Events, Talkshows & More

World Stage goes deeper to deliver a more in-depth performance experience for audiences. Join us for post-performance talkshows with guest hosts and cast members, opening night preshow events and more. Admission is free with purchase of a ticket to the show. Can't make it? Follow along on Twitter as we live tweet our talkshows!

Past Events

  • February 4, 2014

    Dance as Identity Workshop with Kyle Abraham

    Open to people with various arts backgrounds, as well as those without a dance background.

    The focus of the Dance as Identity Series 8:08 Alternative Technique Class is to present dancers with an opportunity to use dance as a platform for generating and exploring dialogue about gender and sexuality. Conversations sway between the social and political, stereotypical and biased, and that which is private and present. Humanities, literature, media, film, history, cultural theory, visual art and philosophy all play a role in the discourse and the most compelling project is considering these culturally identifying relationships with movement. This workshop is first and foremost safe and educational. A vow of confidentiality must be understood and taken seriously.

    Details:

    Location: Dovercourt House, Dovehouse Ballroom (2nd Floor)
    Time: 11am-1pm
    Regular: $25
    Early bird: $15 (if you register with a non-refundable deposit by Jan. 17, 2014)

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  • February 5, 2014

    The Radio Show – Opening night preshow event

    We said it would be risky. And we meant it. But it will also be welcoming. Consider yourself invited to the preshow event – taking place one hour before showtime in the lobby of the venue – for an artist talk and freshly brewed tea. We’ll provide the programming, as well as the cup and saucer. All you need to bring is yourself.

    Terrill Maguire, award-winning choreographer, dancer and arts educator, will host. In association with The Department of Dance, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University.

    Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of The Radio Show.

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  • February 6, 2014

    The Radio Show – Talkshow

    Come talk with us. This is where the artists of World Stage meet with the audience outside their work – through conversation with curated guest hosts. Our talkshow events, which follow the performance, provide unparalleled contact and context.

    Kevin A. Ormsby, dancer/choreographer and artistic director of KasheDance, will host.

    Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to The Radio Show.

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  • February 12, 2014

    UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW – Opening night preshow event

    Join us for tea and conversation about Young Jean Lee’s UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW. We’ll use the title of Lee’s piece as our inspiration, for it purposefully draws upon popular connotations associated with the word “feminist.” The show, which is wordless, in part questions a series of assumptions tied to public discussions about feminism itself. Led by Denise Cruz, assistant professor of English at the University of Toronto, this event will bring together audience members, scholars and educators to ask: What does feminism look like? What has this term meant? What does it mean today?

    Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW.

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  • February 13, 2014

    UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW – Talkshow

    Come talk with us. This is where the artists of World Stage meet with the audience outside their work – through conversation with curated guest hosts. Our talkshow events, which follow the performance, provide unparalleled contact and context.

    Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW.

    Hosted by Erin Shields, playwright, performer and artistic director of Groundwater Productions. Her latest play, Soliciting Temptation, premieres at Tarragon Theatre in April.

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  • February 26, 2014

    Major Tom – Opening night preshow event

    In preparation for Major Tom, University of Toronto professors Denise Cruz and Matthew Sergi have been thinking a lot about beauty, especially as it relates to the kind of contests that Victoria Melody will talk about in Major Tom. How can beauty be subject to judgement? Can it ever be measured in a contest? Should it? Is beauty arbitrary – is it in the eye of the (most dominant) beholder? How do dominant standards of beauty oppress us? Can they also liberate us?

    Join us for tea and discussion before the show. Listen to the debate and then feel free to interrupt us and chime in. Challenge us. Add new depths or nuances to our conversation. Or start your own conversation. Share your own perspective. And share your thoughts on Twitter — #artlive.

    Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of Major Tom.

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  • February 27, 2014

    Major Tom – Talkshow

    Come talk with us. This is where the artists of World Stage meet with the audience outside their work – through conversation with curated guest hosts. Our talkshow events, which follow the performance, provide unparalleled contact and context.

    Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to Major Tom.

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  • February 28, 2014

    Major Tom Workshop with Victoria Melody

    Open to participants with various arts backgrounds, as well as those without a dance background.

    To accompany the touring of her new show Major Tom, Victoria Melody has created a Series 8:08 Alternative Technique Class that offers an insight into the strategies and methodologies that she uses when creating new work. The workshop will look at her creative triggers and her approach to creating research based work.

    Participants will experiment with creating solo performances, confessional performances, humorous performances, performances from observed behaviour and performances using video and collected paraphernalia.

    Details:

    Location: Dovercourt House, Dovehouse Ballroom (2nd Floor)
    Time: 12-3pm
    Regular: $30
    Early bird: $15 (if you register with a non-refundable deposit by Feb. 7, 2014)
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  • March 9, 2014

    Butoh/Voice Workshop with Denise Fujiwara and Gerry Trentham

    This Series 8:08 Alternative Technique Class integrates the embodiment practices of the dance-theatre form of butoh with the embodiment practices of Linklater voice and speech work as a means to increased creative potential, range and precision as performers and performance creators.

