2017 Resident Companies
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Phipps Dance TheaterBlackbird
January 26-29Blackbird features the work of one of the most influential jazz and musical theatre choreographers in dance history, Bob Fosse. Original choreography, remounted and performed by the Phipps Dance Theater, will showcase famous pieces in a three-act production featuring music from Chicago, Damn Yankees and Fosse the Musical.
LabradorA Life-Sized Dialogue with the Moon
February 2-4Labrador's inaugural production explores themes of personal bafflement and wonder underneath the universe. What's out there and what's inside us? What is our purpose here and how do we find meaning and connection on the journey? A Life-Sized Dialogue with the Moon promises to be playful, poetic, inventive and deeply moving.
Four Humors TheaterThe Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People
February 17-25A tale of love, mistaken identity, and pies! The pressure of Victorian high society can be a lot for someone to live up to. Except in Jack Worthing's case, where posing as his own (imaginary) brother Ernest is his ticket to party like there is no tomorrow. He's even ready to settle down and marry Gwendylon, the cousin of his best friend Algernon. Gwendolyn couldn't be happier, as she's always wanted to marry a man, as long as he's named Ernest. Things are even further complicated when Jack's (imaginary) brother Ernest shows up at his house. Confused? Don't think about it too hard. Theater plots are notoriously silly, after all. It's Oscar Wilde's famous 19th-century classic farce as only Four Humors could do it: honestly.
Savage UmbrellaThe Awakening
March 3-11Edna Pontellier has zero effs left to give. Nothing is really wrong, at all, except for the inconvenient fact that she's slowly dying inside. Here we have one woman's struggle to become her most authentic self, amidst a society unwilling to see her for who she is. Music, waves, and sexual tension thick as the humid New Orleans air. Adapted freely from Kate Chopin's landmark feminist novel.
Live Action SetUnset
March 21-26Unset invites the audience to play: to play expressively, significantly, and with us, as part of us. Each evening consists of a series of improvised dances in which a self-chosen audience member becomes co-creator of the dance as a guest star of the company. We aim to redefine the set of performers on stage, the set of movements rehearsed, and the set division between performer and audience.
March 20-April 1Darlings re-imagines J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan from the perspective of Mr. and Mrs. Darling, two parents struggling with the loss of their children. They search for them by day and tell stories about a place called Neverland by night — where the mermaids will drown you, the pirates might kill you, and you can’t trust the charming little boy with the impish smile.
Sheep TheaterThe Assassination of the Archduke of Austria-Hungary Franz Ferdinand
Theatre Novi MostMaster Builder
April 14-22Following its acclaimed staging of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, Theatre Novi Most presents another classic of the European theatrical canon with this complex drama by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by TNM co-founder Vladimir Rovinsky.The story follows master architect Halvard Solness (Pearce Bunting) and his wife Aline (Barbra Berlovitz) through an existential mid life crisis involving past losses that still haunt and profound fear about the future. The challenges of a bright young woman (Shelby Richardson) seem to bring some answers. But as always, Ibsen keeps us in suspense. This story is highly charged with secret desires, stunning poetic language, Freudian and Nietzschean motives and … there is that troll.
Walking Shadow Theatre CompanyRed Velvet
May 12-28 Edmund Kean, a titan of his generation, collapses on stage, leaving Covent Garden without its Othello. Ira Aldridge, an unknown African American actor, is invited to take over the role. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?
Altered Esthetics Film Festival
May 29-June 3Over the past 10 years, Altered Esthetics has hosted over 100 group exhibitions, launched a solo exhibitions program for emerging artists, and have brought the work of more than 500 artists to public view - many of whom were sharing their artwork with the public for the very first time. Altered Esthetics largest program is the Ae Film Festival (formerly the Ae Art House Film Festival), an annual ARTshare event dedicated to the organization’s mission to foster an inclusive and sustainable arts community through exhibitions, education, and outreach. By drawing on a broad range of innovative modes and techniques, the festival exhibits artists who explore the art of the moving image, including artworks that represent experimental narratives, avant-garde poetics, genre-expanding documentary, and contemporary art practices. The selections of short film and video work and accompanying panel discussions stretches the notion of what the moving image is and can be.