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Theatre Parallax Toronto

Director: Maite Jacobson

Conceived by Theatre Parallax Toronto


Dancemakers Centre for Creation – Studio #313


November 9th - 10th, 2016


November 9th, 2016 – November 20th, 2016


surrealist physical performance piece inspired by Antonin Artaud, KATA, explores masculinity through it’s title. A Japanese word describing specific behavioural conditioning that emphasizes the learning and reinforcement of patterns through repetition.

In KATA, four subjects are born into a dystopian world, not unlike our own, where, through the inheritance and perpetuation of long-established masculine expectations, they are bred into perfect soldiers. Observed by an audience of investors, the demands of the war industry and of fellow peers systematically enforce gender norms, hardening these men into products sold to satisfy the needs of external forces. As the product test progresses and the veneer of masculinity cracks, the audience is left asking, “ Is this a sustainable investment?”

KATA combines content and form in a way that merges theatre and performance art. In an attempt to present the unrealistic construction of the “ideal male”, our performers commit their bodies and minds to the exploration of “toxic masculinity”. They suffer through repetitive physical training, sacrifice their personal vices, and work tirelessly to attain physical and mental control. In this process they question their own masculinity, their loyalties to their art, and if this form is worth subscribing to. (


Anthony Di Feo Performer
Thomas McDevitt Performer
Luke Pieroni Performer
Dylan Shumka-White Performer

Creative Team

Maite Jacobson Director
Luke Pieroni Set Designer
Ross Hammond Sound Designer
Chin Palipane Lighting Designer
Andrew Pieroni Projection Designer


Marie-Claude Valiquet Stage Manager
Kenna Jacobs Assistant Stage Manager
Evan Sandham Head Technician
Karen Knox Publicity
Samantha Hurley Photography