March 10 - 22, 2015
The Belfry's Annual Festival of New Plays
MARCH 10 – 15, 2015
The Fish Eyes Trilogy
An audacious trio of dance-plays by Anita Majumdar
Written, Choreographed and Performed by Anita Majumdar
Directed by Brian Quirt
Lighting Design by Rebecca Picherack
Set & Costume Design by Jackie Chau
Sound Design by Joelysa Pankanea
Produced by Rupal Shah
“One cannot help but feel amazement at how this young woman manages to do everything she does…” Drumbeat Magazine, Montreal
“Deliriously Canadian… always buoyant… I defy you not to laugh.” – The Georgia Straight
“She can act, she can write. She is even a mean Kathak dancer! And she accomplishes all this with ease, elegance and intelligence.” – Deepa Mehta, director of “Midnight’s Children”.
“Beyoncé, eat your heart out. When it comes to shaking your booty and making the moves on the dance floor, there is nobody like Anita Majumdar. The star, playwright and choreographer of…”Fish Eyes” and “Boys with Cars”, has Beyoncé beat by far.” Ottawa Life Magazine
The Fish Eyes Trilogy uses music and dance to tell the coming-of-age stories of three young women in small town Canada. In Fish Eyes, Meena is an accomplished classical Indian dancer who would trade it all for a chance at true love with her crush Buddy, the most popular boy in school. Boys With Cars tells the parallel story of Naz, who is accepted into Buddy’s clique but soon realizes it’s not at all how she imagined it would be. Finally, in Let Me Borrow That Top, we hear directly from Candice, Naz’s nemesis and the perceived obstacle in Meena’s path to Buddy. Inspired by so-called honour killings, hip hop and teenage heartache, Anita’s tour de force performances celebrate the joy and awkwardness of youth while slyly tackling issues of colonialism and cultural identity.
PHOTO: ANITA MAJUMDAR / PHOTO BY MAX TELZEROW
MARCH 17 – 21, 2015
The God That Comes
Created by Hawksley Workman and Christian Barry / Live music and performance by Hawksley Workman
“A tour de force performance that mesmerizes…deft wit and razor sharp humour…” Calgary Sun
“An awesome experience… rare and unique…” The Chronicle Herald, Halifax
“The raw and unpredictable feel of live rock music with the thematic daring of dramatic theatre…pretty close to perfection…” Times-Colonist
“★★★★ … Astonishing … Genius … tough and tuneful and terrific” Toronto Star
“An outrageous theatrical adventure into the red-lit underbelly of sex, violence, Greek myth and regret … it’s an experience not to be missed.” The Chronicle Herald, Halifax
“★★★★ 1/2 … profound, profoundly sexual, and just plain awesome.” Torontist
A ROCK & ROLL CABARET STARRING HAWKSLEY WORKMAN
The God that Comes is a collaboration between 2b theatre company and Juno-winning rocker Hawksley Workman. This one-man live performance fuses the chaotic revelry of a rock concert with the captivating intimacy of theatrical storytelling. The God that Comes tells the story of Greco- Roman god of wine Bacchus (or Dionysus) and uses Euripides’ classic The Bacchae as a primary source. In a world ruled by greed and an oppressive king obsessed with rules and order, the lesser classes have taken to the countryside in a hedonistic spiritual revolution fueled by wine, ritual madness, and ecstasy. Women, slaves, outlaws, and foreigners have all gone to the mountain to worship the god of wine, and to commune with their animal needs to dance, to lose control, to get drunk, and have sex. The king rails against the protesters, leading to a bloody conclusion.
The God that Comes is a tonic for a society that has lost its sense of balance, and for a people that have lost touch with their animal instincts. It is an invitation to raise a glass together, hear a story, and get lost in the music for a few hours.
2b theatre company production, Halifax
PHOTO: HAWKSLEY WORKMAN / PHOTO BY TRUDIE LEE
Through the Gaze of a Navel
By The Chop
Created by Anita Rochon and Emelia Symington Fedy
Performed by Emelia Symington Fedy
A 60 min performance yoga class (you can take part in the show or just watch)
“Through the Gaze of a Navel works for both the non-yoga enthusiast and its fans by creating a near perfect satirical balance, a comedic yin-yang as it were, of genuine respect and gentle derision.” Vancouver Presents
“Yoga Satire. Brilliant, brash, and wickedly wise. You will pee your yoga pants laughing so hard.” Danielle LaPorte, author of The Desire Map
Through the Gaze of a Navel is a performance in the form of a yoga class led by self-proclaimed pop psychology expert Emelia Symington Fedy, a woman who has consumed every new-age pop-psych medicine she could get her hands on, from swimming with cosmic dolphins to crystal bowl regression therapy to vaginal weighlifting classes, Emelia’s take is irreverent but the darkness she encounters is real. More than a mere kiss-and-tell of a life-long obsession, Through the Gaze of a Navel takes the sacred journey of a spiritual quest and sets it in a hilarious context.