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S6E3: Express thru India via YEG

Alberta Ballet’s season opened with Taj Express, a feast of Indian dance, music, and Bollywood nods.

Guest reviewer Soni Dasmohapatra joins Fawnda for a rollicking review of Alberta Ballet’s presentation of Taj Express, a straight-from-Mumbai Bollywood ballet/musical sorta show. Also: We get the crash course in Indian dance styles that we’ve always wanted. Thanks Soni!

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More on the screening event that Soni mentioned:
Seconds, Please! Piyush & Hansa Premiere Screening
Nov. 6, 6PM at the Edmonton Community Foundation
Featuring traditional Indian performance, interactive Bhangra dance workshop, DJ Gulzar, and tasty South Indian delights!
Visit www.secondspleasetv.ca for more info.

S5E33: The Sinister, Surprising, Very Adorable Bad Seed

Lilla Solymos and Nicola Elbro in Teatro la Quindicina’s The Bad Seed.
Photo credit Mat Busby Photography.

Fawnda and Colleen brave the Streetfest crowds outside the Varscona to catch Teatro la Quindicina’s remount of The Bad Seed, a 1950s psychological thriller/melodrama/creepy comedy. What a twist ending! (No spoilers either!)

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S5E29: Likely Stories, Sterling Noms, and Other Consonants

The cast of Teatro la Quindicina’s A Likely Story. Mat Busby Photography.

In this episode we step into the quirky, continent-traversing world of Stewart Lemoine’s latest play, A Likely Story. Then, Paul takes in a bit of #NXTFST, and Fawnda takes a road trip to see Marienbad at TDT (Toronto Dance Theatre), and we muse on the Sterling Awards’ new non-gendered acting categories. Oh, and that new thing they’re building in Hawrelak Park. How big of a deal is that, really?

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S5E22: A mid-spring night’s Midsummer

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The balletic take on the bard. Photo from the Kansas City Ballet.

Spring has sprung! Snow is melting! Paul and guest Beth Dart got out to see Alberta Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and all of the well-costumed spinny-spinny dance dance it contained. Recorded in ultra luxurious lo-fi.

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S5E20: We Are Definitely Not Alone

Artists of Alberta Ballet in Jean Grand-Maître’s Caelestis.

Damien Atkins wows us with a tour-de-force performance in We Are Not Alone at Theatre Network, and dance conspiracist Jen Mesch returns to the ‘cast to share thoughts on Alberta Ballet’s de.Vi.ate triple bill, featuring choreographies by Wen Wei Wang, Christopher Anderson, and the premiere of Jean Grand-Maître’s ethereal and eerie Caelestis.

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Here’s the throwback episode to our first take on Wen Wei Wang’s Futureland, which we saw back in 2016

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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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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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.

Season 4, Episode 37 ~ Le Season Finale

Fringe postersIt’s a special “On the Media” episode of

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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