Centaur Theatre's WILDSIDE FESTIVAL Returns For Its 22nd Year
For her first turn at bat curating Montreal's "hottest 2 weeks of winter", Eda Holmes hits a home run with an A-list of trailblazing, quick-fix theatre, from zoological spoken word to Greek tragedy object puppetry and everything in between. See the full schedule below.
"The Wildside Festival just gets bigger and better and wilder every year. It's an incredible opportunity for audiences to discover innovative theatre-makers and for artists to introduce their work to new audiences. It's 'gateway' theatre for lovers of the 'wild'. As we enter the New Year, let's take a walk on the wild side with new notions of what theatre can be."
- Eda Holmes, Centaur Theatre Artistic and Executive Director
Johanna Nutter's Production Company, creature/creature presents the Offside Festival, with an eclectic collection of some of Montreal's wildest musical beasts performing in Centaur's Gallery after the last show on these select nights: Jan. 10, 12, 17, 18, and 19. Saturday nights are reserved for local rockers and thespians to gather and pay tribute to pioneering giants in the music world. This year's deserving choices are Kate Bush (Jan. 12) and Patti Smith (Jan. 19).
A first this year, Centaur Theatre's 2019 opening production, True Crime, featuring Torquil Campbell, frontman of the indie band Stars , will run concurrently with the Wildside Festival, a perfectly suited counterpart to the festival's independent spirit. Wildside Festival ticket-buyers can take advantage of $30 tickets to see True Crime with the presentation of any Wildside 2019 ticket stub at Centaur's box office.
Body So Fluorescent (60 minutes)Presented by: madonnanera
Created by: Amanda Cordner and David di Giovanni
Directed by: David di Giovanni
Featuring: Amanda Cordner
Jan. 9 at 7pm, Jan. 12 at 7pm, Jan. 16 at 9pm, Jan. 18 at 7pm, and Jan. 19 at 9pm.
What happened last night on the dance floor? Two friends retrace their steps from the night before to figure out how it all ended in an explosive fight.
Warning: Flashing lights, sexually suggestive language and content, strong language, ages 15+
Confabulation: Rites of Passage - one night only (90 minutes)
Presented by: Confabulation
Hosted by: Matt Goldberg
Featuring: Five guest storytellers
Jan. 12 at 9pm
Confabulation, Montreal's premier showcase for autobiographical storytelling, is thrilled to return to Wildside! We'll explore the theme Rites of Passage - stories of the moments that mark and make us.
Crime After Crime (After Crime) (75 minutes)
Presented by: Sex T-Rex
Written by: Collective
Directed by: Collective
Featuring: Conor Bradbury, Julian Frid, Kaitlin Morrow, Seann Murray
Jan. 8 at 7pm, Jan. 9 at 9pm, Jan. 11 at 9pm, Jan. 15 at 9pm & Jan. 16 at 7pm.
An action-packed physical comedy set across 3 different "crime periods": the set of a 1950's film noir, a 1970 heist flick, and a 1990 buddy cop movie.
Warning: Coarse Language. All ages appropriate.
Hyena Subpoena (55 minutes)
Presented by: Cat Kidd
Written by: Cat Kidd
Directed by: Paul Van Dyck
Soundscapes by: DJ Jacky Murda?
South African wildlife projections by Cat Kidd and Geoff Agombar
Featuring: Cat Kidd
Jan. 10 at 7pm, Jan. 13 at 7pm, Jan. 15 at 7pm, Jan. 17 at 7pm, & Jan 20 at 3pm.
Close encounters with lions, hyenas and elephants conjure the feral forces that lurk within us. A transcendent and funky creation by an unforgettable artist at the height of her powers.
Warning: Contains discussion of sexual violence.
Macbeth Muet (55 minutes)
Presented by: La Fille Du Laitier
Co-Created by : Jon Lachlan Stewart and Marie Hélène Bélanger
Original Text by : William Shakespeare
Directed by: Jon Lachlan Stewart
Featuring: Jérémie Francoeur and Clara Prévost
Jan. 8 at 9pm, Jan. 10 at 9pm, & Jan. 13 at 3pm.
Blood, sex, ambition...eggs. This textless adaptation plunges audiences into a visceral vision of Shakespeare's Macbeth, using only two actors, a countless number of paper objects, lots of blood, and no words.
Warning: recommended age 12+.
Sapientia (45 minutes)
Presented by: Scapegoat Carnivale
Written by: Hrosvitha of Gandersheim
Adapted by Joseph Shragge based on a literal translation by Lynn Kozak
Direction and Conceptual Adaptation by: Mia van Leeuwen
Live accompaniment by: Evan Stepanian
Featuring: Alison Darcy, Robert Leveroos, Alexandra Petrachuk, and Paul Van Dyck
Jan. 17 at 9pm, Jan. 18 at 9pm & Jan, 19 at 3pm.
Household objects perform a 10th century tale of martyrdom by history's first recorded female playwright. A playfully surreal retelling featuring lurid onstage violence between objects and food.
Warning: This production shows and discusses violence against women and children. Recommended age 12+
The Gentle Art of Punishment (55 minutes)
Presented by: Daughter Product
Created and performed by: Natalie Liconti, Emily Sirota, Lucy Fandel
Sound design by: Joseph Browne
Lighting design by: Darah Miah
Jan. 11 at 7pm, Jan. 12 at 3pm, Jan. 13 at 9pm, Jan. 19 at 7pm & Jan. 20 at 7pm.
Three women unravel their girlhoods in a dream-like and nostalgic narrative. The Gentle Art Of Punishment is for anyone who has ever had a crush on their therapist - or thinks that Drew Barrymore is under-appreciated in her dramatic roles.