UNO Fest- Dancers Edition

From the underground to the mainstream, Intrepid Theatre’s UNO Fest of solo performance returns May 9 – 19 for year #21.

This 11-day festival is chock-full of fearless artists, daring stories, solo audience experiences, slam parties, and hands down heroic performances.

Broken Rhythms Victoria Society wants to bring attention to some amazing work being shown at Intrepid Theatre’s UNO Fest that includes movement, dance and inspirational stories.

This is not a full list and for that please go to the Uno fest calendar and get your schedule together for some amazing shows.

DREAM ANOTHER DAY 

STAND UP DANCE

What if James Bond was a woman, trying to save the world, through dance? A feminist re-visioning of Bond, James Bond that debates and examines rape culture, hero worship and the inheritance of secrecy in our society. Using her signature mash-up of dance, theatre, storytelling and visual spectacle, creator/performer Meagan O’Shea draws on personal experience while situating it within a global context. Her ridiculously hilarious and devastatingly heartbreaking outlook reaches into the future to figure out some of the mess we’re in.

Why we love it

Umm dance, feminism, saving the world and the creator/performer Megan O’Shea is awesome. She is a huge part of the dance community on the island (even though she lives in Toronto now) and always remembers Victoria by providing workshops and attending community events!
This is a must see for sure

  • DATES: May 11, 2018 – May 12, 2018
  • LOCATION: Metro Studio Theatre
  • CREATED: Meagan O’Shea
  • PERFORMED: Meagan O’Shea
  • DURATION: 60 minutes
  • GENRE: Dance theatre, Feminist

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JEZEBEL, AT THE STILL POINT

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Obsessed with traveling to the past, an astronaut and her French Bulldog, Jezebel, explore the universe trying to unravel the mysteries behind time travel. From distant galaxies full of non- verbal life forms, all the way to Portland, Oregon, the astronaut is desperately searching to crack the code. A tale of adventure, heroism, mortality and love, it is a modern-day Turner and Hooch… meets Space Jam… meets Einstein’s theory of relativity.  An interweaving of text, movement and a literally untrained French Bulldog – each show is a new adventure.

Why we love it

The artist, (Ainsley Hillyard) is an Edmonton-based choreographer, performer and educator who works in contemporary dance and theatre. The other artist (Jezebel) is a sassy French bull dog !!!

  • DATES: May 16, 2018 – May 17, 2018
  • LOCATION: Metro Studio Theatre
  • CREATED: Ainsley Hillyard
  • PERFORMED: Ainsley Hillyard & Jezebel
  • DURATION: Double Bill: 95 minutes + discussion
  • RATING: 14+
  • GENRE: Dance Theatre/Time TravelGet Tickets 

BUG

MANIDOONS COLLECTIVE

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A story about the women in an Indigenous family navigating addiction and inter-generational trauma. Using movement, poetry and prose, creator/performer Yolanda Bonnell weaves the stories of these women who are grappling with a painful past, and who are making tough choices to survive. When The Girl’s addictions manifest as MANIDOONS (Ojibwe word for bug, insect or worm), this creature burrows beneath her skin, pushing her beyond the brink to give into desire. This work is honest, unflinching and raw – it will take your breath away.

Why we love it

The artist Yolanda Bonnell (performer), Cole Alvis (director) and Ashley Bomberry (stage manager) have all been part of visually stimulating work that I have had the pleasure of seeing and I got a chill when I read the description.

  • DATES: May 18, 2018 – May 19, 2018
  • LOCATION: Metro Studio Theatre
  • CREATED: Yolanda Bonnell
  • PERFORMED: Yolanda Bonnell
  • DURATION: 70 minutes
  • RATING: 14+, Coarse language, Adult Themes, Discussions of suicide
  • GENRE: Drama/Storytelling/Indigenous VoicesGet Tickets 

OMELETTE

PUZZLE THEATRE

Part of the UNO Fest Family Series

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The story is simple: It’s morning, we wake up, the weather is beautiful, the sun is shining, but suddenly there is the belly that rumbles! What to eat, what to eat? … Omelette! What could be simpler? Nothing! Except… Alone on an empty stage, the performer, with bare hands and a wild imagination, creates and breaks an imaginary world in front of our eyes. A show with endless room for imagination, thought, laughter and plenty of surprises. Bon appétit!

Why we love it

Intrepid theatre is bringing shows for all ages with Omelette. This show explores all you can create with a little imagination. Also was recommended to me by Janis La Couvée and I always trust her instinct for great shows!!

  • DATES: May 18, 2018 – May 19, 2018
  • LOCATION: Intrepid Theatre Club
  • CREATED: Csaba Raduly
  • ADVANCE PRICE: Adults $15, Children & Students $7
  • DOOR PRICE: Adults $15, Children & Students $7
  • DURATION: 45 minutes
  • RATING: Ages 5 & up
  • GENRE: Family Series/Clown/Comedy
  • COUNTRY: MontrealGet tickets