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Leonard McHardy on Daniel MacIvor and da da kamera

Daniel MacIvorAt only 39 years of age, Daniel MacIvor has created a body of work as playwright, actor and director in both theatre and film that distinguishes him as one of Canada's true "creative geniuses". His commitment to, and his belief in, the pure act of creation is evident throughout his work. It is that belief that prompted Daniel along with his producer Sherrie Johnson to form their company da da kamera in 1986.

Since that time the company has created a range of work that has been seen around the world and caught the fascination of audiences across his native Canada. Part of da da kamera's mandate states "... we believe in the life, breath and spontaneity of the work and reject the decorative and formulaic in order to develop the essential connection: the clear and simple exchange of energy between the performer and the audience."

In fact Daniel has said that the work he does is all about belief, "on so many levels: belief which means respect: for the work, for the audience; belief which means faith -- which is not about answers but about failure, miserable, magnificent, magical failure on the road to a town called Something Like Understanding; belief which means meaning -- by believing in something we create and allowing it to thrive -- or not and then wither and die; belief which means power -- and with that power the ability to make a difference."

Daniel's work has an enormous appeal for young people who become engaged with both his characters and more importantly the ideas they present.They feel that strength of belief and in a world " where there seems to be progressively less and less to believe in", Daniel's work inspires thought and discussion.

As Daniel states in his Artistic Director's statement: " Let us believe in the theatre, let us celebrate it and become part of it."

As his newest work, You Are Here, opens at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto, Daniel is already " in development" on a new work with the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio, a new one man show with Usine C in Montreal and in pre-production on his first feature film: Past Perfect.

Much lauded internationally, and a recipient of numerous awards in Canada, we cherish the artist and his world which the late Canadian playwright Carol Bolt described as " a world where, when answers are riddles, we can still say, Ah, yes, of course. And it's a world where we can make a difference."

The following plays by Daniel MacIvor are published and available at TheatreBooks: 2-2 Tango A-Two-Man-One-Man-Show (In: Making,Out Plays by Gay Men); Here Lies Henry; House Humans; In On It; Marion Bridge; Monster; Never Swim Alone and This Is A Play; See Bob Run & Wild Abandon; Soldier Dreams; TheatreOmaha's Production of The Sound of Music (In: Rhubarb o'Rama)

By Daniel MacIvor

Marion Bridge

Marion Bridge

Daniel MacIvor
Three women in their 30s come home to Cape Breton to be with their dying mother. An intimate, swiftly moving family drama. $15.95.


Daniel MacIvor & Daniel Brooks
Monster, a one man play begins in the total darkness of a movie theater. After a long silence, someone in the audience shushes his neigbour, and the show begins. $12.95.



 The Soldier Dreams

The Soldier Dreams
Daniel MacIvor
A play about love and death, family and meaning. Winner of two Dora Mavor Moore Awards. " Daniel MacIvor's plays have been labeled everything from postmodern to metatheatrical, but these are cold terms that do nothing to capture the warm, accessible soul of a writer whose honesty and compassion for both audiences and his characters is at the heart of all his work, including The Soldier Dreams." -- Variety. $12.95.

House Humans

House Humans
Daniel MacIvor
Winner of the 1991 Chalmers Canadian Play Award, House centres around Victor and his short takes on the walking wounded that illustrate man's inhumanity to himself. $11.95.

In On It

In On It
Daniel MacIvor
A spiralling narrative about a dying man trying to make plans for the end, a pair of lovers trying to make it work and two men trying to make a play. "...in addition to being immensely entertaining, it also happens to challenge our perceptions of reality, identity and evanescence of existence." -- Philadelphia Inquirer. $12.95.

Here Lies Henry

Here Lies Henry
Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks
A man alone in a room with a mission to tell you something you don't already know. "A dazzling impressive combination of off-the-wall contemplation, mordant wit, and razor-sharp timing." -- The Independent, London, UK. $12.95.

Never Swim Alone & This Is A Play

Never Swim Alone & This Is A Play
Daniel MacIvor
Two from MacIvor, one a competition and the other a play about a play. $11.95.

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