The Must-See Guide to the Pivot Theatre Festival

By La Compagnie L’Immédiat/Camille Boitel Jan. 27-29, 8 p.m., Yukon Arts Centre

Co-presented with the Yukon Arts Centre, this European classic comes all the way from Paris, France. Perhaps more exciting than the distance travelled, or the point of origin, is that its Yukon debut will also be its North American premiere. Yukon audiences will be the first to see it before it travels to Vancouver and New York.

In this production seven acrobats take the stage and perform unforgettable feats as their world precariously constructed of everyday debris falls all around them. The audience is left laughing as they reflect on how life is truly just absurdity, chaos and constantly crashing all about.


By Quote Unquote Collective

Jan. 29-30, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, 2 p.m., Old Fire Hall

A minimally constructed set is the stage for the impressive music and movement of this Toronto-based performance duo. After a critically acclaimed, sold-out run in Toronto, six Dora nominations, and two Dora Award wins, the duo will kick off their cross-Canada tour in the Yukon. Interweaving a cappella, harmony, and physicality, Mouthpiece will take the audience on a journey through the inner conflict ever-present within a modern woman’s head.

The Death Sex Money Salon

By SMRT Pop Ups

Jan. 24, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Upstairs at Horwoods Mall

The Death Sex Money Salon was born from a desire to have audiences explore their own experiences and emotions around the three taboo topics of today while enjoying the awkward amusement they tend to bring. Storytellers will share their own thoughts and ideas around the personal and cultural constructs of death, sex, and money. Between the talks, the audience will be invited to dive into their own discoveries with a fortune teller, tongue-in-cheek advice booth, and other interactive exhibits.

Gift Horse

By Brandon Wicke

Jan. 25, 7 p.m., Whitehorse Public Library

This year’s theatrical work in progress is by local playwright Brandon Wicke. Hailing from the stages of Stratford, Ontario, Wicke is the co-founder of the Orphaned Egret theatre collective. He will read from Gift Horse, a “horror farm-play” and his latest work that explores one family’s encounter with the metaphysically absurd.

Pivotal Words

Jan. 26, 7 p.m., Woodcutter’s Blanket

Brave New Words has teamed up with the Pivot Festival to bring its usual brand of spoken word and storytelling spectacle. For this edition, writers have been focusing on the theme of visual anarchy, which will be sure to lead the audience into a world woven with colour, chaos, and fun.

The Parties

Jan. 26-31, after the shows. Check online at for exact times and locations.

What’s a show without an after party? Rather than have one final party to wrap up the festival, Pivot has them almost every day. Crafting a week-long pub crawl of the city, the Pivot Parties offer the audience a chance to mingle and chat with local and visiting artists, the Pivot crew, and each other.

After all, what better way to liven up the winter than with socially-fueled fun? The parties culminate into the Saturday dance party with a special guest DJ and the Sunday post-festival supper and soak at the Hot Springs where audiences can celebrate a week well spent in true Yukon winter style.

The Pivot Theatre Festival begins Sunday, Jan. 24 and ends Sunday, Jan. 31. Check the Pivot website for show details, prices, special deals, and ticket purchases, at or check out the events on Facebook.

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