2016-2017 Season

Anxiety

ANXIETY

Created and Produced by Theatre YES
in collaboration with:

  • LoHiFi Productions (Halifax)
  • Théâtre à corps perdus (Montreal)
  • Outside the March (Toronto)
  • Curtain Razors (Regina)
  • Theatre SKAM (Victoria)
  • Northern Light Theatre (Edmonton)

“We live in an increasingly complex society. Technological advancement and the rise of electronic media have changed our lives. Our achievements have been profound and have resulted in challenges we could never have dreamed of as we adapt to our lightning paced and rapidly changing world. There is a great deal to synthesize and concurrently a great many choices to make. We are at once more aware than ever of world events and more suspicious that anything we read may be a deception. We have become a very anxious society. And there is a lot to be anxious about: super charged polarized politics, climate change, corporations with the rights of citizens and the power of countries, epidemics of loneliness, failing economies, endless choices, endless advertising, a barrage of disturbing messages from corporate media conglomerates, a crumbling social safety net … the list is long. In fact, anxiety has purportedly reached near epidemic proportions in 2016. While the experience of anxiety is as old as time itself, and possibly, a condition of our very consciousness – as we look compulsively to our futures. Perhaps our most primal and profound fear is our annihilation via time, event, or both. ANXIETY will challenge audiences to examine these phenomena through the prismatic lens of a unique collection of regional Canadian artistic voices.”   – Heather Inglis Artistic Director Theatre YES

This ground breaking production by Theatre Yes invites 6 guest companies to contribute a 10-minute immersive, performance / installation styled theatre piece that examines anxiety, its mechanisms and how it shapes our lives. It is a madcap national collaboration that will explore the boundaries of new theatre practice and the possibilities of large-scale, small-scale collaborative enterprises.

Performance Dates: 
For more information about ANXIETY and single Tickets to ANXIETY visit Theatre Yes’ website

Location:
#126 8627-91 St., La Cité Francophone

Tickets:
NLT’s single ticket prices, Pay What You Can Preview and 2 for 1 Tuesday are not applicable to this production.  Only NLT subscribers can receive our subscription discount to Anxiety.  Single Tickets to Anxiety are on sale through Theatre Yes at Tix on the Square 780-420-1757


Theatre YES Key Artistic Team for ANXIETY

Heather Inglis - Director/Creator

Heather Inglis

Heather Inglis is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. She is an award winning director, producer, dramaturg and educator whose career has taken her across the country. She has directed and assistant directed over 40 productions, many of which have been new Canadian works. Heather is the founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Yes and the Resident Dramaturg (North) of Alberta Playwrights Network. Heather is a recipient of a 2014 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award for her body of work much of which has been under the banner of Theatre Yes. Heather has received the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Celebration of Women in the Arts Award (twice), as well as the Telus Courage to Innovate Award at the Mayor’s Evening of the Arts. Eight of Heather’s productions have been nominated for a total of 16 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, including 6 Nominations for Outstanding Independent Production and nominations for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Fringe Director. Theatre Yes was honoured with 2014 Special Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding Innovation in Theatre for the creation and production of The National Elevator Project. Check out her personal website at heatheringlis.net

Murray Cullen - Co-Creator

Murray CullenMurray Cullen is an actor and visual artist who hails from Medicine Hat Alberta. Trained at Keyano College, Murray has appeared in Theatre Yes’s productions of Shoot /Get Treasure/Repeat, White Linoleum, The National Elevator Project (Parts 1 and 2), Bone Cage by Catherine Banks, and toured with the National Elevator Project to the Banff Centre. Other theatre credits include The Ready Made Playground of Marcel Duchamp and Legion Blues with Eyeflower Productions, Son of a Dwarf and For the Love of a Zombie with Accidental Humour Co. as well as numerous new play workshops and public readings. Murray is also a theatre educator who has worked extensively with the Citadel’s Youth Companies.

