PREP challenging works by challenging artists

performance of several works-in-progress
program to be announced

If you have are working on a challenge send a description of what you are doing, who you are, who you are doing it with, how long the performance would be, and what the challenge is – > for All generations. All bodies. All art forms that are performed.

(No fee to present, and no fee to receive. This performance op is made possible only through the generosity of AO Angels who believe that PREP, practice, and being in a room together is what makes great art possible.)

Jessica Runge: Uncollected Works

“Uncollected Works traverses the territory between movement as expression of experience and dance as a form of communication. What is possible to communicate through movement? What do we understand about one another? How can we go forward together in these precarious times?”

November 7 – 10, 2019 @ 8pm
$20/$15, Sunday PWYC
Intergalactic Arts Collective
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St., unit 103, Toronto

Created and Performed by Jessica Runge with Fides Krucker (director, vocal co-devisor), Holly Small (dramaturge) and Jennifer Dallas (costume designer).

This work was supported by the Toronto Arts Council, the National Ballet of Canada through their studio residency program, Artscape Youngplace, and the Intergalactic Arts Collective.

Thread Bound

A new dance-theatre work by renowned dance artists Suzanne Liska and Kathleen Rea
exploring how stories from their elders weave into their own lives as mothers.

$25-$30 advance, $35 at door limited seating
Thurs-Sat Oct 3-5, 8pm; Sun Oct 6 relaxed show at 7pm

IGAC is an all access venue

Art & Ephemerality Workshop (Find expression through voice and body)

Art & Ephemerality Workshop (Find expression through voice and body)

Led by singer, bandleader and pluridisciplinary artist Alexandra Templier and playwright and critic José Teodoro on August 22 – 25, 2018

Drawing upon individual craft, knowledge and personal experience, each participant will contribute to a conversation about presence and impermanence while developing work that finds expression through voice and body. Special emphasis will be placed on musicality, translation and the transference of ideas or techniques from one art practice into another.

Whether we think of ephemerality as something somber—a way of acknowledging the passage of life or love—or something empowering—a way of remembering that the current horrors of the world are not forever fixed—this workshop will encourage us to find fortitude and inspiration through dialogue and creative challenges. Each participant will develop a short performance, either solo or collaborative, receiving technical and dramaturgical support from start to finish.

French artist Alexandra Templier performs with her Madrid flamenco project Templier Trio at venues such as Madrid’s Auditorio Conde Duque Concert Hall and Casa Patas Foundation, as well as Algiers Opera House. In Canada, Alexandra leads a pluridisciplinary and intercultural project, Los Niños son Inocentes #1 (Kids are Innocent #1), which combines theatre, flamenco, jazz and electronics.

Canadian author José Teodoro has written several plays, including Mote, Cloudless and The Tourist. José writes about cinema and literature for
publications such as Brick, The Globe and Mail, Film Comment, Cinema Scope, The National Post, Quill & Quire, The Literary Review of Canada and subTerrain. He has worked as story editor on several acclaimed films and has served on juries at numerous film festivals throughout Europe and the Americas. José is currently developing two new works for the theatre and a book of conversations with Swiss-Canadian filmmaker Peter Mettler.

Wednesday, August 22, 6pm – 9pm
Thursday, August 23, 6pm – 9pm
Friday, August 24, 6pm – 9pm
Saturday August 25, 11am – 2pm.

Cost: $180 CAD + HST
— Students get  20% discount
Artscape Community members receive  50% discount

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Toronto Fringe Festival – Grade 8

With humour and heart, Lara takes us back to 1980. Her thirteenth crazy-beautiful-awkward year that tested her mettle and taught her to face her fears, singing the songs that provided the soundtrack to her Grade 8 experience.
The music for this coming of age “storied concert” is a mix-tape soundtrack from 1980-81 with songs by The Police, Billy Squier, Blondie, the B52s, Diana Ross, Pink Floyd, Donna Summer, Tom Petty, John Lennon and Queen.

“MacMillan has such an expressive face and oozes charisma”- Capital Critics Circle, Ottawa


For tickets visit This performance runs from July 7th to July 13th.


String of Pearls

String of Pearls – A Performance
Written by Michele Lowe
Performed by Rebecca Amzallag, Alison Brooks, Jeanette Cairns, and Hannah Gallant.
Directed by Alison Brooks
Presented by Labour of Love

Directorial debut from Canadian actor Alison Brooks brings us the first Canadian theatrical performance of Michele Lowe’s award winning play, String of Pearls.

A pearl necklace passes from one character to the next, the audience is taken on an intimate journey that spans several decades and generations from the 1960s to the present day. Alongside the pearls, the audience is an essential element within the storytelling as the bearer of treasured revelations and confessions through an affectionate break of the fourth wall. Four exemplary and talented actresses, in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 70’s, play the 27 women that tell the story of the pearl necklace. Each character requests the audience to be their confidants
through rich monologues, simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious. They share their histories of lost love, betrayal, lust, birth, and death; sexuality, racism, dementia, and immigration.

String of Pearls is everything Indie Theatre promises with the caveat that it is told from the female perspective by an all female cast. At times uncomfortable but always truthful, it pushes boundaries by highlighting society’s opinions of women in different roles, from various economic backgrounds and from a variety of cultural identities. Both timeless and timely, this production is an action based response to the #metoo movement, but ultimately offers an insight into individuals and why they make the choices they do.


June 7-10 and 14-16 @ 8pm, Studio 106

Exhibition – SW25


August 10 – 29, 2015

An exhibit reflecting on the past 25 years of SummerWorks. presented by SummerWorks and Artscape Youngplace Over the past 25 years SummerWorks has grown from a fringe-style theatre festival that operated on a first come first served basis, to Canada’s largest curated performance festival, featuring theatre, dance, music, and live art. SW25 charts the ever evolving nature of the Festival through a visual archive of Festival history.

Nuit Rose 2015

Nuit Rose at Artscape Youngplace

June 20 – July 5, 2015

Nuit Rose is a community-based, cultural festival first conceived as part of WorldPride 2014. The multi-venue event fosters the work of Canadian and international visual and performance artists. Works included (Untitled) by Eshan Rafi; Mourning the Morning by Ryan Livingstone; Who Sits Here? by Christos Pantieras; we ALL TRANSition by Evan Kelemen; A pink night in a multicolor mural by Violeta Rivera; The Homosexual Comedy by Brad McDermott; He Pops by Michael Venus; Bruce Eves: Recent Work by Bruce Eves; TRYST PIC x ANDREW COIMBRA by Adam Moco & Andrew Coimbra; Graphic Advocacy: A Selection of Political Cartoons for Everyday Feminism by Ronnie Ritchie; Remains of the Gays by Alan McIntosh; and Portraits by Jah Grey.