Young Masters At Work

The Young Masters The Artwork from the Graduating Class of 2018 Colonel Gray & Charlottetown Rural
January 24, 2018 to February 3, 2018 at The Guild.
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This is a group exhibition of the final independent artwork of the Grade 12 art class of 2018. Students have been working to develop their artwork throughout their high school careers and in the last few weeks of their final semester have sought to create their own young masterpieces.

The artwork ranges through a variety of mediums; from sculpture, to painting, to sketchbook work, and over a variety of subject matters. These works demonstrate the students own investigations into their personal interests and passions in the world of art.

House Mix Promises to Intrigue

Toronto Dance Theatre present a mix program of Christopher House’s masterworks

On January 20, Toronto Dance Theatre’s House Mix will celebrate the past, present, and future of Christopher House, one of Canada’s finest choreographers.

Traditional dancers are trained to a degree of obedience, similar to athletes who train in a particular sport. The goal is to perfect the skill and as a result, deliver an exciting and impressive performance for the audience. Contemporary dancers differ slightly in that while perfecting their skills, they’re also developing a sense of play which results in not one performance being the same, similar to sports matches, where anything can happen.

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“It’s one of those things that I think really attracts us to sports,” says House. “Decisions are made in the moment based on what comes up and it’s interesting to create a situation with dance in which that happens.”

House says that in the digital world where much of our lives are dominated by technology, it’s a challenge to encourage people to come out and see live theatre. The advantage that contemporary dance has is that there is something intriguing and dynamic about watching people interact with each other in a live setting.

“Contemporary dance celebrates the body and group of people working together, but what is also interesting are the questions that come up that aren’t fixed in the narrative,” says House. He goes on to explain, “If the choreography is really working it’s making you sit forward in your seat with a sense of curiosity of what’s happening and with pleasure in knowing that you’re participating in the making of meaning.”

House Mix is a retrospective look at the works that House is most proud of and are also interesting for the dancers to perform. He is quick to point out that while the pieces are all different, the opening and closing pieces really take physical risks.

“The pieces have complexity, rhythm, and musical changes. The dancers need to know precisely where everyone else is at all times,” says House. “And let’s be honest, one the great things about live performances is our recognition that there is potential for failure.”

For tickets please visit: http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/show/369-Toronto-Dance-Theatre

 We know you’re going to love this performance so much that we will guarantee your enjoyment or offer a full refund from the box office within the first 20 minutes of show time.

Special thanks are extended to Sobeys, the title sponsor for LIVE @ the Centre! Media sponsors are The Guardian, Ocean 100, and Hot 105.5.

New Works at the Gallery

Winter 2018 Will Bring New Exhibitions to the Gallery

New works, historical postcards, and visual movements

A young Island artist, a gifted amateur Island photographer, and videos by 11 well-known Quebec artists make up the Gallery’s new winter lineup of exhibitions.

Norma Jean MacLean’s exhibition Accumulated, Positioned, Reflected is a selection of her recent work where she explores the aesthetics of improvised layering, piling, and accumulation. MacLean is a part of the Art Gallery’s Emerging Artist Program that is supported by the RBC Foundation. Curated by the Gallery’s Pan Wendt, the exhibition will be on display from January 13 to April 28.

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William Steele Louson was a gifted amateur photographer from Charlottetown. Wish You Were Here: W.S. Louson’s Picture Postcards of Prince Edward Island showcases his photographs of picturesque Island landscapes that were reproduced on postcards. This historical exhibition captures a period in the 20th century when the public interest in buying and selling postcards was a new mania. Curated by Gallery guest, Harry Holman, the exhibition will be on display from January 20 to April 21.

Motion is a visual anthology that shows the work of 11 Quebec artists. The theme of “motion” is understood in two ways: as movement and as a proposal. This exhibition was organized and circulated by Galerie de I’UQAM and curated by La Fabrique d’exposition, and a collection of Montreal curators: Julie Belisle, Louise Dery and Audrey Genois.

“The new exhibitions will see the art gallery transformed yet again,” says Gallery director Kevin Rice.  “I am looking forward to Norma Jean MacLean’s new paintings and installations; Harry Holman’s research on W. S. Louson’s early 20th century landscape photography (which circulated primarily on postcards); and the videos by 11 well-known contemporary artists based in Quebec. These exhibitions will provide audiences with a wonderful diversity of artworks.”

And this is your last chance to see John Greer: Material and Metaphor exhibition which closes January 14, 2018.

The Gallery winter/spring hours run from January 1 until May 20, welcoming the public from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.

A description of each exhibition can be found on the website at http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/exhibitions.php.

Aglukark Making One Stop on PEI

‘Winter’s Dream’ Concert tells the story of how her ancestors’ journey has shaped and defined contemporary Inuit

CHARLOTTETOWN – Susan Aglukark is sharing the journey of her Inuit ancestors through her concert “Winters Dream,” which is about to tour Atlantic Canada.

The second stop on that tour is at the Confederation Centre of the Arts
in Charlottetown on Jan. 27.

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The Juno award-winning Canadian Inuk singer-songwriter’s “Winters Dream” concert tells the story of how her ancestors’ journey has shaped and defined contemporary Inuit as they forge a place in the ever-changing Inuit Nunangat/Land of the Inuit.

The 13-date tour visits Atlantic Canada from Jan. 26 to Feb. 15. All shows feature Aglukark and her four-piece band, including drums, bass, piano/keyboards and guitar.

During a career that has spanned more than 25 years, Aglukark’s journey has led her to reflect on who she is, where she came from and the importance of discovery of history, culture and self.

