S5E7: Embalming Lenin

This week Paul and special guest host, Suzie Martin sit down to discuss Studio Theatre’s production of Lenin’s Embalmers by Vern Thiessen.  Plus, we chat about the World Cafe discussion series being hosted by Citadel Theatre. Check it out!

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S5E6: Dogs in Space and a Rage Baby

Fawnda is away this week, leaving Paul and Andrew to hold down the fort. In this episode we look at the existential dread of knowing your pet will one day die in Ainsley Hillyard’s Jezebel at the Still Point. Then we’re joined by Lindsay Eales, co-artistc director of CRIPSiE, to discuss the Mad creation processes behind Mobilize — a big ‘ol show featuring six works by artists living with disabilities and/or mental health issues. Buckle up folks as we blast off into space and behind the scenes into a world built on the principles of consent, choice, and invitation.

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S5E5: Playing Fools with Attakkalari

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We catch Bangalore’s Attakkalari Dance Company as part of the BWDC’s season, and the final full day of Play The Fool—with particular interest in their conversation on consent in interactive performance. News bits include the recent Senate appointments and RAM’s big opening day.

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S5E4: Falling Slowly for Leonard Cohen

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Between swills of coffee following the Nuit Blanche all-nighter we cover two big ol’ season openers: BJM Danse swung through town to open Alberta Ballet’s 52nd season with Dance Mea contemporary tribute to Leonard Cohen, and Paul caught the Citadel Theatre’s launch of Oncethe much loved movie-come-folkie musical.

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S5E3: Shakespeare, SNFU, and Snow in September

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The #YEGtheatre year gets rolling with Thou Art Here’s graveyard production of Shakespeare’s Will and Brian Webb’s 40th season opener, The Prairie Dance Circuit featuring Gerry Morita’s Second Hand Dances for the Crude, Crude City and Melanie Kloetzel’s It began with watching. Plus an arts news round-up, upcoming picks, and a special message about one of Edmonton’s great theatre teachers (thanks Lianna Makuch!).

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S5E2: The Mighty Collin Doyle

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Playwright Collin Doyle visits the studio for a candid chat on the eve of NeWest Press’s publication of The Mighty Carlins and Other Plays. We cover The Zoo Story, Mill Woods, the gold Jesus, the best set reveal YEG theatre has ever seen, and what it’s like to lose the Sterling to Sheldon Elter (again). Join us, and enjoy!

Doyle’s book launch of The Mighty Carlins and Other Plays will be held on October 16 at The Almanac on Whyte Avenue, with special guests reading from the plays featured in the collection.

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S5E1: Le Season Preview

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Programs runneth over our desk—and we still are trying to cobble together what everyone is up to. BUT, that wouldn’t stop us from attempting to record our Season Preview! Long weekend stuttering, mispronunciations, and doggy barge-ins abound. Enjoy.

Also, check out the new listings calendar that EAC started up here. 

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Season 4, Episode 37 ~ Le Season Finale

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IDGI to wrap up our fourth(!) season of reviewing what we’ve seen on YEG stages. We cover some of our Fringe faves, critique the critics, the bewildering “star-creep” of some outlets, and muse about the new era of arts coverage in the city. Plus, convos about the new Sterling Awards non-gendered acting categories, and just-what-the-heck happened with the PR mess at Alberta Theatre Projects earlier this summer.

Send your listings for Season 5 to idgidance@gmail.com, and don’t forget to subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts!

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Season 4 Episode 36

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The 2018 Edmonton International Fringe Festival is upon us! And that means artists and audiences alike are eagerly awaiting the reviews to come out. On this episode of I Don’t Get It, our ever-silent producer Andrew steps in front of the microphone to chat with Fawnda and Paul about everything you ever wanted to know about Fringe reviews. From the controversial use of star reviews to who has the right to review shows, this episode opens the hood to look at the criticism engine that can make or break an artist’s Fringe run. Happy Fringing everyone!

The 2018/19 theatre season is fast approaching. Do you have a show or season info you’d like us to include in our listings? Email the details to us at IDGIdance@gmail.com.

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Season 4 Episode 35

received_1911847322204631We survived! Paul and Fawnda took an eventful a road trip to the Badlands Amphitheatre to catch Mercury Opera and Opera Classica Nuova’s co-production of CARMEN—complete with roasted street corn, bright prairie skies, and an unmatchable backdrop for Bizet’s masterpiece. It was a wild ride, and we recorded some observations on the trip home.

If you have a show—or even a whole season—to share with us, please send the details to idgidance@gmail.com. We’ll do our best to include a comprehensive listing of performances in YEG during our next season.

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