We write plays because, not only do we love stories, but we love presenting these stories, making our stories visual, giving them movement and sound, life.
We write plays because we believe that stories are physical both for the performer and for the audience.
This week, at the Toronto Festival of Clowns, we've had the opportunity to watch as performers manifest what they are presenting, insisting on a live emotional and physical vibrancy throughout the theatre. Clowns, more than anyone, rely on theatricality to, not only amuse us, but to promise us a connection.
In honour of our week with the clowns, we've chosen Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, founders and creators of Cirque Du Soleil, as today's Playwrights of the Day.
Laliberté and Ste-Croix began as street performers in Bale-Saint-Paul, Quebec. With a fearless commitment to performance, spectacle and (our favourite) theatricality, they began touring Quebec in 1980. Since then, they have redefined circus as a human-driven, character-centric, narratively strong, interconnected whirlwind of generosity. If you honestly don't know what Cirque is, understand that things happen on stage which you never knew could happen to and with the human body. The show overflows with innovation. Cirque Du Soleil defines contemporary circus. Contemporary circus is Cirque Du Soleil. These two invented it and, since invention, they've created over thirty shows together, been awarded countless accolades and, paved a path for acrobats, clowns and storytellers across the globe.
Check out their crazy website for show information and dates.