Theatre & Performance Art

Broken Bodies: Phenomenological Fragmentation in Telematic Performance Art

If representational Modernism, as Linda Nochlin suggests, was constructed out of a sense of loss associated with the fragmented bodies of antiquity (Nochlin 8), the Postmodern is constructed out of the urge to gain from the fragmented bodies of the present. Fragmentation within the paradigm of Postmodernism no longer operates on a sense of lack

Slamming the Slam: a rant dedicated to the witless man with the mic who ruined my Thursday night

As a self-proclaimed “professional vagrant,” what the kinder people might call an “aspiring poet,” I’ve always been drawn to the performance of poetry. In Toronto there’s no shortage of poetry readings, book launches, and literary events to peak my interest. On weeknights they’re creeping up in every available bar and café that isn’t hosting your

Slam Dunk: a Slam Ode to Dunkaroos at Recess (with apologies to the poets)

(Please note: the following should be read with intensity, the occasional William Shatner style pause, and rather acrobatic arm movements) The sun sets on Streetsville- and its about to get real. A meeting of minds and mouths, meticulously masticating and spitting out words, almost unheard over the thundering of their own hearts- and this            

Ideas Incarnate: 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art Descends upon Toronto

The 7a*11d collective, also known as Gale Allen, Annie Onyi Cheung, Shannon Cochrane, Paul Couillard, Jess Dobkin, Adam Herst, Johanna Householder, and Tanya Mars, are descending upon Toronto for the eighth time with the biennial 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. With 30 local and international performance artists in tow, from October 21st to October

How to stage an Anti-Rob Ford Parody Performance Piece

Recent performance art in Toronto often favours heteronomous platitudes rather than tackling lofty political subjects. If art can still be viewed as means to accessing truth, performance artists must direct their often jarringly absurd practices at Viagra soft tab no prescription those who enable and subsequently disable the art community from thriving. For those readers

Mortal Coil Performance Society’s magical Horse Women at Edmonton Folk Fest

Mortal Coil Performance Society | Photo by Curran Folkers “Three stilt-walking equine women in white, red and black emerge from nowhere. Amidst fluttering manes and floating silk draperies, the crowd is transported to a world between worlds.” Artist Statement | Mortal Coil Performance Society Oddly enough, experiencing Mortial Coil Performance Society’s Horse Women is exactly

Toronto Fringe Festival 2010: Reviews by Sarah Beaudin

Rochdale: Livin’ the Dream Everyone’s heard tales of Rochdale College, Toronto’s infamous free-thinking, free-spirited, tuition-free college of the 60s. Residing in an 18-storey apartment building, it was Canada largest co-op housing program and a place for artistic exploration, political discussions, and guerilla academics. Trying to capture all that in a short Fringe show seems an

The Paprika Festival is Hot Hot Hot!

Last month the Paprika Festival served up some spicy dishes. Founded by Anthony Furey in 2002, Tarragon Theatre’s annual festival provides a unique opportunity for young artists to meet and be mentored by experienced playwrights. It’s actually Toronto’s only free theatre festival for young people, showcasing the talent of those under 21. With this year’s

Locked on SHUFFLE by Valence Movement: Indie Dance in Toronto? It is Now.

Jamee Valin is a veritable bundle of energy sitting cross-legged on the couch opposite me. Moments before she had finished giving final notes on the dress rehearsal of locked on SHUFFLE, Valence Movement’s premiere performance of dance theatre, which received a stunning response after its one-night run at the Winchester Theatre on March 10. In

Just Another Holiday Recipe

‘Tis the season where commercialism and tinsel take over the city and people who are usually sane become superficially pious and even more obnoxious. The season where society expects you to see your family, even the distant relatives you don’t like, and your mother expects you to do all this with a smile. What’s worse?

