Dream your life like a movie

Rêver sa vie comme un film

Photo: Marie-France Coallier The Duty
This lover of the seventh art, here in front of the offices of Nomad Nation, ambition was to become a filmmaker, but the end of his studies coincided with the beginning of the digital revolution, a time where developed new tools that make it all possible.”

Jason Rodi prefers to define herself as an artist rather than an entrepreneur. Founder of “original” of the famous studio Moment Factory, of which he was president during the first decade of the existence of the company, it has since launched Nomad, ” an artistic project to the database “. A production studio and space cotravail that creates films, videos, entertainment, special events. And all the Fridays of July, this great loft in the limits of Mile End and also serves as a stage to create multi-disciplinary, All We Have Is Now. A show designed from the members of Nomad.

“I like to use what I have around me to create, sometimes not much, something great,” explains its designer. The principle of this spectacle is to use what we have, and the place, our resources, to build a fantastic story. “

If he has shot several films, ” some presented in museums and festivals, and performed at shows, Jason Rodi had never married the two art forms as he did here. All We Have Is Now — played in English and French, is intended to be an immersive experience of live filming, where actors circulating amongst the audience, playing characters who become prisoners of a film. “They find themselves on the big screen and realize that they are no longer able to get out. The spectators are part of the piece, that is to say, they play ghosts in a certain way, because the characters do see through the cameras. “At the end of 30 minutes, the happening turns to the party.

Between the dream and the reality

If the concept still seems a little mysterious after this description, Jason Rodi, who portrays the director in the show, and rejoices in it. Its purpose is to create an object that is indescribable, indefinable, that one must see it to understand it, including the “magic” lodge in the uncertainty of the public as to what is real or fictional. The formula has already been tested at previous events. “My greatest success with this piece, it was to hear people ask : what is it that takes place in the room, and that is what is happening in the real world ? And what is it that is an error, what is it that is deliberate ? “

Now aims to create a new experience. Jason Rodi says of his projects that they wear always be on the thin border between the dream and the reality. “And the dream is represented by the cinema. Me, when I think of my dream life, I see it as a movie. And what I wanted to do here was to create an experience where the viewer can enter into a film. I always found it fake to see in the theatre an actor in its own bubble. This fourth wall exists also, of course, in the cinema, but I breeze by taking the place of filming in the public. “

You can do all the repetitions that we want, but until we live [the creation] in front of an audience, it has done nothing, in a sense

— Jason Rodi

The one who claims proudly to the epithet of a dreamer hopes that the creation knows successful enough to become recurrent. Or even a must-see show for visitors of a visit to Montreal…

Create in the moment

This lover of the seventh art ambition was to become a filmmaker, but the end of his studies coincided with the beginning of the digital revolution, a time where developed new tools that make it all possible.” “And I’ve always loved the improv : do and to approach life as an improvisation — what it is. It was not so improvised, the film… “

For the past 20 years, Jason Rodi has developed its methods of narration ” in all that is live or even livestreamingin real time “. In creation, he likes to stay ” humble and open to the unexpected “, is to be guided by the present moment, learn and be amazed.

“We can do all the repetitions that we want, but until we live [the creation] in front of an audience, it has done nothing, in a sense,” he says. During the interview, dating back to a few weeks, he cited the example shows in the perpetual evolution of Robert Lepage, an artist who ” composes with the present moment “. “This is where all the surprises, the reactions interesting, unexpected. The discomfort ! There is so much to find in this discomfort [of the spectator], which asks if what he sees is true or not. “

If it follows a text, All We Have Is Now” is still a” structured improvisation. And there are moments, especially in the last act, which remain completely open to all, where one does not know how the public will react. “The interactive game (free) with the audience takes on different forms. “But we really want everyone to have part of the story. And every ticket sold gives access to all performances. Then people can come back to experience the show differently. Hoping that by the fourth performance, the spectators come to play tricks on us, for we [destabilize] a little bit and we take it elsewhere. To a place that we ourselves had not anticipated. “

All We Have Is Now

Show designed and produced by Jason Rodi, Nomad Nation, 129 Van Horne avenue, 6, 13, 20 and 27 July

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