As well as hosting a show for this year’s Summerworks Performance Festival, we’re also big fans of Canada’s largest juried festival. Especially because it predominantly features Canadian work, and is so much more than just a theatre festival.
The show we’re hosting is a special presentation entitled “At Your Service“.
‘At your service’ is a one-on-one performance experienced with your eyes closed. You are invited to choose a theme for your experience and the level of challenge before entering an intimate room, where you will be led through a mutual exchange with the artist. Each theme will offer a different experience and will open a different window to your inner landscape, using imagination, the senses, body and memory. Each interaction is unique, personally created and catered to each participant.
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Here’s a run-down of some shows we’ve seen & enjoyed as well as some we’re planning to see this week. Summerworks runs until Sunday August 18th so there’s lots of time to check out great shows!
X – Sex. Booze. Facebook. Carbs… Drunk puppets?! Fess Up: what’s your guilty pleasure? After sold out shows in San Francisco, Australian Sunny Drake presents a magical, whimsical and honest look at addiction, grounded in LGBTQ experiences. Stunning stop motion animation and sharp live performance meld in this fast-paced one-man show.
Family Story – The Milkaffers, currently living in the prairies of Manitoba, travel backward, forward and sometimes diagonally through time and space as the youngest Milkaffer daughter tries to figure out why she’s such a loser. An accompanying exhibit, The Milkaffer Family Museum is open 1-6pm Wed-Sun.
How Can I Forget? – A Multimedia Dream created and performed by Sook-Yin Lee with Benjamin Kamino and the assistance of Adam Litovitz. Co-Directed by Erika Batdorf.
Final Savage Land – SummerWorks presents a remount production of this remarkable work by one of Toronto’s premiere performance makers, Allison Cummings.
Salome’s Clothes – Queen struggles to raise two daughters, sacrificing the family’s integrity in an attempt to secure short term gain. Salome’s Clothes illuminates our instinct to ignore the degradation of others in order to survive: a family saga that speaks to globalized crisis. Are we trading our children’s future for worthless trinkets?
Schützen – A performance trilogy on bodies shaped by weapons. A North American premiere from Berlin.
Besides theatre & dance, Summerworks also put on some fantastic nights in their Music Series. Here’s a couple we won’t be missing:
August 15th – Young Drones Starring The Bicycles
August 17th – Maylee Todd’s Musical Planetarium