Event Category: Performance

Black Boys

Professional black and white headshot portraits of 3 black men.

Buddies In Bad Times Theatre presenting Black Boys

Sunday, March 4, 2018, 2:30pm – Audio Described

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 8pm – Relaxed Performance

Audio Description:

Headsets will be made available for blind and low-vision patrons who wish to hear the physical action of the play described live by Rebecca Singh of Live Describe. As the number of headsets is limited, we suggest booking your ticket in advance.

You can purchase $20 tickets with the code AD20 by calling our box office at 416-975-8555 or by clicking here to visit our online ticketing system. We will automatically reserve 1 headset per order placed with this code – if you require additional headsets please let us know when you purchase your tickets. There will also be Pay-What-You-Can tickets available at the door.

Directions to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre available here

Click here to download a screen reader friendly version of the house program

 

Relaxed Performance

Relaxed Performances are designed to welcome audience members who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, such as folks on the Autism Spectrum or who live with Tourettes, delayed learning, or diverse abilities.

For this performance, we have toned down the sound and light effects. Movement and noise from the audience is welcomed including exiting and entering the space. To help with exiting and entering the space low lighting will be left on in the seating area. There is also a “calm space” available outside the theatre. We provide will provide a Visual Story PDF about attending Buddies in Bad Times Theatre- a detailed step-by-step guide to our theatre experience and location -that describes in words and photos what to expect when you come to our theatre.

You can purchase $20 tickets with the code RP20 by calling our box office at 416-975-8555 or by clicking here to visit our online ticketing system. There will also be Pay-What-You-Can tickets available at the door.

Click here to download the visual story for our theatre.

Click here to download the visual story for the performance.

Click here or more information about access at Buddies

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Progress Festival

Black text on light blue background: Progress, Feb 1-18, International Festival of Performance and Ideas

Progress is an international festival of performance and ideas presented in partnership by SummerWorks Performance Festival and The Theatre Centre. The festival is collectively curated and produced by a series of Toronto-based companies, operating within a contemporary performance context.

ASL Interpreted Events

Opening Night Party
Thursday, February 1
9:30pm – late
Featuring DJ sets by Regina Gently and MDLSX’s Silvia Calderoni, and a performance by ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company

Long Table with Lois Weaver
Friday, February 9
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Gallery

The Long Table is an experiment in performance as a means of public engagement, and has been taken up by a vast array of practitioners in a variety of disciplines as a way to encircle, question, and reflect in a performative, and communal way. The originator of The Long Table, Lois Weaver, hosts this special edition for Progress.

The Long Table is curated and presented by SummerWorks in collaboration with FADO Performance Art Centre and The Rhubarb Festival.

This is a free event, but advance registration is highly recommended as capacity is limited. Click here to register now: https://tickets.theatrecentre.org/TheatreManager/1/login?event=210

Contemporaneity 2.0
Gandhari followed by a Q&A
Friday, February 16
7:00pm

Contemporaneity 2.0
Becoming & MWON’D (uma) followed by a Q&A)
Sunday, February 18
2:00pm

Single Tickets: $25: PURCHASE TICKETS
3-Show Progress Pass: $60: PURCHASE PASS
Box Office: 416-538-0988

“…a new perspective on space, movement, and performance, and what can be created if we’re willing to take a few risks.”
– Toronto Standard

Unsettling the widespread use of “contemporary” as describing European and white American theatrical dance, this series resists by asking: can we re-centre the contemporary as a shared inquiry, widening circles of inclusion, aesthetics and political frames through the body, divergent practices and perspectives, with care, rigour and curiosity.

In Wild Moon & Eventual Ashes’ Becoming (Tkaronto), a woman journeys to the dream world to connect to her ancestral guides, challenge her oppression and trauma, and affirm her magic. In MWON’D (uma), Rhodnie Désir (Montréal) turns to the word’s etymology—moun, for human; mwen for me; and anmey, for cry of distress—to find the intimate, troubled and spiritual space of being. And in Gandhari, Gitanjali Kolanad (India) uses the mythological figure from the Mahabharata and the martial art form of kalaripayat to examine the effects of loss on the body, tracing a path from grief, through anger and revenge, to transcendence.

