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The Stranger 2.0: Above & Below
created and directed by daniele bartolini
the scenes were developed in collaboration with the artists involved
with a virtual reality scene produced and developed by toasterlab with the support of the canada council for the arts
produced by daniele bartolini, DLT, Istituto Italiano di Cultura
community sponsor: Villa Charities Inc.
assistant director and production manager raylene turner
executive producer thomas l. mallon
producer, creator & director
Daniele Bartolini is an award-winning director, playwright, producer, installation artist and performer. He was born in Florence, Italy and is now based in Toronto, Canada. He is the Artistic Director of DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) and his creations have been presented in Canada, England, Germany, Italy and India. Daniele’s recent highlights: If On A Christmas Night (Villa Charities Inc., Toronto) Leonardo (Villa Charities Inc.,Toronto) The Curious Voyage (intercontinental 3 day long interactive journey between Barrie, Ontario and London, England, TIFT) Haunted Weather for a Stranger – First Experiment (Barfuss Theater Berlin; Germany), An Italian Christmas Carol (Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, Canada) The Invisible City (SummerWorks Toronto, Canada), Off Limits Zone (Luminato Festival Toronto, Canada) Unfinished (Khoj New Dehli, India) Past high-lights: The Stranger (presented in Toronto, Canada at SummerWorks Festival, Mumbai at Thespo Festival, Sansepolcro, Italy at Kilowatt Festival, Vancouver, Canada at rEvolver Festival), That Ugly Mess (In the Soil Festival St. Chatharines, Canada) Midway Along The Journey of Our Life (Summerworks Toronto, Canada) EveryTimeIStretchMyArm (Natura Dei Teatri, Parma, Italy) K.i.t.e. (International Festival Fabric Europa, Florence, Italy). Daniele was part of the Dora Nominated Ensemble Performance of If On A Christmas Night. Daniele is a recipient of the RBC Newcomer Art Access Prize and finalist of the Telus Newcomer Artist Award. The Stranger received a nomination for the Critic’s Award “Premio Rete Critica” from the Italian theatre Magazine PaneAcquaCulture for the edition at the Kilowatt Festival. Daniele Bartolini is the artists in residence at Villa Charities Inc.
assistant director and production manager
Raylene is a Dora Award nominated theatre performer and creator residing in Toronto, ON. She has been collaborating with DLT since 2016, acting, co-directing, and managing shows, including The Stranger (DLT 2017), Off-Limits Zone (Luminato Festival 2016), The Invisible City (SummerWorks 2017), The Curious Voyage (TIFT 2018), and most recently If on a Christmas Night (Villa Charities 2018). Her focus is on redefining the ways in which human beings interact and re-introducing human connection through the mediums of both audience specific theatre and film.
thomas l. mallon
Thomas is pleased to help bring this production to life. Producing has been a new direction in a career in the arts that has included, among other things, talent representation (actors and theatrical creatives) and intellectual property licensing. Tom is the agent for the lighting designer, Mimi Jordan Sherin and was formerly on the Board of Directors of the SITI Company.
Zahid Ahmed has been pursuing a career in acting for 3 years and is absolutely passionate about it. He has worked on various TV shows, movies, commercials, and made his stage debut at Oshawa Little Theater in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest in 2018.
Franco is an Italian-born and raised, Toronto based multimedia artist / performer and chef. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. He began cooking professionally in Canada, developing a passion that took him around the world seeking inspiration. Franco's work focuses on the process rather than the result while challenging the boundaries within the fields of art, gastronomy, history, and myth; bringing to focus to how we make and affect cultures and identities.
Coming from Florence, Italy, Violante has worked around the world exploring art as a medium for reflection about the relationship between the observer and creator. She developed an approach to art called IAM - Integral Art Method which combines physical and emotional self awareness with the appreciation and creation of Art. A way to connect with yourself and the other to cultivate empathy and beauty. Art as an evolutionary tool for humanity! www.integralartmethod.com
Jessica Bowmer is a Toronto based actor and creator. She is a graduate of Humber College’s Theatre Performance program. Currently, she is collaborating on a devised piece titled Vermilion, which was showcased at Theatre Direct’s Forward March Festival. Selected credits include: Toronto Fringe's Who You Callin' Black, Eh?, London Fringe’s Red Haired Girl, Lost & Found Theatre’s Christmas Variety Show, Best of Toronto Fringe’s F*cking Perfect, and Alumnae Theatre’s Queen Marie.
