The 2018 Edmonton International Fringe Festival is upon us! And that means artists and audiences alike are eagerly awaiting the reviews to come out. On this episode of I Don’t Get It, our ever-silent producer Andrew steps in front of the microphone to chat with Fawnda and Paul about everything you ever wanted to know about Fringe reviews. From the controversial use of star reviews to who has the right to review shows, this episode opens the hood to look at the criticism engine that can make or break an artist’s Fringe run. Happy Fringing everyone!
The 2018/19 theatre season is fast approaching. Do you have a show or season info you’d like us to include in our listings? Email the details to us at IDGIdance@gmail.com.
We survived! Paul and Fawnda took an eventful a road trip to the Badlands Amphitheatre to catch Mercury Opera and Opera Classica Nuova’s co-production of CARMEN—complete with roasted street corn, bright prairie skies, and an unmatchable backdrop for Bizet’s masterpiece. It was a wild ride, and we recorded some observations on the trip home.
If you have a show—or even a whole season—to share with us, please send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll do our best to include a comprehensive listing of performances in YEG during our next season.
It’s a crossover episode! Fawnda is joined by APN bud Shane Lawrence of the Ed Podcast to talk dance education with Jodie Vandekerkove and Gerry Morita of Mile Zero Dance on their outreach work in Edmonton schools. There’s no “5, 6, 7, 8…” in these classes, folks.
To learn more about having Mile Zero’s Dance residencies, visit milezerodance.com.
Photo by Natasha Dixon.
It may be summer, but YEG stages are never empty. Paul and Fawnda escape the storms to take in Teatro la Quindicina‘s The Importance of Being Earnest, and Tiny Bear Jaws‘ Miss Katelyn’s Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable. We also notice that VUE Weekly has pulled the free event listings section from its print edition, and we have some thoughts—possibly even feelings—on that.
Our Summer Stock series continues: We sit down with Sam Jeffery of #YEGTheatreStats to chat about the gender balance of creative teams in Edmonton theatres, and how a display of hard numbers might make a difference for representation for future seasons. Plus, news about upcoming road trips and more—stay dry out there!
It’s a full-time week for guest Laura Raboud as we take in Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story at the Citadel Theatre, then hunker in for the befuddling, heart-churning experience of Collin Doyle’s new play, Terry and the Dog. What a time to be alive in #yegarts.
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!
Guests galore on a big show week: Ainsley Hillyard drops in to chat about Shumka’s collaboration with Indigenous artists in Ancestors & Elders, while Laura Raboud enlightens us on the musical trappings of the Citadel Theatre/Banff Centre production of The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story of Robin Hood. No spoilers, promise!
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?