Paul and Fawnda start the new year with some serious theatre in the Tony-award winning, Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Humans at the Citadel. We also spent the holiday cold snap shuttered in with dance docs and podcasts. Join us as we drag our asses into 2018, kicking and spinning our heels.
As the lights go down on 2017 and the final pile of Canada150 presentations, we review Reckoning, a response by Article 11—Tara Beagan and Andy Moro’s Indigenous Activist Arts company–that offers three different narratives on themes of reconciliation. Plus your “What To Watch For” list for 2018. Happy new year from all of use at IDGI, folks!
Fawnda faces her fears and interviews two wonderful young performers from Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker (thanks Liam and Zara!). Plus, a rundown of festive activities happening throughout YEG in the coming weeks. Happy holidays, from the team at IDGI. Go see some shows!
Big news this week, folks: IDGI is now part of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB! We saw (and ate) Justine Chambers’ Family Dinner, caught some clowning and dead cats in Over Her Dead Body, and topped off the week with Indigenous dancers Lunacee and Creeasian accompanying A Tribe Called Red‘s set at the Starlite Room. Ahhhhmen!
We’re going down—way down—to Hadestown, folks. Destined for Broadway after the Citadel hosts its Canadian stage debut, Hadestown is a new musical based on the eponymous album by folk superstar Anais Mitchell, developed for stage by director Rachel Chavkin. We caught some dance, too. Thoughts on Good Women Dance Collective‘s annual showcase, Convergence, come in after (wait for it) Hadestown spoilers. Join us the road to hell—it’s warmer than YEG for sure.
Fawnda did all the things last week. She saw Shay Kuebler’s Radical System Art company create a lighting spectacle inTelemetry, and later found herself on the other side of the fourth wall as part of Mile Zero Dance‘s SubArctic Improv ensemble–performing mere inches away from Brian Webb. She tells Paul about all the joy and terror therein. Happy Halloween, everyone.
The YEG season is in full swing as the IDGI team dissects a variety of body language blitzes, from the showy embraces of Tango Fire to the confounding gestures of symphony conductors. With special guest, Laura “Boo” Raboud, who dishes on her experience of the Prairie Dance Circuit—from both sides of the stage.
They’re baaaaack. This time, with more cheese. Paul and Fawnda escape the blanket fort (and their lengthy hiatus) to debut a shiny new show mandate in the swanky podcast studio at Edmonton Community Foundation. Listen up folks, the YEG season begins now.