The Nutcracker holds a special place in many dance hearts. It can be the first professional show for aspiring ballet students to appear on the big stage — usually as mice. And it’s also often the most available ballet production for families during the holidays. This year, Fawnda was joined by Soni Dasmohapatra and seven-year-old Niya for their first experience with Shumka’s Nutcracker. It was pretty magical, especially after 700+ days since the company had performed for public audiences.
Stay tuned to the end for a special preview of the next podcast project Fawnda and Soni are working on in 2022: Kathak, Hopak, Hip-hop.
Colleen and Fawnda take in a real, live show! Northern Light Theatre’s The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921 is a delightful, socially-scorching two-hander by Linda Wood Edwards, played out with sass by Sue Huff and Twilla MacLeod. The show runs at the Varscona Theatre until Nov. 28.
This episode we’re talking with Guy Lavallee, festival director of NorthwestFest, is Edmonton’s documentary and nonfiction film festival, and the oldest documentary festival in Canada. We cover how NorthwestFest is weathering the new world of online festivals, and about the history of the society, too. We commiserate on how volunteer roles have evaporated amid the pandemic, how certain things work really well online, and of course about the films at this year’s NorthwestFest, which runs May 6 to 16 and is viewable all across Alberta. I Don’t Get It is part of the Alberta Podcast Network: Locally grown, community supported. Links from the discussion: > NorthwestFest line-up and tickets > One of the band members of Fanny was interviewed on CBC’s q. > Book Women Podcast (thanks to Edmonton Community Foundation for the Pod Power shout-out!) > The Pulse on Taproot Edmonton
We chat with Nisha Patel and Sheri Somerville about BODY OF WORDS, the collaborative performance piece that is being streamed online as part of SkirtsAfire Reimagined. We cover how their collaboration came about, what audiences can expect, and also how the pandemic has effected them, from performing poetry for an audience of one to how a ballet company safely rehearses in this wild new world.
Happy new year? Paul, Fawnda, and return guest Colleen delve into Northern Light Theatre’s online presentation of The Look by Alexa Wyatt. Note: At the 12-minute mark, there is a brief description of the END of the show. Skip ahead a minute to avoid the spoiler.
We’re back! And a little rusty. But we’re here to warm the cockles of your isolated hearts with a chat about what it means for performing arts companies to lose their big-box, holiday cash cows this year.
In the form of open letters on social media, actor Natércia Napoleão has been asking Edmonton’s theatre companies directly what their BIPOC representation looks like not only onstage, but off as well. In this chat we cover how social media can be used to call in — not necessarily call out — and how Edmonton theatre companies are responding to public questions about representation in their casts, staff, boards, and otherwise.