Artword Theatre, 75 Portland
Now January 25 to February 13, 2005
Artword Theatre, AfriCan Theatre Ensemble and DC Productions
multi-media voyage invoking the spirit of Nelson Mandela, a
high-voltage view of the universe and a Black man in it.
written and performed by Donald Carr
directed by Ronald Weihs
designed by Judith Sandiford
Tickets $30 / $25 for students/seniors,
Tues to Sat at 8 pm, (Sun at 2:30 pwyc)
(View discretion advised)
Advance reservations 416-366-7723 ext 290 (St Lawrence Centre Ticket Line) or book
FULL NELSON – DONALD CARR’S PHANTASMAGORIC
TRIP THROUGH BLACK HISTORY
Carr, whose dynamic performances as an actor, dancer and
storyteller have graced the Toronto scene for three decades,
has created a one-man virtuoso work called The Full
Nelson. Presented by DC Productions, AfriCan Theatre
Ensemble and Artword Theatre, the Full Nelson runs at
Artword Theatre, January 19 to 30, 2005 (run now extended to
February 6, 2005).
Full Nelson, Donald Carr’s homage to Nelson
Mandela, is a trip through the agony and ecstasy of Black
History in the face of European colonialism. For Carr,
Nelson Mandela is the latest in a succession of Black heroes
who have overcome the brutal negativity of colonialism and
apartheid and brought a message of redemption to the world.
After 30 years on Robben Island, Nelson emerged with a
message not of vengeance
but of reconciliation.
and performed by Donald Carr, The Full Nelson is
directed by Ronald Weihs and designed by Judith Sandiford.
Billed as a "hip-hopera", the work is divided into seven
sections that Donald calls arias. Each one portrays a
different character, tracing an aspect of the Black psyche
through the pre-history and history of the world. Music,
visual imagery and stage effects are all part of a
spectacular multi-media experience.
Carr, who played the title role in last year’s ATE
production, Death and the King’s Horseman is
widely known as an actor, dancer, director, choreographer,
writer and storyteller. Born and raised in Kingston,
Jamaica, he trained as a dancer with Toronto Dance Theatre,
Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company and
the National Ballet of Canada, and danced with the
Pavlychencko Dance Theatre and Isintu African Dance
actor/director, he began working with Black Theatre Canada,
going on to perform in Paris, Amsterdam, London, Munich and
Johannesburg. His stage credits include the title role in R.
Murray Shaffer’s Ra (Toronto, Holland), the
title role in Oedipus (Festival d’Avignon,
France), Duke of Buckingham in Shakespeare’s Richard
III, Jesus in The Gospel According to St. John
and Joe in Trevor Rhone’s Smile Orange.
has written and directed a steady stream of creative works
that have progressively explored the boundaries of dance and
theatre. Most recent works are On the Melodies of Flying
Fishes, Urgent SOS, Soul Strata, and
Absent Fathers, Vanishing Sons. Last year, he
received a Harold award for his contributions to Canadian
theatre and dance.