The Elephant in the Room – Toronto Fringe 2014 Press Release

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FASTER Presents:

The Elephant in the Room

After winning the FREEBIE Award at the 2013 St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival for The Elephant in the Room, FASTER extended the show to a full hour production. Through an all original eclectic music score and contemporary dance performance bordering on clown, this trio expresses that truest of statements, “Life is a circus and then you die”. The full-length production was presented at Montréal’s Espace Freestanding Room in December of 2013. Next up, the show will be presented at the Toronto Fringe Festival in July of 2014!

FASTER presents a modern day, musical fairy-tale about a girl questioning human behavior, adult responsibilities, and why the hell the human race feels the need to march ever onward in the first place. Where the happily ever after ending is running away with carnies… or maybe death? The whole drama is played out through a solo dance performance and FASTER’s unique and engaging set, featuring nihilistic cabaret music mixed with abrasive punk rock, off-kilter drunken lounge jazz, demented circus music, and a bit of 20th century atonal improvisation.

Exciting and surprising, the hour tends to leave the audience with an odd and unexpected peace with their own mortality!

“Kayla Milmine (soprano sax, vocals) and Brian Abbott (guitar, electronic effects, junk percussion) are accomplished players, moving skillfully from jazz to teasingly brief rock mash-ups to assertive free improvisation. Dancer Allison Burns flows effortlessly from mood to mood, bringing a heavy dose of mischief and levity to the work.” – Sue Snyder, BloodyUnderrated

“The chemistry between the musicians is tight. The dancer is a wonderful mover. Full of fun little moments and surprises.” – 2013 Montréal Fringe NetBuzz

Music composed and performed by: Brian Abbott and Kayla Milmine (FASTER)


Choreographed and performed by: Allison Burns (From past Toronto Fringe shows, The Duck Wife in 2010 and Dancing in my Unbirthday Suit in 2009)


Run Time: 60 min. 12 yrs +


Venue: St. Valdimir’s Theatre, 620 Spadina Ave. Toronto, ON.


July 2014

Thu, 3rd @10pm

Fri, 4th @3:30pm

Sun, 6th @1:45pm

Tues, 8th @2:45pm

Thu, 10th @5:15pm

Fri, 11th @9:45pm

Sat, 12th @7pm


Tickets go on sale June 12th

Advance tickets: $12

At-the-door tickets: $10

Order tickets online:

Order by phone: (416) 966-1062

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