Backstage at Tristan Tzara’s Dada play The Gas Heart everything is bleak;
and that’s on a good day. The art of nothing for nothing begins to wane on
Paris and its bohemian avant-garde, and with good reason: there is an
exciting new movement afoot. But Tzara will not surrender his convictions
without a fight; and fight they do until his dada is dead, in this comedy of
opposing wills and passionate ideals.
Word on Director & Playwright Ken Hudson:
Artist and writer Ken Hudson makes his local directorial debut with his new
comedy “Tzara’s Heart,” presented by Theatre Inconnu. Mr. Hudson, a Toronto
native, is a nationally recognized performance artist whose works engage the
essence of the theatre and of theatricality. His most notable works include
flying dog show, produced in a storefront in Toronto and The King #5 Henry,
his adaptation of Shakepeare’s Henry V for ice-hockey arena.
Last summer Human Motion Machine (Mr. Hudson’s theatrical auspices)
presented an experimental staging of Hamlet simultaneously in Toronto and in
Times Square, NYC, footage of which is presently being edited into a film
version. His two Shakespeare adaptations have been included in the Canadian
Adaptations of Shakespeare archive at the University of Guelph
(canadianshakespeares.ca). Ken Hudson was educated at the University of
Toronto and at the Institute for the Psychological Study of the Arts, and
has trained professionally in the theatre with a range of internationally
renowned performers and artists.
On mounting his first show in Victoria Ken Hudson says, “I met Clayton Jevne
the day I arrived in town as he was taking measurements in Little Fernwood
for the proposed new theatre there. We spoke briefly and I realized I had
seen an Inconnu show while visiting town some twelve years ago in the Market
Square venue. It is out of that chance meeting that Clayton proposed that I
make a show this winter, and I gratefully accepted. I hope my new play will
help to showcase this new theatre space, a space which undoubtedly help
aspiring writers and performers stage their new works for years to follow.
My work always focuses on enlivening local communities and involving others
in the process of making art, and in my experience, such grassroots, locally
run venues are the key to successful community building experiences.”
Engaging ensemble…witty and fun..
Dada is fun…Tzara’s Heart is lively, colourful and never afraid to laugh at itself-a dada Punch and Judy show…
VICTORIA TIMES COLONIST