She is the first Inuk artist to win a Juno and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime artistic achievement, she is an officer of the Order of Canada, and holds several honourary doctorate degrees, but Aglukark also acknowledges the path has not been easy.

“Here I was, living a life I never imagined, but I was struggling to understand who I was,” she said. “There was no opportunity growing up to learn about who we were, the Inuit, from our own perspective.

“In essence, we were institutionalized by being told who we were, how we would live and when you are told a story for so long, you learn to believe it.”

During the past 25 years of reflection and songwriting, Aglukark said she kept coming back to one area of profound knowing – the Inuit are an extraordinary people deeply grounded in a culture forged by their Ancestors, their journey is what shaped them.

“Their life experience is the foundation on which our precepts of determination, adaptability and love for life are built, they began the journey to our present-day Nunavut,” added Aglukark.

“Winters Dream,” also the name of her upcoming 10th album, is set for release in April and one she describes as bringing her story full circle – from being caught between two worlds – an indigenous one and a western one – to a place where she is comfortable in her own skin and able to “just be me.”

Tickets for all shows are on sale now. For show and ticket details, visit: susanaglukark.com/tour.

 

Originally posted on The Journal Pioneer.

All in the Family

Every few years, the Confederation Centre gets together with friends and colleagues from other theatres to discuss trends, challenges, and successes in our industry. We finish at the end of the summit inspired and energized.

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Thanks to Fredericton Playhouse, Théâtre Capitol Theatre, Imperial Theatre, Harbourfront Theatre, The Kings Playhouse, Atlantic Presenters Association for their ideas and enthusiasm! #theatrelife

Dancing Up a Storm

Toronto Dance Theatre

January 20, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Confederation Centre
Tickets starting at $25 — MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

Over the past five decades, Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) has produced an exceptional body of original Canadian choreography and had a major impact on the development of national dance audiences. In its 50th season, TDT showcases Order of Canada member Christopher House and his unique contribution to dance with a mixed program of masterworks from his career.

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This 90-minute program ranges from the kinetic classic Vena Cava (1999), to the contemporary creations Echo Dark 1 (2015) and Martingales (2016). House Mix celebrates the past, present and future of one of Canada’s finest choreographers.

“Some of the best dancers on the planet” -The Globe and Mail

Choreographer Christopher is one of Canada’s “most enduringly inventive choreographers.”
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Proudly sponsored by Kwik Kopy.

MONEY BACK GUARANTEE – We know you are going to love this performance so much that we will GUARANTEE YOUR ENJOYMENT OR OFFER A FULL REFUND from the box office within the first 30 minutes of showtime.

Playing With Choir at The Guild

January 16, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Do you love to sing (even though you might not consider yourself “a singer” or only feel comfortable singing alone in the car)? Singing in a group has significant benefits whether you’re on key or not – science says it’s like “an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits.” We’ve had a blast in our first term and our participants can attest to that (170 of them!)
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PLAYING WITH CHOIR is an opportunity to come together in a large group to learn simple 3 part harmonies for popular songs of today and past decades and belt them out for the simple joy of singing. No auditions, no solos, no stars, just fun. Sing at The Guild Tuesdays at 7 PM through March 6th.

Sunset Limited Pulls in at The Guild

January 12, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at The Guild
A.M.S Entertainment proudly presents “The Sunset Limited” directed by Mahdi Selseleh. Featuring Bill and Corin McFadden. The story of two men in an apartment with their opposing beliefs in this play by Cormac McCarthey.
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One of the characters is a former convict who believes in God, just saved an atheist professor from jumping in front of the express train. He won’t let the depressed man leave, without following him, and feel he’s in this situation for a reason, decided by God. An intense chamber play about belief or unbelief, and a conversation about what’s true and important in life, or not.

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WATERMARK THEATRE’S 2018 SUMMER SEASON ANNOUNCED!

Watermark Theatre’s Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, and General Manager Andrea Surich are proud to announce the 2018 Summer Season.

The season will include the classic thriller Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott and the powerful A Moon For The Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill. Our popular music series Classic Music Reignited returns once again, celebrating its 5th year, and the Watermark Play Reading Series will focus on new plays in development by Atlantic Canadian Playwrights.

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 Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott, written in 1952, tells the frightening story of a husband planning the murder of his adulterous wife. He arranges the perfect crime by blackmailing a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her at a time when he has the perfect alibi. Of course, things do not turn out as planned. The play that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s film classic weaves an ever-tightening web of danger and deception. Full of twists, turns, and suspense, this gripping thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Written in 1943 by four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill, A Moon for the Misbegotten is set on a Connecticut tenant farm where two lost souls find hope and redemption under a lover’s moon. Josie Hogan is a boisterous woman with a quick tongue and a tarnished reputation. It’s been a hard and lonely life, working the Tyrone farm with her bullying father. One night, with the man she is in love with, James Tyrone, sparks fly and hope burns anew as two “misbegotten” souls come together.

“O’Neill at the height of his powers… hauntingly poetic truths about love and self-delusion”. — The Los Angeles Times

In a shift in programming to the Play Reading Series, this year’s plays will showcase new work in development by Atlantic Canadian playwrights. A selection process will begin immediately to choose three new, unpublished, and unproduced plays, to be read by our company of actors during the month of August. A list of plays and playwrights will be released in the Spring of 2018.

Yes, it’s been 5 years since we began our Classic Music Reignited series, our popular music series curated by Rob Oakie. As always, Island musical artists interpret classic composers in a way that you have never heard before. Stay tuned for our list of composers and Island musicians soon.

Season Ticket Passes are now on sale at early bird rates until December 31st, 2017. $99 for 4 tickets, $135 for 6 tickets, and $210 for 10 tickets.

902-963-3963 or visit http://www.watermarktheatre.com