Contemporaneity offers performances as well as free open process showings and conversations with the artists. Anandam is also pleased to offer the Audience-in-Residence salon, moderated by guest artists, inviting audiences to listen to each other’s questions, curiosities and experiences, and to write their own creative, collaborative, and critical responses. Come and be a part of this very special dance series, as we generate new ideas about dance, theatre, ritual, tradition, innovation and contemporary performance; as we hold together the multiplicity of meaning created in live performance.

“The premise of the show is to reclaim contemporary dance, to mean, CONTEMPORARY DANCE; as in current, present day, and not limited to the Eurocentric picture that you probably have in your mind.”
– Travis Knights, The Tap Love Tour podcast

Progress Late Night
Saturday, February 17
11:00pm – late

Progress never sleeps.
This late night event will feature an exciting line-up of DJs, performers and special guests. Stay tuned for details as they become announced.

Presented in collaboration with Toronto Dance Community Love-In – http://tolovein.com/

Tactile Audio Display seating available

TAD-TARDIS (Tactile Audio Relative Dimension In Sound) is an eight channel tactile sound system for the body. A limited number of TAD-TARDIS seats are available to patrons for whom it may increase accessibility. Please select a TAD seat when purchasing your ticket.

minor matter
Friday, February 16 at 10:00pm
Saturday, February 17 at 10:00pm
Sunday, February 18 at 6:00pm

Single Tickets: $25: PURCHASE TICKETS
3-Show Progress Pass: $60: PURCHASE PASS
Box Office: 416-538-0988

In minor matter, two apparatuses are at play—blackness and the spectacle. This is the second work by Dominican-born Ligia Lewis from her trilogy (BLUE, RED, WHITE). Three dancers push against the boundaries of the stage, while illustrating a humble relationship between their bodies and the space that encapsulates it.

Lewis turns to the colour red to materialize thoughts between love and rage. Built on the logic of interdependence, the theatre’s parts—light, sound, image, and architecture—become entangled with the performers, giving life to a vibrant social and poetic space.

minor matter (2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production) unfolds multi-directionally, creating a poetics of dissonance from which questions of re-presentation, presentation, abstraction, and the limits of signification emerge. The performers get exhausted as their bodies strip the stage of its formal mystique to approach its matter—black.

“It turns out utopia is going to have to coexist with apocalypse and that both have been with us all along. Lewis’s work offers a kind of oblique blueprint for how joy, hope, anger, and despair are all always the case, using the paradigmatic fact of blackness.” – 4Columns, New York City

English Surtitle Performances

MDLSX
Thursday, February 1 at 8:00pm
Friday, February 2 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 3 at 8:00pm

Single Tickets: $25: PURCHASE TICKETS
3-Show Progress Pass: $60: PURCHASE PASS
Box Office: 416-538-0988

“I was born twice: I was first one thing, and then the other.”

Award-winning performer Silvia Calderoni defies gender and genre in this visceral and visually ravishing production from Italy’s renowned performance troupe, Motus.

MDLSX is an explosive performance-art-piece-meets-pulsating-DJ-set which refuses to be labeled or contained. It spills across barriers, both artistic and societal, in its exploration of gender ambiguity. Combining Calderoni’s own life stories with fiction, the works of Judith Butler, and rock & roll, MDLSX is a kaleidoscopic investigation of identity. It is a hymn to the freedom of becoming, to gender bending, to a being that cannot be contained by the borders of the body, skin colour, sexual organs, or a national identity.

“Silvia Calderoni must be made of mercury, or some improbably liquid element that has yet to be discovered. Surely no body of mortal flesh could undergo the quicksilver transformations achieved by this remarkable performer….”
– Ben Brantley, New York Times

Dis Merci
Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00pm
Thursday, February 15 at 7:00pm
Friday, February 16 at 8:30pm
Saturday, February 17 at 7:00pm

Single Tickets: $25: PURCHASE TICKETS
3-Show Progress Pass: $60: PURCHASE PASS
Box Office: 416-538-0988

The arrival of more than 40,000 refugees in Canada since 2015 provides the backdrop to this timely work that explores our relationship to our Canadian identity; to our individual identities; and how we relate to “the Other”.