Cat Walsh - Playwright/Story Collaborator

Cat Walsh

Cat Walsh is an Edmonton-based writer and performer. Her play The Laws of Thermodynamics premiered with Theatre Yes in 2015. Her play After Vermeer won the Alberta Playwriting Competition Discovery Category, and she was nominated for Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards for Outstanding New Play (50 Plays About Love, co-writers James Hamilton, Collin Doyle, and Mike Thompson) and Outstanding New Play at the Fringe for both The Rhythm Method and eleven-oh-four. Last year, Cat spent 3 weeks as the artist-in-residence at a funeral home as part of Workshop West's This Is #YEG project, writing the short play One Day You and I Will Die. Cat's other plays include: Fetch, The Feast of All Saints and Do This In Memory of Me. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and a member of the Citadel Playwrights' Forum. She's excited to work with Theatre Yes again on the upcoming ANXIETY: Threshold, an immersive theatrical event featuring installations from six theatre companies from across Canada.

Gary James Joynes (aka Clinker) - Sound Designer

Gary James Joynes

Gary James Joynes (aka Clinker) is an award-winning sound and visual artist that has been active in the international live audio-visual and experimental music performance community for many years. He blends the beauty and physicality of sounds auditory and visual elements live in performance and in rigorous and emotional photo and video installation works. The most recent chapter in Joynes’ audio-visual catalog presented a new large-scale solo installation work entitled Broken Sound at Edmonton’s dc3 Art Projects in May of 2015. His previous solo show entitled Topographic Sound at dc3 in early 2013 showed his critically acclaimed work Ouroboros which had its large-scale premiere as a featured work in City Hall at the inaugural Nuit Blanche Edmonton Festival in September 2015. Recent Live Cinema performances include Mysteries of the Deep (New York), DAT Conference (Missoula), ELEKTRA16 (Montreal), Industry Brunch (Detroit / Chicago), Communikey (Boulder, USA), New Forms 14 (Vancouver), MUTEK_IMG (Montreal), SoundsLike (Saskatoon), Koffler Centre (Toronto), Electric Fields (Ottawa), Roulette Mixology Festival (New York), Soundasaurus (Calgary), and MUTEK_10 (Montreal). The last few years have seen Clinker’s sound and video work exhibited in Canada and abroad in festivals and events including Sublimated Landscape / Sonic Topology @ ICA London (London, UK), Tanzstartklar Festival 2008 (Graz, Austria), and Sprawl – Interplay_4 Festival 2007 (Amsterdam, Dublin, London, Bristol).

Adam Tsuyoshi Turnbull - Technical Director

Adam Tsuyoshi Turnbull

Adam Tsuyoshi Turnbull is a multi-talented technician and theatre designer who works in set and lighting design and construction. He is sought-after as an artistic collaborator and his work has been seen on the stages for Northern Light Theatre, Shadow Theatre, Teatro la Quindicina, Fringe Theatre Adventures, L'UniThéâtre, Theatre Yes, multiple high school and performing arts groups, as well as trade shows and conventions. He has served as Production Manager and Site Technical Director for North America's largest Fringe Festival, currently serves at the Technical Director and Production Manager at Northern Light Theatre. He is a multiple nominee for Sterling Awards.

Brian Bast - Costume Designer

Brian Bast

Brian Bast is Theatre Yes’s resident designer and has worked many productions including: My Name is Rachel Corrie, The List, Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat, Race and the National Elevator Project, Bone Cage and the Laws of Thermodynamics to name a few. Brian is a Multiple Sterling award Nominee for Set and Costume design.  Received a Sterling for his Costume Design for Shadow Theatre’s Production of 10 X 2. Brian’s design work has been seen across Alberta including McEwan University, Red Deer College, Theatre no. 6, Plain Jane, Shadow Theatre, Alberta Opera, Teatro La Quindicina, Grande Prairie Live Theatre, Theatre Network and The Mayfield Dinner Theatre. Brian is also the resident Costume Designer for Victoria School of the Arts. A few of his favourite productions he has designed include: Carrie, Suessical: The Musical, A Little Night Music, Xanadu, The Color of Flesh, Big Fish, 12th Night, Spelling Bee, Glorious, The mystery of Edwin Drood, As You Like It, Cinderella, Drat! The Cat, White Christmas, MacBeth, Everybody goes to Mitzi’s, The Light in the Piazza, The Dazzle and My Fair Lady

Brooke Leifso - Assistant Producer

Brooke Leifso

Brooke Leifso is a multi-disciplinary theatre practitioner and administrator, with a focus in Independent and Community Art Performance. She has worked in various capacities with: Theatre Yes, Northern Light Theatre,Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and Latitude 53. Brooke is an Associate Producer with integrated dance company, CRIPSiE and is finishing a Masters in Expressive Arts-Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding. Brooke is excited to be working again with Theatre Yes on the new adventure, Anxiety.


