Attacks Lab

Co-presented by Rumble Productions and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

January 18 – February 4, 2012

Attacks Lab was a curated series of events aimed at established and emerging theatre directors and practitioners. Over the course of the Festival, there was a series of investigations, contemplations and workshops with some of the most daring voices in contemporary theatre. Local and international directors engaged in a rigorous dialogue about the craft of directing in this quickly changing field with an aim to inspire and challenge our community’s artistic leaders.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Wed Jan 18

• Breakfast with Jorge Vargas, 9:30AM

• Workshop with Peter Reder, 4 – 8PM

Thu Jan 19

• The Actor’s Director, 11AM – 5PM

Mon Jan 23

• Breakfast with Ross Manson, 9:30AM

Tue Jan 24

• The Designer’s Director, 11AM – 1PM

Wed Jan 25

• Day Workshop with Phil Soltanoff, 10AM – 2PM

Thu Jan 26 – 28

• Three-Day Intensive Workshop with Phil Soltanoff, 10AM – 5PM

Sat Jan 28

• Case Study of The Idiot and Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech, 11AM – 1PM

Thu Feb 2

• Breakfast with Michael Greyeyes, 9AM

Sat Feb 4

• A Conversation with Claude Poissant, 3:30PM – 5:30PM

PROGRAMMING DETAILS:

Attacks Lab Breakfasts

January 18, January 23, + February 2, 2012
Quality Hotel – Inn at False Creek
1335 Howe Street, Hotel Bar, Vancouver, B.C.

Lively and fast-paced introductions to the work and practices of three directors with shows that were featured at the 2012 PuSh Festival. Each of these directors’ work tackles social politics with an aim towards awareness and change. Light breakfast was provided.

Jan 18 at 9:30AM – Jorge Vargas, director of Teatro Linea de Sombra’s Amarillo. Moderated by Kendra Fanconi. Click here to RSVP

Jan 23 at 9:30AM – Ross Manson of Volcano Theatre (Toronto). Moderated by Stephen Drover and Rachel Peake. Click here to RSVP

Feb 2 at 9:00AM – Michael Greyeyes, director of Almighty Voice and His Wife and PuSh Assembly keynote speaker. Moderated by Mindy Parfitt and Diane

Workshop with Peter Reder

January 18, 2012, 4 – 8PM
Renegade Productions
125 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Guided Tour (2012) and City of Dreams (2011) director Peter Reder (London, England) focused on situational theatre and creating performance that examines and showcases quickly changing environments.

Admission was $25 and by application only. Resumes and 250-word letters of intent were submitted to Associate Curator Dani Fecko at dfecko@rumble.org

The Actor’s Director – Roundtable Conversation

January 19, 2012, 11AM – 5PM
Carousel Theatre Studio
1411 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

Led by award-winning director Jennifer Tarver (The Theatre Centre, Toronto), Vancouver’s industry veterans discussed the intricacies of the actor/director dynamic, followed by a hands-on workshop.

Admission was free but required an application. Current resumes and 250-word letters of intent were submitted to Associate Curator Dani Fecko at dfecko@rumble.org

The Designer’s Director – Roundtable Conversation

January 24, 2012, 11AM – 1PM
Carousel Theatre Studio
1411 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

Some of the country’s most progressive designers and local directors gathered to talk about the director/designer relationship. Moderated by Rumble Artistic Producer Craig Hall.

Workshops with Phil Soltanoff
Presented with Theatre Replacement

One-day Workshop: January 25, 2012, 10AM – 2PM
Three-day Intensive Workshop: January 26-28, 2012, 10AM – 5PM
Renegade Productions
125 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Designed for actors, directors, writers, designers and anyone else interested in making live performance. Award-winning director and hybrid artist Phil Soltanoff explored how we think about and work with elements of space and time in live performance.

Presented with Theatre Replacement as part of their International Intensive Series and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts Visiting Foreign Artists Program.

Admission for both the One-day and Intensive Three-day workshops were by application only. Resumes and 250-word letters of intent were submitted to Associate Curator Dani Fecko at dfecko@rumble.org

Fee for one-day Workshop: January 25 – $25

Fee for three-day Intensive Workshop: January 26-28 – $125

Case Study of The Idiot and Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech

January 28, 2012, 11AM – 1PM
Carousel Theatre Studio
1411 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

A candid conversation with James Fagan Tait (director of The Idiot) and Toshiki Okada (director of Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech), about the way their pieces developed, how choices were made, where stumbling blocks arose and how things might have gone differently. Moderated by Maiko Bae Yamamoto.

A conversation with Claude Poissant

February 4, 2012, 3:30PM – 5:30PM
Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

Claude Poissant, one of Quebec’s most celebrated theatre directors, discussed his work, his approach to scripts and how he finds balance between running a company (Théâtre PAP, Montreal) and his work as a freelance contractor. Moderated by Rumble Associate Artistic Producer Anita Rochon.