Circle Around the Centre is Back

Circle Around the Centre is back! 
First in our exciting series will be current Chair of the Board of Directors of Confederation Centre of the Arts, Mr. H. Wayne Hambly. He will speak on his past 25 years as Chair of the Centre’s Board, and his thoughts and hopes about moving into the future.

From January through June, we are hosting The 2018 Circle Around the Centre Luncheon Series. Catherine Hennessey was the driving force behind our anniversary 2014 series, and she has some fantastic new ideas for this year. Circle Around the Centre attendees will enjoy a monthly luncheon of sandwich and salad or soup as well as a talk by some of the Island’s most interesting movers and shakers!

An incredibly active force in the Island community, Mr. Hambly is a recipient of both the Order of P.E.I. and of the Order of Canada. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, an inductee to the PEI Business Hall of Fame, and he has received countless other awards and accolades in recognition of his lifelong hard work and dedication to his community.
A portion of each ticket purchased to these events will be donated to The Circle Around the Centre Fund of the Confederation Centre of the Arts Foundation. This Fund was created by Ms. Hennessey with the purpose to commemorate and celebrate notable individuals and special occasions that have a significant importance or connection to the Centre and its rich history. For more information visit the Foundation website.
DETAILS AT A GLANCE:
When: January 24, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. noon
Where: Studio 1 (beside Mavor’s)

Who: Confederation Centre Board Chair Wayne Hambly

How: Tickets are $25, which covers both the event and your lunch!

GET TICKETS: Purchase tickets in person at the Box Office, by phone at 902-566-1267 (toll-free 1-800-565-0278), or online through our Box Office.
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The M’s Have It

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.

Popalopalots is Back Again!

January 20, 2018 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Remember when Arnold Schwarzenegger in that movie where he’s trying to save the boy who would grow up to save humanity, said “I’ll be back”? Well, imagine, instead of Arnold, it was Popalopalots Improv Comedy who would be back. And instead of trying to save humanity, Popalopalots just wanted to make you laugh.
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Performing their make-it- up-on- the-spot sketch comedy at The Guild in Charlottetown, Popalopalots will have you laughing when they succeed, and laughing even harder when they fail.

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.