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2020 UNO Fest Line-up
Theatre outside the lines.
Pushing the creative boundaries of what solo performance can be, this 10-day festival has morphed into an online offering that brings local and national artists together to showcase a dynamic mix of styles; there is opera, theatre, dance, music, puppetry, and a few surprises. This is theatre outside the lines. The original 2020 UNO Fest was slated to run April 30 – May 9 with live shows at Intrepid Theatre Club, Metro Studio, Baumann Centre and Art Gallery Of Greater Victoria (see below for full original line up). Click here to see UNO Fest Online which runs April 28 – May 9, 2020.
The Original 2020 UNO Fest programming
The Book of My Shames is a “comic, wrenchingly personal tour-de-force” created by fusing opera, stand-up comedy, and the cabaret-confessional co-created and performed by local tenor/composer Isaiah Bell, with Robert Holliston on piano.
asses.masses takes the form of a video game controlled by audience members, a solo performance for multiple players about sharing the load of revolution. Created by Milton Lim & Patrick Blenkarn, maybe performed by you.
J McLaughlin is a local legend and UNO Fest favourite. She is a self described mean, funny, petulant, weird queer old maid and her new solo show, But Wait! There’s More! is written for this year’s festival.
UNO Works, curated by Lindsay Delaronde includes multiple shows that bring invisible marginalized bodies into visibility through dance theatre, centering narratives that embrace the power of Indigenous women and women of colour. Four short works created and performed by: Teri Ejere (solo); Kemi Craig (solo); Visible Bodies Collective: Elowynn Rose, Cheryl Henhawke, Nicole Mandryk, Lindsay Delaronde (Group); Lindsay Delaronde (solo)
Halifax performance artist Dustin Harvey has been thinking about his life, about all the audiences he has stood in front of, danced with, looked into the eyes of, and walked through the streets of the city with. LESS + MORE is a letter to the audience: part love letter, part breakup note.
Monstrous from Ottawa’s Sarah Waisvisz integrates storytelling, multi-genre dance, music, song, projections, and audience interaction as Sarah sifts through the facts and fictions of her mixed-up, mixed-race family history.
Kunji Mark Ikeda’s Sansei: The Storyteller is an illuminating and profoundly personal tale. Ikeda weaves together his observations about the Japanese internment, his own discovery of where he came from, and how Japanese Canadians found peace.
Who Killed Gertrude Crump? is a puppet-filled comedic romp from festival favourite Tara Travis (Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII). Agatha Christie returns from the dead to perform a one-woman haunted house murder mystery puppet show.
Lost Together from Toronto artists Shira Leuchter and Michaela Washburn is a live art performance is a conversation with one audience member at a time, who is invited to share a story of something they’ve lost: a childhood possession, a feeling, a dream—anything. At the Art Gallery of Victoria Spencer Mansion.
UNO Fest Online
UNO Fest has always pushed the boundaries of what solo performance can be. Facing this global pandemic, we are not able to gather in the theatre together and must keep our communities safe. We are not cancelling or postponing this year’s UNO Fest, instead we are working to bring UNO to your home with UNO Fest Online.
Experience video clips and new work online, interviews with the artists, free streaming solo performances, and Facebook Happy Half-Hours with artists and artistic staff. We are embracing our festival tagline – this is theatre outside the lines!