The best onstage this July

Mermaids and lots of Panamania


The water’s fine

Any show involving electric performer Fides Krucker is worth checking out. She plays a mermaid in her latest, Dive, presented by the Mermaid Collective with the support of Arraymusic. Adapted by Richard Sanger from a story by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa, the tale blends desire and divinity as it follows two men, one of whom has been involved with an amoral, Greek-speaking fishy-tailed water-dweller. Directed by Alex Fallis, the show also features Matthew Gouveia and Earl Pastko, with a sound score by Nik Beeson. It begins performances July 30 and runs to August 9 at the Array Space (155 Walnut). Tickets available here.


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Photo credit: David Leclerc

My actions count

One of the highlights of Panamania, the arts and culture festival running during the Pan Am/Parapan Games, is sure to be Gimme Shelter, a Why Not Theatre production presented in association with Soulpepper. The solo show, performed by Ravi Jain and directed by Jenny Koons, looks at the action an individual can take against a monumental problem such as climate change. Inspired by Indian epic The Mahabharata, the production uses text, music, projections and sound design to look at how one person can take responsibility and make a difference. Opens July 13 and runs to July 18 at the Young Centre (50 Tank House). 416-866-8666.


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Disaster relief

Betroffenheit is a German word for that shock and bewilderment you feel after a disaster. It’s an intriguing point of departure for two of Canada’s premiere artists: choreographer/dancer Crystal Pite and writer/actor Jonathon Young. The two are no strangers to NOW’s best of the year lists, having created some of the most memorable dance and theatre pieces with their respective companies – Kidd Pivot (Pite) and Electric Company Theatre (Young). Now they’re collaborating on this dance/theatre hybrid that explores the idea of loss, trauma and recovery. This co-presentation with Canadian Stage promises to be a highlight of Panamania. July 23 to 25 at the Bluma Appel. canadianstage.com.    

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