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Rainbow Dance Theatre

iLumiDance

Dancing light! In this interactive performance, students get to see three dances featuring electronic costumes, props and puppets. The light wire technology not only enchants students with professional dance, it gets them excited about the “technology” component of STEM learning. The dance artists reveal how they use the STEM engineering design process to create innovative new technologies in dance art, such as wearable electronic costumes and electronic puppets. Students participate in demonstrations of how engineering design and coding are used to create dances, and selected students are invited up to create their own “ilumidance” with a five-foot-tall light wire puppet. K–12
 “It is never easy to capture the attention of a group of teens, especially a large group.  Our students were delighted with the performance, loved the participation factor and learned a thing or two as well.  Needless to say, the performers were truly amazing, and likeable.  I think we are all inspired to move, dance and enjoy the music of life as we do so.” Springvalley Middle School, Kelowna, BC
 
“They were a great group of performers!” Gilmore Elementary, Richmond, BC

Beverley Elliott

Sink or Swim

With over 100 films and TV credits to her name, writer and performer Beverley Elliott captures her own childhood in her latest gem, Sink or Swim. We follow along as our heroine trades the safety of the family farm for the thugs of a one-room schoolhouse. With comedic grace and cinematic clarity, Elliott brings to life the big adventures, betrayals and epiphanies of childhood, answering life’s big questions, like “Why did I eat the fish food?” Elliott’s compelling stage presence is backed by evocative video images and Bill Costin’s impeccable piano accompaniment.

 

“If you want to be charmed out of your pants by a total pro, see this show.” Jerry Wasserman, Inside Vancouver

 

 

 


Sarah Hagen / Brendan McLeod

Exultation

Exultation is an intoxicating music and storytelling collaboration from classical pianist Sarah Hagen and spoken word artist Brendan McLeod. Hagen, the 2015 BC Touring Council Artist of the Year, performs all thirteen preludes of Rachmaninoff’s Opus 32, interspersed with stories and poems from Brendan McLeod, the former Canadian SLAM champion. The result is a narrative journey that focuses on Rachmaninoff’s life – his exile from Russia, his battle with depression, his tireless work ethic and dedication to beauty – in order to examine the estrangements, losses, and redemptions at the heart of contemporary political and social life. “The intensity, dramatic flair, and passion of Hagen’s performance brought people to their feet. Brendan McLeod’s compositions touched on the personal, political and philosophical in a torrent of words, creating tsunami-like waves that built to a crescendo every bit as powerful as Rachmaninoff’s. This show exceeded our wildest expectations and we would encourage other presenters to consider this new work and these accomplished, multi-talented artists for the future.” – Lynnda McDougall, executive director of the Bulkley Valley Music Association

 

 


Quest Theatre

We Are All Treaty People

For over thirty years, Calgary’s Quest Theatre has been nurturing young people through exceptional adventures in theatre. In We Are All Treaty People, indigenous and non-Indigenous artists tell the story of the shared history of our land.  This full-day theatrical adventure includes a song circle for kindergarten, As Long as the Sun Shines – a light and shadow play for grades 1-3, a full-length play for grades 4-7, and a Round Dance for all. We Are All Treaty People promotes healing and inspires positive relationships across cultures and generations. K-7

 

Feedback from Alberta Tour in spring of 2017: “Truly a spectacular day. The content was wonderful, important, and it sparked meaningful conversation afterwards.”

Synopsis (for grades 4-7) It is the first day of grade six for two young girls. Alanna, a girl from Tsuu t’ina, is new to the school and wonders why a certain white girl keeps staring at her. Maya is curious because she has never met a First Nations person.  They want to be friends.  A Trickster arrives and opens her knowledge bundle to reveal the shared history of the land of their ancestors, the spirit and intent of Treaty 7, the miscommunications involved, the intent of the Colonials and the subsequent and ongoing challenges for First Nations people.  Once they know their shared history, is it even possible for them to be friends?

