As part of our front of house display for Bashir Lazhar, we had a Migration Map in the theatre lobby. Audiences were invited to place a pin in the map where their journeys began. Here are some shots of how it looked on closing night:
It was very interesting to see where there were clusters and where there were no pins!
Denis Dutton, a New Zealand philosopher, suggests that we have an 'art instinct', just like Steven Pinker has argued that we have an instinct for the development for language. His book, The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution, proposes that our desire for beauty has an evolutionary explanation, a product of our struggle to survive and reproduce. Apparently, art is one of the few things (along with language, religion, and social structures) found in all human cultures the world over.
Jo Ledingham of the Vancouver Courier was “struck by the courage of refugees” and “tremendously impressed by Marr's 70-minute solo performance. Marr is one of those rave-worthy virtuosic performers... incomparable. Bashir Lazhar feels distinctly Quebecois. That, in itself, may be reason enough to see it.”
Bashir Lazhar closes this Saturday - don't miss it! Tickets at Tickets Tonight. There are shows each night from Tuesday-Saturday at 8PM, and there's a matinee on Saturday the 21st at 2PM.
After three weeks of rehearsals, several days of tech and a successful opening, Bashir Lazhar is up and running! Since this is my first time working on a professional show as an assistant stage manager, I thought I would give some insight into my experience, now that the hard part is over. Not that I’m saying this experience has been hard, quite the opposite—if it was hard, I was having too much fun to be thinking about it! To be honest, even before rehearsals started, the thought never crossed my mind that working on this show would be any different from the shows I worked on while studying...
Pi Theatre's Bashir Lazhar opened this weekend and David Marr's performance is getting a lot of attention.
"The subject matter is as intriguing as the people behind it."
"Marr maps out this brilliant bit of writing (and translation) with elan...Haunting. Charming. Mesmerizing. Powerful...David Marr's solo performance in Bashir Lazhar is one class act"! -Peter Birnie, Vancouver Sun