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DATES
May 9 - 13, 2012
THEATRE
Berkeley Street Theatre
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festival celebrates music in performance with free events, readings and workshops

Curated by Festival Director Natasha Mytnowych and Associate Festival Director Claire Calnan, the 2012 Festival focuses on the theme of music in performance and explores some of the ways in which contemporary theatre is incorporating various genres and hybrids of music.

This year's Festival will include a variety of exciting free events that feature new creations by artists including Anusree Roy, Justin Rutledge, Raoul Bhaneja, Jordan Tannahill, Gein Wong, Christiaan Venter, Debashis Sinha, Hari Krishnan, Nik Beeson, Richard Sanger, Barbara Nichol and Tom Bellman.

all events are free - reserve tickets online

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 be available at the door. The schedule has been designed so that you can see every show (no shows overlap).

If a reading is SOLD OUT, a rush line will start 1 hour before it begins. 5 minutes before the reading, unclaimed reserved tickets will be released and any remaining tickets will be issued to patrons in the rush line.

sound installation

Sound and music are frequent sources of inspiration for theatre makers, so designer Charles Ketchabaw and Associate Festival Director Claire Calnan selected quotations from Schafer, Cage, Aadahl and Marclay: four artists who redefined the soundscape of contemporary art. Claire recorded a number of Festival artists speaking these quotations in their own voices and Charles spliced them together to create a wholly new piece of art. Don’t miss this inspiring installation, which you can listen to in the front lobby of 26 Berkeley St, or by clicking here.

Sound Installation by Charles Ketchabaw
Quotations from Erik Aadahl, John Cage, Christian Marclay, R Murray Schafer
Featuring the voices of Festival artists: Rebecca Ballarin, Raoul Bhaneja, Alex Dault, Gaby Grice, Sama Kokabi, Anusree Roy, Jordan Tannahill, Gein Wong.

festival ambassador program

The annual Festival Ambassador Program gives emerging artists the opportunity to gain insight into new creative processes and connect with some of the most exciting new works being created in Canada. By assisting participating artists, ambassadors gain full access to Festival programming and see how established artists approach the creation of new work. For more information or to apply to the program, click here.

 

about the festival of ideas and creation

The 2012 Festival of Ideas & Creation: Music in Performance focuses on new work that pushes boundaries by incorporating sound and music. Established in 2006, the Festival is Canadian Stage's flagship event supporting the development of artists and new works.

The Festival supports established artists, fosters the next generation of artistic innovators, and brings together local, national and international artists to spark new creative projects. It also encourages cross-pollination between artistic disciplines. The Festival features public readings and presentations of new works as an opportunity for audiences to look behind the scenes to explore and participate in the development of new work.

sound installation

Sound and music are frequent sources of inspiration for theatre makers, so designer Charles Ketchabaw and Associate Festival Director Claire Calnan selected quotations from Schafer, Cage, Aadahl and Marclay: four artists who redefined the soundscape of contemporary art. Claire recorded a number of Festival artists speaking these quotations in their own voices and Charles spliced them together to create a wholly new piece of art. Don’t miss this inspiring installation, which you can listen to in the front lobby of 26 Berkeley St, or by clicking here.

Sound Installation by Charles Ketchabaw
Quotations from Erik Aadahl, John Cage, Christian Marclay, R Murray Schafer
Featuring the voices of Festival artists: Rebecca Ballarin, Raoul Bhaneja, Alex Dault, Gaby Grice, Sama Kokabi, Anusree Roy, Jordan Tannahill, Gein Wong.


sound installation

Sound and music are frequent sources of inspiration for theatre makers, so designer Charles Ketchabaw and Associate Festival Director Claire Calnan selected quotations from Schafer, Cage, Aadahl and Marclay: four artists who redefined the soundscape of contemporary art. Claire recorded a number of Festival artists speaking these quotations in their own voices and Charles spliced them together to create a wholly new piece of art. Don’t miss this inspiring installation, which you can listen to in the front lobby of 26 Berkeley St, or by clicking here.

Sound Installation by Charles Ketchabaw
Quotations from Erik Aadahl, John Cage, Christian Marclay, R Murray Schafer
Featuring the voices of Festival artists: Rebecca Ballarin, Raoul Bhaneja, Alex Dault, Gaby Grice, Sama Kokabi, Anusree Roy, Jordan Tannahill, Gein Wong.

wednesday, may 9, 2012

Art in Leadership, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Rehearsal Hall
Program Director: Erin Schachter
Lead Facilitator: Kaleb Alexander; Program Assistant: Antonia Crompton
Participants: Fuad Abdi, Benhur Amanuel, Jernyle Barati, Naura Camara, Ashley Fraser, Denny Habtom, Trevlyn Kennedy, Dominique Maxwell, Iris Pacheco, NJ Victor
Reserve seats HERE

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. Participants present an original piece created during this 10-week program.

Innovators Program, 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Upstairs Theatre
Program Facilitator: Claire Calnan
Participants: Rebecca Ballarin, Erin Cunningham, Aaron Bernstein, Sama Kokabi, Katie Powe, Daavi Wong Wolfson, with Alia Ettienne, Gaby Grice, Claren Grosz, Jordan Laffrenier, Amit Mohan, Ingryd Pleitez, Samara Stern
Reserve seats HERE

Final presentations from the directors, designers and stage managers in this specialized training program for artists under 21.

