SummerWorks Performance Festival Returns August 6-16, 2015

The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely
The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely

SummerWorks Performance Festival, Canada’s largest juried and curated performance festival, will celebrate its 25th anniversary when it returns to Toronto August 6 to 16, 2015. SummerWorks will take place on Toronto stages, concert venues, parks, and unconventional performance spaces across the city with more than 50 performances.

The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely
The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely

Enjoy performances including music, dance, theatre and live art, as well as a series of Special Presentations from a variety of different mediums. Each stream is curated by experts in their field, who carefully select the productions that are featured in the series.

This year, the production in residence, Counting Sheep, is the largest project SummerWorks has presented. Headed by Lemon Bucket Orkestra, the production will be the first time the organization partners with another company in a full co-production. The Ukrainian folk opera, Counting Sheep, retells the Maidan in Ukraine. Lemon Bucket Orkestra’s production explores politics, with song, dance, and a Ukrainian feast.

SummerWorks Lab

As part of the inaugural SummerWorks Lab, SummerWorks will offer five professional development workshops. Each workshop will be hosted by a SummerWorks 25 artist including Christian Lapointe, Christian Barry & Stewart Legere, Aimée Dawn Robinson and Freya Björg Olafson. All SummerWorks Labs will take place August 10-14, 2015 at the Factory Theatre Mainspace.

Conversation Series

SummerWorks 25 will feature a number of talks as part of their Conversation Series to be held during the festival at various venues. These talks will take place during the day, and each event will be hosted by one of the Festival curators. Highlights from the series include talks about “The Aesthetics of Scarcity”, “On Fostering Competition” and “The Evolution of the Performance Ecology”.

Tickets for SummerWorks

Passes are now on sale available in person at the Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst St), with $40 3-show passes, $85 7-show passes and $120 10-show passes available. The Festival Taster Pack includes 5 tickets from each of the Theatre, Music, Dance, Live Art, and Special Presentations series, as well as one drink at the Festival Hub for $55. Single tickets range from $10 to $25 and are on sale now at SummerWorks.