In Dis Merci, four neighbours are getting ready to throw a party for a refugee family arriving in Canada. Despite their best intentions to accept the newcomers into their lives with genuine warmth, they quickly veer into prejudice, stereotypes, and dysfunction. Through dance, theatre, knitting, and inflatable objects, this deliciously awkward devised piece cracks opens complex issues around how we treat anyone who deviates from the norm.

Joe Jack et John’s Dis Merci is the latest work from this innovative company that has been devising inclusive theatrical performances since 2003. Joe Jack et John incorporate elements of dance and the visual arts in its politically engaged artistic practice to throw into question the notion of alterity. Co-founder Catherine Bourgeois has created a searingly relevant show with an integrated cast of people living with and without disabilities.

Having charmed audiences at home and abroad, Joe Jack et John make their Toronto premiere with a signature work tackling the realities of the society in which we live with grace, honesty, and dark humour.

 

For more information about accessibility: http://progressfestival.org/accessibility

Deaf That!

Still image of Rali, Sage and Tamyka signing with a black background

A Deaf Culture cabaret showcasing three performers’ unique experiences within the d/Deaf community.

THE ARTISTS
Tamyka Bullen, Ralitsa Rodriguez + Sage Willow / creators + performers
Elizabeth Morris / director

Performed in ASL with English interpretation.

Deaf That! is a part of the 39th Rhubarb Festival. The show starts at 10PM in the Cabaret at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Patrons may attend the entire evening (starting at 8PM) by purchasing an evening-pass, however the performances will not be ASL-interpreted.

We are prioritizing audience members who are part of the d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing community at this performance. If you are a member of this community and want to attend Deaf That!, please fill out this form so that we can reserve seats for you:
buddiesinbadtimes.com/deaf-that-rsvp/

If you have any questions, you can e-mail Ksenia, our front-of-house manager at ksenia@buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Salmon Girl

A hand pops out of a body of water and grabs a graphic fish. The title Salmon Girl is printed over image

Created by Michelle Olson and Quelemia Sparrow
Written and Directed by Quelemia Sparrow
Choreographed by Michelle Olson
Produced by Raven Spirit Dance

As far as Margie is concerned, she is the best fisher in her family. Then one day she slips on the rocks and tumbles into the water. But instead of drowning, she sprouts fins and a tail and discovers she can breathe! Margie’s perspective changes as she learns from animals and elders, of her Indigenous forebears, the Salmon People. This beautiful dance-drama encourages you to consider your own relationship to the world around you.

Performance being offered in the following formats:

Relaxed Performances:
Relaxed Performances are well-suited to all young audiences and have been established to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They can also be a good introductory experience for first-time theatregoers. The performance itself is unchanged, but there is a more relaxed attitude to noise and movement. The house lights in the theatre are also adjusted, so that it is not quite as dark as usual. There are also additional supports before and during the show including a designated relief area that can be used throughout your visit to take a break or watch the performance on video.

As part of this initiative, YPT has created a video as well as a Visual Guide that provide a detailed description of what it’s like to visit the theatre. Patrons often find it helpful to review these with the young people they are bringing, prior to attending a performance.

Risky Phil

Young boy wearing a hockey helmet holding a hair dryer at his head.

Written by Paula Wing
Directed by Stewart Arnott

Are you a risk taker? “Risky” Phil is extremely cautious. He has always lived with his colourful Aunt Gigi, a hairdresser with a flair for the dramatic. When a new client shows up, the story of Phil’s history starts to unravel and he discovers he isn’t the orphan Aunt Gigi always said he was. This comedy about fathers and sons challenges you to consider how much of YOU is actually determined by your roots.

