Left to right: Paul Blinov, Jean Grand-Maître and Fawnda Mithrush after hosting the pre-show audience chat on opening night of Alberta Ballet’s All of Us.
This week we catch Alberta Ballet’s All Of Us (ie: The Tragically Hip portrait ballet) in all its post-apocalyptic, dread-headed glory. Does it do Downie justice? Do we win the war? Is it even ballet? We try to answer these questions in the post-show parkade. Do we succeed? You tell us!
Miranda Allen (left) and Nadien Chu (right) in Workshop West’s production of Beth Graham’s Pretty Goblins. Photo by: Marc J. Chalifoux
A week of wonder and juxtaposition: We ramble on physics and music (Theatre Network‘s Infinity); clapping and gravitas (Jairo Barrull Flamenco Company); and the gut-wrenching, mind-stilling Pretty Goblins at Workshop West. We have a bet that one will win a Governor General Award. Can you guess which one?
In the post #MeToo era, what are we allowed to think of a comic fromp like Don Giovanni? Special guest Colleen Feehan joins Fawnda to dissect the goosebumpy moments of this most classically rapey-y of operas.
We tackle Tiny Bear Jaws‘ production of Cleave, a play by bright young writer/producer Elena Belyea, where six characters work through identity issues from the inside out. Be forewarned, there’s adult content (but is it really?). Also we mull over new developments on YEG’s venue front and the EAC‘s ongoing public consultation process. Have a listen, there’s much to explore on stages this month!
It happened: Betroffenheit blew through the Citadel on Easter weekend, leaving audiences agog in its wake. Did it meet our incredibly high expectations? But first, Paul and Fawnda mull over the art of consultation in light of the Galleria going kaput and the myriad public sessions seeking input on the city’s 2029 Arts & Heritage Plan. Are you taking part? Listen up, find out how to take part, and let us know what you think. Check out the links below:
It’s classical children’s tale meets near-classic trope of parents facing the tragic death of a child. This week Paul takes on Alberta Ballet‘s sparkling new Cinderella, while Fawnda gets a taste of the “slow-theatre” movement at Wild Side Productions’ Poison with Laura Raboud.
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.