Mobile throughout the performance, the participants collaborate, compete, investigate, debate and spy on each other. Depending on personal and group responses, participants witness different perspectives on the action, gathering evidence from dramatic scenes and documentary media that colour their views and how they play the game.

CREATORS

Writer/Producer Tim Carlson
Dramaturgy Kathleen Flaherty
Sound Design, Music, Video Operator David Mesiha
Lighting Designer Kyla Gardiner, with Mark Eugster
Director Jeremy Waller, with Tim Carlson
Performers Milton Lim, Aryo Khakpour
Video Designer Cande Andrade

TOURING CONTACT

Michael Rubenfeld rubenfeld@yahoo.com

SIRI

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SIRI

With a performer on stage and iPhone’s personal assistant, Siri, her only partner, director Maxime Carbonneau and performer Laurence Dauphinais invent a theatre where chance reigns. Dauphinais, one of the first people in Canada created by artificial insemination, quests for her origins using the most famous artificial intelligence as her guide. Through a precise game of question and answer, Dauphinais exposes the bizarre metaphysical dimension of the machine, while blurring the limitations that separate them. Siri is a terrifyingly clever pilgrimage into the mysteries of our own programming.

CREATORS

Performer Laurence Dauphinais
Director Maxime Carbonneau
Lighting Designer Julie Basse
Sound Designer Olivier Girouard
Stage Designer Geneviève Lizotte
Writers Maxime Carbonneau, Laurence Dauphinais, Siri
Ass’t Director and Production Manager Jérémie Boucher
Video Designer Félix Fradet-Faguy

TOURING CONTACT

Michael Rubenfeld rubenfeld@yahoo.com

WE KEEP COMING BACK

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We Keep Coming Back

Co-Created by Michael Rubenfeld and Sarah Garton Stanley with Mary Berchard and Katka Reszke

We Keep Coming Back tells the true story of a trip to Poland that Michael took along with his mother Mary, Sarah (as his enabler/director), and Katka (as his Polish counterpart and possible love interest). It is a story that he set in motion and one that now involves a core co-creative team. It was a trip of return to the country of Michael and his mother’s cultural origin. While elemental in its urge to reunite mother and son, the work is also steeped with a contemporary politic. While seeking to understand Poland’s complicated history, the narrative takes an unexpected turn in discovering a vibrant contemporary world of Jewish life in Poland.

In her book Return of the Jew, Katka refers to this narrative as the ‘Generation Unexpected’ – this is a new generation of young Polish Jews who are mostly descendants of Jewish families who had hid their roots to survive both the pogroms and later, the Shoah. It was only after the fall of Communism in 1990, that it became safe to once again practice as a Jew in Poland. Subsequently, thousands of discoveries of unexpected Jewish histories have been made – and these stories are growing every day.

In our performance, the concept of ‘generation unexpected’ is realized both in the retelling of Katka’s own story of personal Jewish discovery, and by dissecting Poland’s confrontation with the energy of a revitalized Jewish narrative in Poland, and the deep roots of a North American antipathy towards Poland. To borrow from and broaden Katka’s term, ‘generation unexpected’ characterizes the surprising positions each of the four characters in We Keep Coming Back are revealed to hold. It also elementally sits at the nexus of unexpected results forever revealing themselves in the other generation.

We Keep Coming Back is presented in a visually and audio rich environment, incorporating video footage from the team’s research trips, archival material
(photographs, maps), and live and recorded music. The creators play themselves.

It was developed in Toronto and Poland.

Production History:

September - 2015 - Residency at Kana Theatre, Szczecin, Poland (showing)

May - 2016 - Workshop at Theatre Centre, Toronto (showing)
June - 2016 - Preview performance at Kana Theatre (Spoiwa Festival)
June/July 2016 - World Premiere in Krakow as part of the Jewish Culture Festival
September, 2016 - Canadian Premiere at the Ashkenaz Festival
June/July, 2017 - 5 city Polish tour (Krakow, Lublin, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Bialystock)
March 7 - 11 2018 - Winnipeg, Manitoba (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre)
March 13-14 , 2018 - Vancouver, BC (Chutzpah Festival)

Upcoming:

November, 2018 - Arts Depot, London, UK

 

We Keep Coming Back on TVP Szczecin

Mouthpiece

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Mouthpiece

After numerous North American tours, the critically acclaimed, multi award-winning Mouthpiece makes its UK premiere. Mouthpiece follows one woman, for one day, as she tries to find her voice. Two performers express the inner conflict that exists within a modern woman’s head: the push and the pull, the past and the present, the progress and the regression. Interweaving a’cappella harmony, dissonance, text and physicality, Mouthpiece is a harrowing, humorous, and heart-wrenching journey into the female psyche.

CREATORS

Writers/Performers Amy Nostbakken, Norah Sadava
Movement Direction and Dramaturgy Orian Michaeli
Sound Design James Bunton
Director Amy Nostbakken
Lighting Design Andre du Toit
All music is original composition by Amy Nostbakken

TOURING CONTACT

Michael Rubenfeld rubenfeld@yahoo.com

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