Posts tagged ‘World Stage’

January 5, 2015

and we’re back – welcome 2015!

“It seems wrong and unfair that Christmas, with its stressful and unmanageable financial and emotional challenges, should first be forced upon one wholly against one’s will, then rudely snatched away just when one is starting to get into it. Was really beginning to enjoy the feeling that normal service was suspended and it was OK to lie in bed as long as you want, put anything you fancy into your mouth, and drink alcohol whenever it should pass your way, even in the mornings. Now, suddenly we are all supposed to snap into self-discipline like lean teenage greyhounds.”
“Bridget Jones Diary”, Helen Fielding

on that note…



The Next Stage Theatre Festival opens on Wednesday the 7th – 10 amazing shows to choose from – book your tickets here

What began as a Facebook  thread has morphed into an in person podcasted event with nearly 400 people claiming they will attend. Disappearing Act? A Public Forum on Canadian Theatre & Toronto Audiences will take place at Theatre Passe Muraille on January 11 – visit the Facebook event for details, question submission and more.

And finally have a listen to Tina Rasmussen’s podcast on what’s in store for us at this year’s World Stage 2015, including the return of the #Artlive ball.

Cold out there – bundle up and make it through. You brought your lunch because it’s a New Year and you resolved to do so for health and wealth purposes, so you don’t even have to go outside.  Onward into 2015!



December 8, 2013

Sunday Roundup December 8

A week until the Theatre Kingston workshop – very excited to head back to my hometown to teach.

photo by Keith Barker

photo by Keith Barker

The Tin Drum is dark today so a reminder they do have Monday shows, a bonus for theatre practitioners. Reviews have been strong thus far and the show itself is a remarkable achievement. See you there!

two good articles from theatre practitioners – and who finished the coffee?

more tweaks to your newsfeed = fewer cats?

World Stage 2014 – Artistic Director’s Statement #artlive

Time for a book post

December 4, 2013

World Stage 2014 – Artistic Director’s Statement #artlive

this fills me with anticipation and excitement for 2014. Read on.

We’re going to try this a little differently. We need to.

We’re going to start by trying to have the courage to face the conditions we’re in. And the conditions we’re in are very uncertain.

The fact is that we just don’t know about a lot of things. We don’t know how to preserve the environment. We don’t know how to treat each other with justice and fairness. We don’t know how to relax. We don’t know how to live within our means. We don’t know how to take care of our elders and we don’t know how to raise our children.

We don’t know how to believe in our politicians and we don’t know how to change the system. We don’t know how to love and we don’t know how to die. We don’t know how to remember and we don’t know how to forget.

And we don’t know how we are – although we have a few ideas.

When I write “we” I could be writing about our city or our country or the world (and I think that these words would probably be true) but the “we” I’m writing about is actually more modest. The “we” I’m writing about are people who make the shows in this series and the people at World Stage who help put them on and fight to keep them accessible. “We” are the ones who don’t know. But we have a feeling that, in this regard, we’re a lot like you. And that possibility is what justifies all the risks we take with this programme.

Because we are taking risks. The work in World Stage 2014 is messy, beautiful and provoking. It’s a challenge. It’s not easy – but neither is understanding the world and how we can live in it.

The best, gentlest understanding of the world is arrived at not from isolated facts but from the appraisal of relationships and equivalencies – between questions and certainties, culture and politics, artists and audiences.

I think World Stage is the place where this can happen.

Like the equals sign, World Stage is neither the answer nor is it the question. It’s the structure that makes it possible to see the relationship between the two.

If this connects with you, if you’re up for the enlivening challenge, I urge you: let us know, share, talk to us in person and on #artlive. Most of all, be a part of World Stage 2014.

Join us. Let’s figure out who we are.

Tina Rasmussen


Artistic Director, World Stage

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