Lester Trips (Theatre) is an independent Toronto-based collective of theatre artists dedicated to the creation of original Canadian work in bold, visceral forms of physical theatre. Through uncomfortable, thoughtful, and playful tragicomic creations that teeter on the edge of the grotesque, we investigate contemporary moral ambiguities that surround our collective relationship to desire, consumption, and personal identity.
While studying at the University of Toronto (2007-2011), we discovered common interests in physical disciplines that inform and support theatre creation including butoh-based embodiment, Pochinko clown, and Lecoq-based physical theatre. We sought a platform to simultaneously expand our training and create original work, resulting in the formation of Lester Trips (Theatre).
Lester Trips. Lester… Trips?
Lester Trips (Theatre) takes its namesake from the glorious fall of a fictional robot named Lester- the most advanced bipedal humanoid robot on earth. To reveal this to an audience, he takes the stage and prepares to ascend. He takes a step. He takes a second step. He takes a third step, and he trips. He falls down the stairs. Technicians run on stage with screens to hide his failure (their failure). No one is sure what to think of this, but it might be funny. We had great hopes and glorious expectations for this moment, and Lester trips. For us, Lester is not only a bipedal humanoid robot but anything or anyone who says:
I hope and expect this to go well.
I present myself.
It is this exhilarating and confusing experience as an audience member, as a performer, and most importantly as any conscious being walking the planet with hopes and inevitable falls, that fascinates us as artists and is encapsulated by our name.