Hobson's Alternative: Sage Theatre places highlight on rising artists, Wee Witches presents story of a distressed mermaid

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This week in theatre, Sage Theatre’s IGNITE! pageant showcases rising artists whereas Wee Witches groups up with Inside Out Theatre for a story of a mermaid in misery.

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From June 7-10 on the Pumphouse Theatre, Sage Theatre’s sixteenth annual IGNITE! Pageant of Rising artists will showcase greater than 100 rising artists by means of greater than a dozen new works.

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Jason Mehmel, Sage Theatre’s inventive director, says IGNITE! Is “at all times filled with artists experimenting and exploring, however this 12 months particularly, I’m noticing plenty of creatives are exploring the that means of time and house.”

Mehmel feels the pandemic has been an affect on lots of the artists’ visions.

“From documenting a relationship over the course of a decade, to speculating the place on earth or in house one would possibly select to die, to analyzing how isolating the world turned over the previous couple of years, there’s a actual emphasis on the place we’re in our lives, and the way we received there.”

IGNITE! Has at all times mentored many disciplines and this pageant isn’t any exception.

Alexandra in their spacesuit, from La Vieja Astronauta, a new work by Alexandra Contreras. Photo by Katharina Schier and Alexandra Contreras.
Alexandra of their spacesuit, from La Vieja Astronauta, a brand new work by Alexandra Contreras. Photograph by Katharina Schier and Alexandra Contreras. jpg

There will probably be a staged studying of a fairytale work-in-progress referred to as Innocence Astray and a musical comedy in regards to the exercise tradition referred to as Tales From the Fitness center by Mark Rivest.

Mehmel says with Saeid Asgarian’s Inexperienced Key, audiences will expertise what new residents would possibly really feel like once they immigrate to Canada and with Amanda Iandolo’s Verre Brise (Damaged Glass) they are going to see what it feels wish to be remoted due to psychological sickness.

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In La Vieja Astronauta, Alexandra Contreras explores how a girl who finds her roots and origins have been in several geographical locations would possibly simply resolve to die in house.

The dance piece Be Vardy, Be Koju by Brigita Gedgaudas explores queer motion in Lithuanian people dance, and Amy Sawka’s Without end Anyway is about loss because it examines a relationship over a protracted time frame.

IGNITE! has invited a bunch of scholars from Dr. E.P. Scarlett Excessive College to current two of their tasks, The Rabbit, the Water and the Worms plus The Unkindness of Ghosts.

The IGNITE! Pageant will use each the Victor Mitchell and Joyce Doolittle theatres on the Pumphouse for its four-day pageant. The instances, dates and theatre places are all obtainable on Sage’s web site sagetheatre.com as are descriptions of all 13 reveals. Tickets are additionally obtainable on the web site. Performances every night are at 7 p.m., 8:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Ship within the clown

By way of her firm Wee Witches, Jacqueline Russell, one among Canada’s foremost clown performers, has teamed up with Calgary’s Inside Out Theatre for incapacity artists to current Allergic to Water, a comedy that appears at a traumatic expertise.

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Russell, who personally offers with persistent ache, has channelled her experiences into a personality she calls Melusine, a mermaid trapped in a human physique.

Melusine develops a mysterious persistent sickness that leaves her unable to operate as she wants or wishes to. Her makes an attempt to clarify her ache are ignored or dismissed which Russell feels occurs to many ladies who battle unsuccessfully to be heard by the medical system.

Russell’s award-winning reveals have at all times handled critical matters by means of humor and bodily motion. For Allergic to Water, Russell has teamed up with musician Jeremy Gignoux who performs Melusine’s caregiver. When Melusine’s mind fog prevents her from expressing one thing verbally, he does so musically.

Allergic to Water is being introduced at cSPACE King Edward at 1721 twenty ninth Ave. S.W. at 7:30 p.m. on June 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. on June 10. Admission is pay-what-you-can starting from $5 to $25.

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