Special Events presented by Theatre YES for ANXIETY

Imagined Acts:  Staging Sex and Violence: 
A reading with Erin Shields

November 17th, Noon – 1PM in the Lobby of the Timms Centre for the Arts
Free

Théâtre à corps perdus’ Erin Shields is a Montreal based playwright and actor. She won the 2011 Governor General's Award for her play If We Were Birds, which premiered at Tarragon Theatre where she is currently a playwright-in-residence. If We Were Birds has been widely produced and translated into French, German, Italian and Albanian. Erin is co-Artistic Director (with Andrea Donaldson) of an independent theatre company, Groundwater Productions, which recently produced Beautiful Man at The SummerWorks Festival. Erin’s version of Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea was part of The Shaw Festival’s 2015 season and Soliciting Temptation premiered at Tarragon in 2014. She has two plays for young audiences currently touring North America: Mistatim with Red Sky Performance and Instant with Geordie Productions. Erin’s latest play, The Millennial Malcontent, will premiere at Tarragon Theatre in 2016. Erin has been nominated for numerous awards including the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the K.M. Hunter Award and five Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Erin will read from her works at a free event hosted by Stefano Muneroni.

Particle Collisions:  The Small Scale Theatre Experiment

November 25th, 7:00 PM

Citadel TheatreTheatre Yes invites you to attend this one-of-a-kind exchange with the collaborating companies in ANXIETY, presented by Theatre Yes. Facilitated by Sarah Garton Stanley, Associate Artistic Director of the National Arts Centre, this public conversation will focus on the pivotal role that small-scale experimental companies play in the ecology of Canadian Theatre. Expect no-holds barred, audacious conversation about the why, the why-not, the how, and the boundaries we utilize or vault in making our work what we aspire Canadian Theatre to be.

Thanks to Citadel Theatre for their Support!

 


NLT's Journey into ANXIETY

The journey towards ANXIETY began with each collaborating company receiving a mysterious artifact, a piece of cryptic writing, and a series of directions prompting the creation of their ten-minute contribution.  Each piece will then be woven together into an interactive experience created by Theatre YES and playwright Cat Walsh.

Here’s a glimpse into the horrifying treasures Trevor Schmidt and Northern Light Theatre received as inspiration for ANXIETY…

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A Sneak Peak at NLT's contribution to ANXIETY

“Between the land of the dead and the living is a door. And the door can swing in both directions. Knock- and Mr. Splitfoot will open the door...”

Hannah Myers - Miss Black

Hannah Myers Hannah Myers

Hannah Myers is positively thrilled to be working on the "Anxiety Project". She recently graduated from Grant MacEwan's Theatre Arts Program in April 2016, and has an intensive background in classical voice and piano training. In said theatre program, she had the pleasure of playing the lead roles of Billie Bendix from "Nice Work (If You Can Get It)", and Heather Chandler from "Heathers the Musical".

Karina Cox - Miss White

Karina Cox

Karina Cox is thrilled to be working with Northern Light Theatre and collaborating with such incredible artists in The Anxiety Project. Karina is an Edmonton-based artist recently graduated from MacEwan University's Theatre Arts Program where she was seen in Sondheim on Sondheim, Catch Me If You Can, Nine, and The Seagull. Since graduating from MacEwan she has been seen in Bone Cage (Theatre Yes), The Nutcracker Unhinged (Teatro La Quindicina), Hair (Mayfield Dinner Theatre) and as a Soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Karina was featured in the Edmonton Journal's "New faces in Edmonton theatre: The up-and- comers" of 2016. Love and many thanks to her amazing mentors, family, and friends!

