Conceived and directed by Ross Manson and Kate Alton, with musical direction by John Millard and animation by Bruce Alcock and Global Mechanic, the "multidisciplinary dance theatre extravaganza" is based on the works of 1970s sound poets Rafael Barreto-Rivera, Paul Dutton, Steve McCaffery and bp Nichol. It "uses swirling projected animation to make poetry leap off the page and into the magical world of sound, breath and the human body."
The Four Horsemen Project is produced by Volcano in association with Factory Theatre, Crooked Figure Dances and Global Mechanic. It will feature Jennifer Dahl, Graham McKelvie, Naoko Murakoshi and Andrea Nann. Feb. 15-March 4, 2007.
The Factory season also includes Toronto premieres, the return of favorite works and collaborations with some of Toronto's most innovative independent theatre companies.
Artistic director Ken Gass stated, "The season builds on our past many successes with the dark and hilarious world of George F. Walker, while also featuring writers from the East Coast and the West who are completely new to Toronto stages. As well, we look forward to renewing our past highly successful creative partnerships with three extraordinary independent Toronto companies."
The season includes: Factory Mainspace Theatre
In May 2007, Factory returns to the darkly humorous world of George F. Walker with the 1987 Chalmers Award winning play, Better Living, directed by Ken Gass. A prequel to last season's hit comedy, Escape from Happiness, Better Living "revisits the wildly dysfunctional east-end home of Nora, at the point where her once-violent husband, Tom, makes an unexpected homecoming after a mysterious 10-year disappearance. Audiences can anticipate another roller coaster ride with many of their favorite east-end family members." Previews begin May 1, 2007. Opening is May 5. Factory Studio Theatre
Factory's CrossCurrents Festival will feature a roster of new works and theatre events by playwrights of color. Produced by Nina Lee Aquino, CrossCurrents "promises once again to give you a sneak peak into what the future of Canadian theatre will be." April 27- May 6, 2007. Individual season passes will be available for sale by July 4. For more information, call (416) 504-9971 or visit www.factorytheatre.ca.