Aplombusrhombus is an award-winning Ottawa-based physical theatre duo. The collective was founded in 2015 by Mitchel Rose and Madeleine Hall on a shared commitment to fearlessly tackling the complexities of humanity through the joyful naiveté of clown in visually striking, sweaty and meticulously polished productions. Using clown as a vehicle for exploration, Aplombusrhombus juxtapose human suffering with moments of joy and levity, resulting in pieces that resonate from their emotional centres as well as their polished exteriors.
Their debut creation, Cardinal, a clown show about Alzheimer’s disease, won the 2016 Ottawa Fringe Emerging Artist Award. 2017′s Ethel was named Best Show and Best New Work by critics and won festival awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding New Work. Since then, the two have collaborated with artists from a number of disciplines across Ottawa on theatre, video and recording projects. Both Hall and Rose were 2017 Prix Rideau Award Emerging Artist Nominees.
Mitchel Rose is an award-winning theatre creator, director and performer based in Ottawa, Canada. He trained at the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Theatre School before flying off to study at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. Since then, he has performed and created work across Europe and Canada, including The Nose in Ireland with Bruiser Theatre Company and Hunger at the Brighton Fringe with his company The Ice Cream Van. Mitchel was co-creator and director of Aplombusrhombus' inaugural production Cardinal; co-winning the 2016 Ottawa Fringe Emerging Artist Award. When not working in the theatre, Mitchel can be found slinging local brews at The Hintonburg Public House or rolling around in the grass looking for bugs with his niece and nephews.
Madeleine Hall is an Ottawa-based actor, writer, and theatre creator. She holds a BA from McGill University, and trained in theatre at The Ottawa Theatre School and École Philippe Gaulier in France. She specializes in clown and movement-based work, and has mounted her creations at festivals across Canada, including national Fringe festivals and Ottawa's undercurrents and Fresh Meat. Her solo project Ethel was developed through the Ontario Arts Council's Theatre Creators Reserve and the City of Ottawa's Youth in Culture Pilot Program. Following its premiere at the 2017 Ottawa Fringe, Ethel won festival awards for Outstanding New Work and Outstanding Production. Madeleine is a co-founder and producer of Fresh Meat and works as a freelance publicist.