Progress Festival 2016 Lineup

Published on: December 14, 2014

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Check out the International array of goodies that the Progress Festival has lined up for the new year. Tickets for all  shows are on sale now (including a 3 & 4 show pass) and you can get them here.

Riding on a Cloud (Lebanon)
Curated and presented by The Theatre Centre
Performed in English
Written and directed by Rabih Mroué
January 14-16, 2016
Running time: 60 mins
Artist and theatre director Rabih Mroué investigates the personal and political legacy of conflict and trauma. Intertwining fiction and non-fiction, his brother Yasser Mroué appears on stage as himself, recounting memories from his experience of being shot in the head during the Lebanese Civil War.

El Refugio de Freidel | The Refuge of Freidel (Canada / Colombia)
Curated and produced by Aluna Theatre, co-produced with the Freidel Collective
Performed in Spanish with English surtitles
Created by Liliana Suárez Henao and Beatriz Pizano
January 20 – 23, 2016
Running time: 50 mins
Liliana puts a face and a name to the refugee experience as she weaves her experiences of forced displacement and her journey as an artist in Canada, with the  plays of controversial Colombian theatre-maker, and her director, Jose Manuel Freidel: an artist who fought against his society’s indifference toward injustice.

What I learned from a decade of fear (Canada)
Curated and produced by Aluna Theatre
Performed in English with Spanish surtitles
Created and performed by Beatriz Pizano, Lyon Smith and Trevor Schwellnus
January 21 – 24, 2016
Running time: 65 mins
In an idealistic act of penance, Canadian-born white male Lyon Smith submits to having Colombian-born brown female migrant Beatriz Pizano pull incriminating details from his more-or-less average life.  What begins as a eulogy for the human costs of our collective safety becomes a ritual to atone for a decade of repression, war and paranoia.

Century Song (Canada)
Curated and produced by Volcano Theatre in association with the Moveable Beast Collective and Crooked Figure Dances
Created by Neema Bickersteth, Kate Alton and Ross Manson
January 19 – 23, 2016
Running time: 60 mins
A live performance hybrid created by powerful soprano Neema Bickersteth, and Dora-award winning collaborators Ross Manson (direction) and Kate Alton (choreography). Inspired in part by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Alice Walker’s In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, Bickersteth seamlessly melds song and movement to inhabit a century of women whose identities are contained within her own.

History History History (Canada/UK)
Curated and produced by Volcano Theatre and SummerWorks
Performed in English
January 22 – 23, 2016
Running time: 65 mins
An innovative foray into Deborah Pearson’s personal relationship with history as the daughter of displaced people.  A 1956 Communist football comedy, a shuffling parade of dictators, a writer who lost his name and an actor who lost his voice – all details that somehow, directly or indirectly, led to her being here today.

Curated and produced by SummerWorks
All performances performed in English
January 30 – January 31, 2016
Four Forest Fringe artists pair with four Canadian artists to host a residency culminating in a two day Microfestival, taking over the whole of The Theatre Centre, featuring newly commissioned work from each Canadian artist alongside four acclaimed pieces of performance work from the UK, for a total of eight individual pieces.
The four Forest Fringe pieces coming to Toronto are:
O (Project O, UK)
Choreographed and performed by Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small
Refusing to be held down, O presents bodies that are negotiating histories, fantasies and assumptions. A dance that winds its way through the mess of identity politics in a physical unfolding of a realisation of difference.
Created by Sleepwalk Collective
Performed by iara Solano Arana
iara is starting to fear the worst. She’s looking for a roomful of strangers whose arms she can fall into. And while she knows that she cannot necessarily be trusted, and may not be entirely deserving of help, tonight she would like to put herself in your hands…
Blind Cinema (UK/Germany)
Conceived and directed by Britt Hatzius
Blind Cinema is rooted in the method of audio description. The film screened during the performance is seen by the children in a workshop prior to the performance for the first time. Each performance involves a new group of children between 8 and eleven years old.
This Is How We Die (UK)
Written and performed by Christopher Brett Bailey
Following sell out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Battersea Arts Centre last year, This is How We Die is a blend of spoken word, storytelling, caustic humour and gutter philosophy with echoes of Lenny Bruce, William Burroughs, beat poetry and B-movies.

MONOMYTHS (First Nations/Canada/Mexico/USA)
Produced by FADO Performance Art Centre
Conceived and curated by Jess Dobkin and Shannon Cochrane
Performed in English / ASL interpreted 
February 3 – 7, 2016
MONOMYTHS invites a diverse collection of artists, scholars and activists to revision Joseph Campbell’s conception of the hero’s journey through performance art, lectures, workshops, and other offerings. This new assemblage of non-linear un-narratives proposes a feminist cultural, political and social re-vision of the world. 

Lift That Up (Canada)
Curated and produced by Dancemakers
Performed in English
Conceived and created by Dana Michel
Performed and created by Amanda Acorn, Ellen Furey, Simon Portigal
February 3 – 7, 2016
A world premiere featuring the work of Dana Michel, bringing two years of research to the stage amidst her three year-long tenure as Dancemakers Resident Artist.

Progress is a new international festival of performance and ideas produced by the SummerWorks Performance Festival in partnership with The Theatre Centre. The festival is collectively produced by a series of Toronto-based curating companies operating within a contemporary performance context. Progress 2016 is curated by SummerWorks, The Theatre Centre, Aluna Theatre, Volcano Theatre, FADO Performance Art Centre, Dancemakers.

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