Say goodbye to another year of the Festival. Come for the drinks and celebration, and stay for the announcement of the SummerWorks Awards.
Public Good is an interactive, participatory performance where the audience is asked to come to a collective agreement in the face of an unprecedented moment of conflict and change. In an emergency, what are the rules and social norms we agree to? Can we preserve our values in a new era of scarcity?
The listed run time includes a 30 minute Q&A after each show.
An opportunity to see new works in development. Six artists have been selected to share short excerpts of their next big idea with industry professionals and the general public. This is a seeding ground for new ideas and new creative relationships – a place for you to discover your new favourite artists. Coffee and lunch hosted by Performing Arts Hub Norway.
The Long Table is a dinner party where conversation is the only course. The format ingeniously combines theatricality and models for public engagement. This edition will close out this year’s SummerWorks Exchange focused on the concept of ‘making space’. Come with your questions, and bring your ideas – this is the place to talk about what needs to be done and find folks to do the work with.
This is a free event and open to the public.
A look into a shimmering world of forgotten and brilliant things with the help of paper, plastic, foil, and a microphone.
Newfoundland-based artist Lois Brown shares a look into memory and dementia, value and worthlessness, and the rational and the magical. I AM A GENIUS… is an improvised sonic choreography of things, composed by Montreal-based James O’Callaghan and infused with Brown’s off-beat humour, her mis-use of objects, and her genuine playfulness with the audience.
You’re listening to the radio in your kitchen. The program moves from the host to the story, the story to the song. An evening of words and music with internationally-lauded writer and performer Cliff Cardinal as he performs original, dark and catchy folk songs; miraculous stories of familial resilience; legends of Turtle Island survival; and new contributions to the ongoing mythology of the Canadian experience. This is Cliff’s eagerly anticipated solo follow-up to Huff, and teams him once again with acclaimed director/dramaturge Karin Randoja.
“Run to the places where you are not welcomed; expand your body so it is all that they see.”
Created by the young artists of The AMY Project 2019 theatre program, The Breath Between is a collection of monologue, poetry, movement and music that explores themes of queer resilience, and dreams of what new worlds we will make together in apocalyptic times.
A post-apocalyptic moment in the near future.
Antarctica is being colonized as one of the last hospitable places on earth. 11 people born there in the last century are called “home” to stake a future land claim.
An immersive and durational work incorporating installation, film, textiles and performance, Antartica draws on speculative fiction to explore issues of climate change, colonialism, and disability justice.
Receding ice levels off the coast of Greenland reveal that an area thought to be part of the mainland is actually an island. Meanwhile, a rift grows between the island’s discoverer and his increasingly distant family, set adrift after a catastrophic loss. Nicolas Billon’s internationally acclaimed work returns to SummerWorks 10 years after its smash hit premiere, as a staged reading in support of SummerWorks and Environmental Defence. Featuring original cast members and director Ravi Jain, the question remains: how much has changed?
Through extreme physicality, tantrums, and pigs, a young queer woman grapples with the messiness of being violated.
A gaze held too long, a dick pic in a DM, a hand behind the neck: Wah Wah Wah peels back the layers of violation. What happens if I love it and hate it at the same time? Did anything even happen? Am I remembering things correctly? Emerging Toronto creator and choreographer Celia Green tackles these questions around harassment.