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  FEBRUARY 14 - 17  

EARLY STAGES

FESTIVAL OF NEW WORK

A new, dead-of-winter festival highlighting the creative process behind new works. Join local artists as they chat about what they’re working on and share behind-the-scenes previews of new scripts and designs.

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MODELLING
SEELEY QUEST

Two physically disabled artists grapple with erotics and power during their first photoshoot together. 

 

The figure art model and photographer characters have differing disabilities and aren’t assigned genders; roles played with different embodiments will shade dynamics differently.  Experimenting with cast rotation, and co-developing with disabled community members, it centres questions of desire, consent, exposure, performance, intimacy, and labour relations.

FEBRUARY 15  |  7:00PM  |  PWYC 

Pay-what-you-can also available at the door

*MASKS REQUIRED*

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MODULAR-MOVEMENT-MOTIF 

JACINTE ARMSTRONG & CHRISTINE BREIHAN

 

“who owns artistic ideas?”

 

This project playfully engages questions of authorship by using theatre and dance-based methodologies to create a collaborative, impromptu performance choreography. Audience members will witness Armstrong, Breihan, and participants from a morning workshop as they navigate a chance-based performance game, attempting in real-time to make a new story out of existing elements.

FEBRUARY 16  |  1:00PM  |  PWYC 

Pay-what-you-can also available at the door


Register for the morning workshop here

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ARCHIVE OF LONELINESS

SARA COFFIN  |  DARRYL TRACY
MATTHEW LUMLEY  |  JACKSON FAIRFAX-PERRY

 

A work-in-progress showing of a new dance/theatre piece that uses audio recordings to bring light to the isolation of seniors and how the end of life desires our attention as much as the beginning.

LOST DOG PROPHET

BRANDON LORIMER

Lost Dog Prophet is a choose-your-own-adventure theatre experience exploring questions of agency and the purpose of humanity on our planet. Encountering an ancient A.I. named PLUTO in the post-apocalyptic world of Nowhere, the audience is given collective control over the flow of this narrative, leaving the conversation (and its consequences) in their hands.

FEBRUARY 16  |  7:00PM  |  PWYC 

Pay-what-you-can also available at the door

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MATRIARCH

MARY FAY COADY

Matriarch is a provocative, music-theatre hybrid that plumbs questions about the roles of tradition and inherited values in a modern world. It navigates the paradox of honoring where we've come from, while also growing into our own individuality.

FEBRUARY 17  |  7:00PM  |  PWYC 

Pay-what-you-can also available at the door

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WORKSHOPS

VOCAL RANGE CHECKS

GARRY WILLIAMS

Join Garry Williams for a private one-on-one hour long vocal range check, in which you can discover more about your singing voice. Learn about your voice type, range, timbre, and ways to strengthen your instrument in a friendly, affirming, and positive environment and find repertoire for your audition binder.

 

FEBRUARY 14 | 10:00AM - 2:00PM  | $25/SESSION  |  REGISTER

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PORTFOLIO PREP

HOLLY MEYER-DYMNY

Join Designer and Theatre Artist Holly Meyer-Dymny in a hands-on portfolio review workshop. In this two-hour session you will review portfolios from various design professionals and learn what Directors, Production Managers, and Producers are looking for when seeking to engage a new designer. This workshop will also include one-on-one portfolio review and group portfolio presentations so please bring yourself and your work ready to share.

FEBRUARY 14  |  10:00AM  |  $5 PWYC  |  REGISTER

limited space - registration required

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AUDITION PREP STUDY GROUP 

DREW DOURIS O’HARA + JADE DOURIS-O’HARA

 

Guided by Jade and Drew Douris-O'Hara (Shakespeare by the Sea's Studio Director and Associate Artistic Director), this introductory workshop will provide actors with all the basics of attending an audition: including the practical details of the submission process, what to expect when walking into "the room" and how to be your most confident self in any audition! Participants will be invited (but not required!) to practice their audition pieces in a "Mock-Audition" for the group.

FEBRUARY 14  |  1:00PM  |  $5 PWYC  |  REGISTER

limited space - registration required

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COMMUNITY CHOIR

GARRY WILLIAMS

Join Garry Williams for a two-hour community choir rehearsal. Participants will find out what to expect in a rehearsal room for a new, still-in-development musical in a fun and friendly environment. Work on two numbers from the current draft of The Book of Kit and Mel and pick up some rehearsal tips and tricks along the way. 

FEBRUARY 14  |  4:00PM  |  FREE DROP-IN 

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SPEED PANELS

We’re hosting speed-dating-style Panel Auditions with Artistic Directors from across the province. We’re looking for new performers and designers to sign up for one-to-three 10-minute auditions. These “Speed Panels” are for new and emerging artists who feel they are not known by the local theatre community. Don’t have a Design Portfolio or Resume, or need to update yours? Sign up for our Portfolio and Audition Prep Study Groups on February 14th!

 

The Panels will be made up of representatives from Theatre Baddeck, HEIST, DaPoPo, Two Planks and a Passion, Shakespeare by the Sea, Page1, Zuppa, 2b Theatre, Villains Theatre, Chester Playhouse, Kick At The Dark Theatre, Halifax Theatre for Young People, Luna/Sea Theatre and more!

