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The sexy circus of Spiegelworld’s Empire

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All photos from spiegelworld.ca.All photos from spiegelworld.ca.

The circus has come a long way since carnies and elephants. Now performances like Spiegelworld’s Empire incorporate traditional clowning slapstick and acrobatics with dirty language and mind-blowing acts from around the world. I don’t say this lightly: You have never seen anything like this before. As a huge fan of anything to do with the circus, I take in as much as I can. I’ve seen Cirque du Soleil and steampunk BMX-style acrobatics, but Speigelworld is the most jaw-dropping show among them. The atmosphere is straight out of the big... | Continue reading article

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Review: The Creation of the World and Other Business

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Scene from The Creation of the World and Other Business. Photo provided by 9th Hour Theatre Company.Scene from The Creation of the World and Other Business. Photo provided by 9th Hour Theatre Company.

A play featuring a breakdown in communication, first-hand accounts of the exile from the Garden of Eden and other misadventures is rich fodder no matter where your audience stands on questions of theology.  However Arthur Miller’s The Creation of the World and other Business has historically been a challenge to stage and this production proves no different. The 9th Hour Theatre Company creates a circus-themed set with God as ringmaster and the audience seated big-top style in a semi-circle. As we took our seats the cast paraded in song-and-dance setting... | Continue reading article

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Bedtime Stories is a light summer romp

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Scene from Bedtime Stories. All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.Scene from Bedtime Stories. All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

Love, laughs and . . . sex on the radio? The Ottawa Little Theatre’s production of Bedtime Stories delivers all this and more. Written by Norm Foster, one of Canada’s most produced playwrights, Bedtime Stories is a fun comedy with some surprisingly poignant moments that unfold in a series of six vignettes. Though the six scenes seem unrelated, each with a different set of characters, all take place in bedrooms (hence the title) and all involve situations of vulnerability and intimacy. As the show goes on we also learn that... | Continue reading article

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Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai a mind blowing experience

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Still from Varekai by Cirque du Soleil – Official Trailer. Other photos courtesy of Cirque du Soleil.Still from Varekai by Cirque du Soleil – Official Trailer. Other photos courtesy of Cirque du Soleil.

Cirque du Soleil is like watching one of your dreams happen as a spectator. The performers are a combination of acrobats, gymnasts and athletes who somehow are also excellent actors. Classic clown-like circus acts meet children’s fairy tales in the latest Cirque installment, titled Varekai. Varekai was in Ottawa over the weekend, but will continue on the road for the upcoming year. When it concludes, over 8 million people will have seen this production. The production alone can be mind boggling. Contortionists and jugglers warm up backstage, demonstrating only 56... | Continue reading article

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Break out the Blankets! Theatre’s coming to the Parks.

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The cast of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors by A Company of Fools. Photo by Chrissy Steinbock.The cast of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors by A Company of Fools. Photo by Chrissy Steinbock.

Ah, summer in the city and the event listings are bursting with an embarrassment of riches. In the coming weeks there is not one but three theatre shows playing in the parks. We’ve rounded up the details for you in this handy list. A Company of Fools brings Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors to a park near you. The Fools, who are turning 25 this year have made a name for themselves by breathing new life into Shakespeare with their very funny physical theatre combining elements of slapstick, vaudeville, clown... | Continue reading article

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Laughter first, yoga second: Through the Gaze of a Navel

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Photo by Itai Erdal, from the Magnetic North websitePhoto by Itai Erdal, from the Magnetic North website

Well, it finally happened folks. There I was, bent over in my Downward Dog when Emelia Symington Fedy – the yoga instructor, professional advice giver, self-proclaimed pop psychology expert and witty performer – told the class to “twerk it like you can work it”. I never thought I’d see the day I’d be encouraged to twerk in a yoga class, let alone in front of an audience, but I can (somewhat) proudly strike that off my bucket list now. I’m not saying it was Emeila’s very real threat to keep... | Continue reading article

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S’éclater pleinement au festival Fringe d’Ottawa

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La 19e édition du Festival Fringe d’Ottawa a pris son envol mercredi soir au théâtre de la Cour des arts. Pleine à craquer, les spectateurs ont chaleureusement accueilli 32 performances présentées en format « échantillon ». La palette de couleurs est attrayante; cet avant-goût a fait son effet, nous trépignons d’impatience! Jusqu’au 28 juin, toutes les têtes curieuses et friandes d’expérimentation théâtrales pourront se délecter d’une programmation riche de 56 œuvres originales. Pour ceux qui n’ont même jamais entendu parler du festival Fringe, est venu le temps de vous plonger dans cette... | Continue reading article

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Review: Dangerous Corner at Ottawa Little Theatre

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All photos by Maria Vartanova.All photos by Maria Vartanova.

In Dangerous Corner, we see that as good as the truth might be, too much can stir up some rather serious trouble. Geoff Gruson directs the Ottawa Little Theatre’s production of the psychological thriller/ mystery written by J.B. Priestley, best known for An Inspector Calls.   Dangerous Corner is one of Priestley’s “time plays” where he plays with J.W. Dunne’s theory of time. Dunne believed that past, present and future all take place simultaneously and it’s our consciousness that keeps us from seeing outside of the piece of time we’re... | Continue reading article

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The tale of a boating adventure gone wrong

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Photo by Kenneth Ingram.Photo by Kenneth Ingram.

Three Men in a Boat is one of 56 shows at the upcoming Ottawa Fringe Festival and the hilarious tale of a boating adventure (gone horribly wrong —in many ways — to the delight of audiences). It was originally planned as a travel guide turned novel in 1889. Apt613 met up with the cast of four (including the fox terrier, Montmorency) who reveal that while there is no (real) boat in this tale, it’s inspired by one of the funniest books in English literature and includes an epic ‘apocalyptic’ pineapple... | Continue reading article

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every one everyone an all-encompassing, craniospacial experience

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every one everyone. Photo from shannoncooney.org.every one everyone. Photo from shannoncooney.org.

For enlightened types, every one everyone, co-presented by the Ottawa Dance Directive as part of Canada Dance Festival, could be awe-inspiring, and uniting, allowing one to connect on a deeper level with other people. For me, it was a panic attack. every one everyone, masterpiece of Berlin-based choreographer, dancer, and dance educator, Shannon Cooney, is a unique all-encompassing experience, and one that I certainly will not forget. Upon arrival at the serene and dimly lit ODD BOX, we were welcomed to remove our shoes if we felt so inclined and... | Continue reading article

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