Dear Friends, Fans, and Followers,
Thank you for your continued support! After the great success of “Tell YOUR Story” and “Canada’s Smallest Theatre” in 2011, we took some time to prepare our next set of projects. Proposals were written, calls were made and artists and producers were curated and networked.
We had some tough challenges to overcome in the past months and it wasn’t certain we’d have good news come this time of year. After much consternation and budget trimming, the incredible group at VideoCabaret came on board as a developmental partner for our “50 Monologues” project, set for its first public showing this fall. This support helped give us the push we needed to say “yes to the dress” and don a white night yet again.
It gives up great pleasure to announce that with the help of many hands and hearts we are back for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012 with another FREE public artwork, a social sculpture as unique as it’s setting, SMALL AUDIENCES.
Read the press release HERE
Check out the schedule HERE
See the project page on Scotiabank Nuit Blanche’s website HERE
Please join us at the Wychwood Barns on September 29th 2012, you are invited!
VideoCabaret is one of Canada’s most inventive, prolific and celebrated theatre ensembles. The company’s founding playwrights Michael Hollingsworth and Deanne Taylor have created many enduring plays, and with renowned designers and actors have devised spectacularly original styles of performance — black-box epics, multi-media cabarets, musicals, opera, and masquerades.
In Toronto 1976, VideoCabaret began to make the first plays integrating video-cameras, piles of hot-wired TV’s, and live rock’n’roll; and staged these spectacles in famous and notorious venues in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, New York and London.
After the world tour, VideoCab moved into the Cameron House, an art and music club on pre-hip Queen Street West in Toronto. The company wired the building for video, joining their upstairs studio and the Cameron stage in a half-real half-virtual theatre space. In this environment Michael staged adaptations of Brave New World and 1984, while Deanne and the Hummer Sisters ran for Mayor of Toronto and helped define the local zeitgeist with political cabarets involving hundreds of actors, designers, musicians, painters.
In the 80’s and 90’s VideoCab performed mainly on the stages of Toronto’s heroic new-play producers — Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory Theatre and the Theatre Centre. Deanne and long-term collaborators honed the ‘video-cabaret’ staging-style to realize her plays about mass-media politics and societies. In the same period, the company’s core artists invented the ‘black-box’ style for Michael’s epic play cycle: The History Of The Village Of The Small Huts which satirizes and dramatizes Canada’s history from Chief Donnacona and Jacques Cartier to recent times.
In 2000, at the invitation of the legendary Cameron House, VideoCab refurbished a theatre space where the company is creating new work, re-inventing their classic History Plays, supporting play workshops for Guest Artists, and sustaining a Carnival Arts Exchange that connnects Trinidadian and Toronto artists in the practice of Carnival design.
VideoCabaret’s work has been honoured by scores of Nominations and twenty-three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, most recently Outstanding New Play 2004 and Costume Design 01-03.