The Phantom of the Opera House And Other Haunted Theatres in Toronto

Lately, I’ve been considering the possibilities of the universe. Put aside your skeptical post-postmodernist deconstructionist thinking, and consider. Doesn’t it seem ludicrous to assume we know all there is to know about the universe? Despite scientific developments, what we know about the universe is the equivalent of a grain of sand… that leaves billions of

When There’s No More Room In Hell… The Decline and Possibilities of Horror Theatre

In the spooky vein of what I suppose is being considered the Metallic Fruit’s ‘Hallowe’en’ issue (that’s how it’s spelled; look it up), I have elected to do a little pondering about the absence of one particular literary genre from the theatrical stage: the genre of horror. While finding its home comfortably for centuries in

The Canadian Theatre Tod-eh! (Pun Intended), Part Two: A Festivus For the Best of Us

More than anything else, the theatre is a community. It is an art form that necessarily involves more than one person working together to create something from nothing; professionals (or no) collaborating, working toward a common goal. It is not an easy industry to break into, and the financial rewards are never nearly enough, leading

Just a Sketch With Potential: Sketch’in Toronto at Summerworks 2009

Sketch Youth is a wonderful collective which encourages homeless Toronto youth to find themselves through artistic endeavors. The organization is top-rate and its mandate is both unique and inspiring: it attempts to foster hope in a demographic that is often disregarded by the general public. Their collectively created theatre work, Sketch’in Toronto, has become a

Toronto Fringe Festival 2009: Sex, Drugs and Buddhist Rock and Roll, Part Two: The Keeper’s Secret

One of the best parts of Fringe is the opportunities it creates for emerging artists, particularly for the playwrights who might otherwise write for years with nowhere to stage their new scripts. Katie Alguire is one of many young artists taking advantage of this in Toronto’s 2009 Fringe festival. As writer and producer of The

Luminato 2009: Opera Revival in an Industrial Playground

Opera on Steel Bananas? Really? I know, opera isn’t something that independent artists in Canada often consider within their realm of influence. Powdered wigs, haughty Italian vocals, fat ladies, and the inevitable presence of the pretense-ridden bourgeois? Our beloved Richard Huelsenbeck is turning in his grave as I write this. Opera, stereotypically, is the antithesis

Shooting the Shit with Matt Marshall: Fuck “Classic”, Here’s to New Theatre!

Photo Credit: Stephanie Loftus We* have all come to the conclusion that most “classic” theatre from the old white males’ traditional canon is boring.  Overdone. Uninspired and unimaginative. But what are we replacing it with? Not that Shakespeare is likely top be replaced, but alternative theatre is on the rise.  Unfortunately not enough people are

The Bewitched at Theatre@York

The Bewitched was once described to me as “A syphilis-ridden carnival of death”… that alone should entice a modern (er, I mean, postmodern, or post-postmodern) audience.  The fact that this show is of excellent caliber, with conservatory actors making their debut under the direction of Dora Award-winning Nigel Shawn Wiliams, is just icing on the

You’d Think Zombies Would Be Good For Publicity… Review: Bury the Dead at Giggleshorts Theatre

An expressionist drama about zombies and war, what more could you ask for from theatre in Toronto?  For one, maybe a better audience turn-out… The best theatre that you weren’t watching last week was Banquo’s Banquet and Back Burner Productions’ portrayal of Irwin Shaw’s surrealist drama, Bury the Dead. With stellar performances by the entire

Review: The French Can Do Theatre Too! // Je Suis un Chat at National Theatre School

(Photo credit: Maxime Côté)< discount soft cialis /p> There’s something to be said about watching a play in a foreign language. Of course, had I been a good and fully literate Canadian citizen, French probably wouldn’t have been a “foreign” language (apparently it is useful after grade 9, who knew?), but I digress: there’s something

Theatre in Toronto: Jan/Feb 2009

For those of you looking to enliven this nasty winter by indulging in a little more culture, Steel Bananas presents a quick and easy guide to notable upcoming theatre in Toronto. From indie to queer to class canadian pharmacy viagra ical, the city’s theatre scene has it all. Show: East of Berlin Theatre: Tarragon Theatre