A single actor performing for one audience member. Artists breaking out of the theatre and staging performances in the streets. A live animation and dance piece about a sexually confused mermaid. All this and more await you at Rhubarb 2012, taking place from February 8th to 19th.
The longest-running Canadian performance festival that features all-new and original works, Rhubarb returns for its 33rd year, bringing art-savvy Torontonians a heady mixture of theatre, dance, music, and video performances. Experimental by design, Rhubarb 2012 delves into politics, local history, and sexual identity through 35 projects by Canadian and international talent.
The festival is divided into several different types of performances. First, there are the Mainstage Evenings, which comprise the majority of pieces that take place at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre:
- A live action documentary on the G8 summit in Huntsville (The Little G8 That Could…)
- A cabaret act by New York artist Justin Vivian Bond
- Live music by up-and-coming local bands Light Fires and Yamantaka/Sonic Titan
- Performances centred on the human body, such as an exploration on Multiple Sclerosis (Affliction)
Then, Mobile Works sets the show out onto the streets of Toronto, using either unknowing participants or city locales as part of the performance:
- Tom and Gary’s Decentralized Dance Party: bring your own boombox to a meeting location, set the FM dial to a given frequency, and start dancing to the music with other boom-boxing party people!
- A critical look at the effects of municipal cutbacks to the Toronto Reference Library (Department of Public Memory)
If you’re looking for something radically different, check out the debut of One-to-One Performances, taking place at the 519 Community Centre. These works present one artist who performs for one audience member at a time:
- Your body becomes a musical instrument in a surround sound space (Klangkorper 2.0)
- An audio walking tour through Toronto that relates the emotions and memories of a person suffering from dementia (Walk with Me)
- A transgressive dress-up session (Gender Me).
Young Creators’ Unit
Finally, a new generation of artists presents solo performances for Young Creators’ Unit:
- A young man deals with disguise and depression (Disease of Kings)
- Another man juggles his ethnic, national, and sexual identities (Speaking of Sneaking)
- A study in self-harm and self-love (Satan in Me)
With so many different topics, themes, settings, and disciplines present, you’re bound to find something entertaining and provoking at Rhubarb 2012. Don’t miss one of the most uncompromising arts festival in Canada this February.
Mainstage Evenings: $20
One-on-One Performances and Young Creators’ Unit Presentations: pay-what-you-can
Mobile Works: FREE
Get tickets by phone at 416-975-8555 or in person at the Buddies box office at 12 Alexander St., just east of Yonge and Alexander.
For showtimes and more information, visit website of the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
All pictures courtesy of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.