    Led by two remarkable teachers: butoh artist Denise Fujiwara and choreographer and National Voice Intensive core faculty member Gerry Trentham.

    Open to dancers, actors, performers and people interested in performance and creative process.

    Details:

    Location: Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Studio C
    Time: 12-4pm
    Price: $50
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  • March 19, 2014

    EUNOIA – Preshow events (March 19-22)

    Denise Fujiwara will be hosting a preshow event for every performance of EUNOIA at World Stage. Please note that the preshow events on March 20-22 will begin at 7:15pm instead of 7pm.

    We said it would be risky. And we meant it. But it will also be welcoming. Consider yourself invited to the preshow event – taking place one hour before showtime in the lobby of the venue – for an artist talk and freshly brewed tea. We’ll provide the programming, as well as the cup and saucer. All you need to bring is yourself.

    Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to EUNOIA .

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  • March 20, 2014

    EUNOIA – Talkshow with Samantha Mehra Donaldson

    Denise Fujiwara discusses her work and EUNOIA with World Stage audience members through conversation facilitated by host Samantha Mehra Donaldson. Samantha is a PhD candidate at York University, a member of the Society for Canadian Dance Studies, the Society of Dance History Scholars and the Canadian Dance Assembly.

    The talkshow follows the performance. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to EUNOIA.

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  • April 1, 2014

    Conte d’amour – Opening night preshow event

    The story that you’re about to see onstage is inspired by actual events: the case of Joseph Fritzl, an Austrian man who imprisoned his daughter Elizabeth beneath his house for over 20 years. These events shocked and disturbed the world. But Conte d’amour ultimately suggests our horror is much more complicated than we might initially think. Why does this story, and others like it (from Natasha Kampusch to Ariel Castro) haunt us, fascinate us and disturb us? Conte d’amour emphasizes these dynamics, but it also calls attention to the fact that despite our desire to separate ourselves from these events, we may not be as distant from them as we may think. How is this love story, however frightening, connected to our own relationship to love?

    In this preshow chat, University of Toronto faculty members Denise Cruz and Matthew Sergi will ask the audience to think about how our society views love, and how love and desire is culturally entangled with violence, oppression and subjugation. They’ll also provide a framework for viewing the unique methods employed by the show, which challenge us to confront and come to terms with what we initially refuse to see.

    Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of Conte d’amour.

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  • April 2, 2014

    Conte d’amour – Talkshow

    Come talk with us. This is where the artists of World Stage meet with the audience outside their work – through conversation with curated guest hosts. Our talkshow events, which follow the performance, provide unparalleled contact and context.

    Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to Conte d’amour.

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  • April 4, 2014

    Conte d’amour – Chats and Colloquium Series

    Markus Öhrn, a video-maker by training, will discuss how he brings visual art to the theatre in Conte d’amour to invent a stage language of evocative words, multiple viewpoints, and live and recorded images.

    Presented by the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto in partnership with World Stage.

    Free and open to the public.

    Robert Gill Theatre, 3rd Floor
    214 College St.
    2-4pm

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  • May 7, 2014

    Mies Julie – Talkshow

    Come talk with us. This is where the artists of World Stage meet with the audience outside their work – through conversation with curated guest hosts. Our talkshow events, which follow the performance, provide unparalleled contact and context.

    Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to Mies Julie.

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  • May 8, 2014

    Mies Julie – Preshow event

    Join us at 7pm for tea and conversation about Yael Farber’s Mies Julie, a South African adaptation of Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s 1888 drama Miss Julie.

    We will discuss the historical background of Strindberg’s naturalistic play about sex and class and what made it so radical and disturbing in his day, before turning to Farber’s adaptation of it to a South African context.

    Led by professors Alan Ackerman and Denise Cruz, from the University of Toronto, Department of English, this event will bring together audience members and educators to consider how Strindberg’s dramatization of psychic and spiritual warfare can speak to contemporary racial politics.

    Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to Mies Julie.

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  • May 15, 2014

    The Speedy – Opening night preshow event

    Join us at 7pm for tea and a preshow chat leading up to UnSpun’s The Speedy.

    When we explore history in live performance, we can open up its questions, collisions, and confluences in ways that usual history can’t. We are no longer only listeners – we are explorers.

    That’s why Harbourfront Centre has invited professors Matthew Sergi and Denise Cruz, from the University of Toronto, to lead us in an interactive discussion that will prime audiences to explore The Speedy. Bringing together audience members and educators, this event will stir up our questions and get us thinking about what Toronto history can and should look like.

    Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to The Speedy.

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  • May 16, 2014

    The Speedy – Talkshow

    Come talk with us. This is where the artists of World Stage meet with the audience outside their work – through conversation with curated guest hosts. Our talkshow events, which follow the performance, provide unparalleled contact and context.

    Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to The Speedy.

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