In Search of a Deeper Connection
I hear far too often that people 'don’t get' theatre.
by Estelle Rosen
Colin Lalonde trained as an actor at John Abbott College. After completing his training he began a theatre company, Vanguard Productions, where he directed multiple performances including Dylan Thomas’ Under Milkwood. He went on to complete his BA in Honours Theatre at the University of Ottawa. While studying in Ottawa he became a part of the performance and research group Les Ateliers du Corps, a group led by Professor Daniel Mroz that offers its participants sustained training in embodied practices including Taijiquan, Qigong and contemporary voice work. This training is then used to devise new performances that are aesthetically similar to the work of Eugenio Barba and Odin Teatret. Mr. Lalonde went on to pursue his Masters in International Performance Research at the University of Warwick (UK) and the University of Arts Belgrade (Serbia). While travelling and researching he worked with the performance group Dah in Belgrade, attended workshops with Richard Schechner, and with his colleagues he helped begin a yearly performance series examining ignored and unused urban spaces entitled UNLISTED (performed in Belgrade in 2012 and Pittsburgh in 2013). He is now the Artistic Director of Studio Porte Bleue.
Studio Porte Bleue is a multi-disciplinary arts studio that is dedicated to producing and exhibiting works that intend to push the aesthetic and/or social boundaries of its spectators and contributing artists. Special emphasis is placed upon new and experimental works that are founded upon the impetus of artist development. The studio works towards creating a dialogue between art consumers and creators to better foster a critical exchange leading to deeper understanding and analysis of artistic productions and processes.This strikes me as incredibly important. In a time when theatre and performance is relegated to the sidelines of cultural consumption, it is imperative for theatre creators to reach out to their spectators and have a deeper connection and dialogue.