A new “Lab” to experiment with

Un nouveau «LabO» pour expérimenter

Students in theatre and the arts community of the region have a new playground. On Tuesday, the University of Ottawa has opened its Lab, a theater designed to accommodate any form of performing art, in any configuration.

The style room, black box offers 120 seats available to modular and technological equipment current, such as lighting to LED. Floating floors and I-beams capable of lifting significant weights have been added to the dancers, and circus artists who may want to produce. “There is no project too crazy so that we can do it “, summarizes the director of the Department of theatre, University of Ottawa, Sylvain Schryburt.

Housed in the same building as the art Gallery of Ottawa, the complex also includes three rehearsal rooms and a room designed to teach the techniques of lighting and sound for the stage.

This is mainly to accommodate a new program the University has started its process of expansion. In September 2019, the Department of theatre will welcome the first cohorts of the conservatoire of dramatic art (Ba in theatre practice), that will present a professional program, and of which the pane French will be the first of its kind outside Quebec. Three-quarters of the training will be devoted to the practical component. So far, the students and teachers had two rooms in which to submit their pieces, including the academic Hall of the pavilion Séraphin-Marion, the oldest of the region to be still in business. “And here is the most recent !” says the director.

When they will not be used for teaching activities, the rooms will be available to the artists of the region. A need that was felt ; already, the Lab is booked up until the end of the month of July 2019. Some festivals, such as Fringe and Cinédanse, have already moved part of their next program in the ” black box “.

Theatre inauguration
To inaugurate the Lab, 11 students will present By-Product.D-Riveted, 3 to 6 October. Drawn from the texts of the Weight of Feathers and authors in English-speaking Ottawa, the piece offers a series of perspectives on the daily life in the region of the federal capital.


WHEN ? 3, 4, 5 and 6 October to 20 h

WHERE ? In the Lab (10 rue Daly)

INFORMATION ? Page Facebook By-Product.D-riveted


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