IMPACT 17 Programming

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International Shows

Mana Wahine — Okarera Dance Company, New Zealand
Azul — danza-teatro-multimedia, Mexico
The Raft — El Hamra Theatre & MT Space, Tunisia-Canada

National Shows

NINEEIGHT & Room 2048 — Hong Kong Exile, Vancouver 
Let's Not Beat Each Other To Death — The Accidental Mechanics Group, Halifax
Map of the Land, Map of the Stars — Gwaandak Theatre, Whitehorse
We Are All Treaty People & As Long As the Sun Shines — Making Treaty 7 & Quest Theatre, Calgary
Jabber — Geordie Productions, Montreal
Maggie and Me & Moi-Me-Man — Christine Friday, Ottawa & Nasim Lootij, Montreal
Dance Machine — Battery Opera Performance, Vancouver
Declaration — Turtle Island

Local Shows

Entangled — Algorithmyth Collaborative, Kitchener-Waterloo
The Flood Project — Shadow Puppet Theatre, Kitchener
#NOTALLFEDORAS — JOT Umbrella Creative, Toronto
Wrong Way — Pins & Needles Fabric Company, New Hamburg
Asphalt Jungle Short Shorts — Flush Ink Productions, Kitchener
Stories to Build a Home — MT Space Young Company, Region of Waterloo
OutFest — Page 1 Productions, Region of Waterloo
The Women's Room Play Reading — Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, Kitchener

Theatre for Young Audiences

Family Pavilion — Schneider Haus 
Map of the Land, Map of the Stars — Gwaandak Theatre, Whitehorse (13+)
We Are All Treaty People & As Long As the Sun Shines — Making Treaty 7 & Quest Theatre, Calgary (9+ and 3+)
Jabber — Geordie Productions, Montreal (13+)
The Flood Project — Shadow Puppet Theatre, Kitchener (9+)
Stories to Build a Home — MT Space Young Company, Region of Waterloo (9+)

Conferences & More

Industry Conference — #SURVIVE_RESIST_CREATE 
Youth Conference — Building Intercultural Bridges Through Theatre!
Neruda Arts Presents: Sonido Pesao

 

INTERNATIONAL SHOWS

International Shows

Mana Wahine — Okarera Dance Company, New Zealand
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Inspired by traditional Māori culture, this show is a rich fusion of dance, theatre, and film. Emanating the life force of women, this uplifting collage of imagery and movement transcends time and space to portray spiritual stories of life, land, and creature.

 

Azul — danza-teatro-multimedia, Mexico
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Using body language, electronic media and video, this show travels to oneiric places to connect us with memory, mystery, and existence in a world outside the ordinary. A hypnotizing performance that deconstructs the word AZUL (Blue) as perceived within many different contexts.

 

The Raft — El Hamra Theatre & MT Space, Tunisia-Canada
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Refugees crammed onto a small raft looking for safety in a different land. When a tempest hits their raft on the open sea, they fight for survival. Are they actually running away from one death towards another? Who are they?

NATIONAL SHOWS

National Shows

NINEEIGHT & Room 2048 — Hong Kong Exile, Vancouver
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NINEEIGHT reflects on personal fractures, disorientation, and the significance of “motherland” at times of political, social and geographical transition.

Room 2048 explores the socio-political realities of the Cantonese diaspora. This is a fusion of digital lights, fog, bombastic pop music, livegenerated electronic sound and projection, all surrounding the Chinese body.

Room 2048 is the spiritual sequel to NINEEIGHT.

 

Let's Not Beat Each Other To Death — The Accidental Mechanics Group, Halifax
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Combining dance, theatre, and music, this show pays tribute to LGBTQ people around the world who have been affected by violence. It offers audiences the chance to remember, celebrate, and dance, while thinking about the roots of violence within us all.

 

Map of the Land, Map of the Stars — Gwaandak Theatre, Whitehorse
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Yukon peoples travelled their rivers and trails, guided by the stars. The gold rush and the highway broke connections between land and sky. This show weaves together untold story-beads from our northern land. Walking the trails … building the highway … falling in love, in search for our trail forward together.

 

We Are All Treaty People & As Long As the Sun Shines — Making Treaty 7 & Quest Theatre, Calgary
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In We are All Treaty People, during their first day of grade 6, two girls are visited by a trickster who reveals to them the shared history of their ancestral land. Told through prayer, movement, creative staging, live music, and songs, this play promotes healing and inspires positive relationships across cultures and generations.

As Long as the Sun Shines is a shorter companion piece that outlines the same story through a colourful shadow play for an even younger audience.

 

Jabber — Geordie Productions, Montreal
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Fatima wears a hijab. Graffiti that reads “All Muslims must die” shows up at her school. Her guidance counsellor advises her to stay away from Jorah. What happens when Fatima and Jorah start to like each other? How far can students go to defend their beliefs?

 

Maggie and Me & Moi-Me-Man — Christine Friday, Ottawa & Nasim Lootij, Montreal
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Maggie & Me honours women as healers in Indigenous communities. Traditional practices revealed in a contemporary world.

In Moi-Me-Man the past is always present—it weighs heavily on the shoulders of those who lived a life charged with socio-political events. Nasim Lootij was inspired by this notion, along with the images and sounds of the Iranian revolution and the Iran-Iraq war.

