STRIKE/THRU (MAI + OFFTA) / online

strike/thru

Bringing together two old friends, STRIKE/THRU is an interdisciplinary encounter between indigenous visual artist Nadia Myre and settler theatre artist Johanna Nutter. In videoconference, six members of the audience are invited to reconstruct a recorded conversation between culturally-mixed people while the two artists use each other to explore the identity constructs raised by the verbatim. A live impetus for conciliation and reconciliation, this work speaks to the current climate around Indigenous/Settler relations.

This project received financial support from the MAI Alliance Program (2016-2017) and this event is an excerpt of the performance that was supposed to be presented at MAI in May 2020, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

bâtardes

Born to a Tibetan father and a Québécois mother, Chloé and Jade Barshee have created a touching autobiographical work in search of their own cultural heritage. Combining anecdotes, poetic monologues, and video archives, Bâtardes delves into a theatrical universe where reality and the imaginary are blurred.

Théâtre Everest is a theatre company, but above all a family project for the Barshee sisters: Chloé, Fanny and Jade. Their theatre practice draws on the social context of today: a contemporary Québec where different cultural realities intermingle and coexist.

Rendez-vous with Home

In Rendez-vous with Home, Josephine and Suzette, are sent to Haiti to bury their father. Josephine, whose memory of her father is scant, is anxious. Suzette, who never knew the man, looks forward to an all-expenses-paid vacation. Their resulting journey, which combines Haitian oral tradition and dance with humour, explodes the sisters’ expectations imparting new awareness and overturning clichés.

Directed by Dayane Ntibarikure, written and performed by Haitian-born Toronto actor/playwright Djennie Laguerre, Rendez-vous with Home is presented by Black Theatre Workshop, Canada’s oldest Black theatre company.

wrk n prgrss

A multidisciplinary showcase offering young and/or emerging artists a platform for expression, WRK N PRGRSS brings together a dozen presentations. Including spotlights on the process of creation, experimental performances, live painting and an exploration of rituals, WRK N PRGRSS is a stirring showcase presented by PlayShed, a company renowned for its uninhibited theatre.

In 2015, PlayShed won acclaim with the presentation of Cock – a black comedy by Mike Bartlett touching on sexual confusion. This first theatrical production was an unprecedented success with critics and audiences alike!

Founded by artists Birdie Gregor, Jimmy Blais and Olivier Lamarche, this company stands out for its humanist treatment of challenging subjects.

YEV

Polar Bear © Andreas Lie
Polar Bear © Andreas Lie

Yev is a hermit living in a remote region of the Siberian Taiga, the sole survivor of a family who fled civilization for fear of religious persecution. Matthew, a biology student who’s curious about her solitary life, begins a correspondence but soon discovers that Yev is not entirely alone. Acted by Alison Darcy and written by Joseph Shragg, the play mobilizes complex, multi-perspectival storying telling to slowly unearths the truth of these relationships forged amid seclusion.

Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre is an award-winning Montreal theatre company focused on creating innovative new work and classical adaptations, whose productions strive for theatre to be an unruly and visceral shared experience.

relaxed performances

This show will be presented in relax performances,
for the Saturday March 23rd at 3pm session.

Pricing
2 X 1 for all relaxed performances.

Numbers Increase As We Count…

Ulfet Sevdi © Cedric Laurenty
Ulfet Sevdi © Cedric Laurenty

Weaving actual testimonies with documentation of the creation process, Ülfet Sevdi’s performance Numbers Increase As We Count… deals with the fate of women suffering the consequences of war in post-American occupied Iraq: displacement and forced sex-work. This counting refers to the number of victims: an endless performance if we were to continue the counting in an attempt to reach the actual numbers.

Originally from Turkey, Sevdi is a writer, theatre director, dramaturge, teacher and Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner now based in Montreal. In 2016, with Nicolas Royer-Artuso, she co-founded Thought Experiment Productions, to produce works with political content that integrate extensive research from the social sciences.

Co-developed with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal

Cain & Abel

Person with back turned towards viewer. Red t-short pulled over their head. Three diagonal red lipstick lines drawn on thier back. A second person with their mouth wide open, about to eat lipstick, held by first person.
Arash + Aryo Khakpour, "Cain & Abel". © Sepehr Samimi

What does someone feel when he kills his brother? Inspired by the biblical story, Cain and Abel is a theatrical and choreographic duet about fraternal jealousy and rivalry. Iranian-born Vancouver artists, Aryo and Arash Khakpour perform this visceral work that dives down to the roots of fratricidal violence and the patriarchal nature of our society.

The Khakpour brothers have been partnering in creating performances for the past 5 years under the company name of The Biting School. In the space between the grotesque and the beautiful, between humour and ethics, they explore the dynamics of power, the implications of ideologies, and the recurrence of mythologies.

Lévriers

A pack of greyhound dogs racing
© Chris Bull / Alamy Stock Photo

According to what criteria and in whose eyes do we achieve success? Lévriers is a theatrical investigation led by director Sophie Gee and five others who, like her, have remade their lives in Montreal: a Dutch actress, a Québécois dancer, a Rwandan rugby player, an Antillian rapper, and a retired Jewish businessman. Over the course of a creative laboratory, they all look back on their journey and their culture for ways to define success. Beyond North American performance anxiety and individualist worries, a debate is opened that is at once complex, touching, and existential.

A graduate of the National Theatre School, Chinese-Canadian director Sophie Gee develops a unique space of creation, between theatre, dance, research, and contemporary art.

relaxed performances

This show will be presented in relax performances,
for the Saturday December 1st at 3pm session.

Guide des repères visuels Lévriers – Français

Pricing
2 X 1 for all relaxed performances.

Birthmark

Raised on biblical stories of how his Jewish ancestors fought oppression, and marked by childhood fears about the Holocaust, playwright Stephen Orlov began to ask himself why Jews, who had founded the state of Israel to end their oppression, were now dispossessing another people that had lived there for centuries. Birthmark, produced by Teesri Duniya Theatre, delivers a compelling vision for peace and social justice, ushering us across the cultural divide of Canada’s Jewish and Palestinian diasporic communities.

Founded in 1981, Teesri Duniya Theatre’s productions reflect Canada’s multicultural, multiracial, and Indigenous reality, promoting critical thinking, community connections, and intercultural dialogue.

Sound of the Beast

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard © Theatre Passe Muraille
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard © Theatre Passe Muraille

In this solo performance by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, copresented with Black Theatre Workshop, outspoken emcee ialli spits rhymes from the underground, relentlessly challenging poverty, oppression, and bad dancing. She learns, however, that the powers-that-be have been listening. Drawing on her own experience as an artist of colour, St. Bernard was inspired by Tunisian emcee Weld El 15, jailed in 2013 for his song “Boulicia Kleb” (Cops Are Dogs).

St. Bernard is an emcee, playwright, and administrator. Her play Gas Girls was a Governor General’s Literary Award finalist in 2011.

Sound of the Beast is produced by Theatre Passe Muraille.

This show will be presented in relax performances,
for the Saturday October 6th at 3pm session.

Visual Story Sound of the Beast – English