SummerWorks Festival Aug. 7-17

SummerWorks performance and live art festival hits the city in a few days (AUGUST 7-17, 2014) and we’ve complied a list of our top picks for you to feast your eyes on! Since 1991, the festival has become an outlet of opportunity and experience for community programs and independent work. If you love to support small and community theatre, you can also text CREATE to 41010 to donate to the festival!

Craft your schedule here – but first! – take a peek at our top picks below.

JURIED SERIES

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UNINTENTIONALLY DEPRESSING CHILDREN’S TALES

“If you’re looking for a fairy tale, fable, or thinly-veiled metaphor to make you feel better about how life works sometimes…this isn’t it. But let’s pile into a blanket fort and get through it together.

The brave, and slightly off-kilter, puppeteers at Caterwaul Theatre present a new series of shadow puppet, projection and stop motion storytelling from Dora nominated playwright Erin Fleck’s unintentionally depressing canon.

(Don’t let the title fool you, this show isn’t for kids!)

Fleck’s work has been called “absolutely of the moment” (Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine) and this show promises to bring her sharply drawn narratives to the world of puppetry. The audience will be immersed into a world of whimsical tragedy and foreboding comedy, for a theatrical bedtime story like no other. Bring a blanket. We’ll provide the tea.”

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AND NOW, THE END

“With the announcement of the coming apocalypse, the citizens of Roxton, a small Canadian town, struggle to come to terms with their imminent doom: a young woman’s tragic past threatens her relationship with her best friend; a doctor’s profession goes from saving lives to ending them: the wife of a stranded astronaut desperately hopes for his return; a pair of slacker interns finally live their dream by hosting their own radio show. This new Canadian musical examines life, death, and what people choose do with the time they have left.

And Now, the End was written by the five members of ANTE up productions, and had its first workshop in the Spring of 2014.”

MUSIC

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THE BICYCLES/MAGGIE MACDONALD/AMY SIEGEL – YOUNG DRONES: A GRAPHIC NOVEL ROCK OPERA

“Young Drones is an explosive rock opera featuring live performance animation by Amy Siegel, and an original soundtrack performed by the Bicycles. Two predator drones patrol Alberta, their mission: “Protect the oil.” One drone sees a rabbit trying to cross a highway, and is struck by the creature’s helplessness. That feeling is the beginning of a moral intelligence… and love. With Young Drones, we propose that if humans created something more intelligent and stronger than our species, that creation would do better than our species. But to be moral beings, these star-crossed UAVs must defy their human makers. Boom! Kapow! ZAP!”

LIVE ART SERIES

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CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST

“Child Psychologist is a performance experiment that asks whether children have access to wisdom and insight that could serve as a viable form of therapy.  In a ‘talk-show’ format, children of varying ages are asked to provide counsel on a problem experienced by the patient. The patient treats all feedback as equal and valuable counsel, applying it to the issue at hand.

‘Child Psychologists’ are not children pretending to be adults, but children solving adult problems. Child prodigy painters and child jazz legends claim an expertise and ability well beyond their years. Their status as prodigy is arguable as is the possibility of their attaining such talent at an age of relative inexperience, but the fact that the question is so contentious makes it an important one to ask: “Can a child solve my adult problems?””

NAT. SERIES

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ÉCOUTE POUR VOIR

“Écoute Pour Voir consists of a variety of solos, scattered throughout the space and performed simultaneously. Equipped with headphones attached to an iPod, dancers and viewers share a choreography face-to-face over the course of the music. Audience members are free to wander from one dancer to the next and observe the subtle intricacies of dance up close, as well as the moving, colourful whole from a distance. They are thus able to enter into the dance according to their inclinations and affinities. United for a few moments, connected by the movement, the dancers and viewers experience each time a truly unique encounter, a source of wonder and enchantment.”

DANCE

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FATHERS & SONS: KAMINO FAMILY

“This time together is simple – be together quietly for 6 hours – the duration of a car ride between Toronto and Montreal. We asked ourselves: Can you go without stopping?

Benjamin will dance continuously, engaging a practice of imaged-based embodiment; sourcing photographs of himself and his father – searching for the in-corporeal intersection between the figure of his father and the figure of himself; the figural co-existing in a temporality of the future-past.

Tim will continuously make automatons that in turn will generate [their own] other spatial and scenographic interventions. Tim is making a space where father[s] and son[s] are together, and safe.

Alexander, the [other] son, will join in in this iteration. Engaging the work through his personal practices, rooted in mural art and tattoo.”

CONVERSATIONS

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CREATING IDENTITY

“A conversation about the role of personal identity in the creation and reception of new work. Do creators think about their own idenity when they create work, or characters? Is there an anxiety about how these characters will be received by audience and critics? What do we learn about ourselves and our own roles in society through our work as artists?

Mel Hague is the Artistic Development Coordinator for Obsidian Theatre and the new Artistic Director of the Rhubarb Festival.”

TICKETS

Single Theatre tickets: $15
3 Show Pass: $40
7 Show Pass: $85
10 Show Pass: $120
Musical Works in Concert tickets: $20
Music Series tickets: $15/$10 TD Comfortable Pricing for 25 and under*
Live Art Series: A range from free to $20 events

*prices listed do not include ticket fees

MORE INFO HERE

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