3 shows left for Hottentot Venus – Untold

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Only three performances left of our opening Mainstage Series production of The Hottentot Venus – Untold! 

Jacqui du Toit’s breath-taking solo play, The Hottentot Venus – Untold, opened our third season at Arts Court Theatre and plays Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Matinee tickets only $15!

Launching our special events series, Ottawa musician Lucila Al Mar released her new album, Nada es para siempre // Nothing is Forever, Friday night to a packed house. Album available now!

Response to The Hottentot Venus – Untold

Critics and audiences love Jacqui du Toit’s retelling of the story of Sarah Baartman
New Ottawa Critics: “Reflections on the Past Give way to Reconciliations in the Future” by Ian Huffam

“The Hottentot Venus – untold is a very polished show that tells a heartbreaking story in a captivating way that lets us appreciate the horror of the situation while also looking forward to a future in which we can heal and move past the injustices done to a thousand and more other Sarah Baartmans, whatever continent they happen to be from.”  keep reading

Capital Critics Circle: Jacqui Du Toit sets fire to the Gladstone stage recreating her personal tribute to Sarah Baartman by Alvina Ruprecht

“Mme Du Toit actually summons the presence of this woman into our midst by producing multiple gripping performances and the result is an important moment of historical theatre.” (from her review of Jacqui’s performance at the Gladstone)
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“Superb performance by Jacqui Du Toit in #TheHottentotVenus @TACTICSeries til April 23 @artscourt. A show with a bright future” @LangstonPatrick

“A friend told me that I was in for a real treat seeing Hottentot Venus Untold for the first time. Such a powerful performance @TACTICSeries!  @BrianMCarroll

“I had the great privilege of seeing The Hottentot Venus at The Gladstone Theatre in August 2016 and wrote a Facebook post raving about this show and its creator/performer Jacqui Du Toit. What a talent. Do yourself a favour and see this show in its short run with Tactics 2017 Series Part 1.” Jessica Ruano

TACTICS in the media

Apt 613‘s Brian Carroll talks about how TACTICS invites communities to “come together and meet each other through the media of theatre, poetry, storytelling, dance, music and food.”

CBC‘s Sandra Abma calls The Hottentot Venus – Untold a “must-see cultural event.” Article includes a video excerpt of the show.

CKCU’s Friday Special Blend had Jacqui du Toit, Bronwyn Steinberg and Lucila Al Mar in studio to talk about TACTICS, the show and Lucila’s new album. Includes a live performance by Lucila of her song, “Twenty-four.”

Coming soon

Week 2: girls! girls! girls! and the Workshop Series

Coming up in week 2 of TACTICS, we have Cart Before the Horse’s new production of Greg MacArthur’s girls! girls! girls! and we launch our new Workshop Series with Darrah Teitel’s play, The Omnibus Bill and Madeleine Boyes-Manseau’s WANTING. Read more about the Workshop Series here.

Season 3 is here!

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Season 3 has arrived!

Dear friends and supporters of TACTICS,

The time has finally come! We are extremely excited to announce that the third season of TACTICS officially opens tomorrow (Thursday, April 20) and runs through to Saturday, May 6. This year’s festival contains more programming and interdisciplinary artists than ever before, and it’s all packed into just two and a half weeks. Arts Court is sure to be bustling with important work from some of the city’s most innovative creators, and we hope you will all come out to support these inspiring indie artists.

If you would like to read more about what is in store, take a look at this preview piece written by Brian Carroll of Apt 613: http://apt613.ca/tactics-2017/

And here is an in-depth look at at this year’s amazing lineup of the mainstage shows, works-in-development, and special event programming. Tickets and show times are available at tacticsottawa.com.

Mainstage Series:

8th Generation Storytelling presents
The Hottentot Venus – Untold
Created and Performed by Jacqui du Toit
April 19 (preview)-April 23

An original theatrical storytelling based on he life and death of Sarah Baartman. This one-woman performance follows the story of one of the first indigenous African women from the Khoisan clan to be taken from her home, Cape Town, South Africa and put on display as a ‘freak’ show at 225 Piccadilly, London in 1810.

Cart Before the Horse Theatre Company presents
girls!girls!girls! by Greg MacArthur
Featuring: Megan Carty, Sam Dietrich, Maryse Fernandes, Mariah Horner, Gabbie Lazarovitz
April 26 (preview)-May 6

Although fictional, this play was written in response to the events surrounding the brutal death of Reena Virk in Victoria, British Columbia and by the Columbine Massacre in Colorado, USA. The playwright was moved “not only by the terror struck into the lives of the victims, but also by the unrecognized struggles of the killers—the distorted yet human face of social rebellion and boredom, recklessness, and control.”

Workshop Series:

The Omnibus Bill
By Darrah Teitel, directed by Esther Jun
April 29 at 4pm and April 30 at 7pm

Set in Bowmanville, Ontario in 1969, this piece is about midwives, abortion, and sex work, and all the hypocrites who keep them illegal.

