February 2022 | Act 15 Scene 2

Phoenix Theatre @ UVic



100 years later...

When T.S. Eliot published his landmark poem in 1922, so much of his world had been affected by issues that seem similar to our worries today: war, a pandemic, and changing societal values. On the occasion of the poem's 100th anniversary, Prof. Conrad Alexandrowicz has reimagined Eliot's words into a stunning performance that some have called "like watching live poetry."

Read the original poem, courtesy of the Poetry Foundation.

See below for stories, reviews, photos and information on events at the Department of Theatre.

Mainstage STORIES

The Waste Land and adapting poetry to movement

The Waste Land and adapting poetry to movement
Prof. Conrad Alexandrowicz speaks about creating movement-based work for the stage from the landmark poem The Waste Land. Read more

Listen to Preshow Lecture with Conrad Alexandrowicz speaking about his work.

Online streaming of The Waste Land

See theatre the way that works best for you! Take advantage of our online streaming performances:
Thursday, Feb. 24 & Friday, Feb. 25 at 7pm and Saturday, Feb 26 at 3pm

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Media Round Up:

Phoenix takes bold path for T.S. Eliot's
The Waste Land
Times Colonist, Mike Devlin

Production brings poetry, dance to the University of Victoria stage. In this Times Colonist interview with the director/ choreographer, Conrad Alexandrowicz talks about his interpretation of the post-war poem and its present-day parallels. “It was a remarkable poem for its time, but it still reads as a modern piece,” says Alexandrowicz.

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UVic's The Waste Land lays bare Eliot poem in pandemic parallel
Oak Bay News

100-year-old poem echoes our time.
Parallels between 1922 and 2022 range from the perils of war, to the upheavals caused by a pandemic, the politics of public health measures, and the years spent struggling to adapt to constantly changing circumstances.

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Reviews for The Waste Land

Phoenix Theatre's play an ambitious take on T.S. Eliot work
Times Colonist, Adrian Chamberlain

"Alexandrowicz has created visually powerful scenes that would dovetail snugly into a night of modern dance...[he] reimagines other passages in bold fashion...

...To hear "The Waste Land" recited is to be reminded how powerful and compelling it can be. There’s a pure thrill to hearing such lines as “April is the cruellest month, breeding/Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire…”

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Phoenix Theatre delivers unique take on The Waste Land
Nexus Newspaper, Zoe Mathers

"As always, the Phoenix Theatre’s ensemble of actors deliver a heartfelt and captivating performance... it’s easy to get lost in the dark woods of disillusionment and obscurity that Eliot’s poem is. Still, they help keep the audience on track with their powerful acting throughout the story... It’s a performance that will stay with you after watching it, having you constantly thinking and deciphering the meaning behind Eliot’s words."

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Department NEWS

New weekly podcast helps students tell more stories

Podcast interview with English prof.

Friday Afternoons at the Phoenix Fire podcast continues this term with more interviews. Don't miss Mo Hatch's chat with Dr. Stephen Ross, from UVic English. Ross offers his unique insight on The Waste Land poem, discussing its main themes and how it lends itself to the stage.

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New book delves into ethics in Applied Theatre practice

New book in applied theatre

UVic Theatre prof, Dr. Kirsten Sadeghi-Yekta co-launches new book with Dr. Monica Prendergast from UVic's Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction exploring ethics in the practice of applied theatre and how this affects communities and participants.

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CTV News interviews for
The Waste Land

Director/choreographer Conrad Alexandrowicz spoke to CTV Vancouver Island last week and they captured a scene from this reimagined staging of T.S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land. (starts at 39:00)

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Up Next

March 17 – 26, 2022
Guest Director Dean Gabourie
A playful contemporary revisiting of the Bard’s most beloved stories, told through the eyes of his most memorable female characters “in all their infinite variety.”