Local News

Shows at Montreal’s Festival TransAmériques Explore Memory from Radically Different Angles

By: theglobeandmail.com

“Dancer Jocelyne Montpetit left her childhood home near Montreal’s McGill University in the early 1970s, at the age of 20. She never lived there again, but the house came back to her after her father’s death, crammed with things and laden with memories. Even after she had emptied it, the old house remained full for her emotionally, so she created a solo dance within its walls, called Runaway Girl. She performed this haunting piece twice on the weekend, as part of this year’s Festival TransAmériques (FTA).” Read more.


APPEL DE CANDIDATURES: Des Ponts Culturels, d’Une Rive à l’Autre

 By: Conseil Des Arts de Montreal

Pour une troisième année, le programme Des ponts culturels, d’une rive à l’autre permettra des échanges entre citoyens et artistes, organismes ou collectifs artistiques. Ce programme vise la réalisation de projets de cocréation, dans lesquels les œuvres artistiques réalisées sont le fruit de la rencontre et du travail entre artistes et citoyens. Par « cocréation », nous entendons un processus artistique intégrant le public à l’étape de l’idéation et/ou réalisation de l’œuvre. Chaque participant sera amené à développer son imagination et sa créativité afin de collaborer à la réalisation d’une œuvre collective. Plus de details ici.


The Launch MTL: Announcing the 2017-18 Seasons of Independent Professional Theatre in Montreal

By: Kym Dominique-Ferguson

On May 30, 2017, eight independent professional theatre companies in Montreal have announced their artistic programming for the 2017-18 season. New this year is the inaugural online launch of http://www.thelaunchmtl.ca, where theatre-goers can explore the various programming and productions, with special video messages from Artistic Directors.

Core to the local indie scene and active in the English Language theatre community in Montreal, these eight companies are creating work that asks important questions like: how does the digital world affect our lives; why does real love require vulnerability; who decides what an outsider is and how do we abandon old clichés? The artistic programming of 8 pillars of the Montreal theatre community will explore politics of gender, sexuality, race, and class while offering insight into how radical imagination can be used to envision a better world. Read more on each company’s artistic programming for 2017/2018 in the alphabetical list that follows.

For updates on The Launch MTL, visit www.thelaunchmtl.ca or search for #theLaunchMTL on Facebook.


National News

Toronto: Toronto Fringe Announces its Largest Festival Ever

By: stage-door.com

“Last night at a community ribbon-cutting ceremony (link to photos here), the Toronto Fringe Festival announced its largest show line-up in its 29-year history. In addition to the announcement of expanded programming at the brand new Fringe Club at Scadding Court, which you can read about here, the size and scope of this festival cements Toronto Fringe’s place as a major player in the Canadian arts ecology. Selling over 76,000 tickets each year (that’s more tickets than most theatres in Toronto), Toronto Fringe’s ability to pull new patrons into the community is unparalleled. Many “Fringers” devote time to the festival each summer, seeing as many as 50 plays in the 12 days.” Read more.


International News

Ferguson Announces 2017-18 Broadway Season

By: dailypress.com

“The Ferguson Center for the Arts has announced its 2017-18 Broadway season, which features several kid-friendly shows.” Find out what Broadway has to offer next year and plan your trips to the Musical Capital way in advance! Full Program here.


Calling All Actors Willing to Work for (Almost) Free: Theater Companies Hold Auditions for a New 99-Seat World

By: latimes.com

“ Young actors have waited to audition for Skylight Theatre since it opened more than 30 years ago, so the crowd outside the Los Feliz building on a recent Wednesday appeared like any other. But it wasn’t. These actors were answering an open audition call for the newly formed Independent Theatres of Los Angeles, a group of small theaters looking to cast upcoming seasons with actors willing to essentially volunteer their time in exchange for professional experience and exposure. In other words, to act virtually for free.” Read more here.


All Their World is a Stage

By: thehindu.com

“Many of them haven’t been to a theatre school. Some have just their experiences of watching plays to fall back on, while others look up to mentors who they previously worked with. However, these new theatre groups in Chennai bustle with ideas. Some blend theatre, music and stand-up comedy too. For these young theatre artistes, there are absolutely no boundaries. And, some are just not ready to yield to commercial whims. MetroPlus talks to these artistes who mesmerise the Chennai audience with their stage tricks.” Read more.


Donmar’s All-Female Shakespeare Heads for the Big Screen

By: thestage.co.uk

“The Donmar Warehouse’s all-female Shakespeare trilogy is set to hit UK cinemas later this year. Filmed versions of Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Harriet Walter, will be released throughout the year.” Read more.

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