Theatre - Dance

Yukon Theatre & Dance Stories

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    Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: courtesy of Tracy Rondeau

    Hitching a Ride

    Growing up, Kathy Jessup was always “the yakky little sister.” In Fort Nelson, where she was raised, she’s still known as “Kathy who likes to talk.” Her family still teases her about finding a way to turn her gift for gab into a career as a... more

    Jul 12, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Liz Beddall

    Stories Come to Life

    Falen Johnson doesn’t hold back when it comes to Gwaandak Theatre. “I love Gwaandak,” the Six Nations writer says straight out. “It’s a place where you know you’re immediately welcomed as an Indigenous playwright.” Johnson’s play Two Indians is... more

    Jun 21, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Marten Berkman

    Telling the Untold Stories of the Yukon

    The first days in the creation of the play Map of the Land, Map of the Stars took place in the summer of 2015 along the banks of the Yukon River. A group of artists gathered with stories, images, objects, and songs – items that they were drawn to... more

    May 3, 2017


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    Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: courtesy of Conrad Boyce

    White Pass and Beyond

    When Michael Heney was just 14, he ran away from the family farm in the Ottawa Valley to work for an uncle who was building a portion of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) near Georgian Bay. His father quickly dragged him home to finish his... more

    May 3, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-12, PHOTO: Janice Cliff

    Less is Definitely More

    Dawson City did not have burlesque in its repertoire until long-time local resident Rachel Wiegers decided to take up (or off, as the case may be) the mantle and bring it to town. Wiegers says her journey towards burlesque started when she was... more

    Apr 12, 2017


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    Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Edward Westerhuis

    Identity Crisis

    What does it take to make a puppet show that is also a stage show and a live-action video all in one? A script, a bunch of performers, some music. Lights, cameras, action. And cardboard. Miles of cardboard, according to Edward Westerhuis. more

    Mar 29, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: courtesy of Nakai Theatre

    Curtains Up!

    On April 4th Nakai Theatre invites theatre lovers, supportive friends or simply the merely curious to attend their 24 Hour Playmaking Cabaret, held at The Deck at the High Country Inn. The event, which has been held for nearly 25 years, revolves... more

    Mar 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: courtesy of Andra Hunter

    Telling Stories Through Dance

    “What would I say my style is? It depends on what project I'm working on… I liked to say 'contemporary aboriginal dancer' for a long time, but that's pretty broad – there are so many kinds of aboriginal dance and it's all different… If you were... more

    Mar 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Cosenti Graf-Smith

    Splattering Comedy

    Whitehorse, it seems, has such an insatiable appetite for high-camp horror that the Guild Theatre has added another week to its run of Evil Dead: The Musical. The spring break-themed romp comes with a caution: if you intend to sit in the first few... more

    Mar 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz Photography

    She's Been Bitten

    It was the promise of bannock that first lured Melaina Sheldon into the orbit of Gwaandak Theatre in 2010. The Teslin-born actor, writer and arts administrator had just returned to the Yukon after studying and working in British Columbia. That's... more

    Feb 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: David Hou

    Triple Threat

    The Pivot Theatre Festival - Nakai Theatre's annual performance showcase - begins a seven-night run this weekend in multiple Whitehorse venues. In addition to smaller-scale offerings such as a theatrical pub walk, an evening of spoken word... more

    Jan 18, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: by courtesy of Sébastien Heins

    Burning Questions

    It started when Sébastien Heins was a student at the National Theatre School in Montréal, tasked with creating a 15-minute piece that addressed a burning personal question. But when Nancy Palk, of Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre, put her hands on his... more

    Dec 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz

    Indian Dance + Celtic Beats

    It all started in a kitchen, like many good things do. Some people were chatting around the chips and salsa, while a few introverts stood against the wall, and friends were introduced to friends of friends. It was a low-key potluck and the... more

    Dec 14, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-16, PHOTO: Meredith Elliott

    Hang on, George

    Christmas Eve, 1946. Several actors huddle around their microphones, live-broadcasting a radio station's seasonal drama, complete with commercial intervals and a touch of Yuletide music. The story they are dramatizing concerns a well-meaning chap... more

    Nov 16, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-09, PHOTO: Mitch Brost

    Shakin’ It Sober Style

    For a lot of people, dancing and drinking go hand in hand. With a buzz, you can actually dance without worrying about what other people think. If you do something foolish you can always blame it on the booze, right? more

    Nov 9, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-19, PHOTO: Tao Wong

    Tantalizing Varietease Returns

    Varietease VI: A Burlesque Carnival is the Yukon’s very own burlesque variety show. Varietease runs every second year. This is an on-year, Oct. 25 to 29 at the Yukon Arts Centre. This year’s theme is a repeat of the 2009 carnival and promises to... more

    Oct 19, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-19

    Old Time Horror

    Geneviève Doyon and Jessica Hickman have, once again, combed through silent films, searching for excerpts to play on a screen to an audience. This is the third year they’ve done it. Doyon and Hickman are the co-artistic directors of Open Pit... more

    Oct 19, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: Darrol Hofmeister

    Exploring Identity

    Falen Johnson doesn't know where the expression "salt baby" came from, but it's a moniker the First Nations actor-turned-playwright acquired at birth. "I don't remember being called that when I was a kid, but I remember hearing stories that I was... more

    Sep 22, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: Jessica Rose

    Roller Coaster

    From Beirut to Buffalo, then Whitehorse. That's how Clare Preuss sums up the summer of 2016 from her standpoint as an itinerant stage director. The Toronto-based actor, choreographer and director is currently in the Yukon to steer the Guild... more

    Sep 15, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: by Bruce Barrett

    Who’s Line is it Anyway?

    Expect the unexpected. This is good advice for both performers and audience at a typical improv event. Mind you, “typical” is a misnomer for a genre defined by having a unique performance every time. If you’ve ever had a yen to create... more

    Sep 8, 2016

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