Monday, September 9, 2013

The Question... Laurence Dauphinais on iShow

(photo by Jérémie Battaglia)
by Estelle Rosen

Laurence Dauphinais is an actress, musician and director who works both in the French and the English world. On top of currently being amongst the iShow cast, a hybrid theatre production which she co-directs, she has performed in many television and film projects since she was a child. She is also a very active voice actor. She will perform, in March 2014 in Toronto, in a creation by Necessary Angel Theatre Company, exploring the work of Charles Aznavour as well as returning in Theatre PAP’s production of Cinq Visages pour Camille Brunelle at Espace Go in Montreal. She currently pursues her musical collaboration with «Miz Marrow»; an electro-pop music group in which she sings, composes melodies and writes lyrics. The young creator also takes part in explorations of the emotional experience through the interpretation of physiological signals of the body. She works at creating interactive and immersive multimedia artistic performances. 

CHARPO: Les Petites Cellules Chaudes has been described as an audacious collective. Would you agree with that description? Tell us about iShow which is said to question our dependency on technology and social media whether social or business. 

DAUPHINAIS: When we started working on the theme of virtual communication, our goal wasn't to put together an audacious or provocative show.

The content came to us because it's everywhere and it speaks loud!!

The statistics of what is consumed the most online, which is, to this day, pornography, and how people use the social medias to be either voyeurs or exhibitionists or a bit of both can take us on many reflexive paths on why we've built such a complex virtual parallel universe to fulfill some desires and express ourselves. 

The iShow explores those needs and the realities surrounding the platforms we use to take part in the public sphere.

It may also be audacious formally because, through its impressionistic feel and its abundance of improvised interactions with people chatting online live, it questions the traditional forms of storytelling and narrative. But the form was also imposed by the nature of the content.

iShow is at Usine C September 18-28
Read our review of iShow's Toronto run

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