A Guide to SummerWorks 2015
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A Guide to SummerWorks 2015

In time for this year's festival, we round up a few of the collaborations we're most interested in catching.

Image from Counting Sheep, the performance in residence of Summerworks 2015

Image from Counting Sheep, the production in residence of SummerWorks 2015.

Summertime in Toronto can feel like a hamster wheel of artistic programming, sometimes too overwhelming to even ponder. It’s the sad but necessary consequence of living in a climate where three of four seasons are, apparently, too miserable to muster the morale for venue hopping. Culture consumers: this is your time. Grab an energy drink maybe? Chug! Chug! Chug!

Though it’s only the beginning of August, SummerWorks–which begins today–marks one of the last big multimedia festivals of the season. The ten-day showcase covers music, dance, visual art and theatre, and it’s a lot to take in. It’s also one of the most original, diverse, and looked-forward-to cultural events of the entire year. So, without further ado, here’s our guide to a few of the events you will especially not want to miss.

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MacArthur Park Suite: A Disco Ballet
Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street)

In case you hadn’t pieced it together from the title, this is a theatrical dance performance set to the music of Donna Summer. Reprised from a Rhubarb Festival staging that received a standing ovation, this ballet-jazz-modern dance suite explores the meaning of love with the help of a little lamé.

More info here.

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Are You Still Coming Tonight?
The Theatre Centre Mainspace (1115 Queen Street West)
Presented in partnership with Social Growl Dance, this meta piece of modern dance explores the inner workings of a dance company’s offstage dynamic–onstage, for all to see.

More info here.


The Unpacking
**Secret Location**

Created by Erin Brubacher and Christine Brubaker, this performance of “auto-mythography” invites theatregoing strangers to join the artists’ for chats and hangs as they process the month-long, 700km walk from Pennsylvania to Toronto that they will have just finished. The event’s secret location will be revealed via email.

More info here.

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Counting Sheep
Great Hall Blackbox Theatre (1087 Queen Street West)

Co-created by the husband and wife duo of Mark and Marichka Marczyk, and staged in collaboration with the rowdy gypsy-punk party band, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Counting Sheep promises to immerse the audience in an emotional retelling of its playwrights’ experience of the 2014 Kiev Maidan protests.

More info here.

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To Cast a Stone With Animalia
Scotiabank Studio Theatre (6 Noble Street)

Witchy Tasmanian transplant and electronic dance-pop artist Animalia joins forces with stage director Ruth Madoc-Jones for a performance experience that blends music with Pagan rites. Think The Craft, but with beats.

More info here.