PLAY - a series of guest performances
Season: 16. December 2020 – 3. January 2021
Since its world premiere in 2011, we bring our award winning production LEO back to the CHAMÄLEON - and of course LEO will be a part of our series of guest performances PLAY!
LEO is a mind-bending, funny, surreal, and surprisingly touching work about a seemingly ordinary man whose world literally gets turned upside down. It challenges the senses and tests perceptions of reality through the clever interplay of live performance and video projection and leaves audience members wondering which way is up and which way is down.
The multi-award-winning show was based on an original idea by Berlin performer Tobias Wegner and was directed by Montréal actor and director Daniel Brière.
After a first preview phase in Juli 2011 at the CHAMÄLEON, LEO debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2011. Since then, LEO has won several major awards including the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, the Three Weeks Editors Award, the Scotsman Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and more recently, won the John Chataway Award for Innovation at the 2013 Adelaide Fringe Festival. LEO has dazzled audiences and critics around the globe and is currently touring internationally.
Three Weeks / UK
„Clever, verspielt and extrem witzig“
Berliner Morgenpost / Deutschland
“Brilliant, charming, clever... one man’s quest for freedom takes Leo and the audience on a fantastical, memorable journey together“
Associated Press / USA
“It’s an eye-teasing, grin-inducing, deeply impressive work of sustained absurdist magic.”
Time New York / USA
“There’s a playfulness to the delivery and a warmth to the narrative that makes it a fantastic festival outing for families. A small festival gem”
The Guardian / UK
“LEO is a superb physical one-man show that is highly likely to have you on your feet by the end, giving a standing ovation. The show is mind-bending, illusionistic and spellbinding.”
The Edinburgh Reporter / UK
“Dazzling artistry. Funny and exceptionally, creatively entertaining. LEO is a combination of acrobatic wonder and acting.”
New York Theater Examiner / USA
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Daniel Brière – Director
Actor, Director and Playwright, Daniel Brière is a founding member of the Groupement Forestier du Théâtre (Matroni et moi) and associate artistic director of theNTE, where he has performed and created new plays since 2003. As an actor, he has performed in many theatre productions in Canada since his graduationfrom the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Montréal in 1985. On television, he has appeared in many different productions and since 2008 he has been a part ofthe popular family comedy series on CBC, Les Parent which earned him the Artis award for "Best Actor in a comedy” for 3 consecutive years. On the big screen,his performances include parts in Le déclin de l’empire américain (D. Arcand), La moitié gauche du frigo (Ph. Falardeau), Gaz Bar Blues (L. Bélanger) and C’estpas moi je le jure (Ph. Falardeau), all presented at several international film festivals. He has directed more than twenty plays and stand-up comedy shows andduring 2010-2011, he directed the creation of LEO which has been presented around the world and has won many awards. His unique approach to theatricalcreation has made him a leader in Quebec's contemporary theatre.
Tobias Wegner - Original Performer and Idea
From his early days on Tobias already had strong feelings for circus clowns and the fine comedy of the silent movie era. In order to make this passion aprofession, he went to study in Brussels at the renowned University for Contemporary Circus Arts – École Supérieure des Arts du Cirque – and graduated in 2003as a specialist for partner and trampoline acrobatics. Ever since, he has been working in various projects interweaving the genres of dance, theatre, circus andeven opera. In 2010 he started co-creating LEO and launched the show at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it walked off with three major theatreawards. The accolade of the “Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh” award took LEO to New York’s Off- Broadway “Theatre Row” for a month-long run. Along with theworldwide success of LEO Tobias has been invited to major theatres and festivals in cities such as Vancouver, Montréal, St. Louis, Miami, Madrid, London, Paris,Avignon, Berlin, Teheran, Harare, Moscow, Okinawa, Taipeh, Adelaide, Melbourne and Auckland.
Original Performer/ Idea: Tobias Wegner
Creative Producer: Gregg Parks
Lighting and Set Design: Flavia Hevia
Video Design: Heiko Kalmbach
Animation realized by: Ingo Panke