After a year of work, our first festival production, meeting playce, was produced in August 2003 at the SummerWorks festival. Described as an anti-opera for the corner of Queen and Bathurst, meeting playce spoke of the urban streetscape as theatrical essay.
Led by an incredible ensemble of artists, this interdisciplinary piece marked the beginning of our visual language and theatrical curiosities. They were: Allison Cummings, Kevin Rees, Treasa Levasseur, Yashoda Ranganathan, Lorraine Pelletier and Minh Ly, director Beatriz Pizano, writer / designer Trevor Schwellnus, sound designer Justin Roddy, and stage manager Lissa Bobrow.
A month later we followed with our award winning For Sale: a dream-documentary for the women struggling to cope with 50 years of armed insurgency in Colombia.
This work came together with performers Treasa Levasseur, Lorraine Pelletier, Beatriz Pizano, Michelle Polak, Yashoda Ranganathan and Lyon Smith. Directed by Beatriz Pizano, Set and Lights by Trevor Schwellnus, Sound Design by Lyon Smith. Stage Managed by Lissa Bobrow.
The piece was well- received at the Dora Awards:
Nomination for Outstanding New Play: Beatriz Pizano
Winner, Outstanding Performance: Michelle Polak
Winner, Outstanding Set Design: Trevor Schwellnus
Recently, I heard an artist say that the first ten years of a company are good but that the next ten are great. For me, the first ten years of Aluna Theatre have been about discovering who we are, artistically, and what in is our place in the community at large.
The next ten years will be about “becoming” and developing our Latin Canadian communities. We invite you to help us achieve this goal by joining our donation campaign.