 WANTING
By Madeleine Boyes-Manseau
April 30 at 5pm and May 5 at 10pm

…in that unabashed, guttural, and unladylike kind of way. A search through maternal ancestry, the spiritual legacies of ravenously hungry women and the ecstatic potential of our flesh.

 UKnadian
By Amelia Griffin
May 2 at 6:30pm and May 5 at 6pm

Contemporary dance-theatre solo on female cultural inheritance through the lens of the creator’s Ukrainian and British Grandmothers’ identities.

 when god was wolf
By Tim Ginley, directed by Rebecca Benson
May 2 at 8pm and May 6 at 5pm

To every freedom a cost. when god was wolf unearths our darkest roots, exploring a family’s forfeiture in this taut Canadian Gothic drama.

 The Home Show
By Evolution Theatre
May 3 at 6pm and May 5 at 6pm

William Beddoe, John Doucet, Jacqui Du Toit, Laurie Fyffe, Mishka Lavigne, and Norah Paton explore Homefront in a devised theatre creation.

Special Event Programming:

Lucila Al Mar Album Release Party
Friday, April 21 at 9:30pm

A celebration of her new album, Nada es Para Siempre//Nothing is Forever. Live performance by Lucila and her band. After party DJ’d by Chico6Trece

Now for than Ever: Theatre & Politics
Monday, May 1

Is democracy in crisis? If so, what can theatre do to inspire, educate, and entertain in a new era of uncertainty?

6pm staged reading of George Orwell’s 1984
8pm Theatre Matters panel discussion

Show Plates
Thursday, May 4 at 6pm

A multi-course meal created by some of Ottawa’s best indie chefs, led by Tarek Hassan of Gongfu Bao. Ticket includes admission to 8pm performance of girls!girls!girls!

Critics’ Salon
Thursday, May 4 at 9:30pm

A post-show conversation hosted by the New Ottawa Critics.

Creator Exchange
Saturday, May 6 at 11am

10 playwrights meet 10 dramaturgs/directors in this free event in partnership with PGC and LMDA. To register, please contact Nicole at info@playwrightsguild.ca

Who run the world?

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Spotlight on girls!girls!girls!

In the weeks leading up to the series, we are publishing a series of posts that spotlight the many different plays and events that will be part of TACTICS 2017. Read on to get the inside scoop on our programming!

By Megan Carty & Bronwyn Steinberg, TACTICS Steering Committee

TACTICS Season 3 is fast-approaching with just over three weeks until the official opening on Thursday, April 20! This week we are focusing on the second main stage show of the series, Greg MacArthur’s girls!girls!girls! which is set to run April 27-May 6 in Arts Court Theatre.

This gritty drama was written in response to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in which two seventeen year-old boys killed twelve students and a teacher before committing suicide. At that time MacArthur was following very closely the trials of the Reena Virk murder case, in which a fourteen year-old girl was brutally beaten and subsequently drowned in Victoria, BC. MacArthur was moved “not only by the terror struck into the lives of he victims but also by the unrecognized struggles of the killers—the distorted yet human face of social rebellion and boredom, recklessness, and control.”

Fictional in its narrative, girls!girls!girls! tells the story of four young teenagers who seek revenge on the winner of a gymnastics competition and go on a hunt for her red ribbon. Produced by Cart Before the Horse Theatre, this dynamic and fast-paced show is directed by Gabbie Lazarovitz and Mariah Horner and features an acting ensemble of emerging local artists, an original musical score by Belgian composer Martin Dawagne and fight choreography by Charles Douglas.

This production is being created collectively by a team of artists who share the belief that theatre is an powerful outlet to explore topics we are otherwise afraid to talk about. Committed to exploring how the lives of young women are expressed by playwrights in contemporary Canadian Theatre, girls!girls!girls! is the third instalment of a trilogy that focuses on violence against girls (the first two being The Shape of a Girl by Joan MacLeod and last year’s acclaimed TACTICS production of Judith Thompson’s Perfect Pie). The company strives for work that is provocative, dynamic, and highly-stylized with an approach that always incorporates original sound composition and physical theatre. They hope to inspire a dialogue about bullying in the community with this piece and initiate change.

During the run of girls!girls!girls! TACTICS is also excited to add several new events to its programming, including presentations of new works by local creators, in addition to two very special events happening on Thursday, May 4. At 6pm, we will host Show Plates, a multi-course pre-show meal in Arts Court Studio. This meal will be created by a team of Ottawa’s most exciting independent chefs, led by Tarek Hassan of Gongfu Bao food cart. The limited tickets are just $65.00 and include admission to the 8pm show of girls!girls!girls! immediately following the dinner. And after the performance that same evening, the New Ottawa Critics will join us to host their first ever “Critics’ Salon”—adopting the model of a traditional book club, the Critics’ Salon brings people together post-performance to talk about their individual experiences within the audience collective.

We are so thrilled to be bringing together Ottawa’s indie scene together—theatre artists, chefs and foodies, critics and audiences—in what’s shaping up to be out most exciting series yet. See you there!