Jan 24 2010

a big day on Friday

I had a rather full day on Friday. It began with a meeting and brainstorm session with Jenny Salisbury, then playtime with Scott Moyle, and then watching Such Creatures at Theatre Passe Muraille. It was a great day for the project. We came up with some answers, like more exercises for the experimentation period, and came up with many more questions which are helping to more specifically determine what we’re going to address during the 18-week experimentation period.

My time with Jenny began as an interview where I asked her about her impressions of fight scenes.  Not surprisingly, she had a lot of the same frustrations that Emily did (not surprising because they seem to be the same frustrations we all have when watching or directing fights).  More interesting, though, is that Jenny had very different solutions for addressing these problems.  As Matt was home, we got some of these ideas on their feet immediately, using a fight we had choreographed and performed last summer.  The different nuances exposed during this work were quite striking, and one thing became very clear: this kind of work requires that the performers know and be confident with the choreography, their own bodies and their partner.  In fact, I might be so bold as to say that this work would be very difficult, if not almost impossible, with people who have any fear of their use of the weapon and the movement.  The exploration can’t quite happen until you’re “off book” with your actions and technique.  It’s a bit like a road trip: if you’re thinking a lot about how to drive the car, you’ll still get from point A to point B, but you won’t have the mental space to enjoy the scenery or to have a decent conversation on the way.

I’m very excited about future sessions with Jenny.  Our plans include exploring movement systems, and looking at various learning styles

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Jan 23 2010

Emily Oriold

Emily has appeared on many stages across Ontario. Selected professional credits include Claire in The Maids (Theatre Passe Muraille); Laura in The Glass Menagerie and Francoise in Colette: The Colours of Love (Talk is Free Theatre); Meg in Little Women: The Musical (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Mary Deacon in The Outdoor Donnellys (Blyth Festival); Peggy in Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii (Theatre Muskoka); June in The Man Who Came to Dinner and Nunsense (Theatre Cambridge); Sarah in The Lover and Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire (Theatre Three-Eleven); and Jennie Hawkes in the Dora Award winning play Thy Neighbour’s Wife (UnSpun Theatre). Emily is also a professional director and has directed at Talk is Free Theatre, The Blyth Festival, and Theatre Aquarius. Her next directing project will be a new farce titled, Affairs, by Canadian playwright William J. Hackenbrook which she also dramaturged. Emily can be seen on the small screen in several commercials including the recent Maple Leaf Bacon “Proposal” spot and, most recently, appeared in the feature film, Hit List, directed by Minh Collins (OIC Productions, Los Angeles). She can also be heard lending her voice to five Shakespeare CD-ROMs as Juliet, Ophelia, Helena, Portia, and Lady M.

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