Rhubarb Festival

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Country and Region CanadaOntario
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Festival Contact Information

Erika Hennebury, Associate Producer/Rhubarb Festival Director
Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
Phone: (01) 416-975-9130 x40
Email: erika@artsexy.ca

Festival Description

For two weeks, Canada's premiere experimental performance festival returns to Buddies. Over 100 local and international artists offer up fresh live encounters in contemporary theatre, dance, performance art, music and hybrid forms. This year's line-up includes sacrilegious celebrity impersonations, utopian science fiction, mass pop-up performances in secret spots around the city, and all kinds of glorious transgressions.

Rhubarb is a great chance to catch one-of-a-kind performances, cruise installations, meet the artists, socialize and dance the night away in Tallulah’s Cabaret. Rhubarb is Canada’s oldest new works fest and is notorious for showcasing the most outrageous acts you’ll catch all year-round. The 29th Rhubarb Festival line-up features radical new hybrids of dance, theatre, video, stand-up, musical theatre, opera, animation, storytelling and rock ‘n’ roll - all under one roof.

Evening Passes are available for a lean $15, and that gets you in to your choice of shows and events scheduled for that evening. Rhubarb officially returns on Wed, Feb 20, which includes a post-show Rhubarb Festival Kick Off Bash (beginning at 10:30pm), featuring a screening of Vegetable or Fruit? Weed, Stalk or Root?, Keith Cole’s Rhubarb Video Project. The screening will be followed by social revelry in Tallulah’s featuring Toronto post-punk trio The Torrent and our favourite DJ Shane MacKinnon. Once you’re in the door, you’re in for a wild ride.

Festival Dates February 20 - March 3, 2013
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Festival Story:

Rhubarb was first produced by Buddies in 1979, and is the country’s oldest new works fest. Rhubarb is more than a festival; it is a commentary on theatre—on how we create it, on how we present it, and on how we experience it. Here we allow the artist and the idea to be the centre of attention. The trappings of traditional theatre are purged in favour of a stripped-down approach, where inspiration and invention are genesis. Over almost 30 years Rhubarb has seen exciting new work by a host of groundbreaking Canadian artists such as Daniel MacIvor, Daniel Brooks, Guillermo Verdecchia, Don McKellar, Diane Flacks, Gavin Crawford, Sonja Mills, Darren O’Donnell, Sky Gilbert, Damien Atkins, Atom Egoyan, Jacob Wren, Ann-Marie MacDonald (and many more).


Festival Events:

Highlighted programming 2013:
  • Sook-Yin Lee teams up with dance artist Benjamin Kamino for her first theatrical offering since the age of 14.
  • ‘Ladybear Extraordinaire’ and mainstay of Toronto’s queer night life, Fay Slift teams up with performing artists Trixie & Beever and Kaleb Robertson to present a high-drag reimagining of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
  • The return of The One-To-One Performance Series. One of the highlights of last year’s festival, this program presents a collection of intimate experiences designed for a single performer and one audience member at a time. NEW THIS YEAR: half of all One-To-One performances can be booked in advance by calling our box office at 416-975-8555.
  • Playwright Nicolas Billon returns to Rhubarb with The Faroe Islands – the final instalment in the Fault Lines trilogy, which includes the multi-award winning plays Greenland and Iceland.
  • Weekly late-night cabarets devoted to all things sexual, curated by Alex Tigchelaar, Mikiki, Kim Crosby, and Vivek Shraya.
  • A huge selection of new experiments in dance, courtesy of George Stamos, Andrew Tay, Davy Bisaro, Sasha Kleinplatz, Ill Nana DiverseCity Dance Company, Brandy Leary, Priscilla Guy, and more.
  • And there’s so much more that we can’t even fit in this email. Visit buddiesinbadtimes.com for the full festival line-up


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