It’s our first foray into remote recording! We tracked down Ben Gorodetsky to talk about Biblioteka, which was cancelled (among everything else) with the order to shutdown gathering spaces. We cover the ideas behind his show, how artists are coping these days, and plans for Ben’s future creative output.
Also, many recommendations for things to see online below. See some shows, everyone!
Links of note:
• Dan Savage’s SPLIFF Film Festival, where you can watch Munchies Massacre
• Folk Lordz web series
• Malachite Theatre’s Shakespeare Sundays
• The full cut of Grindstone’s musical hit ThunderCATS
• Die-Nasty’s weekly improvised Radio Hour, new episodes out every Monday
• Chase Padgett’s Digital Fringe (where you can actually pay to watch or rent 2019 Fringe faves like For Science! and Reality Crack)
• Actor Jamie Cavanagh’s online campaign that petitions Disney to cast him as the next Wolverine.
Our fears of the end times are quelled with a soothing soak at AGA’s Nests For the End of the World exhibit with curator Lindsay Sharman, followed by a trippy dip into the über-immersive visuals of Bustle & Beast’s Girl in the Machine at Telus World of Science. Finally, we catch the documentary Cunningham at Metro Cinema, complete with a meta-Merce dance piece by Jen Mesch and Gerry Morita. Whew! At least we’ll all go out feeling a little more relaxed.
Valentines, Galentines, and mom-love: Evan’s mother steals the show in Dear Evan Hansen, Shakespeare’s wife wins in Shakespeare’s Dog, and Shay Kuebler’s Radical System Art gets heady and physical in Epilogos. Special thanks to our guests Colleen and Laura for hopping on board this week, and to the moms who prove that love can truly be unconditional (cue the ugly cry here).
To claim your $5 discount to The Blue Hour at SkirtsAFire, enter panelfive at checkout when you purchase your tickets at the Fringe Box Office. And come catch our live episode recording at the fest on March 1st!
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!
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.
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!)
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?
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.
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.
Here’s the throwback episode to our first take on Wen Wei Wang’s Futureland, which we saw back in 2016
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!
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.