SummerWorks 2019 wrap-up: experimental performance is alive and well

The 29th edition of SummerWorks finished on the weekend with attendance increases and lots of sold-out shows, proving that theres.


The 29th edition of SummerWorks finished on the weekend with attendance increases and lots of sold-out shows, proving that theres a loyal, devoted audience for thought-provoking, innovative performance works.

If theres a drawback to the festival, its that many shows including some of this years award winners only had one or two performances, making it hard to build momentum or spread word about a must-see show.

That was the case with the winner of this years NOW Audience Choice Award, Johannes Zitss Encumbrance, which had a mere two performances in the fests first days. (Honourable mention went to S. Bear Bergmans Gender Reveal Party.)

Rohinton Mistrys The Scream, adapted, directed and produced by star Anand Rajaram, won best production.

Rodney Diverlus won best direction for burn, burned. Honourable mention went to Jenn Goodwin in collaboration with Sarah Doucet for CLOSER.

Celia Jade Green won the emerging artist award for Wah Wah Wah. Lauren Gillis and Alaine Hutton received honourable mention for Safe And Sorry.

The Jon Kaplan Spotlight Award for a featured performer in a SummerWorks show was Cliff Cardinal for Cliff Cardinals CBC Special. Honourable mention was Jamillah Ross for St. Peon Of Parkdale.

The award for research and development went to Syreeta Hector for her show, Black Ballerina. The honourable mention went to Follow the Signs Theatres Deafy.

The Contra Guys award for new performance text went to Graham Isador for White Heat. Honourable mention went to James Long and Andrea Spreafico for Footnote Number 12.

And finally, the award for risk and innovation went to Davis Plett and Gislina Patterson for 805-4821. The team behind The Archive Of Missing Things received honourable mention.

Heres NOWs annual list of the best of the fest:

Cliff Cardinals CBC Special rochdale Rohinton Mistrys The Scream

The Archive Of Missing Things Black Ballerina Bonjour Hi Cliff Cardinals CBC Special rochdale Rohinton Mistrys The Scream Wah Wah Wah

Cliff Cardinal, Cliff Cardinals CBC Special Chris Dodd, Deafy Syreeta Hector, Black Ballerina Tim Walker, White Heat Anand Rajaram, Rohinton Mistrys The Scream Jamillah Ross, St. Peon Of Parkdale

The Archive Of Missing Things Bonjour Hi CHILD-ISH rochdale

Nina Lee Aquino (rochdale) Bilal Baig, Wah Wah Wah Anand Rajaram (Rohinton Mistrys The Scream) Karin Randoja (Cliff Cardinals CBC Special)

Bonjour Hi rochdale Rohinton Mistrys The Scream Worry Warts

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