Event: The Festival of Ideas & Creation is Just Around the Corner!, Canadian Stage

We are so excited that next week we will be hosting a dozen outstanding events celebrating music in performance. Reservations are going fast – some pieces are nearly ‘sold out’ so we encourage you to plan ahead and make your reservations today! We’ve included descriptions for all of our incredible festival projects below, and you can also visit us at https://www.canadianstage.com/festival for reservations and additional information.

See you at the Festival!

2012 Festival Line-Up
All events are FREE and take place at The Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley St) unless otherwise stated. Tickets can be reserved online or by calling 416-368-3110. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Art in Leadership, 7:00pm
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Art in Leadership is a community theatre program in partnership with Toronto Community Housing and the Wellesley Community Centre. Youth from St. Jamestown, Regent Park and surrounding areas participate in multi-disciplinary workshops to gain confidence, motivation and leadership skills. Youth present an original piece created during this 12-week program.

Innovators Program, 7:30pm
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Final presentations from the directors, designers and stage managers in this specialized training program for artists under 21.

The Loyalists, 7:45pm – 8:45pm
Presented by Single Thread Theatre Company
Created by Liam Karry, Jonathan Langley, Alex Dault & Lindsey Higgs
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Single Thread Theatre Company gives a sample of their planned epic recreation of the occupation of York, 1813 in this outdoor installation-style performance. Audiences experience the soundscape and music of the historic village and get a chance to interact with the found-space installation and its residents.

The GYM Playoffs, 8:30pm
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The Playoffs is a cabaret-style evening featuring a wide range of short theatrical pieces presented by members of Canadian Stage’s GYM, our emerging artist program.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Noor Over Afghan, 7:30pm
By Anusree Roy and Christiaan Venter, Directed by Sue Miner
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Composer Christiaan Venter and Librettist Anusree Roy share a section from their new opera. Set in Afghanistan, Noor Over Afghan tells the story of Noor and Jaan, two young Afghani sisters. Their life takes a dramatic turn when one sister asks the other to take her place in marriage. As the groom waits outside, the sisters swap places, clothes and jewellery. From that moment on both their lives are changed forever.

Ocean Carving, 8:30pm
Created and Directed by Gein Wong
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Nothing grows stronger than the instinctual desire to protect those you love. Blending live erhu (Chinese violin) music, ambient electronic music, video art projection, movement and theatre, Ocean Carving tells the story of a Toronto woman who left China by jumping into the ocean and swimming away.

In Conversation with Justin Rutledge, 9:30pm
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An intimate evening of words and music with singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge, revealing his unique creation and performance process for recent theatre hits such as Michael Ondaatje’s Divisadero and Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. Hear sneak previews of his original songs and learn about his newest project, the upcoming Canadian Stage production of The Arsonists directed by Morris Panych.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Gesture Transmissions, 7:30pm
Choreography by Hari Krishnan, Sound by Debashis Sinha
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Gesture Transmissions is a new performance work for a dancer and musician, based on the highly codified system of mudras, hand positions used in classical South Asian dance forms. Sinha and Krishnan use this system to create gestures that control sound output from radio transmitters and other electronic sound-making objects, blurring the lines between each performer’s role onstage. Part audio performance and part dance, this is an austere, contemporary choreography of movement and sound, firmly rooted in and yet abstracted from south Asian artistic and spiritual practice.

The Loyalists, 7:45pm – 8:45pm
Presented by Single Thread Theatre Company
Created by Liam Karry, Jonathan Langley, Alex Dault and Lindsey Higgs
Reserve seats HERE

Single Thread Theatre Company gives a sample of their epic recreation of the occupation of York, 1813 in this outdoor installation-style performance. Audiences experience the soundscape and music of the historic village and get a chance to interact with the found-space installation and its residents.

Life, Death and the Blues, 8:30pm
By Raoul Bhaneja, Directed by Eda Holmes
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Twenty years a professional actor and twenty years a professional musician, Raoul Bhaneja, a multicultural, multi-tasking, multi-talented extrovert, ventures into the heart of the Blues – a journey that has brought him to the edge and back, featuring a live blues score.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Concord Floral, 7:30pm
Presented by Suburban Beast
Created and Directed by Jordan Tannahill
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An abandoned greenhouse in Vaughan becomes a refuge for ritual and subversion among ten neighbourhood teens. Director Jordan Tannahill fuses the paintings of Toronto’s Kris Knight, Boccaccio’s 14th century plague text The Decameron, and teen garage band DIY to create a raucous sound and image-driven performance that asks where the sacred is in his generation.

The Sparrow Songs, 8:30pm
By Barbara Nichol and Tom Bellman
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The Sparrow Songs: a Country Song-String is a theatrical presentation of the one remaining example of what was thought to be a lost musical genre. The song-string was an after-dinner pastime of the 19th century American West in which participants would – on the spot – string songs together to form a story. Part country concert, part historical artifact, The Sparrow Songs is an evening of previously unheard country tunes, describing the intersecting lives, loves and losses of its characters.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Dive, 8:00pm
Presented by the Mermaid Collective
By Nik Beeson and Richard Sanger, featuring Fides Krucker

Please note: This is a special offsite event at 312 Sackville Street; tickets $20-40. To reserve tickets for this event only, please email dive.mermaidproject@gmail.com or call 416.927.1534.

Dive is an immersive voice salon and sound installation. A mermaid takes you down deep into her watery world. Fides Krucker voices the wild and the divine through a visceral electroacoustic score by composer Nik Beeson; the music for Richard Sanger’s moving and darkly humorous adaptation of Lampedusa’s short story “Lighea”. Additional performances on May 12, 18, and 19.

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