Physical Theatre

This three part fusion of digital and live-action visual manipulation is stellar in its conception, but varied in execution.

We’ve all seen something of the latest in motion capture technology, most likely on the screens of the latest Hollywood blockbuster movies. In a short introduction producer, director, and performer Athomas Goldberg informs audiences that the result of motion capture that we see on the Hollywood screen arises from the immense effort of teams of digital artists and technicians. He says this process takes a long time in film post-production because a single minute of motion capture performance creates many...

Amica Hunter and David Cantor are co-founders of the theatrical circus entertainment company: A Little Bit Off and their latest show couldn’t be more ON.

Maid and butler to the incorporeal owner of an Edwardian manor, Hunter and Cantor’s characters are charged with the daunting task of cleaning the interior in preparation for some forthcoming guests. Never before has cleaning been so casually acrobatic and playfully funny. With just a little imagination, the house becomes so much more than its walls, and the cleaning supplies so much more than their cleaning purpose. As their chores and imaginings take...

This show is only half an hour long. It makes for a quick, light, and fun revitalization between your various Fringe activities.

Harken back on what you’ve been told about going on dates or interviews – when meeting someone for the first time, what do you say about yourself? And what do the things you don’t say, say about you? I’m talking about body language. Body language is just as important as (if not more important than) what you wear or what you say. This show takes body language as its medium and its message in the context of...

Let me start with the positive things, as there were some. The most enjoyable thing about this spectacle was the music. The songs ranged from classical opera to Latin influenced music with a few more modern classical types thrown in. There wasn’t a single one I didn’t enjoy listening to and that didn’t perfectly fit the mood that Thomas 'MUDD' Monahan was going for. A new idea was presented that I’d never seen before: a clown in a war and possibly with PTSD, although I can’t say for sure that I was right on the last one. I also...

From the moment you enter the theatre, the play has already begun. Two men, Shane Adamczak playing Frank and St John Cowcher playing Al , are already on the stage clearly establishing their characters before you even sit in your seat. Adamczak being the rigid somewhat nerdy janitor and Cowcher being the slovenly couch-potato, their characters are the perfect juxtaposition for a comedy.

The Ballad of Frank Allan really worked to engage all of your senses. As the duo begin to speak, their voices carry you through the heartwarming story with a rapid staccato nature that keeps you...

Camel Camel is a superb hour of enthusiastic, hilarious, existential, shape shifting magic.

Janessa Johnsrude and Meghan Frank who form the dynamic duo "Glitter Gizzard" created the show in consultation with Mooky Cornish (Cirque du Soleil). It’s physical theatre meets vaudevillian sister acts. Which turns out to be a great combo.

I really can’t say enough good things about this show. It’s exactly the kind of the theatre I love to watch at the Fringe because it’s energized, fun, fully committed, creative and experimental. It’s the kind of thing you don’t get to see anywhere else....

An abstract meditation on the nature of those with hooves, perhaps you require hooves of your own to truly appreciate this production written and directed by Elysse Cheadle. Inspired by beasts both domestic and mythic, hoof attempts to stand on its own four feet (or 10 feet if you count the actual number of feet belonging to its five female performers appearing onstage at the Waterfront Theatre). The show has physical theatre and abstraction aplenty but spoken text is largely nowhere to be found.

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Shattered is created and performed by Andrew Barrett. He is the Artistic Director of Impulse Theatre based in Victoria, BC which has created over 10 new highly visual and engaging works since 2010. This newest work premiered at Intrepid Theatre's UnoFest May 2013.

The write-up for Shattered states: "Each of us has dozens of pieces and parts inside of us, but what happens when they have to fend for themselves? An intense and beautiful physical theatre piece, Shattered gets inside a person who is broken apart. This solo endeavour follows the pieces as they strive to find where they fit and...

Genre Definition = Weird · Intense · Poetic

We muse little on the cult of death in 2013. Instead of funerals, everyone is invited to attend a celebration of life. But a funeral is what it is. A memorial service. A remembrance of a soul gone from this earth.

As we enter the theatre, fog is everywhere. A man in a top hat wanders and mutters. There is a printed card on my seat which reads: "All kinds of black fur and seal-skin are worn in deep mourning." Now the man climbs up near the balcony and he keens: "Listen to the little lady!" The little...

Tara Cheyenne Friedenburg in Highgate

What a perfect way to begin the festival! I enjoyed Wonderheads’ Grim and Fischer last year, and LOON outshone my expectations as an absolute delight. The Wonderheads have chosen a poetic medium to tell their stories and they really make full use of strong images in their work. Somewhere between puppetry and physical theatre, their stylized approach allows their simple and whimsical stories to come alive.

The performer (a petite, muscular woman) has a very precise and expressive physicality. I don’t know how heavy that mask and bulky costume is, but it must be hot. Her stamina is admirable. It’s...

Comedy, Drama, Physical Theatre, All Ages - http://www.wonderheads.com/

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