The Citadel Theatre and Theatre Yes are pleased to announce that Theatre Yes will begin a creative residency at the Citadel during the 2017-18 Season, creating a site-specific, immersive work to be performed in the Citadel’s complex as a co-presentation in the 2018-19 Season.
Edmonton’s Theatre Yes is a critically acclaimed, award-winning company specializing in immersive, site-specific works. This little company with big vision took Edmonton – and then the country – by storm with the National Elevator Project, where audiences searched the city for elevators and then got on board with actors for 16 one-of-a-kind Canadian theatre experiences. The National Elevator Project went on to tour across the country, with performances at the Magnetic North Festival (Halifax), FemFest (Winnipeg), The High Performance Rodeo (Calgary), the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Canoe Festival (Edmonton) and Nuit Blanche (Edmonton).
Theatre Yes’s next large-scale work was Anxiety, an immersive pan-Canadian collaboration that took audiences on an unexpected bus ride to an industrial warehouse space. They were plunged into six unforgettable performance installations created by six of Canada’s most exciting experimental theatre companies exploring angst in the digital world. Anxiety is featured in an upcoming issue of Canadian Theatre Review – Canada’s foremost theatre magazine.
Daryl Cloran, Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre, says: “We are thrilled to invite one of Edmonton’s most industrious and innovative companies to be in residence with us, igniting the creative connections between our companies to create a one-of-kind theatre experience for Edmonton audiences. This residency is part of our commitment to build meaningful artistic partnerships with other performing arts companies in Edmonton. The partnership provides resources and support to smaller companies, and animates our building with the work of these innovative artists. It’s a win, win, win, situation for the resident company, the Citadel, and our audiences.”
Theatre Yes’s Artistic Director and Producer Heather Inglis says: “We’re delighted by the challenge and opportunity the Citadel has presented to us to build a new large-scale theatrical offering that uses the architecture of their iconic building to create an enveloping theatrical adventure.”