by Nora Gombos
In old Greece, the word temenos meant the sacred and protected grounds
surrounding a temple. It was the property of the gods, and its protected
space offered people sanctuary from the outside world. Here and now, Temenos
refers to a recently unveiled theatre company that exists to cultivate
excellence and virtuosity in all aspects of its theatrical activity.
I meet actors in my work and teaching and theatre going around
the city; I invite those who seem exciting as performers and are excited
about the potential of our work to train with us, Bligh said.
The work Temenos does is based on some of the techniques and principles
of Polish director Jerzy Grotowski and Slovakian dancer and choreographer
Rudolph Laban. Both Grotowski and Laban were influential innovators in
Grotowski is known for his promotion of a so-called poor theatre,
which attempts to redefine the relationship between the actors and the
audience by eliminating all superfluous elements such as costumes, sets
and lighting, and removes the boundaries of the conventionally designated
Laban, on the other hand, developed a system of notation, known as Kinetographic
Laban or Labanotation, which is a method of recording body movements.
Due to its accuracy, it is now being applied to copyright dance scripts,
and analyze movements, and Bligh uses a system of movement and character
analysis based on it.
In collaboration with Concor-dia, Temenos will organize a workshop in
May, led Barry Edwards, the director of the Optik performance group, which
will result in two performances on May 30 and 31. The venue is not yet
fixed, but information is available via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Temenos currently consists of Bligh and two other board members, Elaine Normandeau, a Concordia graduate, and Rebecca Doll, the Concordia Theatre Departments Interim Facilities Director. With their focus on continous learning and innovation, they hope to expand the size of the group, as the current members of the ensemble will eventually train new members.