Making it up as they go // Supplied

The 11 O’Clock Number

‘We’re always trying to achieve the perfect musical, which is an impossibility.” When Byron Martin founded an improvised musical troupe a couple of years ago, he wasn’t sure i...
Dreamin' of a riot // Ryan Parker

Fatboy

When Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi premièred on December 10, 1896, in Paris—a city then-unfamiliar with things like absurdism and modernism, because they didn’t quite exist yet—its one-night run...
Heeeeeeere's Jon // Eden Munro

Jon Mick vs The Internet

Jon Mick’s on a Steve Martin deadline. Martin gave himself five years to either make it in comedy, or find a “real career” when he turned 30. After Mick’s own 30th birthday th...
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The Violet Hour

Choosing a play for your thesis project is a pretty big deal—but sometimes it happens by random. “I just pulled it off the library shelf,” says MFA candidate Lucy Collingwood, recalling h...
An artifact awaiting a ritual // Nika Blasser, dc3 Art Projects

A city in motion

As a city—the collection of structures and pathways we’ve set our lives both in and around—Edmonton is in motion, in flux. It seems impossible not to have been impeded by at least some of the e...
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Retake

It was at a 2013 workshop with Calgary dancer Helen Husak, in town and teaching at the Expanse Movement Festival, where the power of memory as a launchpad for dance first resonated with Anastasia May...
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Die-Nasty Soap-A-Thon

Sitting through 50 straight hours of theatre is no easy task, yet for the last 21 years, a handful of hardcore fans have done just that during the annual Die-Nasty Soap-A-Thon. This year’s Soap...
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Kaleido Fest

Kaleido might just be Edmonton’s next big festival. In less than a decade, this multicultural, multidisciplinary arts festival on Alberta Avenue has expanded exponentially—800 people visited th...
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Rapid Fire Theatre

One day, Edmonton might be home to a theatre dedicated solely to all things improvised. “It has been a goal of the company for 15 years to own our own theatre,” says Amy Shostak, artistic...
We all go through Phases

The phases of Phases

In its beginnings, Fine5 Dance Theatre was a different company altogether. “We started a contemporary dance company in 1991, but it worked only one year,” René Nõmmik explains. “And...