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S5E27: Hell is empty, and the devils are just fine

Cast members from the Citadel Theatre’s The Tempest.
Photo by Ian Jackson, Epic Photography.

‘Twas a night of saluting Billy Shakes, moving storytellers, and also lovers/haters of whatever you think iambic pentameter is, was, or could be. We took in the Citadel Theatre’s The Tempest this week, which boggled and delighted all the senses.

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S5E26: The Empress, The PM, The Spins

Darrin Hagen in Theatre Network’s The Empress and the Prime Minister.
Photo by Ryan Parker Photography.

On the heels of last week’s election, we go on aptly timed flashback tour to 1969 as drag queen activist ted northe rubs shoulders with an ambitious Pierre Trudeau in Darrin Hagen’s The Empress and the Prime Minister.

Then, to wrap up Easter Weekend we’re joined by multidisciplinary performer (and famed pysanky painter) Larissa Pohoreski to chat about the latest offering in the Brian Webb Dance Company’s season: the up-and-comers in Next Generation South Asian Dance.

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Notes to episode: In the audio, we refer to Darrin Hagen’s induction into the Q Order of Canada, which isn’t actually a thing. Hagen was inducted into the Q Hall of Fame Canada in 2013.

Also, the red dye for dancers’ feet and hands as mentioned in the discussion of Next Generation South Asian Dance is called Alta. And now we know!

S5E25: Flamenco in the Fun Home

Paul returns to the co-hosting chair to discuss Plain Jane Theatre‘s production of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. And Fawnda is joined by her belle soeur to recount their fiery experience at the Edmonton Flamenco Festival featuring Tierra Flamenca.

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S5E24: The Party, The Candidate, The Late-Stage Abortion

Martha Burns and Kevin Bundy as the Straughans in Citadel Theatre’s The Candidate.
Photo by Ian Jackson/Epic Photography.

Colleen Feehan joins Fawnda for a whole week of theatre; please enjoy as we mess up character names, toss aside our election fatigue, and try really hard—so darn hard—to not give away anything that happens in The Party/The Candidate. And then we sob our way through the incredible and deeply affecting performance by Vanessa Sabourin in Northern Light Theatre’s 19 Weeks.

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S5E23: Heroes, Politicos, and Flamenco Glory

The case of MAN UP! in Heroes, presented as part of Mile Zero’s Dance Crush series.

We’ve been off for a while, so we thought it’d be fun to do a nice fat episode this week! Guests abound, too: First, Matthew Stepanic comes in to cover MAN UP!‘s boy-lesque extravanganza in Heroes at Spazio Performativo. Then, Colleen Feehan offers some quick thoughts on The Party at the Citadel (first of a two-part review—we’ll be seeing The Candidate next week). And finally, Jane Ogilvie visits the ECF studio to dish about all the addictive qualities of flamenco in anticipation of the third annual Edmonton Flamenco Festival. Whew! Enjoy!

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S5E21: Better than RENT

Artists performing in Mercury Opera’s La bohème at Chez Pierre. Photo by Anna Kuelken.

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!

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S5E19: Diaspora, Dialogue & The Revisor Road Trip

Milton Lim & Michelle Lui in Hong Kong Exile’s Room 2048. Photo by Remi Theriault

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.

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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.

S5E17: See the Forest Through the Birch Trees

Spooky and dark foggy forest at dusk

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.

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S5E16: Ballet, Sweat, & Tears

Artists of Ballet BC in Solo Echo.

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.

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Check out the flashback episode from 2015 when we first saw Solo Echo: https://idontgetityeg.com/2015/11/29/season-3-episode-4/

S5E15: Blessed by a Baroness (and Norse Gods, too)

Jake Tkaczyk & Nasra Adem in KaldrSaga. Photo by Kelsi Kalmer.

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.

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