2015 FESTIVAL PRESENTATIONS
The Global Savages
Debajehmujig Storytellers (Manitoulin Island, ON)
Experience an honest, inspiring journey into the heart of what it means to be human. A sacred fire and open sky surround you as a small Anishnaabeg family share their 18 000 year-old story, one gifted to them through generations of elders. A story for all mankind about the preservation of humanity- who will listen?
Featuring Stories and Traditional Teachings Passed Down by Elder Eddie King
Jun 8-10, 12-13 / Pay-What-You-Can
Outdoor Venue: Rideau Canal Locks (Below Bytown Museum)
Needles and Opium
An Ex Machina Production (Québec) co-production with Théâtre du Trident (Québec), Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (Montréal), and Canadian Stage (Toronto)
Written and Directed by Robert LePage
English Translation by Jenny Montgomery
Jean Cocteau, Miles Davis, and a tormented Québécois man share the stage in a mesmerizing and brilliantly visual play by Canadian theatrical genius Robert Lepage.
A Co-Presentation with the National Arts Centre’s English Theatre and
le Théâtre français du CNA
Jun 4-6 / Add-On to Festival Flex Pass Purchase Only ($55+)
Theatre, National Arts Centre
Fiamma! An Operascape
Mercury Opera (Edmonton, AB)
Edmonton’s Mercury Opera lights up the world-famous Rideau Canal with their spectacular brand of opera. Prepare to be enchanted by a unique blend of beloved arias, lavish costumes, and vocal pyrotechnics. This feast for the senses will dazzle the whole family.
Featuring Violinist Vaysl Popadiuk, and the Fire Weavers of Ottawa’s Mini Cirque
Jun 7 / Pay-What-You-Can
Outdoor Venue: Underneath Plaza Bridge (West Arch)
Young Drunk Punk
Bruce McCulloch (Toronto, ON)
Comedian, writer, and legendary Kid in the Hall Bruce McCulloch combines stand-up, live music and autobiographical insights in this solo show. Bruce chronicles his journey from wild early days as a ‘young punk’ in 80’s Alberta to a ‘pajama-clad dad’ living in the Hollywood Hills. Directed by Blake Brooker.
Now a hit Rogers/CBC TV series!
Jun 10-12 / Tickets $30
Studio Theatre, National Arts Centre
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre (Ottawa, ON/Vancouver, BC)
“The world doesn’t need a lot of martyrs, but it needs a few.” In 1965 a young Quaker named Norman Morrison sets himself on fire to protest the Vietnam War, with his baby daughter at his side. Thirty-six years later, in the aftermath of 9-11, will she carry on his legacy?
Jun 5-9/ Tickets $30
Academic Hall, University of Ottawa
What Happened to the Seeker
STO Union (Ottawa, ON/Wakefield, QC)
Seekers were 1960s youth who went out into the world to find spiritual fulfillment. This is the story of a child of the Seekers, and her quest to recapture a moment of enlightenment from her childhood. A multi-disciplinary experience of exhibit, film and live performance that captures one woman’s attempt at living in this world.
Jun 9-13 / Tickets $30
Arts Court Studio & Arts Court Library
Through the Gaze of a Navel
The Chop (Vancouver, BC)
You’ve never experienced yoga like this, as self-proclaimed pop psychology expert Emelia Symington Fedy leads a class you can observe or participate in. More than a
kiss-and-tell of a lifelong obsession, Emelia takes the sacred journey of a spiritual quest and sets it in hilarious context.
Jun 8-10, 12-13 / Tickets $20
Arts Court Library
Up to Low
Easy Street Productions & The Ottawa Children’s Theatre (Ottawa, ON)
This coming of age story traces a journey from Ottawa to Low, Quebec, through the Gatineau River communities of 1950. It’s a rollicking ride that recounts a summer of first love and a quest for healing on a dark river. You won’t want to miss this play with music for the whole family.
Based on the Book by Brian Doyle (used with permission by Groundwood Books). Performance recommended for ages 10 and up.
Jun 4-6 / Tickets $30
Arts Court Studio
Small Stage Canada
MovEnt (Vancouver, BC)
Join us in an intimate cabaret atmosphere as performing artists from across Canada open the doors to an original, inventive approach to live dance theatre. Sit back, relax, and have a drink as you prepare to be wildly entertained.
Jun 9-10 / Tickets $20
4th Stage, National Arts Centre
The Public Servant
Great Canadian Theatre Company in association with Canada’s Magnetic North Theatre Festival (Ottawa, ON)
Co-Developed by Theatre Columbus
Step inside the halls of power as Madge, a young, idealistic and enthusiastic civil servant, gets ready to write her first official memo. It’s an auspicious occasion that brings to light all the inner-workings and absurdities of government bureaucracy.
Jun 2-21 / Tickets Available at GCTC Only
Great Canadian Theatre Company
Tickets and full details for all performances, as well details on Festival Flex Passes, are available at www.magneticnorthfestival.ca
Canada’s Magnetic North Theatre Festival is produced by the Canadian Theatre Festival Society and co-presented by the National Arts Centre's English Theatre. Major sponsors include: Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, National Arts Centre, University of Ottawa, Arts Court, Downtown Rideau BIA, Friends of English Theatre and The McLean Foundation.
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