The Loyalists, a short immersive outdoor performance that runs every 10 minutes from 7:45 – 9:00pm
Back Courtyard
Presented by Single Thread Theatre Company
Producer: Alex Dault
Co-directors: Jonathan Langley & Karen Knox
Music Director: Brandon Crone; Cacophony Master: Andy Trithardt
Costumes: Annie Diemert; Carpentry/Seamstress: Becky Wasser
Lighting: Patrick Lavender; Set: Jay Pooley; Props: Cameron Lapp
Stage Manager: Jennifer Mills; Assistant Stage Managers: Martine Plourde, Dani Bingley
Featuring: Annie Briggs, Jordan Probst, Tyler Seguin, Jillian Welsh, Ewa Wolniczek
Reserve seats HERE

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

GYM Playoffs, 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Rehearsal Hall
Curated by Hannah Rittner
Hosted by Raffaele Ciampaglia and Claire Wynveen
GYM Members: Jordan Mechano, Marie Jones, Adam Collier, Joanne Williams, Kathryn Binnersley, Mairin Smit, Nicole Ratjen, Matt Greyson, Evan Harkai, Ellen Hurley, Delphine Roussel, Cameron Johnston, Natalie Remplakowski, Alex Baczynskyi, Emma Burns, Luke LaRocque, Kristen Scott, Emily Opal Smith, Tyler Evan Webb, Monique Comeau, Chelsea P. Manders, Christopher Fowler, Michael LeSage, Alexandra Manea, Patrick Foran, Jesse Byiers, Gaby Grice, Alex Spyropoulos, James Patrick Pettitt, Lisa Hamalainen
Reserve seats HERE

The Playoffs is a cabaret-style evening featuring a wide range of short theatrical pieces presented by members of Canadian Stage’s GYM, Emerging Artist Program.

thursday, may 10, 2012

Noor Over Afghan, 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Rehearsal Hall
By Anusree Roy and Christiaan Venter, Directed by Sue Miner
Musical Director: Michael Mori
Accompanist: Jialiang Zhu
Featuring: Leslie Bickle, Ramona Carmelly, Rita Dottor, Teiya Kasahara, Derek Kwan, Marcia Whitehead

Reservations are no longer being accepted. A rush line will start 1 hour before the reading. 5 minutes before the reading, unclaimed reserved tickets will be released and any remaining tickets will be issued to patrons in the rush line.

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 - 9:00pm
Upstairs Theatre
Created and Directed by RBC BASH! Director Development Program participant Gein Wong
Featuring: Elena Juatco, Stephanie Jung
Designer: Jung-Hye Kim

Reservations are no longer being accepted. A rush line will start 1 hour before the reading. 5 minutes before the reading, unclaimed reserved tickets will be released and any remaining tickets will be issued to patrons in the rush line.

Nothing grows stronger than the instinctual desire to protect those you love. Blending live erhu (Chinese violin), 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 - 10:30pm
Rehearsal Hall
Hosted by Kristina Nicoll
Reserve seats HERE

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 - 8:00pm
Upstairs Theatre
Choreography by Hari Krishnan, Sound by Debashis Sinha
Reserve seats HERE

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 will 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, a short immersive outdoor performance that runs every 10 minutes from 7:45 – 9:00pm
Back Courtyard
Presented by Single Thread Theatre Company
Producer: Alex Dault
Co-directors: Jonathan Langley & Karen Knox
Music Director: Brandon Crone; Cacophony Master: Andy Trithardt
Costumes: Annie Diemert; Carpentry/Seamstress: Becky Wasser
Lighting: Patrick Lavender; Set: Jay Pooley; Props: Cameron Lapp
Stage Manager: Jennifer Mills; Assistant Stage Managers: Martine Plourde, Dani Bingley
Featuring: Annie Briggs, Jordan Probst, Tyler Seguin, Jillian Welsh, Ewa Wolniczek
Reserve seats HERE

Single Thread Theatre Company gives a sample of their planned epic recreation of the occupation of York, 1813 in this installation-style performance at the Berkeley Street Complex. 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 - 9:30pm
Rehearsal Hall
By Raoul Bhaneja, Directed by Eda Holmes
Featuring musicians: Jake Chisholm, Terry Wilkins, Tom Bona, Tyler Yarema, Divine Brown
Reserve seats HERE

Twenty years a professional actor and twenty years a professional musician, Raoul Bhaneja, a multicultural, multi-tasking and 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 and June award-winning R & B star Divine Brown.

saturday, may 12, 2012

Concord Floral. 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Rehearsal Hall
Presented by Suburban Beast
Created and Directed by RBC BASH! Director Development Program participant Jordan Tannahill
Choreographer: Cara Spooner
Dramaturge: Erin Brubacher
Collaborative Researcher: Anne Wessels
Lighting/Projection Designer: Samual Lebel-Wong; Sound Designer: Tye Hunt Fitzgerald
Tehnical Director: Ben Carson; Production Manager Rae: Powell
Costume Designer: Diego Franzoni; Wardrobe Supervisor: Deanna Sciortino; Milliner: Victoria Pinhorn
Featuring & co-created by: Eslam El-Hamalwy, Theo Gallaro, Erum Khan, Michelle Kuzemczak, Alex Lee, Julian Lee, Samyuktha Movva, Rashida Shaw, Callum Torrance, Julie Zenderoudi

Reservations are no longer being accepted. A rush line will start 1 hour before the reading. 5 minutes before the reading, unclaimed reserved tickets will be released and any remaining tickets will be issued to patrons in the rush line.

An abandoned greenhouse in Vaughan becomes a refuge for ritual and subversion among ten neighborhood teens. Director Jordan Tannahill fuses the paintings of Toronto's Kris Knight, Boccacio'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 - 10:00pm
Upstairs Theatre
By Barbara Nichol and Tom Bellman
Dramaturge: Bill Lane
Music Director: Tom Bellman
Featuring Scarlett Flynn, Kevin Howley, Barbara Nichol, David Rodenburg, Lis Soderberg and musicians Burke Carroll, Neil Gardiner, Charles James, Aidan Mason, Tim Posgate
Reserve seats HERE

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 - 9:00pm
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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