Jan 11

High Performance Rodeo Overview

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High Performance Rodeo is back for 2017! Running January 5th - February 2nd 2017, you’re bound to find a show that catches your eye.

Never heard of High Performance Rodeo? The High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts, is an annual festival that animates the city in January with an array of live performances from around the world. Featuring theatre, music, dance, and multidisciplinary art, ‘The Rodeo’ is a showcase of the best in contemporary performance.

Produced by One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre and presented in co-operation with many of Calgary’s major arts organizations such as Theatre Junction, Vertigo Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects and Lunchbox Theatre, the High Performance Rodeo has established itself as one of the major cultural events in Calgary.

There are a ton of different shows to choose from, so we’ve laid out some of them here for you!

6 Guitars - Lunchbox Theatre

Written and performed by Chase Padgett, 6 Guitars is a pitch perfect blend of music, comedy, and characters. Chase Padgett delivers a virtuosic performance as he becomes 6 different guitar players each with their own distinct voice, views, and musical style (Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk, and Country). Each of the characters (ranging from a 19 year old rock prodigy to an 87 year old blues man) share their journey with music, from discovery to mastery, through songs and stories that leaves every audience laughing, crying, and falling in love with music all over again.

Tickets/showtime info available here.

All The Little Animals I Have Eaten - Big Secret Theatre

All the Little Animals I Have Eaten is a dark comedy set in a city like your own.
Recently, a film industry professional told his UCLA screenwriting students that they could only succeed in this world by writing scripts that featured male protagonists. As he reluctantly explained, “The audience doesn’t want to listen to a bunch of women talking about whatever it is women talk about.” Now, inspired by the “Bechdel-Wallace Test,” One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre (along with a bunch of women) endeavours to embrace that notion, and to shake it down.
All the Little Animals I Have Eaten tracks a thesis- addled, sleep-deprived film student as she serves local charcuterie to a well-heeled crowd at an unusually modern bistro. Over the course of a harrowing shift, she finds herself parsing some very female conversations about everything from plagiarism and polity to narcissism and killer-trolls, to spiritual transcendence and the Golden Retriever Convention in Scotland. The conversation does turn to shoes … but it’s only when the food starts to speak that our hero really starts to listen.
Tickets/showtime info available here.
[email protected] Series - Cathedral Church of the Redeemer 

Bring your lunch to the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, in the heart of Calgary’s cultural district.  While you nosh in the beautiful historic venue, let the dulcet tones of some of Calgary’s finest musicians make yours a most unforgettable lunch.

January 11 - Frank Rackow and The Black Sea

Frank and the band offer up a spicy mixture of Klezmer, swing, Eastern European, Balkan and traditional Yiddish tunes, with nods to modern pop and jazz.  It’s fun, danceable, melodic and sometimes exotic.  Guaranteed to have you smiling and tapping your toes.

January 18 - John Rutherford

A hometown favourite, John Rutherford is a singer/songwriter and bluesman extraordinaire.  His work is laced with the spirit of the blues and fuses a broad range of influences, creating a sound distinctly his own. Throughout his long and storied career Rutherford met, learned from and performed and recorded with many of the great blues legends of our time.

January 25 - Allison Lynch

Allison Lynch is a singer, songwriter and actor. She sings jazz, pop, R&B, folk and classical. She is recording an album of originals and classic jazz standards, incorporating her violin, piano, guitar and ukulele chops. Lynch has appeared on many of Calgary’s stages and has received multiple awards and nominations for her performing and composing skills.

More information available here.

Portraits in Motion - Theatre Junction GRAND

Volker Gerling is a passionate creator of flip books and an intrepid traveller.

Since 2003 he has walked over 3,500 kiolometres throughout Germany, inviting people to visit his travelling Flipbook “thumb cinema” exhibition and creating flipbook portraits of some of the people he meets along the way.

In the show, Portraits in Motion , Gerling shows the audience a selection of his favourite portraits by holding each one under a video camera so that its moving images are projected onto a large screen. In a series of enchanting and precious moments, the people he photographed come to life on screen as he shares the heart-warming and moving stories behind each encounter.

Tickets/showtime info available here.


More information on all the great High Performance Rodeo shows can be found on their website.

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