Danya is a Dora nominated actor and graduate of École Philippe Gaulier (Paris, France) and of the Humber Theatre Performances Program (Toronto). She has been a core member of DopoLavoro Teatrale since 2013 and co-created, co-produced and performed in a number of their productions. DLT Highlights include: midway along the journey of our life (Summerworks, 2013), The Last Seven Steps of Bartholomew S. (Bata Shoe Museum, 2014), The Stranger (Summerworks 2014, 2015, international tour 2016), OFF LIMITS ZONE (Luminato Festival, 2016), If on a Christmas Night (Villa Charities, 2018). Danya is currently creating a series of interactive performances accessible to young audiences that blend art history and theatre. You can follow her on instagram @danyabuona
rory de brouwer
Rory is a Dora nominated actor and theatre creator from Toronto and a member of the creative team at DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT). A graduate of Humber College theatre, he has performed in productions across Canada and internationally in Delhi, India and London, UK, where he was co-assistant director and performer in the multi country, three-day immersive experience, The Curious Voyage, TIFT, 2018. His background in theatre has focused on experimental, physical and devised theatre. Rory has worked extensively developing audience-specific theatre and played Ulysses in DLT's first urban-immersive show Midway Along The Journey of Our Life at SummerWorks 2013. Previously, Rory worked several years under Tatiana Jennings, a former student of Russian master Anatoly Vasiliev, and studied with Daniel Brooks at the Volcano Conservatory. Recent credits include Elihu in the short film, Hello World: It's Me Margaret, a feminist retelling of the book of Job; co-creator and performer in Inferno Experiment 1, In The Soil Fest, 2019; If On a Christmas Night... Villa Charities, 2018; The Invisible City, SummerWorks, 2017; 5 Unfinished Pieces, Khoj International Artist's Association, Delhi, India; The Stalker in Off Limits Zone, Luminato, 2016; Gabe in That Ugly Mess... In The Soil Fest, 2016; and The Priest in the critically acclaimed, The Stranger in Toronto and Vancouver. Other credits include, King Edward in Richard III: The Pleasures of Violence, Kadozuke, 2012; Count Almaviva in Figaro, His Marriage and the Fine Art of Dressmaking, Kadozuke, 2011; and The Innkeeper in Codex Nocturno, 2010. Rory also appeared as The King in the English language premier of An Ordinary Wonder, directed by Yevgeniya Falkovich in 2010. Rory is interested in film and comedy and has co-written, produced and performed several micro shorts including, Waste Not, Want Not; Life is Not All Beer and Skittles; and the Fred Wilson Teaches You How series.
Valerio is an Italian national who has spent most of his life abroad. Fluent in Italian, English and French, he has been performing since he was 13 and has done various background jobs in the Toronto entertainment industry since his arrival in 2018. He is currently double majoring in Drama and International Relations at Trinity College
(U of T).
Amani is a Palestinian Syrian actress and humanitarian activist. Amani starred in several Syrian films and photography projects. She left Syria in 2013 and she is starting her new journey in Canada (currently based in Toronto).
Vincent is a two-time Jessie Award winning and a Dora Award nominated actor who works in both French and English. He has an Honours B.A. with Specialization in Theatre from the University of Ottawa, is a graduate of Studio 58, and he has completed the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance’s summer intensive. He has a kinesthetic and corporeal approach to theatre and his main areas of interest include devised theatre, physical theatre, clown, and work that creatively tackles social issues. His film/TV credits include La Malédiction de Jonathan Plourde (Super Écran), Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce (Bravo Network), Abigaëlle et le date coaching and Abigaëlle et la séduction prénatale (TV5). His theatre credits include Dusk Dances/Dances au crépuscule, If on a Christmas Night (DLT), The Curious Voyage (Talk is Free Theatre), Histoire d’amour (BoucharDanse), Unité Modèle (Théâtre la Seizième), Catacomb (Summerworks Performance Festival), Anonyme (Vortex Theatre), Bonjour, Là, Bonjour (Théâtre la Seizième), The Stranger (DLT), Bull (Rumble Theatre), Mathieu Mathématiques (Théâtre la Seizième), Let’s Talk About Sex, I Can't Tell You (San Diego/Tijuana/Vancouver/Victoria Fringes), and Selfie (Théâtre la Seizième). He is the recipient of the Paulette Gagnon Award and the Power Corporation Award from la Fondation pour l'avancement du théâtre francophone au Canada. Vincent is also currently developing his solo show Le Concierge - an immersive experience about a lonely janitor working a night shift. www.vincentleblancbeaudoin.com
benedetto pietro casu
Benedetto was born in 1985, stuck in between the rocky 70s and the wannabe 90s. Definitely more grunge than yuppie. Italian with a thing for sci-fi books and the Far East, I spend my time in Toronto working as a computer science teacher and Mandarin student.
