Impulse Theatre presents PEEK-FEST: a new festival for emerging performing artists in Victoria. The festival offers an exciting look at work in-development from some of the province’s most innovative creators, while seeking to grow the artistic development of local artists through professional training opportunities.
With award-winning workshop leaders, Brian Postalian (Winner: 2017 SummerWorks Award for Best Production for Smile Off Your Face), Kathleen Greenfield (Co-creator of multiple-pick-of-the-fringe winners, Little Orange Man, Kitt & Jane, and this year’s national hit, Interstellar Elder), and Randi Edmundson (Winner of two 2017 Jessie Awards for her TYA puppet show, Freddie in the Neighbourhood), we are excited to have them share their knowledge and process with local performance creators. See attached Workshop Series Listing for full descriptions.
The festival offers two public performances that will highlight raw and new work. PEEK-SHOW: the Lightning Round -our biannual showcase of local work-in-development- returns! This time 8 new works will strike like lightning, with only 7 minutes each to present. Featuring this year’s Fringe favourites: Holly Brinkman and Andrew Brimstone, playwright Emma Leck’s The Plight of the Dung Beetle, 2016 Poet Laureate Ann Bernice-Thomas’s The Hallway, Elizabeth Martin’s spoken word piece, Naturals, the premiere performance of improvisor/singer duo, Copper & Pickle, Vino Buono’s new TYA piece, BOYS., and flamenco/poetry hybrid, La Palabra en el Tiempo.
Our second performance is The Second Peek, an invigorated deeper look into three contemporary works. Impulse Theatre’s Andrew Barrett will present his queer solo work, the soft spaces. Co-Artistic Director of Snafu Dance Theatre, Kathleen Greenfield, will take us through 17 Minutes, her first solo work and will explore invisibility. And lastly, Brian Postalian will present his There Was and There Was Not, an autobiographical solo work created with the support of Buddies in Bad Times in Toronto
Impulse is incredibly excited to produce this new addition to Victoria’s Performing Arts Festival ecology, and to support the development of local performing artists.