As if SummerWorks isn’t incredible enough, they’ve just given birth to a brand new festival of performance and ideas. Brought to you by SummerWorks’ Artistic Director, Michael Rubenfeld is Progress, and it’s coming to you February 4-15, 2015 at the Theatre Centre on Queen Street West.
The festival brings together international performances to engage in a larger conversation about language, accessibility and what progress means to Toronto’s performance ecology. Progress features six international shows, six languages and five free artist workshops and talks. Programming has been curated by nine different companies.
“I am incredibly excited and proud of how many different companies have come together to make this event happen,” says Rubenfeld. “Progress is bringing together a series of essential conversations being had by some of our city’s vital thought-leaders in performance. This is a festival led by a collective desire to collaborate in how we think about performance in Toronto and the result is a staggeringly unique and diverse program of work.”
All Progress performances take place at The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen St W), host venue of the festival. “As the home of Progress, The Theatre Centre will serve as that point of connection between international programming, innovative workshops, rich and diverse dialogues and the local community. We are thrilled to be partnering with SummerWorks Performance Festival to produce the inaugural Progress festival,” notes The Theatre Centre’s General and Artistic Director Franco Boni.
Progress is a new international festival of performance and ideas produced by the SummerWorks Performance Festival in partnership with The Theatre Centre. Progress offers world class performance at accessible prices. In curatorial collaboration with Toronto’s leading performance-based companies, Progress presents global dialogues driven by local voices. The inaugural Progress is curated by SummerWorks, The Theatre Centre, Why Not Theatre, Volcano Theatre, Videofag, FADO Performance Art Centre, Dancemakers, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Canada’s National Arts Centre English Theatre.
SummerWorks is Canada’s largest curated performance festival. Widely recognized as one of the most important agencies for enabling new Canadian artists in the country, SummerWorks annually features over 60 performance projects during its 11-day Festival in August. In 2015, SummerWorks celebrates its 25th Anniversary and also inaugurates Progress, an international festival of performance and ideas.
About The Theatre Centre
The Theatre Centre is a nationally recognized live-arts incubator that serves as a research and development hub for the cultural sector. We provide artists with infrastructure and resources to make their art – from idea to production. The Theatre Centre is committed to new work and new ways of working. We are a public space, open and accessible to the people of our community, where citizens can imagine, debate, celebrate, protest, unite and be responsible for inventing the future.
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