We wrapped up the coldest February in decades with the anticipated return of Mercury Opera to Chez Pierre; this time the company impressed with La bohème set as a 1979 East Village artist-romp. And poet Brandon Wint’s Alive! collaboration at Mile Zero Dance brought tears to the eyes of special guests from Let’s Get Lit (Edmonton’s delightful poetry podcast). Keep those mittens on, and enjoy!
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.
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.
Check out the flashback episode from 2015 when we first saw Solo Echo: https://idontgetityeg.com/2015/11/29/season-3-episode-4/
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.
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
We split forces these past two weeks to catch Plastic Orchid Factory’s Digital Folk at Spazio Performativo and Good Women Dance Collective’s new full-length presentation of The Signal at their annual Convergence showcase. And, we begin our lament on the announcement that Vue Weekly, the city’s last bastion of dedicated print arts media, will cease production at the end of the month (sniffle). Get the kleenex, noses are running.
As promised, here’s a recipe for Mulled Wine, courtesy of The Spruce Eats. Stay warm, and enjoy! Also, note that there is some adult language in this episode.
Two highly hyped productions on the ‘cast this week: Marty Chan’s The Bone House gets a remount at the Varscona Hotel, and Ballet Edmonton debuts their first works with Wen Wei Wang. Did either meet our great expectations? Listen in to find out!
Lew Wetherell and Jason Hardwick in The Bone House. Photo by Ryan Parker Photography.
Fawnda gets back in the swing with the “twinly magic” of The Maggie Tree’s production of Blood: A Scientific Romance, before getting Paul all riled up about the new Arts & Heritage Plan proposed to city council by the Edmonton Arts Council this week. They have some thoughts. Many thoughts. And some recorder troubles. (Sorry about that.)
Photo by BB Collective, Gianna Vacirca and Jayce McKenzie in Blood: A Scientific Romance.