Concert benefiting the Centre for the Arts in Human Development, an educational, clinical and research centre serving people with developmental disabilities and other special needs populations.
The SIPA Festival is an annual showcase of plays written, directed and produced by students including a collaboration with the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany.
Hosted by Concordia's Contemporary Dance department and curated by current students, Studio 7 brings together artists, friends, strangers, and potential collaborators.
Set in New York City at the height of the AIDS crisis, Tony Kushner's Angel's America is a self-proclaimed "Gay Fantasia on National Themes." This modern-day epic follows the interconnected lives of two couples whose relationships are disintegrating, and tackles issues of power, love, truth, loss and forgiveness with humour, integrity and imagination.
Liselyn Adams's Blue Rider Ensemble will perform the phone book (Michael Torke), the body's activity cycles (Andrew Noseworthy), haunting whisps of old songs (William Bolcom), a waltz in a country where waltzing is discouraged (Richard Ayres) and one of their own inimitable collective compositions. The sounds of turkey basters may be heard — there will be no dull moments as this seasoned ensemble comes together to inspire.
In a cycle of plays loosely based on the lives of catholic saints, Erik Ehn has placed his protagonists, and their suffering in, a modern context. As he explores, "the means by which the self is overmastered by acts of the imagination, [and] by acts of faith,” puppetry, imagery, voice, and movement, conspire to breathe full life and colour into these stunningly poetic tales.
After the Theban civil war, where the sons of Oedipus have died fighting each other for the throne, King Kreon decides to honour one of the brothers with burial rites and leave the other to rot on the battle field, unmourned. Antigone, their surviving sister, challenges Kreon’s edict, claiming she follows the gods whose authority is beyond the state’s rule. A contest of wills ensues between Kreon and Antigone as they fight over what to do with the body of the fallen brother who attacked the city. Their conflict is also one between generations, between rule of law and civil disobedience, between man and woman, young and old, the state and the individual and religious and political extremism. Director Andreas Apergis will be setting his version of the play in modern day Montreal, highlighting the timely themes for a contemporary audience.