Theatre

Events listing

The Griots Lounge: The Poetic Power of Roots and Culture

May 29, 2015

This culturally rich performance features artists from across Canada and artists with Indigenous roots. Explore styles, approaches and themes reflecting the African influence of the griot tradition in spoken word. Featuring: Ahmed Knowmadic, Andrea Thompson, Eddy Garnier, Kym Dominique-Ferguson, Shauntay Grant, Scruffmouth, Tanya Evanson and Titilope Sonuga.

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Torn From the Pages with Miriam Toews, hosted by Dave Bidini

May 30, 2015

Torn from the Pages is an evening where the worlds of books and music collide. It's a frisson of prose and melody based on the ouevre of a single artist, in this case, Winnipeg's Giller nominated Miriam Toews.

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STRAIGHT WHITE MEN

June 3- 6, 2015

A linear narrative, a realistic set and characters that, until just a minute ago, were the default voice of Western society – a father and his three sons, celebrating Christmas together at home. STRAIGHT WHITE MEN is a hilarious and provocative experiment in non-experiment.

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Spell to Bring Lost Creatures Home

June 20-21, 2015

Canadian musician Christine Fellows and visual artist Shary Boyle merge their mediums to create a unique performance that pairs Fellows’ stirring folk sensibilities with Boyle’s lo-fi style using handmade cut-outs and an overhead projector. Their new piece, Spell to Bring Lost Creatures Home, is a handcrafted spectacle, presented as a series of vignettes as seen through a window.

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SPAM

June 20-21, 2015

Dubbed a “spoken opera” by the Buenos Aires Herald, SPAM tells the story of a Neapolitan professor and linguist who loses his memory. Performed by Rafael Spregelburd, a Buenos Aires-based playwright, director, actor and translator, and one of the most important figures in contemporary Argentinean theatre, with live music by long-time collaborator Zypce.

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Between Contentions and How to Overcome the Great Tiredness?

June 20-21, 2015

Between exhaustion and sleep lies our deepest point of honesty: the moments when we lose the veneer of civility. Award-winning Brazilian choreographer and dancer Eduardo Fukushima, a protégé in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, performs two solo dances that explore this idea, inviting audiences into his process of investigation.

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The Referendum

June 20-21, 2015

After 16 years in power, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet asked his people to vote in a national referendum to decide if he should remain in power for the next eight years. What followed were two heavily motivated political campaigns trying to win the hearts and minds of the Chilean people. The “no” side launched one of the most ambitious campaigns ever seen in political history, focusing on hope. Award-winning writer Antonio Skármeta wrote a play about this campaign of hope called El Plebiscito, later used as the basis for Pablo Larrain’s 2012 Oscar-nominated film No.

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Who Killed Spalding Gray?

June 20-21, 2015

On the weekend of January 11, 2004, celebrated American monologist Spalding Gray ended his life by jumping off the Staten Island Ferry in New York. That same weekend, on the other side of the country, acclaimed Canadian playwright and Governor General Award-winner Daniel MacIvor was spending three days in California in a series of sessions with a man who had offered to save his life. A solo performance about truth and lies and the four most important things in life, from one of our country’s most noteworthy playwrights.

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Dolor Exquisito (Exquisite Pain)

June 20-21, 2015

French artist Sophie Calle was stood up. Planning to meet her lover in New Delhi, she arrived to a telegram informing her that he was not coming. Calle continued on her trip, but it was coloured by the pain of heartbreak. Upon her return to Paris, she asked people she knew about their own experiences with pain and suffering. Interdisciplinary artist Emilio García Wehbi and actress Maricel Álvarez reinterpret Calle’s work in a multimedia piece capturing the enigmatic loneliness of pain and how it connects us.

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Maple Leaf Dream: Stilt Walker

July 1, 2015

This Canada Day we celebrate how our nation, its people and its people’s celebration of it are changing. We've invited a range of artists to express their Canadian pride through performance and, across our site, give a platform for the diverse voices and sounds of our population. Come and see the stilt walker!

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LOVE, DISHONOR, MARRY, DIE, CHERISH, PERISH by David Rakoff

July 16, 2015

Part novel, part epic poem, David Rakoff’s biting, incisive and compassionate final work explores human fallibility and redemption through beautifully drawn characters, linked by acts both cruel and generous. Featuring illustrations by internationally renowned cartoonist Seth.

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Heck Init Comedy Night featuring Howie Miller

August 4, 2015

Heck Init Comedy Night featuring Howie Miller, brings together people through humour and looks at how history plays a role in today’s current reality.

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