320-70 Albert Street
CANADA R3B 1E7
A dark and fetid depiction of mans’ challenge to exhume its humanity from a time of destruction and alienation,
Guernica follows three lost souls while God is away on business.
For the Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2008, Theatre Incarnate presents a unique and darkly absurd
theatrical experience of cyclical violence. From an original scenario created by Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston,
Guernica combines her “Illustrative Performing Technique” with
influences from Picasso’s nightmare impressionistic painting (of the same title). For their 12th
production to date, Theatre Incarnate has assembled a collective creation between Director/Performer
Brenda McLean and local performers Delf Gravert and Mia van Leeuwen (Co-Artistic Director of out of
From the producers of past festival hits: Men Seldom Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses, The Hairy Ape and Arcadia.
Warning: violent, grotesque, and sexual imagery. Gunshots, fog. No one under 14 admitted.
Venue #20 - Studio Incarnate
Tickets: $9 or Frequent Fringer Pass
|Wed ||July 16||9:45pm
|Thurs ||July 17||9:45pm
|Fri ||July 18||9:45pm
|Sat ||July 19||9:45pm
|Sun ||July 20||3:30pm
|Mon ||July 21||9:45pm
|Tue ||July 22||9:45pm
|Wed ||July 23||9:45pm
|Thurs ||July 24||9:45pm
|Fri ||July 25||9:45pm
|Sat ||July 26||9:45pm
21st Annual Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival
July 16 – 27, 2008
Guernica by Pablo Picasso (Madrid, 1937, 11 ft. tall by 23 ft. wide, mural-size canvas painted in oil) is the master artist’s nightmare impression of the twentieth-century human condition. The Spanish government commissioned Pablo Picasso to paint a large mural for the Spanish display at the Paris International Exposition (the 1937 World's Fair in Paris). On April 26, 1937 a fleet of Nazi German bombers bombed Guernica, Spain, killing between 250 and 1600 people. This tragedy inspired Picasso to paint "Guernica" for the large mural for which he had been commissioned. Within 15 days of the attack, Pablo Picasso began painting his monumental mural. "Guernica" became a highly acclaimed work of international fame following a brief stint wherein "Guernica" was paraded around the world; Picasso, through "Guernica", brought the Spanish civil war to the world's attention. "Guernica" epitomizes the tragedies of war and the suffering war inflicts upon countless individuals. This monumental work has eclipsed the bounds of a single time and place, becoming perpetual embodiment of peace.
CBC REVIEW by: Mike O’Brien, ***** FIVE STARS!!! |
"Some folks will hate this. It’s dark, challenging and potentially offensive. It’s also everything fringe theatre should be: daring, unapologetic and artful. This is definitely not for children or anyone seeking more straightforward storytelling. If you’re cool with a limbo contest performed with a freshly severed umbilical cord, you can handle it. The setting is pre-historic, or post-apocalyptic, or perhaps not even of this earth. Two women and a man emerge from scabrous eggs, blind and senseless. They discover themselves, each other, and their own voracious appetites for food, sex, ritual and destruction. In other words, they pretty much trace humankind’s rise from the ashes, and its imminent return there. There’s no dialogue, other than exclamatory shrieks and moans. There is much dance, conflict and imaginative staging, including gas masks and mannequin limbs. The troupe calls it "illustrative physical theatre" and that fits. Brenda McLean, Mia Star van Leeuwen and Delf Gravert are superb. The work that went into the faultless choreography is evidenced by the bruises that are plainly visible on the performers’ bodies. The bruises are ugly and real. Like Guernica."