This is the Buddies Queer Youth Arts Program monthly e-newsletter
…telling you all about what's comin' up for queer youth, ages 15-25, at
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
* NOTE: NEW or UPDATED entries from last month will be denoted like so: *
a) QUEER CAB *
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Doors open at 7:30 pm for performer sign-up and free pizza
Show starts at 8 pm
12 Alexander St, in the Cabaret
Free Admission, or Pay What You Can
HOST: LAURA NANNI
THEME: RISK RIOT REJUVENATION
Queer Cab is Buddies’ all-ages, monthly open mic for queer youth (must be under 25 to perform; attendance open to all ages).
Anything goes at Queer Cab: songs, dances, monologues, drag, readings, stories, scenes, videos, stand up, performance art, poems, rants…strut your stuff, see and be seen, meet other young queer artists, and find out more about the Buddies Queer Youth Program. Everyone is welcome. Every month we have a different special guest HOST, and a different THEME to inspire your new creations.
With 5 minutes, a bare stage, a microphone, a CD player, a video projector and a piano … we want to see what you can do.
Come out and support young, local, up-and-coming talents of GET ON STAGE yourself at Queer Cab!
*** QUEERCAB is a wheelchair accessible event for both audience members and performers. ***
HOST: LAURA NANNI (RHUBARB FESTIVAL DIRECTOR) warms up the February chill with a little RISK, RIOT, and REJUVENATION!
LAURA NANNI is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist and curator. She has presented her work in public spaces and at festivals, galleries and theatres, including 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Nuit Blanche and Toronto Free Gallery (Toronto); Studio 303 (Montreal); Angel Row and Bonington Gallery (Nottingham) and Galapagos Art Space (New York). With frequent collaborator Sorrel Muggridge, she participated in the Walking and Art Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in addition to creating multiple site-specific works across Canada and the UK. She was an Artistic Associate for Harbourfront Centre's World Stage as well as curator and coordinator for the HATCH residency programme for three seasons, between 2008-2010. Other projects include co-editing CTR 126: site-specific performance and Pick 7, an interactive mapping piece devised with Erika Hennebury for Hub 14.
Laura is currently Festival Director for Buddies in Bad Times' Rhubarb Festival.
RISK RIOT REJUVENATION!NEXT ON @ BUDDIES ...
b) TICKETS *
As part of our program, we offer free tickets for queer youth on one night of the run of our main-stage shows.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 and
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23
THE RHUBARB FESTIVAL
For two weeks, Canada's premiere experimental performance festival returns to Buddies. Over 100 local and international artists offer up fresh live encounters in contemporary theatre, dance, performance art, music and hybrid forms. This year's line-up includes sacrilegious celebrity impersonations, utopian science fiction, mass pop-up performances in secret spots around the city, and all kinds of glorious transgressions.
RHUBARB'S NEW TWO-WEEK FORMAT
Mainstage Evenings: Wed - Sat, beginning at 8pm - Different programming each night
Sunday Socials: an affably social day of politically-minded performances and events - PWYC
Mobile Works: artists infiltrate the streets of Toronto with surprising performances designed for public spaces - FREE
As part of our program, Buddies offers free tickets to queer youth to attend specified presentations of productions included in the season.
Free youth program tickets for WEEK ONE of the RHUBARB FESTIVAL are only available for the WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 performances.
Free youth program tickets for WEEK TWO of the RHUBARB FESTIVAL are only available for the WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 performances.
Performances on both evenings will be PRECEDED by an artist talk-back beginning promptly at 6:30 pm - so arrive early!
For information or to purchase passes for other performances during the RHUBARB FESTIVAL, please contact the Buddies' Box Office directly at 416.985.8555.
TICKETS AVAILABLE - FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE, ONE PER PERSON.
YOU MAY SIGN UP FOR WEEK ONE, WEEK TWO, OR BOTH WEEKS.
TO RSVP, email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the date(s) of the performance(s) you would like to attend.
For a FULL PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE for the RHUBARB FESTIVAL, visit the BUDDIES' WEBSITE here:
NOT TO BE MISSED!!
c) YOUNG CREATORS UNIT PRESENTATIONS *
ALSO DURING THE RHUBARB FESTIVAL
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents
Young Creators' Unit
Sat 6:00pm & Sun 2:30pm, The Cabaret
Young Creators' Unit Director Evalyn Parry
Buddies' Young Creators' Unit gives the opportunity to four promising young artists (age 25 and under) to create their own solo performance. Part of the Buddies Queer Youth Arts Program, dedicated to nurturing and developing young queer voices.
Feb 19, 6 pm
Feb 20, 2:30 pm_____
The Lovely Babe
written and performed by Meg Gennings
directed by Cathy Gordon
A skin have I, more eyes than one. I can be very nice when I am done.
Affirmation: A Sex Show in 6 Movements
written and performed by Olive-or-Oliver
directed by Evalyn Parry
DOWN WITH SHAME! LOVE THYSELF! YOU ARE PERFECT NOW!
Feb 26 at 6 pm
Feb 27 at 2:30 pm
written and performed by Evan Vipond
directed by Evalyn Parrydirected by Clinton Walker
First you must pass in order to cross.
written and performed by Andrew Robinson
Look inside the aftermath through the eyes of a young man...
** ATTENDANCE FOR THESE PRESENTATIONS IS FREE FOR BUDDIES' YOUTH (25 and UNDER)
JUST SHOW UP!! NO NEED TO RSVP **
BE THE NEXT BUDDIES SUPER-STAR!!
d) PRIDECAB APPLICATIONS *
PrideCab is the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Queer Youth Program year-end show: a collectively-created, cabaret-style extravaganza, written and performed by the participants and directed by Program Coordinator Chy Ryan Spain and Assistant Director Alisha Stranges.
Performed on the main stage at Buddies, previous shows have been a sold-out, standing-o kick-off to Buddies Pride Festivities ... don't miss taking part this year!
No previous theatre experience is necessary to participate.
The Buddies Youth Program looks for queer-identified young people (between 15 and 25 year old) who want to participate in making an original show about queer identity and queer history.
Through a series of workshops and interactive events with seasoned, queer activists and artists, we'll explore both the history of queer culture in our city as well as the realities of what it means to be young and queer today. We'll use theatre, music, dance, writing, storytelling and performance art to create a show based on what we discover.
The PrideCab project is a truly unique opportunity for young, aspiring artists to talk to the older generation of the queer community; to meet like-minded peers, learn new skills, and to create and showcase original work on Buddies' main stage.
Creation/rehearsals take place Monday and Wednesday nights, 6 to 10 pm, from April 4 to the date of the performance, June 22, 2011.
THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS MARCH 4, 2011.
See the PrideCab section on Buddies' Website or applicable forms. http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com/youth_pridecab.cfm
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Chy Ryan Spain
Youth Program Coordinator
BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE
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