January 29—February 24, 2019
By Matthew MacKenzie
★★★★★ “… a witty, riveting and evocative production…Bears will leave you breathless.” —NOW MAGAZINE
“a combination of ingenuity, humour and the fire of political commitment.” —TORONTO STAR
“…a highly entertaining evening at the theatre thanks to MacKenzie’s clever direction and Monica Dottor’s ingenious choreography.” —GLOBE & MAIL
Pursued by the RCMP, Floyd has to get out of town fast. Heading through the Rockies for the Pacific, through the forests and along the rivers, he experiences changes – inside and out. Floyd’s journey is assisted by the wildlife he encounters – especially the bears.
Bears won two Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards in Edmonton for Outstanding Musical Score and Outstanding Choreography. Bears won the 2018 Dora Awards (Toronto) for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production.
“I’d never seen a piece that speaks to issues facing Canada’s Indigenous peoples as effectively and beautifully as Bears does.” —JERRY SADDLEBACK, CREE ELDER AND DEAN OF CULTURAL STUDIES AT MASKWACÎS COLLEGE
WHY I CHOSE THIS PLAY
I want to showcase the work of one of our country’s outstanding Indigenous theatre companies. This story is so theatrically bold with its chorus of female dancers. —MS
AN ALBERTA ABORIGINAL PERFORMING ARTS AND PUNCTUATE! THEATRE (EDMONTON) PRODUCTION