Let’s Start a Country!

Gerard Harris. Let's start a county. Toronto July 2015, © Michel Botman Photography

Gerard Harris. Let’s Start a County! Tarragon Theatre, Toronto July 2015, © Michel Botman Photography

A Wimbledon Final of the spoken word.

Interactive performances are not new. Unfortunately, they frequently fail to raise their interactive parts to the level of the scripted core. There are often uncomfortably agonizing labor pains to deliver elusive greatness. This is not the case in “Let’s Start a Country” – or a small continent, as is the case in Gerard Harris’ latest theatrical masterpiece. The play overflows with a number of unique representations composed, arranged, directed and interpreted by Gerard Harris and his partners in crime. On the grass court of the English language, Gerard serves and volleys with the minds of his audience with velocity and virtuosity, sending balls, thoughts, questions and challenges to the public and catching them back with incomparable skill. Years of experience dueling in the Ligue d’Improvisation de Montréal, have sharpen Gerard’s sense of répartie. It is a thing of beauty – the boundless elegance of the creativity in motion, of wit in fast forward mode, of instant play and extemporization. Time falls continuously from elusive future to the oblivion of the past. It is in this intangible fracture that Gerard’s talent emerges. He never skips a beat and never misses a volley. He coins sizzling phrase, amusing play on words, and spirited ideas, all on the fly with the ease of an Olympic diver gliding through the air, water and spiritual elements.   It is human nature in its most noble, something that restores your faith in intelligence and goodness and leaves you at the end a little breathless and somewhat conscious of your own limitations and inadequacies.

Glowing, impertinent, insolent. Simply brilliant!

Al Lafrance. Let's start a county. Toronto July 2015, © Michel Botman Photography

Al Lafrance. Let’s Start a County! Tarragon Theatre, Toronto July 2015, © Michel Botman Photography

Let's start a county. Toronto July 2015, © Michel Botman Photography

Gerard Harris and Holly Gauthier-Frankel. Let’s Start a County! Tarragon Theatre, Toronto July 2015, © Michel Botman Photography

Let's start a county. Toronto July 2015, © Michel Botman Photography

Jeff Leard. Let’s Start a County! Tarragon Theatre, Toronto July 2015, © Michel Botman Photography

Let's start a county. Toronto July 2015, © Michel Botman Photography

Al Lafrance, Gerrard Harris, Holly Gauthier-Frankel and Jeff Leard. Let’s Start a County! Tarragon Theatre, Toronto July 2015, © Michel Botman Photography

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About Michel Botman

Michel Botman was born in Belgium, where visual arts have always flirted with the limits of reality. In the eighties, Michel Botman started exploring the first tools to manipulate images though computers. For about 15 years, Michel Botman worked throughout Europe in the emerging field of Computer Applications for the Graphic Arts. Extensive experience in Digital Imaging allowed Michel to move into the field of computerized systems for Diagnostic Imaging. As VP Sales & Marketing for eSys Medical and later with Eclipsys, Michel Botman always remained dedicated to the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of his career. At the present time, Michel Botman is refocusing his life towards graphic arts. “I studied photography in Europe, but never had time to practice it enough. Life took me on other paths towards computer technologies and running a business. I enjoyed it very much, but I also love art. I always keep my eyes open for exciting opportunities and people that touch my heart.” Michel Botman lives in Toronto with his wife Lindy and son Noah. Above Gravatar pictures are of Michel Botman, his wife Lindy Amato and his son Noah Botman.
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