OMG! Live performance is back!!

THEOP is so stoked to be announcing the return of live performance in Deep River!! The Department of Canadian Heritage has given us a grant to present Dances in the Park for free!

Mark Sunday, July 25 on your calendar and choose your time: there is a performance at 1 pm and a repeat at 4 pm on the grass above the Campus soccer field (the usual spot for the Summerfest tent). Bring your own lawn chair, wear a mask, and follow the guidelines posted at the venue. The schedule for each timeslot is the same: CORPUS will perform “Camping Royale”, there will be a 5-minute break and then Christine Friday will perform “Maggie & Me”. Christine will stay after each of her performances – you are invited to stay and hear about her inspiration in developing the piece and ask questions about her culture and dance. Each event will run approximately one hour.

CORPUS is a Toronto-based dance theatre company that many will remember from their two previous visits to Deep River when they performed Dusk Dances at Bill Rounding Park. They return with Camping Royale which is a satire on colonialism and the privileged class. It features Queen Sophie-Charlotte and Queen Louise embarking on an absurd camping trip, far away from court.

The baroque queens’ attempt to connect with the ‘common people’ is genuine but out of touch with 21st century reality. With only the help of one faithful servant, they have to use their creativity to survive in the wild.

Two worlds collide in this humorous and charming production that combines dance with object theatre. With references to well-known fairy-tales and hilarious audience interactions, Camping Royale delights children and adults of all ages.

Christine Friday is a professional contemporary dance artist and choreographer. She is Anishinabbe kwe from Friday’s Point on Lake Temagami in Northern Ontario. Christine elegantly combines classical training with her cultural heritage to produce an engaging and captivating performance that is appropriate for all ages. Her latest piece, Maggie and Me, explores community, family, history, and the power of a healing dance as scenes weave through the dream realm, spirit realm and the present realm.

It would be unsafe for the performers to dance on wet grass so in the event of moderate or heavy rain, the performance will be cancelled.

THEOP will be presenting a “Garage Music Tour” on Friday evening, September 10 and Saturday afternoon, September 11. There will be a choice of three venues to attend with live music at each. Stay tuned for more info on that one!

Shout out to the Department of Canadian Heritage for supporting the performing arts coming to our community!

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