On November 18th, Festival Curator Michael Green and Managing Director Ann Connors, announced the line-up for the 29th annual High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts. The popular festival runs January 7 to February 1, 2015 at thirteen venues throughout Calgary. The Rodeo features an extraordinary collection of the boldest and brightest artists in the realms of theatre, dance, comedy and multimedia. Tickets for the festival go on sale at 10am today online at www.hprodeo.ca, by calling 403-294-9494, or in-person at the EPCOR Centre Box Office.
- On the centenary of the First World War, the award-winning hometown One Yellow Rabbit ensemble teams up with guest artist, Canadian theatre heavyweight Peter Hinton – for the premiere of What the Thunder Said.
- Theatre Calgary and the High Performance Festival join together to open the festival with Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen by Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre. Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat of Chelsea Hotel.
- Brooklyn’s Young Jean Lee follows her discomfort like a compass. Bracing irony encounters the long tradition of heart-on-sleeve American truth-telling with hilarious and provocative results in her latest experiment UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW coproduced by Theatre Junction Grand.
- The High Performance Rodeo is thrilled to welcome 2014 Polaris Music Prize winner, Tanya Tagaq to this year’s festival. Her intense, evocative vocalizations, based on Inuit throat singing traditions, help reclaim the controversial 1922 film Nanook of the North.
- The Rodeo partners up once again with Alberta Theatre Projects to co-present Mump & Smoot in “Anything” with Knooma. Canada’s hilarious – and notorious – Clowns of Horror are back with their first new show in four years.
- Join The Walrus once again at the festival with Concordia University Presents The Walrus Talks Vice. Eighty stimulating minutes of chat features eight of Canada’s liveliest minds as they regale the audience with their own take on the tantalizing topic of vice.
- Lunchbox Theatre and the Rodeo welcome Ontario’s A Firebrand Theatre Production’s Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story, the incredible true story of Maurice Ruddick – “the singing miner”.
- Canadian journalist and writer Alanna Mitchell brings her powerful and deeply personal solo performance of Sea Sick to the festival.
- Master storyteller Alan Williams captivating autobiographical one-man show The Girl With Two Voices, is about a middle-aged actor who returns to Britain after 15 years living in Canada.
- Public Recordings Artistic Director Ame Henderson, along with her collaborators, clear the way for a new territory in dance with what we are saying.
- Inspired by his legendary image and outrageous endurance, The Keith Richards One Woman Show is a Jack Daniels toast to getting by just as you are. Performed by Suitcase In Point’s Deanna Jones.
- As part of its 2015 world tour The Sofa Experience comes from Denmark to the High Performance Rodeo.
- The High Performance Rodeo’s festival favourites are back. Downstage returns with the wildly popular 10-Minute Play Festival.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.hprodeo.ca, by calling 403-294-9494, or at the EPCOR Centre Box Office.
Now in its 29th year, the High Performance Rodeo is an annual festival featuring theatre, dance, comedy, music and multimedia presentations. Curated by Artistic Director Michael Green and produced by Ann Connors and the One Yellow Rabbit team, it is dedicated to entertaining as wide an audience as imaginable, while remaining fertile ground for the progressive and wild. The High Performance Rodeo is the largest festival of its kind in Western Canada.