Go for it
What's the most cutting-edge theatre and dance association in Toronto? If you answer Go7 (the Group of Seven Theatres), pass go and collect $200. Regular members the Believer Project, Froth, MOonhORsE Dance Theatre, Pochsy Productions, Theatre Columbus, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Volcano, Go Chicken Go and Tribal Crackling Wind are joined this year by Sarah Chase, the Art Of Time and Overall Dance. Season guests are Fujiwara Dance Inventions and DVxT Theatre Company, the latter staging a new adaptation by John Murrell of Ibsen's A Doll's House.
Go7 kicks off its season Sunday (October 22) at Factory Studio (125 Bathurst) with excerpts from upcoming productions, hosted by association founder Ross Manson. 703-4646.
Are we the only ones "reeling" after watching Harbourfront Centre's first two dance shows?
Both Ultima Vez's In Spite Of Wishing And Wanting (October 3-7) and the Holy Body Tattoo's Circa (October 10-14) featured film clips plunked into their acts.
The clips were long, stylish -- and utterly distracting. Here's the theory: add some film, give your dancers a break and, heck, now you can even call the show "multimedia."
It's crap. In Circa, film is used as a crutch, as an artificial way to make transitions.
That's not art. It's laziness.
Those looking for more successful instances of dance on film can catch the remaining screenings in the Moving Pictures fest, at theatres around town. 927-7901.
Among the guests at this year's International Festival of Authors (see page 61) are British dramatists Margaretta D'Arcy and John Arden, the latter a playwright first lauded in the 50s and 60s. Both read from their work Sunday (October 22) and are in dialogue with Christopher Newton October 27.
Coinciding with their appearance here, World Classic Theatre presents a pwyc reading of The Island Of The Mighty, a trilogy by D'Arcy and Arden based on the Arthurian legend. Appearing as Arthur, Merlin, Gwenhwyvar (that's the Pict form of Guinevere), assorted warriors, bards and maidens are a cast that includes Matthew Edison, Michele George, Torri Higginson, Philip Shepherd, John Gilbert and Raoul Bhaneja. Ben Grossman provides live music. Sunday (October 22) in the Loft, York Quay Centre (235 Queen's Quay West). 974-3000.
Now in its 40th season, Equity Showcase Theatre pays handsome dividends to artists and audiences. This year's trio of productions begins with Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine (see review, page 65) and continues with a familiar and later a rare production. Chris Earle directs A Midsummer Night's Dream next February, while Soheil Parsa introduces Toronto audiences to Catalan playwright Sergi Belbel's Caresses in the spring.