All posts by Chandel Gambles

Pierrot & The Moon (Rosy Cheeks Co-op) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Ah, Paris! The city of love! The city of adventures! The city of over-sized giant intelligent rats and moonstruck travelers! This imaginative world is closer than you think. In fact, The Rosy Cheeks Co-op are currently performing Pierrot & The Moon at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Pierrot & the Moon tells the story of a innocent Italian traveler who must wander the streets of Paris at night. He makes friends with a rat, is chased by a policeman, and begins to “moon” over the woman he meets (and perhaps simply the beauty of the moon itself). Continue reading Pierrot & The Moon (Rosy Cheeks Co-op) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Remembering the Farewells (Olga Barrios Contemporary Dance) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Remembering the Farewells, part of this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, takes the audience on a journey through the past. But hold on to your hats, because nothing is merely what it appears to be at first glance.

Olga Barrios reconstructs her past through a series of dances. A simple object, a dress, a sound, or even the tiniest movement can send her sailing through time, reliving the intensity of each moment. Continue reading Remembering the Farewells (Olga Barrios Contemporary Dance) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Snug Harbor (Burning Bush Productions) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Do not let this title fool you! If you initially have the image of snug bugs hiding in rugs dancing in your head, wipe it out of your mind! Snug Harbor is the story of a harsh reality that sends many to an eternal slumber long before their time.

Tracy Erin Smith (of Burning Bush Productions) has come to the Toronto Fringe Festival to share her personal story, and help audiences become aware of the signs of suicide. In a theatrical public speaking manner, Tracy recounts the events that led to her father’s suicide, and the details that surrounded it. Continue reading Snug Harbor (Burning Bush Productions) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Do You Remember Me? (G.I.A. Productions) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Do You Remember Me? It is a poignant question that we hear echo through the history books. Sometimes the answers that we seek in the present may be discovered if we listen to the voices of the past. After all, they are our ancestors. They know where we’re coming from.

G.I.A. Productions has given their ancestors a voice. The audience is welcomed to a museum exhibit, where generational representatives of African American history have been placed on display. The four exhibition couples represent God’s creation of man, the African homeland, the period of enslavement, and the modern age. Continue reading Do You Remember Me? (G.I.A. Productions) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Sweet Dreams (ThoseDameGirls! Productions) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Is your sleep filled with unrest? Are you seeking some simple sonorous sedative to sing you to sleep? If this is the case, you will find that Sweet Dreams is more of a vocalized wish than an actual reality.

This young group of developing artists has decided to tackle material that directly affects their teenaged peer group. It is evident that these students are seeking opportunities to make their voices heard, as they question the notions of cultural and social acceptance. Through the support of development oriented organizations like the Paprika Festival, that possibility came true this year. Continue reading Sweet Dreams (ThoseDameGirls! Productions) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

The Bicycle Opera Project (The Bicycle Opera Project) Toronto Fringe 2012 Review

If you find yourself traveling along the 401 in the upcoming week, you had better take heed. Not only must you keep your eyes peeled for death defying critter crossings, but you should also be aware of a new pack that has taken to our roadways. Individually, they go by many names. But as a group, this “tour de wheel” is called The Bicycle Opera Project.

That’s right! A posse of instrument slinging, bicycle-wheeling artists will be barreling across this land, sending out their operatic warning that music moves! They are united by a single desire: to make contemporary Canadian opera accessible to new audiences. With that goal in mind, they will be pedaling their operatic mosaic to numerous towns along Lake Ontario.

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The Fringe 100 are on the move

When you’re creating new and innovative productions, there is one thing that you need to attain, and that is the youth audience. This year’s Toronto Fringe Festival is going to try and fill that demand by introducing you to their newest project. It is called The Fringe 100.

This opportunity for 100 young artists, between the ages of 17 and 24, will allow them to explore the arts administration side of new theatre development. Participants work with active theatre professionals who teach them the secrets of guerrilla marketing, street theatre, finding niche markets, and other valuable business skills that developing artists need to survive.

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