Category Archives: Performance Art

Driving Up and Down Memory Lane

Coming soon to the Homburg Theatre is a tour de force theatre experience about the music, culture, and politics that shaped the Baby Boom generation. Following the final stage of theatre restoration, Confederation Centre is pleased to reopen the mainstage just in time for BOOM, presented one night only, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.

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After a run of 300 shows in 2015 and ’16, human chameleon Rick Miller is bringing his must-see Canadian-made production to Eastern Canada for the first time. BOOM! takes audiences through 25 turbulent years, 1945-1970, giving voice to over 100 influential politicians, activists, and musicians. Presented as a marathon one-man show, Miller blends clever writing, state-of-the-art visual technology, and remarkable performance into one moving experience. Featured music includes The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, David Bowie, Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, Steppenwolf, and many more.

BOOM chronologically documents a historical period stretching from that first ‘boom’ of the Atomic Bomb in 1945 all the way to the Apollo 11 landing the first human beings on the Moon in 1969. These two iconic moments span 25 of the most tumultuous years in modern history, fueled by a generation of children with incredible influence due to their numbers, and to the advances of technology. The various stories spiral into the ‘The Summer of Love.’ BOOM ends as it began — with a new generation born into a new world order.

Miller says BOOM comes out of his own parents’ lives. “I was particularly interested in where I came from and how it affects me and my own kids,” he offers. “I think Baby Boomers are still having a huge effect on our society and I wanted to explore this by making a story about my own DNA and our culture’s DNA.”

“History repeats itself more than we think and we become like our parents more than we think,” he continues. “If young people can place themselves in the larger picture of the world, they can have more impact in their own lives and on the world; an understanding that your small life is always part of a bigger picture. I think our show gives that perspective.”

For tickets or more information, visit the Confederation Centre box office in person, online at confederationcentre.com/theatre, or via phone at 902.566.1267. Special thanks are extended to Sobeys, the title sponsor of LIVE @ the Centre, as well as media sponsors The Guardian, Hot 105.5 and Ocean 100.

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Boom Boom Boom

From the creative team behind MacHomer and Bigger Than Jesus, comes an explosive solo performance that documents the music, culture and politics that shaped the Baby Boom generation (1945-1969). BOOM takes us through 25 turbulent years, and gives voice to over 100 influential politicians, activists and musicians. It’s a mind-blowing experience for audiences of all generations.

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BOOM chronologically documents a historical period stretching from that first ‘boom’ of the Atomic Bomb in 1945 all the way to the Apollo 11 landing the first human beings on the Moon in 1969. These two iconic moments span 25 of the most tumultuous years in modern history, fuelled by a generation of children with incredible influence due to their numbers, and to the advances of technology and communication. In the BOOM generation, politics and culture merged like never before – and perhaps never again.

KDOONS and WYRD Productions blend cutting-edge multimedia, unforgettable characters and tour-de-force storytelling in a stunningly staged production. BOOM allows you to experience the global events as they unfold: the Cold War, McCarthyism, Beatlemania, Trudeaumania, JFK, MLK, Mao, Vietnam… The various stories spiral into the “The Summer of Love”, and BOOM ends as it began: with a new generation born into a new world order.

BOOM is at the Homburg Theatre March 31st.

Raised On TV

Raised on TV is what happens when television and theatre collide.

This multimedia theatrical event explores how television has changed and how television has changed us.

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Through sketches and homage led by Island directors (including Samantha Bruce, Cameron Bennett-MacDonald, Rob MacDonald, Marieve McGregor, Greg Stapleton, Dave Stewart, and Rod Weatherbie), retro commercial breaks, and theme songs, Raised on TV wants to reveal the medium of television and everything it represents: the good, the bad, the tawdry, the commercial, the uplifting.

By show’s end, the audience will have laughed so hard their bellies hurt and they will leave the theatre feeling a giddy nostalgia…reflecting on the serious, silly, and absurd moments on television that influenced who we are today.

Raised on TV is at The Guild February 24 and 25 at 8 PM.

Sweeping in the Remix

[ZØGMA] is a professional percussive dance company, performing on the national and international scenes since 2001. The company supports the creativity of choreographers who, inspired by elements of the country’s heritage and cultural diversity found in urban areas, propose a contemporary approach and a new aesthetic of Québec’s folklore, merging dance, music and song into powerful, rhythmic works.

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The Sokalo Remix Project is a transatlantic artistic collaboration between [ZØGMA] and four professional artists from the Irish traditional performing arts. The production is a rhythmic journey both through the streets of Montreal and the landscape of the west of Ireland, highlighting the proximity of Irish and Quebecois traditional cultures, while proposing a new vision of folklore merging both tradition and contemporary life.

“An amazing show last night. I wanted to watch it all again the second it finished… Such a pleasing combination of interesting rhythms & whole body movement – a feast for the senses. Highly recommended!” – Charlene Morisson, Limerick.

The Sokalo Remix project is at the Harbourfront Theatre Thursday, October 13th at 7:30 PM.

Four Tellers Tell All

After a completely sold out season last year, The Four Tellers are back! All new stories and BIGGER laughs. David Weale, Alan Buchanan, Gary Evans and Dennis King gather around the kitchen table at the Harbourfront Theatre on July 30 and August 27 for two delightful evenings of off-the-cuff storytelling.

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These four master tellers will cover four distinct areas of PEI, talking politics, religion, liquor and language, and maybe even throwing in a local impression or two. Add a dash of live music and you’ve got one hell of a kitchen party.

Stop Start Secret Citadel

Opening this month at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery is a traveling exhibition from one of Canada’s most exciting young artists. Graeme Patterson: Secret Citadel explores the trials and tribulations of male friendship through a four part sculptural/video installation and an experimental stop-motion animated narrative.

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Based in Sackville, New Brunswick, Patterson works in miniatures, using tiny figures to explore much bigger themes and stories. Although based on specific memories of the artist’s past, Secret Citadel draws you into its captivating worlds by highlighting universal themes of love and loss, play and competition, companionship and loneliness.

An anthropomorphized bison and cougar represent two boys in the artist’s visual coming-of-age tale that is as playful as it is poignant. Mountain begins their journey. This large wooden and fabric-covered mound connects Patterson’s and his friend’s miniature suburban homes, replicated with 1980s décor. The viewer can peek into the mountain to witness the boys’ creative meeting space. Their camaraderie continues in Camp Wakonda, two life-sized bunk beds with miniatures showing the boys playing games, chopping wood, and burning toys. Yet this childlike world is nuanced by the memory of a school bus crash and an archery match that ends in a fantasized death, hinting at the rivalry to come in adolescence.

Grudge Match overtly shows the competitive nature of teenage boys through a miniature wrestling match, locker room, and gym tucked beneath life-sized bleachers. The last sculptural piece, Player Piano Waltz, is an upright working piano that plays a haunting melody for a lone. Through the windows, the viewer glimpses different vignettes of these now estranged friends in adulthood: riding an elevator, sitting in a bar alone, recalling the old days. Devastating yet beautiful, this last piece mourns the end of two friends and the isolated worlds of adulthood.

Patterson’s many accomplishments include being shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award, and two nationally touring exhibitions. Co-curated by Melissa Bennett and Sarah Fillmore, Secret Citadel is on tour from the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

The exhibition opens June 11 and shows until September 25, 2016. Patterson will be present and provide remarks at the Art Gallery’s Opening Gala for the Summer Exhibitions, which takes place Saturday June 18 at 7 p.m. at Confederation Centre.