As far as I know, Kafka never wrote about Canada. Whether he had knowledge about, or interest in, the country will remain as speculation. And this will probably be my last shout-out for this adaptation of The Metamorphosis which is playing in Toronto. But you never know. [DE]
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In this Metamorphosis, Kafka goes into Robert Lepage territory
by J. Kelly Nestruck
- Title Metamorphosis
- Written by Franz Kafka
- Directed by David Farr, Gisli Orn Gardarsson
- Venue Royal Alexandra
As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect-like creature. So begins Franz Kafka’s famous novella, the 100th anniversary of which the literary world will mark next year.
You can get a head start on the centenary celebrations withMetamorphosis, a collaboration between the Vesturport Theater of Reykjavik and Lyric Hammersmith of London that retells Kafka’s story through a combination of gymnastics and histrionics. The production has been touring about artsy institutions from the Brooklyn Academy of Music to Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo since 2006 – and now finds an unlikely but not unhappy spot in Mirvish Productions’ 50th anniversary season.