The Wildside Festival is off to a roaring start at Centaur! We are so happy to be bringing performances featuring storytelling, dance, music, bouffon, and puppetry to our stage this month. Read on to find out how Montreal critics are finding “the hottest two weeks of winter”.
« Refreshingly edgy…full of playfulness and surprise. »Julia Ainsworth, Westmount Magazine
Vancouver’s Mind of a Snail Puppet Co., otherwise known as Chloe Ziner and Jessica Gabriel, kicked off the twelve-day festival with Multiple Organism.
“a surrealist, absurdist piece of shadow puppetry … Ingenious live video/overheard projections backed by a sublime original musical soundtrack make for a uniquely captivating multi-sensory show about bodies, objectification, and the implied gender binary.”Camila Fitzgibbon, MTL Theatre Hub
With 35 years experience on Montreal’s soul scene, Michelle Sweeney is a force of nature in Her Songs, My Story, which uses the music of the legendary Aretha Franklin.
« …unarguably one of the finest jazz and blues belters in this land. »Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette
“an intimate revelation of the beloved Sweeney’s untold personal traumas …It’s a decadent listen to one of the most exquisite voices of our time, and a fascinating unprecedented glimpse into the soul behind the sound”Camila Fitzgibbon, Montreal Theatre Hub
“While Sweeney is known for her charisma and stage presence, she digs deep and lays her troubles bare during the hour-long, one-woman show”Marilla Steuter-Martin, CBC Montreal
Toronto’s Rock Bottom Movement has brought their radical dance piece hollow mountain to Wildside. Choreographed by Alyssa Martin and with original music by Sydney Herauf, the five cast members sing, dance, and play their way through this dark comedy.
« A whimsical dance and song spectacle about navigating the mountains of the inner psyche, Rock Bottom Movement’s hollow mountain…balances the beauty of refined human skill with an animalistic abandon of sorts. »Montreal Theatre Hub
Written and performed by Celia Jade Green and directed by Bilal Baig, Wah Wah Wah came to Wildside from an award-winning run at Toronto’s SummerWorks Performance Festival. This show has finished its Wildside run.
“a poignant, honest performance that captures the subtle emotions of routine intimidation … Wah Wah Wah … elicits an undivided listen”Montreal Theatre Hub
In a one-night-only production on January 12, TOMORROW, by Hooks and Crooks, directed by Caite Clark, used the familiar words of Macbeth as a parable for climate change. Cast members Ryan Bommarito, Josh Johnston, and Sophie-Thérèse Stone-Richards literally pulled viewers into the story. As Julia Ainsworth says in Westmount Magazine, TOMORROW is “a short, impactful work” that “passionately tackles the climate crisis”.
Stay tuned for next week’s addition to the festival: Don’t Read the Comments! Opening January 14th at 7PM. You Don’t want to miss. Check out their news on CTV news.
Chattermarks by CABAL Theatre is running in tandem with Centaur Wildside shows at La Chapelle Theatre until January 22nd. Their interview on CKUT below.
Mountain Lake PBS has rounded up the upcoming shows sure to add excitement to your week. And…don’t miss the Offside music events scheduled after Wildside shows!
THURSDAY, JAN 16: Mood Music with Sarah Segal-Lazar
SATURDAY, JAN 18: Tribute to The Rolling Stones
Single tickets $16 reg and $13 discount
Wildside pass $50 reg and $40 discount