2018 SummerWorks Preview Questionnaire: The Private Life of the Master Race

9 Aug

Your name: Rouvan Silogix

Your production: The Private Life of the Master Race (a cabaret)

Your role: Producer + Performer

Tell me about your show.

Join us for a night at Das Kabarett as we explore a new adaptation of a Brecht classic. Delve into the deepest secrets and naughty desires of a numb population.

You’ve been commissioned to write a musical about the events of 2018 so far. What is it called, and what’s your elevator pitch?

“History Doesn’t Repeat Itself; But It Does Rhyme”. A Surrealist Epic Musical encompassing times and events eerily similar to others, that bind and tie us– ultimately asking are we just born “human” or can we choose to define what it means to be “human”.

We live in ever-changing times (for better and for worse). What, in the artistic community, do you currently feel there is too much of, and too little of?

I think there are a lot of soft-positive initiatives for artists marginalized and drastically-underrepresented; but it’s just that. “Soft.” I think if we want to create the change we claim to want– we have to do things like Frances McDormand suggested upon winning her oscar– (I.e. she will not sign onto a film without a diversity rider). That and I’d love for there to be more Artistic Directors of venued companies in Toronto that are POCs, and indeed female POC. (Toronto sadly currently only has the 1).

What other shows or artists are you looking forward to seeing?

Looking forward to seeing “The Negroes Are Congregating” and “Swim Team”!

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