FEBRUARY 15  |  1:00PM  |  CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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MODULAR-MOVEMENT-MOTIF 

JACINTE ARMSTRONG & CHRISTINE BREIHAN

“who owns artistic ideas?” This project playfully engages questions of authorship by using theatre and dance-based methodologies to create a collaborative, impromptu performance choreography. The morning workshop will draw on the Viewpoints method, Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), and the story of Goldilocks, bringing together these seemingly-disparate elements through a game of chance operations that we hope will generate new responses to age-old questions. In the afternoon, we will repeat the process before an audience. All experience levels welcome — this should be a fun opportunity to play around in a low stakes and welcoming room with dancer Jacinte Armstrong and LA-based artist Christine Breihan.

FEBRUARY 16  |  10:00AM  |  FREE  |  REGISTER
limited space - registration required

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CHOREOGRAPHY

TRACY FANOUS

Join us for a fun, casual class to learn the choreography for "Fix Your Hair" from Love, Peace & Hairgrease with award-winning choreographer Tracy Fanous! Open to movers of all experience levels, Tracy will lead a group warm-up and then teach the choreo from the show, all while answering questions and offering hot tips on how to prepare for a musical rehearsal!

FEBRUARY 16  |  4:00PM  | $5 PWYC  |  REGISTER

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THE QUAINT QLAB QUEST! 

AARON COLLIER

Participants will learn the essentials of QLab; the ubiquitous macOS cue playback software used in nearly every theatrical production around to play sound, video, light and data cues. Working with audio cues, participants will gain a solid foundation of the creative potential of this tool and will understand how to create their own designs or make edits to existing ones.

*For hands-on learning, participants should bring their own Mac laptop and headphones. QLab software can be downloaded for free here: https://qlab.app/

FEBRUARY 17  |  10:00AM  |  $5 PWYC  |  REGISTER
limited space - registration required

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PRODUCTION COMMUNICATION & CARE

SYLVIA BELL

Theatre is a collaborative art form that relies on good communication between all parties. And usually each process is full of different people with different styles of communication, different preferences and varied boundaries. So what works best? How do you avoid communication breakdown? How do you deal with it when it happens?  This session will break down the tricks and tips on creating a caring and communicative team within a room and give practical examples of how to share information with each other. 

FEBRUARY 17  |  1:00PM  |  $5 PWYC  |  REGISTER
limited space - registration required

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PANEL DISCUSSION

RICHIE WILCOX

How does a designer read a script differently? What are the ways in which a designer likes to communicate ideas? How do you communicate your designs to actors? From script analysis to director and designer chit-chats to first day design presentations, this panel features four professional designers in the disciplines of lighting, sound, costume and set sharing their insights into the process. Moderated by Richie Wilcox, this talk will be a great introduction for anyone interested in pursuing design, for directors who work with designers and for established designers who are looking to learn from their peers!

FEBRUARY 17  |  4:00PM  |  FREE DROP-IN

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SPECIAL EVENTS

HAPPY HOUR

Join us for an informal drop-in at Celtic Corner to have some chats, grab a drink or a bite!

FEBRUARY 15  |  4:30PM  | FREE DROP-IN

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A reimagining of the iconic soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s ROMEO + JULIET in an intimate candlelit cabaret.  This Valentine’s Day, Eastern Front Theatre presents cherished east coast musicians Kim Harris + Stewart Legere as they bring the soundtrack to 1996’s cinematic pop culture phenomenon ROMEO + JULIET to life once again. 
 

 

FEBRUARY 14  |  8:00PM  |  TICKETS

ACCESS NOTES

ACCESS NOTES

Accessible Ticket Pricing: This festival has pay-what-you-can-afford pricing. If cost is still a barrier, please email Kat@EasternFrontTheatre.com.

COVID: Masks are available on site and encouraged/appreciated but not required (with the exception of Modelling). Seating is by general admission and social distancing may not be possible.

Transit Access: The Halifax Transit Dartmouth Ferry arrives directly at Alderney Landing, and Alderney Gate is serviced by Halifax Transit buses #5, 6+, 53, 54, 55, 62, 158, 159, 161, 165.

 

Physical Access: The Theatre is on the second level of Alderney Landing, accessible by passenger elevator and stairs. Parking is available onsite, with curbside dropoff and automatic doors at the main entrance to the building. Alderney Landing is connected to Alderney Gate by pedway, accessible by elevator, escalator and stairs.

Seating: Armless seats are 16 inches deep and 15.5 inches wide. Seating is on the same level as the entrance. Seating is by general admission. Any seat can be removed to make space for mobility devices and alternate seating. For assistance, or to request priority seating before the house is opened, please check in with EFT Staff or Volunteers.

Bathrooms: There are two all gender bathrooms in the rotunda lobby, one with toilet stalls only, and one with toilet stalls and urinals. Both bathrooms are equipped with various hygiene products. 

Audio: Performers will be amplified with individual microphones. 
 

If you have any questions about the accessibility measures in place for individual showings or workshops, please email Accessibility Coordinator, Sara at SGrahamAccessibility@gmail.com

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SUPPORTERS

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