All posts by Allison Gerson

Review: Too Good To Be True (VideoCabaret)

Photo of Ryan Cunnigham, Cheri Maracle, and Patti Shaughnessy in Too Good To Be True VideoCabaret debuts a new play by Cliff Cardinal in their new venue in Toronto

Too Good To Be True is a new play written and directed by Cliff Cardinal and produced by VideoCabaret. The play is a darkly comic exploration of family relationships, the power of storytelling, and what it means to have a home. Fittingly, it is performed in VideoCabaret’s new home at 10 Busy Street. It’s a short wild ride of just over an hour with some very funny moments and some very strong performances. Continue reading Review: Too Good To Be True (VideoCabaret)

Review: Amorous Playlist (Social Growl Dance/Citadel + Compagnie)

Toronto-based choreographer Riley Sims and singer Blunt Chunks collaborate on a new dance show

Photo of Blunt ChunksAmorous Playlist is a multi-disciplinary performance by Social Growl Dance and Blunt Chunks currently being presented by Citadel + Compagnie. The show is a collaboration between two emerging Toronto based artists – artistic director and choreographer Riley Sims and solo singer, Blunt Chunks which explores themes of love, lust, and heartbreak. It’s an informal concert-like experience, which, for me, felt a little too casual and lacking coherence. Continue reading Review: Amorous Playlist (Social Growl Dance/Citadel + Compagnie)

Review: who we are in the dark (Peggy Baker Dance Projects/Canadian Stage)

Photo of Kate Holden, Sarah Neufeld, Mairi Grieg, and Sahara Morimoto in who we are in the darkChoreographer Peggy Baker joins forces with members of Arcade Fire for a multidisciplinary dance show

The world premiere of Peggy Baker Dance Projectswho we are in the dark is currently being presented by Canadian Stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre. Peggy Baker is one of the luminaries of Canadian contemporary dance. She has had a long career as a performer and as a choreographer, both in Canada and internationally. who we are in the dark is her biggest production to date. The piece is a multi-disciplinary evening featuring innovative movement, music, lighting, and visual art which combine into a feast for the senses. Continue reading Review: who we are in the dark (Peggy Baker Dance Projects/Canadian Stage)

Review: Blood Tides (Kaha:wi Dance Theatre/DanceWorks)

Photo of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre in Blood Tides

Blood Tides, performed by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and presented by DanceWorks, explores and reclaims the experiences of Indigenous women across generations and cultures. Choreographer Santee Smith brought together a team of Indigenous artists from Canada, the US, Mexico, New Zealand, and Fiji in a collaboration that used dance, video, music, and even pottery to create something that felt like a sacred ritual.

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Review: After the Fire (Punctuate! Theatre/Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts)

Photo of Louise Lambert, Jesse Gervais, Kaitlyn Riordan, and Sheldon Elter in After the FireA new play set during the aftermath of the Fort McMurray fire is no on stage in Toronto

In May 2016, a fire in Fort McMurray, Alberta burned over 85,000 hectares and displaced the entire city. After the Fire, written by Matthew MacKenzie, and presented by Punctuate! Theatre, Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Native Earth Performing Arts at The Theatre Centre, examines the aftermath of this disaster. Through the lens of one extended family, we see the economic, environmental, and, most importantly, the human costs of one of the largest natural disasters in Canadian history. Continue reading Review: After the Fire (Punctuate! Theatre/Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts)