The 2014 Canoe Theatre Festival

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In a Nutshell

Boundary-pushing theatre artists from across the country, including celebrated throat-singer Tanya Tagaq, converge on Edmonton

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Limit 4 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting day of show for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at C103 for shows on 1/22 and 1/23 and at Garneau Theatre for show on 1/30. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects Workshop West Theatre's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. For ADA accommodations, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • One ticket to a performance at the 2014 Canoe Theatre Festival, presented by Workshop West Theatre
  • Where: performances take place at C103 (formerly Catalyst Theatre), with the exception of Tanya Tagaq’s Nanook of the North, which will be performed at Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre
  • Seating: general admission
  • Door time: 30 minutes prior to showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.<p>

Performance Options

  • to see Sapienta on Wednesday, January 22, at 7:30 p.m. (up to value)
  • to see Static Electric on Wednesday, January 22, at 9:30 p.m. (up to value)
  • to see Body 13 on Thursday, January 23, at 7 p.m. (up to value)
  • C$12 to see Testament on Thursday, January 23, at 10 p.m. (up to C$20 value)
  • C$20 to see Tanya Tagaq’s Nanook of the North on Thursday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m. (up to C$35 value)<p>

The 2014 Canoe Theatre Festival

  • [Sapienta</b>]( Winnipeg director Mia van Leeuwen brings a 10th-century dramatic text to life through object theatre, a form of puppetry in which the actors use found objects to bring a story to life. In Sapienta, these include a kettle, a flashlight, a mirror, and three teacups. Four teacups would just be too much.
  • [Static Electric</b>]( Mile Zero Dance returns to the Canoe Festival with an improvised, multimedia dance. Two dancers team up with pianist Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp and analog projectionist Patrick Arès-Pilon to create a brand-new work made of shifting shadows and sound.
  • [Body 13</b>]( A day on a stretch of Canadian beach begins with a funeral and ends with a wedding, as seven strangers encounter and attempt to break through cultural, generational, and gender-based boundaries.
  • [Testament</b>]( Based on the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novella The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóbín, Théâtre Archéologique’s art installation and dramatic hybrid finds the titular character under house arrest following the death of her son. Using visual art, aural experiences, and Isabelle Rousseau’s performance as Mary, the piece explores one mother’s grief, rage, confusion, and strength.
  • “Tanya Tagaq’s Nanook of the North: Björk collaborator Tanya Tagaq has developed her own otherworldly sound from the Inuk art of throat singing, leading the New York Times to call the performer “…a dynamo, delivering a sort of gothic sound art while she stalked the small basement stage with feral energy.” Improvising with a violinist and drummer, Tagaq scores, and thus redefines, Nanook of the North, a semi-fictionalized 1922 documentary that centered of the life on an Inuit family while also pandering to stereotypes of the time.

Workshop West Theatre

For nearly four decades, Workshop West has been a home for Canadian playwrights. Scripts from writers such as Clem Martini, Daniel MacIvor, Marie Brassard, and Mieko Ouchi have sprung to life on the company’s stage, creating brand-new theatrical experiences for artist, audience member, and person peeking through the window alike. Through the theater’s annual Canoe festival (motto: “theatre that rocks the boat”), they’ve also welcomed boundary-smashing artists from across the country, around the globe, and down the street.

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