 

“The performances were wonderful. Impacting stories told in an engaging way. Fascinating use of props and the backdrop. Moving representation of the tough issues indigenous people have dealt with throughout history.”

 



West My Friend

Break It Down, Build It Up

West My Friend introduces student audiences to music that they’ve probably never heard but in many ways already know. Through guided listening and lots of participation, students will gain insight into how West My Friend’s original songs are put together and discover that they already have the skills to write songs themselves! K-7

 


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DuffleBag Theatre

A Christmas Carol

What better way to teach the spirit of giving and joys of the season than to laugh along with DuffleBag Theatre’s unique adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol? As always, the main parts will be played by audience members resulting in a spontaneous one-of-kind performance for schools and family audiences. Since 1992, “the nearly world-famous” DuffleBag Theatre has wowed audiences of all ages across the country.
“Entertaining to both small and big children (i.e. teachers). They are one that we will likely keep on our radar each year. Incredibly friendly and personable.” Penbrooke Meadows School, Calgary
 
“We loved them so much last year, we booked them again!” Hawthorne Elementary, Delta, BC

 



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Made in Canada

In 2017, Canada will celebrate its 150th Anniversary. Canadians have invented many things in various fields and industries including the lightbulb, zipper, and basketball. We seldom get much acknowledgement for these inventions but they helped I identify who we are. Made in Canada is an improv comedy show based on a wide array of Canadian-driven inventions. Content will also be generated by the audience through suggestions and participation. K– 7
“I really liked how the actors had lots of student participation on stage — very brave! I also liked how they played to such a wide range of ages in our audience, from Ks to grade 7s! We were bent over laughing so hard!” Nootka Elementary, Vancouver, BC
 
“Fabulous!” Irwin Park Elementary, West Vancouver, BC

 


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Speed Control

Rock Anthem Workshop

Every school deserves its own rock anthem! The day starts with a full performance of Speed Control’s Rock and Roll: Canada vs. the World for the whole school. For the rest of the day, the group will work with students writing a rock anthem specifically for your school that will be performed and taught to everyone at the end of the day. Imagine your school having its very own theme song that can be sung at every assembly! (Bilingual lyrics available) K–12 Buckingham Elementary

Cougar Canyon Elementary

Dixon Dragons (bilingual)

Ridgevalley School

Winfield School


Mr Fish

Mr. Fish

Atoms, Matter, Molecules, and More!

Is it magic … or chemistry? Mr. Fish uses circus skills, magic and ingredients found in everyday life to explain the scientific principles that build our world. From atoms and molecules, to liquids, solids and gases, to the atomic elements and electromagnetism, Mr. Fish covers it all and entertains in the process. Filled with fun and audience participation, magic becomes science and science becomes fun! K–7
“Our staff was so impressed by the performance. I have heard from several veteran teachers that they thought it was the most entertaining school performance they have EVER seen.” Cliff Drive Elementary, Delta, BC
 
“Awesome! I had very positive feedback from everyone. Mr. Fish has great audience participation and control.”  Ascension of Our Lord Elementary, Calgary, AB

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Rainbow Dance Theatre

The Roots of Hip Hop

The Roots of Hip Hop takes students on a high-energy adventure in cultural history, tracing the popular African-American dance style hip-hop back to its roots. The program begins with a new dance featuring the latest hip-hop and break-dance steps. Then, performing traditional West African dances and using authentic African instruments and costumes along with audience participation and vignettes such as “hamboning” and “voguing,” they recount the journey of African-Americans from their homes in Africa though slavery to the present.  K–12
 “It is never easy to capture the attention of a group of teens, especially a large group.  Our students were delighted with the performance, loved the participation factor and learned a thing or two as well.  Needless to say, the performers were truly amazing, and likeable.  I think we are all inspired to move, dance and enjoy the music of life as we do so.” Springvalley Middle School, Kelowna, BC
 
“They were a great group of performers!” Gilmore Elementary, Richmond, BC