Performance being offered in the following formats:

Relaxed Performances:
Relaxed Performances are well-suited to all young audiences and have been established to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They can also be a good introductory experience for first-time theatregoers. The performance itself is unchanged, but there is a more relaxed attitude to noise and movement. The house lights in the theatre are also adjusted, so that it is not quite as dark as usual. There are also additional supports before and during the show including a designated relief area that can be used throughout your visit to take a break or watch the performance on video.

As part of this initiative, YPT has created a video as well as a Visual Guide that provide a detailed description of what it’s like to visit the theatre. Patrons often find it helpful to review these with the young people they are bringing, prior to attending a performance.

For information about tickets, click here: http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca/shows-tickets/risky-phil/

Selfie

Blurry image of boy with smartphone and the word Selfie printed in large caps across image

Written by Christine Quintana
Directed by Stephen Colella
Based on the original French language version

The first party of the school year comes packed with expectations. It’s a time to renew old friendships and perhaps find new love. But what happens when an incident shatters the connections between three friends? Teenage relationships are complicated enough – especially when you add the reckless power of social media. This smart and intense play delves bravely into the nature of sexual consent.

Content Advisory: Explicit Language, Mature Situations
Click here for detailed information.

Performance being offered in the following formats:

ASL Shadow Interpreted Performances:
American Sign Language (ASL) Shadow Interpreted Performances are specifically designed to provide access to YPT shows for audience members who are Deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing.

Relaxed Performances:
Relaxed Performances are well-suited to all young audiences and have been established to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They can also be a good introductory experience for first-time theatregoers. The performance itself is unchanged, but there is a more relaxed attitude to noise and movement. The house lights in the theatre are also adjusted, so that it is not quite as dark as usual. There are also additional supports before and during the show including a designated relief area that can be used throughout your visit to take a break or watch the performance on video.

As part of this initiative, YPT has created a video as well as a Visual Guide that provide a detailed description of what it’s like to visit the theatre. Patrons often find it helpful to review these with the young people they are bringing, prior to attending a performance.

For more information about tickets, click here: http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca/shows-tickets/selfie/

The Secret Garden

A young girl kneels on floor surrounded by flowers

By Paul Ledoux,
adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Directed by Allen MacInnis

Gardens, like people, need sustenance and attention in order to thrive. In this beloved classic, Mary Lennox is sent from India to live with her uncle in Yorkshire. Left to wander his gloomy old manor, Mary lashes out at those around her. Then … she discovers a mysterious hidden garden. In taking refuge there, Mary uncovers secrets that, like her, need to be brought into the sunshine.

Performance being offered in the following formats:
ASL Shadow Interpreted Performances:
American Sign Language (ASL) Shadow Interpreted Performances are specifically designed to provide access to YPT shows for audience members who are Deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing.

Audio Described Performance:
Audio Described Performances are specifically designed to provide access for audience members who are blind or partially sighted. These performances feature professional live audio description, delivered through an earpiece and a small receiver. Audio description outlines the key visual elements onstage, including relevant information about the set pieces, costumes and non-verbal action.

Relaxed Performances:
Relaxed Performances are well-suited to all young audiences and have been established to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They can also be a good introductory experience for first-time theatregoers. The performance itself is unchanged, but there is a more relaxed attitude to noise and movement. The house lights in the theatre are also adjusted, so that it is not quite as dark as usual. There are also additional supports before and during the show including a designated relief area that can be used throughout your visit to take a break or watch the performance on video.

As part of this initiative, YPT has created a video as well as a Visual Guide that provide a detailed description of what it’s like to visit the theatre. Patrons often find it helpful to review these with the young people they are bringing, prior to attending a performance.

Click here for more information: http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca/shows-tickets/the-secret-garden/

HOME: BODY

A close-up of artist, Cindy Baker, laying on her stomach on a small circular mattress on the floor of a glass-walled gallery.

Please join Tangled as we present our final exhibition of 2017, between December 7 – 16. Home: Body is a series of live performances featuring Jessica Leung [Vancouver, BC], Jenelle Rouse [London, ON], and Cindy Baker [Edmonton/Lethbridge AB], who are shaping space and place through the body in distinctive ways.

