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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This 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