This double bill is presented in collaboration with Nord Sud/Festival
Altérité Pas à Pas in Montréal.

 

Dance Machine — Battery Opera Performance, Vancouver

64 pieces of bamboo are suspended from a central copper disk to create a kinetic sculpture that can be transformed into many configurations by the actions and movements of the public within it. This is an immersive experience that inspires deep rest as well as mindful play.

 

Declaration — Turtle Island

A daily creation lab set in a public space; it acknowledges the First Peoples of the land and collaborates with local Indigenous artists to bring a raw performance offering to the audience every evening. The process is true and bold and the results are searing.

LOCAL SHOWS

Local Shows

Entangled — Algorithmyth Collaborative, Kitchener-Waterloo
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Musicians, physicists and theatre artists come together to create this highly immersive and interdisciplinary experience to examine how algorithmic programming is profoundly changing our society.

 

The Flood Project — Shadow Puppet Theatre, Kitchener
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Long ago there was a flood. The very few who survived passed on the story. Like in the Telephone game, the story has changed. Maybe it was also stolen. Is the truth lost forever? How can we find it?

 

#NOTALLFEDORAS — JOT Umbrella Creative, Toronto
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A feminist celebration of cinema, comic books, and television from the perspective of lifelong nerds, this play is written for geeks, by geeks so we can all learn to share the things we love.

 

Wrong Way — Pins & Needles Fabric Company, New Hamburg
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In an alley, on a dark night, a two-spirited Indigenous person has died. Several people who live in this urban liminal space can all be implicated in this death. There is also a trickster ghost who doesn’t hesitate to communicate from beyond the grave.

But who did it?

 

Asphalt Jungle Short Shorts — Flush Ink Productions, Kitchener
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The city becomes the stage, the lights and sound are organic, the lines between theatre and reality are blurred, and anything can happen.

 

Stories to Build a Home — MT Space Young Company, Region of Waterloo
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Every one of us is on a journey.

We are youth, travellers, lovers, fighters, survivors, immigrants, and settlers. How did we all end up here in Kitchener? Cross-cultural and multilingual perspectives converge on a historic site. These are vibrant and joyful stories full of heart and rooted in ancestry.

 

OutFest — Page 1 Productions, Region of Waterloo
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Featuring one-act plays, dance, and the occasional musical homage to Broadway, OutFest is a wonderful mix of laughter and thought provoking storytelling aimed at
celebrating our diverse LGBTQ+ community through the arts.

 

The Women's Room Play Reading — Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, Kitchener
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Committed to the Equity in Theatre Initiative, Pat The Dog Theatre Creation invites you to their new creation space, Edna’s, where women playwrights from Moose
Factory, Sudbury, North Bay, London, Hamilton, and Waterloo Region present their newest works of theatre.

CONFERENCES

Industry Conference — #SURVIVE_RESIST_CREATE
September 28-30 — Registration

Culturally diverse and Indigenous artists will discuss the impact of gentrification on the survival of our communities, identities, and histories. As the Waterloo region booms with new condo towers and tech companies, thousands of low income families including refugees and new immigrants are making this area their home.

As the country celebrates its survival for 150 years since Confederation, our need, as Indigenous and culturally diverse artists, for a home where we can live, connect, and create is most crucial to our survival. Acknowledging organizations that have embarked on major capital projects that serve marginalized societies, we will look at case studies, and reflect on their relationships with artists, communities, and governments.

 

Youth Conference — Building Intercultural Bridges Through Theatre

"Why do we tell stories?"

Young, aspiring, and emerging theatre artists ask questions about our responsibility as storytellers. How can we use theatre to understand one another, and to face recent emerging patterns of fear, xenophobia, and hatred?


Theatre for Young Audiences

Schneider Haus

Family Pavilion — Schneider Haus
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This year, IMPACT introduces our first ever Family Pavilion in partnership with Schneider Haus National Historic Site, where people of all ages are invited to exchange histories, experiences, and perspectives through theatre, music, and storytelling.

As Canada commemorates 150 years since Confederation, we will acknowledge our past, reflect on the present, and imagine for our future together.

Theatre for Young Audiences Shows:

Map of the Land, Map of the Stars — Gwaandak Theatre, Whitehorse (13+)
We Are All Treaty People & As Long As the Sun Shines — Making Treaty 7 & Quest Theatre, Calgary (9+ and 3+)
Jabber — Geordie Productions, Montreal (13+)
The Flood Project — Shadow Puppet Theatre, Kitchener (9+)
Stories to Build a Home — MT Space Young Company, Region of Waterloo (9+)

Neruda Arts presents Sonido Pesao

Sonido Pesao

Sonido Pesao is an original Latin Urban / Latin Rap band from Montréal. Since their 2011 album Tumba Parlantes, they have traveled throughout Québec, spreading their love of cultures and their contagious joie de vivre at the Montréal Jazz Festival, Toronto Pan American Games, and Festival Musique du Bout du Monde in Gaspé.

Always in constant evolution, these beasts of the scene came back in force in 2016 with a new album, Reir para no llorar (Better laughing than crying) and a new show bubbling with energy. Do not miss!

(Not Included in the Festival Pass)