Category Archives: Features

Capturing time for the theatre: Hannah Moscovitch talks about Infinity

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Time. It surrounds us, envelopes us, embeds us in a present that’s gone before you know it. It accumulates when you don’t want it and dwindles to nothing when you do. It keeps the past and … Continue reading

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Undercover: spontaneous detective work with improv queen Rebecca Northan

By Liz Nicholls 12thnight.ca “Everyone has the capacity to improvise,” declares Rebecca Northan decisively, looking for inspiration on a lunch menu last week. “We all improvise all the time!” Not everyone, I think to myself, wincing visibly at a couple … Continue reading

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Brian Webb on Betroffenheit, and other matters theatrical for the weekend

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Thoughts from Brian Webb, artistic director of the dance company that’s teamed up with the Citadel to bring Betroffenheit our way this weekend: “Crystal is the cream!,” says Webb of Crystal Pite, the star Kidd Pivot … Continue reading

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Out of trauma and into artistic creation: Jonathon Young talks about the acclaimed dance/theatre fusion Betroffenheit

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The intersection of real life and artistic creation can seldom have been so high-stakes as it is in the acclaimed dance/theatre production that arrives at the Citadel Friday for three performances. Betroffenheit, which has gathered awards … Continue reading

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The moment of truth for a country: Children of God, a musical about the ripple effect of residential schools

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the musical that opens at the Citadel Thursday, you’ll meet a smart kid with potential and hopes, a dreamer with a sense of possibility. And then school happens. You’ll meet Tom years later, in a … Continue reading

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A diary, an inheritance, and a struggle come to life in Blood of Our Soil

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “How can our land not be fertile when so much blood, both Ukrainian and foreign, has seeped into it?” Five years ago Lianna Makuch discovered a handwritten book that would have a seismic impact on her … Continue reading

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Métis Mutt: Sheldon Elter’s journey beyond the punch lines

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Hello. My name is Sheldon Elter. And I’ll be your Native comedian for this evening.” Sheldon Elter, the startlingly multi-talented Métis actor/ playwright/ screenwriter/ musician/ director, shudders when he thinks of the jokes he told as … Continue reading

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A Latinx dance lesson: Broken Tailbone is moving theatre, in every sense

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Take off that coat! You’ll be too hot otherwise!” There is nothing usual about Broken Tailbone, the highly original Carmen Aguirre creation that occasions her first-ever visit to Edmonton, courtesy of Workshop West’s Canoe Festival, and … Continue reading

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The sense of connection: Paradise at the Chinook Series

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In 1992, Patti Flather’s father, a family doctor, was murdered outside his North Vancouver home — shot by a former patient with an undiagnosed mental illness. Reflections on that traumatizing event eventually found their way into … Continue reading

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Feel the breeze: Chinook blows through with cutting-edge live theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Chinook: finally, the moment in the deep midwinter when “cutting edge” doesn’t refer to the wind chill factor.  Edmonton’s international multidisciplinary performance series blows through the winter theatre season again starting tonight. For this third annual … Continue reading

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