S5E19: Diaspora, Dialogue & The Revisor Road Trip

Milton Lim & Michelle Lui in Hong Kong Exile’s Room 2048. Photo by Remi Theriault

The week in dance left us stunned and slack-jawed. We caught Wen Wei Wang’s all-male Dialogue, juxtaposed with the incredible light-play in Hong Kong Exile’s ROOM 2048 (thanks to Laura Raboud for hopping in on that hot take!). Finally, Andrew and Fawnda took a pilgrimage to Banff to see the preview of Kidd Pivot’s newest full-length foray, Revisor.

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Bonus note: For those who like books about dance history, the Nijinsky/Isadora Duncan riff at the top of the episode appears in The Chosen Maiden, a novel about Nijinsky’s younger sister, by Eva Stachniak.

S5E18: The Body Chinook

Kiruthika Rathanaswami performs as part of Expanse Festival at the Chinook Series.

Just in time to provide respite from the deep freeze, Chinook blows through YEG with some seriously stunning storytelling. Guest Lisa Pruden (of The Well-Endowed Podcast) joins Fawnda for the Series’ opening night performances by Kiruthika Rathanaswami, The Lobbyists, and a cabaret-style melange at Sinergia‘s Unfold. Where is Paul? He’s at Wildfire (details inside). Stay warm, compadres!

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S5E17: See the Forest Through the Birch Trees

Spooky and dark foggy forest at dusk

We went into the woods twice this week to follow two different sets of siblings, in two vastly different productions. Colleen Feehan returns to the podcast for the 2000-kids-strong preview performance of Edmonton Opera’s Hansel & Gretel, and Nisha Patel joins us for a very special take on her personal and creative experience with Naheyawin’s Lake of the Strangers. 

To check out Nisha’s website and upcoming performances, visit nishapatel.ca.

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S5E16: Ballet, Sweat, & Tears

Artists of Ballet BC in Solo Echo.

Andrew steps in to co-host while while Paul is halfway across the world! This week we were treated to a tantalizing triple-bill by Ballet BC, along with some tough, industrious love at the Citadel Theatre’s production of Sweat. Also, an emotionally redeeming evening at a rousing Latinx cabaret curated by the Popol Vuh Project.

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Check out the flashback episode from 2015 when we first saw Solo Echo: https://idontgetityeg.com/2015/11/29/season-3-episode-4/

S5E15: Blessed by a Baroness (and Norse Gods, too)

Jake Tkaczyk & Nasra Adem in KaldrSaga. Photo by Kelsi Kalmer.

What’s better than epic mythology and comedy heroes on these cold #YEGwinter nights? Nothing. Nothing at all. We catch Cardiac Theatre’s KaldrSaga at the Almanac, and a riveting pairs figure-skating sketch at Girl Brain featuring—you guessed it—Baroness Carolyn Taylor.

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S5E14: Mackers, Dancers & A Theatre Quiz Throwdown

Marie France Forcier in ReLoCate. Photo by Tim Nguyen.

Aaand we’re back! We ring in the new year with a rousing round of questions from Liz Nicholl’s annual Holiday Theatre Quiz, plus reviews of Malachite Theatre’s site-specific Macbeth and the quadruple-decker dance treat ReLoCate, presented by Mile Zero Dance. There’s much to look forward to in 2019, folks—get your pencils ready!

Check out Liz Nicholls’ 12thnight.ca Theatre Quiz here.

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Quiz music is “Quirky Dog” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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S5E13: Retirement Danse & Holiday Expectations

Paul and Fawnda take in the stunning final solo performance of 70-year-old dance legend Paul-André Fortier, and Andrew steps in to help ease the festive tension around family expectations in a review of Conni Massing’s Oh! Christmas Tree. Merry Christmas. Every. One. 

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S5E12: Nutcracker Nostalgia

P&F Nutcracker

We’ve been reminiscing a lot with the happenings in town lately, so this week we’re doing a special flashback to a couple of our favourite conversations on the annual holiday dance fuss, The Nutcracker. Remember that time in 2014 when Alberta Ballet invited us to do a walk-on in Act I? And in 2017 when we talked to a wee mouse and party kid? Sweet, sweet memories. Listen in.

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S5E11: Of Young Wives and Data Mining

Young Wife ParkerThis week we caught What A Young Wife Ought to Know, Theatre Network’s latest offering by Hannah Moscovitch, which explores the crux of coupledom and contraception in 1920s Ottawa. Then we sat in on the final presentations at the Arts Datathon, which brought a group of data experts together to mine and analyze information collected by arts and granting agencies in YEG. What did we learn about both? Essentially, context is everything.

Photo credit: Ryan Parker
Featuring Merran Carr-Wiggin & Cole Humeny

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S5E10: Mulling Plastic Flowers & Mixed Signals

PlasticOrchidFactory_DigitalFolk_2.jpg

We split forces these past two weeks to catch Plastic Orchid Factory’s Digital Folk at Spazio Performativo and Good Women Dance Collective’s new full-length presentation of The Signal at their annual Convergence showcase. And, we begin our lament on the announcement that Vue Weekly, the city’s last bastion of dedicated print arts media, will cease production at the end of the month (sniffle). Get the kleenex, noses are running.

As promised, here’s a recipe for Mulled Wine, courtesy of The Spruce Eats. Stay warm, and enjoy! Also, note that there is some adult language in this episode.

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