Jan. 6-26, Calgary's One Yellow Rabbit company will present its 11th annual "High Performance Rodeo" of new and experimental Theatre. Here's the line-up:
The Dead Souls (Jan. 17-18)
Quebec dance troupe, Carbone 14, in this tale of an abandoned house coming to life with the memories of previous inhabitants. The performance has already played in Montreal and Toronto.
Hunger's Brides (Jan. 8-11)
The One Yellow Rabbit company adapts Paul Anderson's novel about a biographer tracking a 17th century Mexican poet. Performed in English and Spanish, the drama debuted at the Guadalajara International Book Fair in fall 1996.
Slightly Bigger Cities (Jan. 14-Jan. 18)
"Kids In The Hall" star Bruce McCulloch in a one-man show, with music by guitarist Brian Connolly.
Walk In The Garden (Jan. 6-7)
Spectacle Theatre by the Green Fools, based on Bosch's painting, "Garden Of Delights." The outrageous Fools use masks, costumes, gigantic puppets and live orchestration. The Wines Of Tuscany (Jan. 9-11)
Performance by Wild Excursions about a man reminiscing about his last trip to Italy which he took with his lover, who has since died of AIDS.
The Climate - A Province In De-Klein (Jan. 12-15)
Satirical biography of Canadian politician, Ralph Klein, by The Art Ranch.
Truth, or, The Terrible But Incomplete Journals Of John D. (part of "Wireless Graffiti") (Jan. 16)
Truth is an interdisciplinary mix o voice, cello and soundscape by Guillermo Verdecchia. Wireless Graffiti, a radio event by Rumble Theatre, will be simulcast on CJSW, 90.9 FM.
Electro-Acoustic Psychosis (Jan. 19)
Soundscapes of funk, bluegrass and fusion by Bartok Guitarsplat.
Parole (Jan. 20)
Charles Cousins & Fred Holliss host poetry and performance art cabaret.
Fractal Turkey (Jan. 21-Jan. 23)
Experimental theatre troupe Mecanique Generale examines the question, "what happens when two actors attack Feydeau's classic play, The Turkey?
How Dear To Me The Hour When Daylight Dies (Jan. 22-25)
Goat Island performance piece mixes live action with classic film footage.
Spout (Jan. 24-26)
Frank Van Keeken, a former "Kids In The Hall" writer, offers a dark-hued solo, a la Spalding Gray.
High Performance Rodeo is sponsored by Du Maurier Arts, The Quality Inn, Alberta Foundation For The Arts and The Canada Council. Nearly all the performances take place at the Calgary Center For The Performing Arts.
For tickets and information call (403) 244-9177.
--By David Lefkowitz