Kari Pederson is an academic and artist who works in performance incorporating choreography, sound, theatre and visual art for the stage. She holds a BA in Fine Arts Cultural Studies and is currently finishing her MFA research in Interdisciplinary Studies folding research in Dance, Gender Studies and Sound Studies at York University. Kari’s experimental approach to performance creation has been recognized by the Canada Council for the Arts, Dancemakers Centre for Creation, The Toronto Dance Community Love In, Hub 14, Quote Unquote Theatre, and Series 8:08.
DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT)
DLT is an international award winning company founded in 2006 in Florence, Italy by Artistic Director Daniele Bartolini. DLT has been presented in Canada, England, Germany, Italy and India. DLT Highlights: : If On A Christmas Night (Villa Charities Inc., Toronto), Leonardo (Villa Charities Inc., Toronto), Haunted Weather for a Stranger – First Experiment (Barfuss Theater Berlin; Germany), An Italian Christmas Carol (Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, Canada) The Invisible City (SummerWorks Toronto, Canada), Off Limits Zone (Luminato Festival Toronto, Canada) Unfinished (Khoj New Dehli, India) Past highlights: The Stranger (presented in Toronto, Canada at SummerWorks Festival, Mumbai at Thespo Festival, Sansepolcro, Italy at Kilowatt Festival, Vancouver, Canada at rEvolver Festival), That Ugly Mess (In the Soil Festival St. Catharines, Canada) Midway Along The Journey of Our Life (Summerworks Toronto, Canada), EveryTimeIStretchMyArm (Natura Dei Teatri, Parma, Italy) K.i.t.e. (International Festival Fabric Europa, Florence, Italy). Daniele Bartolini is a recipient of the RBC Newcomer Art Access Prize and finalist of the Telus Newcomer Artist Award. The Stranger received a nomination for the Critic’s Award “Premio Rete Critica” from the Italian theatre Magazine PaneAcquaCulture for the edition at the Kilowatt Festival. DLT is the current resident company at Villa Charities Inc. DLT was recently nominated for Outstanding Performance of an Ensemble at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards 2019.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is the Cultural Section of the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto and was established in 1976. The current premises have a historical value, they belong to the Italian Government and are located near the campus of the University of Toronto. The Istituto is a centre for cultural and academic activities, a school of Italian language and civilization, a source of information about contemporary Italy, its regions and its multilayered cultural heritage as well as a venue for art exhibitions, lectures, films, and video screenings. In addition, the Istituto provides the opportunity for cultural collaboration between Italian and Canadian organizations and individuals, in order to facilitate exchange in the field of theatre, music and cinema. It offers information and logistical support to both Italian and foreign public and private operators interested in Italian cultural events in Canada. The Institute supports initiatives which favour intercultural and multilateral dialogue based on the principles of democracy, reciprocal respect and international solidarity and it is often involved in events organized.
Villa Charities Inc.
Villa Charities Inc. is a registered charity that celebrates and promotes the Italian Heritage, Culture, Language, Arts, Food and Family Values. For almost 50 years across the GTA, Villa Charities has provided culturally sensitive long-term care for seniors and offered educational and cultural programs in music, dance, visual arts, culinary arts, athletics and more. The Villa Charities family includes Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc. in Toronto; Villa Colombo Seniors Centre (Vaughan) Inc./Di Poce Centre; Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto and Casa Abruzzo apartments for independent seniors; the Columbus Centre; and Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. For more information, visit http://villacharities.com
Toasterlab creates place-based extended reality experiences that promote deeper engagement with history, community, and imagination. Toasterlab combines expertise in storytelling, theatrical and mediaproduction, and the development of new technology to produce both original work and partnerships. Our work ranges from live site-specific live performance to bespoke mobile applications to VR films, and often combines a variety of approaches to collapse time and space for the delivery of impactful narratives. From the largest festivals to community youth workshops, we build accessible ways to understand places in whole new ways. Toasterlab is Ian Garrett, Justine Garrett, and Andrew Sempere. Its Mixed Reality Performance Atelier is supported through the generous support of Canada Council for the Arts. www.toasterlab.com