Theatre on the Trail
January 18-20, 2018. Time and Location to be announced.
Theatre on the Trail is a one-of-a-kind winter experience coming to Saskatoon in January, 2018. Created by Sum Theatre this original, large-scale, and completely free theatre experience will invite audiences to explore the wintertime beauty of Saskatoon’s beautiful Meewasin Trail - animated and brought to life in a way you’ve never seen before! Audiences will take a 20-minute walk along the riverbank trails, encountering brand new artwork, performances, and interactive experiences as they go. Led by an exciting group of Indigenous and Newcomer Artists, Theatre on the Trail will embrace Saskatoon’s Indigenous roots and Multicultural future by exploring our connection to the land we call home in a fun, family-friendly artistic experience.
This project is funded by Saskatoon Community Foundation Canada 150 Grant and the City of Saskatoon Winter Cities Grant. Many thanks to our partners Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon Open Door Society, Diefenbaker Canada Centre, Grace Westminister United Church, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, SCYAP, University of Saskatchewan President's Office and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner.
SPIN and In Case We Disappear
Double bill. January 18th, 19th and 20th at 7:30. At the Refinery. Tickets here.
(pssst. see information about workshops with the performers below!)
Created and Performed by evalyn parry
Directed by Ruth Madoc-Jones
Innovative, award-winning Toronto artist evalyn parry takes her audience on an uncommon theatrical and musical journey in SPIN, her tour-de-force performance celebrating the Bicycle as muse, musical instrument and agent of social change. Inspired in part by the incredible true tale of Annie Londonderry – the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1894 – parry spins a web of stories which travel from 19th century women’s emancipation to 21st century consumer culture, peeling back layers of history to ultimately reveal a profoundly contemporary and personal heart to her performance.
parry’s “co-star” is a vintage bicycle: suspended in a mechanic’s stand on stage and connected to a variety of electronic effects pedals, the bike is played – from fenders to spokes to bells – by percussionist Brad Hart, conjuring an astonishing and unique sonic accompaniment to parry’s songs and monologues. Projections by award-winning designer Beth Kates add a captivating visual layer to SPIN, which sold out the run of its premiere in Toronto in 2011.
In Case We Disappear
Created and Performed by Vanessa Smythe
I was thinking about the fact that someday, I will disappear, and how I wanted my little brother to remember me… remember us. I was inspired to create this show, made up of kooky, embarrassing stories about love, growing up, family, death, and what we're left with when people leave, told through a mix of spoken word, a capella music and comedic sketch. Think of it as a love letter to someone you love, who will, like all of us, someday vanish.
Whimsical and entertaining, multidisciplinary artist Vanessa Smythe’s solo show is “an emotional and spellbinding combination of storytelling, stand-up comedy, poetry and song – all at the same time” (NOW Magazine). In Case We Disappear blends stories of accidental booty calls and forced family hugs in what becomes a theatrical love letter to all the people who vanish. Reminiscent of Flight of the Conchords, Smythe is “able to quickly tack between the humour in everyday minutia, and grand, heartfelt observations about big life questions.” (Jordan Bimm, NOW Magazine)
Interdisciplinary Theatre-Making: a Workshop with Evalyn Parry
Sat January 20th 2pm / Duration: 3 hours / Cost: $75
Description: A hands-on investigation of how concept, text, image, music, movement and design can work in surprising and inventive ways to create theatrical performance. Come with an idea you are already hatching, or ready to dream up a brand new concept.
Creative Jam Session: a Workshop with Vanessa Smythe
Sun January 21st 2pm / Duration: 2 hours / Cost: $50
Description: We all have stories in us, and there are some moments which beg to be shared.
Vanessa smythe, internationally touring poet, actor, writer, and educator, leads this playful, intimate workshop where participants will be encouraged to reflect upon pivotal moments from their lives and creatively conjure stories, poems, and/or vignettes. Opportunities for sharing and presentation. Gentle, supportive atmosphere. Part philosophical reflection, part creative jam session, and all fun.