It’s the big one, folks: The Children of God episode is here. We even saw it twice. Special guest Laura Raboud offers her musical expertise on the show that, by all popular accounts, has that really, really powerful ending. Like, really. For. Real. (No spoilers, either. Really.)
In other news, we also caught a night at the SkirtsAFire Festival, and brought Dan Shessel of Northern Nerdcast to see the quirky co-pro from Northern Light Theatre and L’UniThéâtre, Do This In Memory of Me (En Memoire de Moi). Between the church’s role in Canada’s residential schools to the story of a young girl who longs to be an altar boy, it’s the most Catholic week we’ve had in a while.
It’s an extra special throwback to when Meg Roe and Alessandro Julianiwere in town starring in Onegin. They’re also part of the sound design team for Betroffenheit, and before they moved on to the next tour stop, we snagged them to chat about working with Crystal Pite, their own creative partnership, and what to anticipate in one of the most widely acclaimed dance shows of the decade. Beasts, beats, Battlestar Galactica. Get it?
YEG stages are hopping these days. Paul and Fawnda start out a busy week with Toronto Dance Theatre‘s 50th Anniversary showcase House Mix, followed hotly on the heels by Mercury Opera‘s site-appropriate production of La Traviata at Chez Pierre—which includes the return of guest opera buff Colleen Feehan. Bringing it home (all the way back to Ukraine, no less), is Pyretic Productions‘ Blood of Our Soil.
It’s a very special episode, with a very special guest’s hot take on Andrew Tay’s You Can’t Buy it, But I’ll Sell it to You Anyway SUCKA (hint, it’s Brian Webb!). Plus we cover Sheldon Elter’s Metis Mutt, running at Theatre Network through March 4th, and Paul’s first-ever Citie Ballet show.
It’s another Hot Take, this time from the Jubilee Auditorium parkade! We had a full night at Alberta Ballet‘s presentation of MOMIX: Opus Cactus, complete with pre-show chatter, weird desert animals, reptilian acrobatics, and Lycra galore. Enjoy!
It’s our hottest #HotTake ever as we jump in our chariot (Fawnda’s Kia) to flee Friday’s Chinook Series offerings, which included the coldhearts’ raunchy musical Unrepentant Necrophile, and extraordinary old-school clowning with Cirque du Soleil alumnus Maximine. It’s a car-ride to remember, folks.
Pipelines, patriarchs, and Pinafore, oh my! We see the timely re-mount of Matthew MacKenzie’s Bears, which spun through town last week with Punctuate! Theatre before heading on a cross-province tour. Then, the father/son relationship went under the magnifying glass (to illuminate the miniatures) in Tetsuro Shigematsu’s Empire of the Son at the Citadel. And it’s baby’s first opera: guest host Colleen Feehan gives us a crash course on Edmonton Opera‘s HMS Pinafore.
Paul and Fawnda and Laura saw ALL the things this week: We swilled vodka at Catalyst Theatre‘s presentation of Onegin, and caught Kill Your Television‘s all-male cast in Shakespeare’s R&J. Our eyes watered under the blinding lights of Shaping Sound, and finally we got caught up in the yarns of Rebecca Sadowski’s The Sash Maker (and learned a bit of weaving, too). Did anything pass the Bechdel Test? You may be surprised. Listen to find out!
Anita Sarkeesian presents her talk “The Real World of Online harassment” as part of the Edmonton Public Library’s Forward Thinking Speakers Series on January 24 at the Chateau Lacombe you can get you tickets here. And you can listen to an interview with Sarkeesian on The Well-Endowed Podcast here.
And don’t forget that the Alberta Women Entrepreneurs invites you to attend Learning Day on February 20, in Edmonton. Registration is only $129, and Listeners get 10% if you use the promo code “Podcast” at checkout.
Paul and Fawnda start the new year with some serious theatre in the Tony-award winning, Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Humans at the Citadel. We also spent the holiday cold snap shuttered in with dance docs and podcasts. Join us as we drag our asses into 2018, kicking and spinning our heels.
As the lights go down on 2017 and the final pile of Canada150 presentations, we review Reckoning, a response by Article 11—Tara Beagan and Andy Moro’s Indigenous Activist Arts company–that offers three different narratives on themes of reconciliation. Plus your “What To Watch For” list for 2018. Happy new year from all of use at IDGI, folks!