Calgary Arts Round Up: July 9 – July 15
Boy it’s been a busy week in YYC, the Betty’s were announced, the U of C is gearing up for their 2012-13 season of performing arts and a world-classed artist is set to spruce up The Bow’s shadow. Here’s your Arts Round Up this week…
EXIT STAGE RIGHT: Last year’s production of Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout by Tomson Highway featured Daniel Wagler and Michelle McKey. The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts recently announced their 2012-13 seasons in drama, dance, art and music. For more information visit their website.
Photo by Aaron McCullough, Red Dot Photography, courtesy of the University of Calgary Department of Drama
UofC Announces 2012-13 Season
The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts recently announced their 2012-13 seasons in drama, dance, art and music and have a powerhouse lineup to boast.
The Department of Dance’s Dance Montage 2012 sells out regularly and features dancers of all skill levels in a unique and different performance every year. Dance Montage 2012 runs November 22 to 24, 2012 at 8pm (with a Saturday Matinee at 2pm) at the University Theatre (230 University Court NW). Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
Over in the Department of Drama a couple of performances are slatted for the Fall of 2012 – The Love of the Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker and Suburban Motel: Problem Child and Risk Everything by George F. Walker. The Love of the Nightingale is a retelling of the mythic story of Procne and Philomele that touches on the more contemporary themes of violence, silence and gender and runs October 23 to November 3 2012 at 7:30pm at the University Theatre (230 University Court NW) with a 2 for 1 matinee on October 28 at 2pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. Suburban Motel tells two stories, Problem Child and Risk Everything, in an unapologetic humanization of modern life, bringing together class, family and the habits we all take for granted. It runs November 27 to December 8 at 7:30pm at the University Theatre (230 University Court NW). A 2 for 1 matinee runs December 2 at pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $13 for students and seniors.
And the Department of Music’s schedule is caulk full of goodies for your ears this fall with eight performances booked between September and December including a Monday night Jazz series and an Organ Series. On September 15 pianist Charles Foreman will play The Lyric Liszt II: Romantic Character Pieces. Shanua Rolston and Heather Schmidt team up for Cello and Piano, an inspiring perforce from two award-winning Canadian musicians, on October 20. In Looking Glass Duo, Guabetta Baril on the harp and Lucie Jones on the flute will play selections from Marin Marais’ Les Golies d’Espagne, Jacques Ibert’s Entr’ Acte, Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango and Bernard Andrès’ Narthex on November 17.
In the Department of Music’s Discovery Series, the Oberon Guitar Trio are set to perform Evolution: 19th Century to Avant-Garde on November 24. The Art of Fugue shows off Mattew Dirst for the department’s Organ Series October 30 and the Quartet Series brings us A Celebration of Shostakovich I on December 7.
All the above Department of Music performances start at 8pm at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre with tickets $25 for adults and $18 for students and seniors.
But their popular Monday Night Jazz Series is set through out Calgary starting with Parker with Strings featuring Vaughn Ambrose with 11 piece local chamber of performers on October 1 at the University Theatre (230 University Court NW) and the Mark Segger Sextet at BEAT NIQ Jazz and Social Club on November 26.
For more information on the line up, including what’s coming for Winter 2013, head over to the University’s Performing Arts website.
The Bow’s getting (not one but) two Plensa’s
World renowned artist Jaume Plensa has been hired by the city of Calgary to spruce up the shadow of the city’s tallest building The Bow.
It will take two months to install the artwork but work is underway and will feature a 12-metre tall wire girl’s head called Wonderland and a smaller bronze image of Plensa himself hugging a live tree, meant to overgrow the artwork in future years.
Plensa was on hand Monday with Mayor Naheed Nenshi for a public unveiling of the design.
Gearing Up for the Betty’s
It’s no surprise that Alberta Theatre Project’s Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story is up for a bunch of awards after the nominees for the 2012 Betty Mitchell Awards were announced last week.
ATP lead the notations with 29 – all but one show from their season is up for something – but their big winner was The Theo Fleury Story nominated for outstanding new play, direction, production and set design with Shaun Smyth up for outstanding performance by an actor in a drama.
The shows vying for outstanding production of a play also include Big Shot (Surreal SoReal Theatre /Ghost River Theatre), Jake’s Gift (Lunchbox Theatre), Mary’s Wedding (Alberta Theatre Projects) and Penny Plain (Alberta Theatre Projects).
The whole run down can be found here and the awards take place on August 27.