There are several different performances with the artists, beginning with the opening on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Each event has its own link to RSVP. Due to the size of the gallery and access requirements, all interested in attending need to register. If you have any questions, please call or email Kristina: 647-725-5046 or kristina@tangledarts.org.

Thursday, December 7 Opening event: 6pm – 8pm
Featured for this opening to Home : Body, Deaf emerging artist Jessica Leung will present a selection from their poetry. To RSVP for this event – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/home-body-opening-reception-tickets-40154371807

Friday, December 8 Performance: 7pm – 9pm
Emerging artist Jessica Leung and dance artist Jenelle Rouse perform new selections from poetry and original dance work reflecting their experiences as Deaf people of colour. Themes of intersectionality and navigating a hearing-centric society inform the individual performances. To RSVP for this performance – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/home-body-december-8-performance-tickets-40154532287

Saturday, December 9 Live Described Performance: 7pm – 9pm
This is the second night that Jessica and Jenelle will present their individual performances. Live Description and ASL interpretation will be integrated. To RSVP for this Live Described performance – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/home-body-december-9-live-described-performance-tickets-40154603500

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Tangled partners with FADO Performance Art Centre to present Performance Artist Cindy Baker

Thursday, December 14 & Friday, December 15 Performances: 1 – 4pm
Cindy Baker will present a new iteration of her noted “Crash Pad” within the confines of the gallery space. Crash Pad centralizes the artist’s “failing,” disabled, or otherwise socially taboo body. No RSVP is needed to attend these afternoon performances.

Saturday, December 16 Live Described Performance: 7 – 9pm
For this evening performance of Cindy Baker’s “Crash Pad” Live Description will be integrated. Dialog with the artist follows.
To RSVP for this performance – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/home-body-december-16-performance-tickets-40154764983

ALSO
at The Commons on the 4th floor of 401 Richmond Street West Building —

Saturday, December 16 Performance: Academy: 2 – 4pm
For this unique public engagement. Cindy Baker will offer an “academy” that invites all who attend an opportunity to participate.
This engagement is hosted by FADO Performance Arts. To RSVP – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/december-16-public-engagement-fado-performance-academy-with-cindy-baker-tickets-40154691764

Tangled Art Gallery is barrier-free and service animals are welcome. ASL interpretation and attendant care will be provided. We ask for everyone to support a scent-free environment. The closest accessible subway station is Union Station, the closest accessible streetcar stops are the 510 Spadina Queen Street stop southbound and, Richmond Street stop going northbound.

[Image Description: A photograph that is of a close-up of the artist, Cindy Baker, laying on her stomach on a small circular mattress on the floor of a glass-walled gallery. Her face is pointed towards the camera, eyes closed and she is embracing a blue and white mattress cover. ]

Take d Milk, Nah?

The words Take d Milk written across a pink paint stroke.

“This is the story of how I once birthed a cow…kinda…”

Jivesh is “Canadian.” And “Indian.” And “Hindu.” And “West Indian.” “Trinidadian” too. Or maybe he’s just colonized. In Take d Milk, Nah? Parasram blends personal storytelling and ritual to walk an audience through the Hin-do’s and Hin-don’ts at the intersections of these cultures. The show is a refreshingly candid and delightfully funny look at race, religion and nationalism(s): What divides us – and what we’re willing to accept in the desire to belong. Oh, and there’s a cow.

Credits
Co-Produced by Pandemic Theatre and b current performing arts with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille.

Written and Performed by: Jivesh Parasram
Directed by: Tom Arthur Davis
Dramaturgy by: Graham Isador

The Drawer Boy

The words The Drawer Boy written across a pink paint stroke

Miles, an aspiring actor from Toronto, has relocated to rural Ontario. The actor’s theatre company is there to research country life with the hopes of developing a play. During an extended visit with two farmers Miles discovers the challenges of manual labor and inadvertently stumbles upon a secret that has been held for decades. Taking on Michael Healey’s iconic script is director Nina Lee Aquino. The Drawer Boy is a show about the stories we tell ourselves and how they shape the world around us.

Credits

Produced by Theatre Passe Muraille.

Written by: Michael Healey
Directed by: Nina Lee Aquino