Theatre is not an Illusion.
Break The Wall Productions is a devising theatre company seeking to explore the relationship between audience and actor. With a focus on comedy in all of its forms, BTW will produce new and existing theatrical pieces with an emphasis on fully devised works and adaptations. Furthermore, to augment our season, we will invite outstanding international artists to perform.
From an existing stimulus, BTW will develop full-length theatrical productions through a process of collaborative improvisation. An ensemble-based approach to creation and performance will afford us a greater sense of ownership and immediacy. Our stimulus may range from a contemporary issue or concept to a complete artistic work already in existence. The company will explore the stimulus through techniques of physical theatre, dance, music, multi-media, modern clown, buffoon, mask, commedia, puppetry, storytelling, musical theatre, sketch/improv and standup comedy. In addition, international artists who share our creative goals will be asked not only to perform but to enrich the company and community through workshops in their unique practice, thereby introducing us to other world theatre traditions.
Furthermore, BTW will offer workshops and intensives that focus on the aforementioned techniques of devising and comedy for local and international emerging artists and professionals. Specifically, plans are underway for a summer devising company comprised of high school students from Edmonton and abroad. The company will provide a venue for young artists to increase their performance and devising knowledge as well as offer them opportunities to release their own creative potential. Overall, our educational program will encourage exploration of unfamiliar theatre traditions and their distinctive audience-actor relationships.
BTW offers the community a valuable cross-cultural experience by engaging audiences in accessible world theatre traditions that explode the conventional audience-actor barrier, and Break The Wall between us.