June 10 – 20
The St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary this summer. Founded by Kris Kieran and Nick Morra, the festival fell into Jeremy Hechtman’s hands in 1996 and has since become one of the Plateau-Mile-End’s largest cultural events.
This year, the festival has expanded to 20 days and divided itself into three series. Starting June 1st, the Fringe After Dark Series will present a concert, special event or activity every evening, including a slow-dance night and a strip spelling-bee.
By June 10th, the Fringe Park Series, at Parc-des-Amériques (corner of Rachel and St-Laurent), will host a plethora of outdoor activities including a circus workshop with Cirque du Soleil and a Piknic Électronik dance party on Astroturf.
Finally, the Fringe itself runs from June 10th to the 20th and has many exciting performances lined up. French and English companies mix with each other and equally share the stage, something distinct to Montreal.
This year, watch out for:
» Transplante-moi un coeur, mon amour, by Les Garçonnes. Four female narrators give four different accounts of the story of a young girl who is incapable of accepting the mundane side of life. Presented in French.
» How Coyote Was Swallowed by the Sandia Mountains, by Anna Roth Trowbridge. This case study of family dynamics affected by mental disorder promises to be a meta-theatrical gem. Leo, suffering from untreated bipolar disorder, commits suicide. His sister Scilla attempts to decipher the reason by writing him into a play. Along the way, haunted deserts meet mythical imagery and comedy meets insanity. Presented in English
Espace 4001 Space at 4001 Rue Berri
Saturday, June 12 at 5:15 PM
Sunday, June 13 at 8:15 PM
Wednesday, June 16 at 10:00 PM
Thursday, June 17 at 8:15 PM
Saturday, June 19 at 5:15 PM
Sunday, June 20 at 9:30 PM
Admission is $10 at the door, or $8 for ages 25 and under (with valid ID). Advance tickets are also available by telephone at 514.849.FEST or www.montrealfringe.ca. Fringe Passes are also available.
- Jessica Hill, Crystal Chan
Labels: Festivals, Fringe Festivals, Montreal, Preview