Benjamin Gorodetsky - Assistant Director

Benjamin Gorodetsky

Benjamin Gorodetsky is an improviser, theatre artist and Associate Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre. Ben’s been improvising since 2004 and in that time has performed and taught improv in Austria, Slovenia, NYC, LA, Austin, Detroit, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and the French island of Reunion (near Madagascar!). Along with Todd Houseman, Ben is co-creator of the award winning, multi-cultural improv show Folk Lordz, which fuses the unlikely combination of Cree storytelling, Chekhovian character drama, and spontaneous comedy.  Ben is the recipient of the 2016 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts award for Emerging Artist of the Year.  As a curator and producer Ben is the main creative force behind Dirt Buffet Cabaret. Running monthly in co-production with Mile Zero Dance, the Dirt Buffet is a variety show that focuses on short-form performance art and experimental spectacles.  In the realm of scripted direction Ben staged One of Us Must Know by David Walker. This is new, non-realistic, physical-theatre play was directed for the 2016 Expanse festival of Movement Arts.


ANXIETY Collaborators

Follow the journey of creation for each of these Canadian theatre companies by watching their stories unfold over social media.

Theatre YES (Edmonton)

Intelligent Theatre For Adventurous Audiences.

Theatre YES

Theatre YES is an award-winning, boutique theatre company that has toured across the country. We respond to national and international cultural conversations with programming that invites audiences to become a vital part of each performance event. We produce and present plays and artistic happenings that surprise and empower, honouring of art and the artist as forces that challenge and focus us toward exploring complexities of modern life. Our productions respond to up-to-the-minute local, national, and international cultural conversations with events that invite audiences to be a part of adventures they won’t forget.

LoHiFi Productions (Halifax)

LoHiFi Productions

Since 2009, Halifax's LoHiFi has been crafting theatre, film, and performance art that draws audiences into richly detailed worlds. Whether it's an epic journey across a card table, a 40-foot glowing jelly fish swimming across the night sky, or Salvador Dali as a hardboiled detective in love with a singing banana, Chris Little and Theo Pitsiavas flip our understanding of the familiar to create surprise and spectacle.

Théâtre à corps perdus (Montreal)

Théâtre à corps perdus

Founded in 2003, Théâtre à corps perdus was born from a desire to evoke what we won't talk about, that which leaves us without a voice. Our creations explore the troubled zones of being: the urges that tug at us, the lies that we tell ourselves, the difficulty to speak. Our approach questions the theatrical ritual, mixing reality and fiction, either by speaking through testimony, or by orchestrating theatrical experiences in significant urban settings. Playing with the architecture of bodies in space, we try to awaken mysterious otherworldly imprints to evoke what moves us, here and today. Théâtre à corps perdus contingent includes Artistic Director Geneviève L. Blais and Gouverner General Award winning playwright Erin Sheilds.

Outside the March (Toronto)

Outside the March

Outside the March is a Toronto-based theatre company led by Mitchell Cushman. The company creates theatre that is immersive, site-engaging, new, wide-reaching and communal. Since 2009, Outside the March has invited audiences to play in kindergarten classrooms, parade with Queen Elizabeth along the Danforth, tinker in garages, congregate in churches, venture out on a 911 paramedic call, and share the spotlight onstage at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Outside the March will be represented by Ali Joy Richardson and Amanda Wong.

Curtain Razors (Regina)

Curtain Razors

Lead by Joey Tremblay Curtain Razors is a Regina based company dedicated to restoring theatre as an essential art form that invites artists and audiences to participate in the creation of live and communal events. We are committed to cultivating a space in Saskatchewan where local and innovative interdisciplinary artists can conceive, incubate, develop, and present original work that achieves a world-class level of excellence. Live. Here. Now.

Theatre SKAM (Victoria)

Theatre SKAM

Founded in 1995, Theatre SKAM’s mandate is to create a living, contemporary, professional theatre; to provide varied and provocative theatrical entertainment for audiences in Victoria and on tour; and to employ emerging theatre artists. Lead by Matthew Payne Theatre SKAM creates dialogue and partnership with like-minded arts practitioners, community groups and local experts, we're known for our sense of fun as we create theatre that is innovative and entertaining, and above all – never boring.

Northern Light Theatre (Edmonton)

Northern Light Theatre

Northern Light Theatre is dedicated to producing intimate and affecting work that speak to the modern audience of the urban human condition, the failure to find security and the loss of the dreams held by all for love and happiness. They challenge both artist and audience by producing and developing provocative scripts, language rich texts that are dark, poetic and funny- reflecting a complex world, and lead us to question our hierarchy of values.

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