On Stage: the week in dance and theatre

Roundup of what’s happening on the city’s stages this week: CINARS dance, music and theatre shows, Aszure Barton and Artists, last shows for Hamlet and Trench Patterns and tough-guy comedian Joe Rogan.


Aszure Barton and Artists’ Awáa.
Photo by Kim Williams, courtesy of the Banff Centre.

If you haven’t heard of CINARS, we’re here to tell you it’s a great way to get a taste of dance, music, circus and theatre shows. This year, the showcase’s goal is to promote homegrown works nationally and internationally and is offering up 4,000 free passes for the official program to the public through La Vitrine (2 Ste-Catherine E.). Local dance artists like Virginie Brunelle, Mélanie Demers, Hélène Blackburn are participating in this year’s edition. As an offshoot, the OFF CINARS is going on simultaneously. Check out their jam-packed program online.

Canadian choreographer Aszure Barton makes a stop at Place des Arts this week with a double-bill of her most recent work with her New York-based company, Aszure Barton & Artists. Her opening group choreography Busk magnifies the dancers’ quest and evolution in their identity. In contrast, the closing piece Awáa, which made its world premiere at Ottawa’s Canada Dance Festival this past summer, uses smidgens of humour to explore the different sides of female sensitivity. Set to music by Russian composer and violinist Lev Ljova Zhurbin. Nov. 16-17, Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place-des-Arts (175 Ste-Catherine W.), 8 p.m., $30-57

Speaking of violinists, over at 840 Cherrier this weekend, Malcolm Goldstein joins choreographer Paul-André Fortier in Vertiges, a creation where the two veteran artists intersect on stage for a meeting of experience, on to Nov. 16. (MC)

Christopher Moore as Hamlet and Arielle Palik as Ophelia

This weekend, Persephone Productions is re-mounting their production of Hamlet, featuring Christopher Moore as the moody Dane. After a run in the park, the show moves indoors for one last evening performance and a matinée. Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m. & Sunday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m., Victoria Hall (4636 Sherbrooke, Westmount), $15-25

Tough-guy comedian Joe Rogan is in town for one night only, taping a set for Just For Laughs. The Fear Factor host and mixed martial artist’s signature comedic incredulity has made him a top comic, and this one’s not to be missed. Nov. 16, Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine E.), 8 p.m., $44.50-$48-95, 18+

It’s your last chance to catch Trench Patterns, Infinithéâtre’s drama about a soldier returning home injured after a tour in Afghanistan, as the play closes this weekend. To Nov. 18, Bain St-Michel (5300 St-Dominique), 8 p.m., 2 p.m. matinée on Sundays, $12–25

Across town, the Centaur continues to present its acclaimed production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People (read Cult MTL’s review here), which you’ll be able to catch through Dec. 9. Centaur Theatre (453 St-François-Xavier), 8 p.m., sliding scale

Finally, if you’re more inclined to make some theatre than to take it in, it’s your last chance to get your application in for next summer’s Fringe festival, June 13-23, 2013. The online application period for the 23rd annual St-Ambroise Fringe Festival closes Friday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. (ER) ■

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