Category: Podcasts

S5E12: Nutcracker Nostalgia

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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

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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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S5E9: Great Expectations: The Bone House and Wen Wei Wang in YEG

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Two highly hyped productions on the ‘cast this week: Marty Chan’s The Bone House gets a remount at the Varscona Hotel, and Ballet Edmonton debuts their first works with Wen Wei Wang. Did either meet our great expectations? Listen in to find out!

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Lew Wetherell and Jason Hardwick in The Bone House. Photo by Ryan Parker Photography.

S5E8: Blood, Love, Connections, Exchanges

Fawnda gets back in the swing with the “twinly magic” of The Maggie Tree’s production of Blood: A Scientific Romance, before getting Paul all riled up about the new Arts & Heritage Plan proposed to city council by the Edmonton Arts Council this week. They have some thoughts. Many thoughts. And some recorder troubles. (Sorry about that.)

Photo by BB Collective, Gianna Vacirca and Jayce McKenzie in Blood: A Scientific Romance.

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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.

Special thanks to our new patrons: Fraser, Karen, Liz, and Alexis!

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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.

Huge props to Michael Nunweiler this week for designing our new logo!

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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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