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Nakai Pivot Festival

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Issue: 2019-01-16, PHOTO: courtesy of The Sufferettes/Nakai Theatre

Comedians Becky Johnson and Kayla Lorette have worked together for nearly a decade. The pair have performed around the world, worked with Second City and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and acted in Baroness Von Sketch and Schitt's Creek. Now, they’re... Read more

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Issue: 2018-01-24, PHOTO: Anneke Hymmen

Yukon storyteller Ivan Coyote and songwriter Sarah MacDougall are excited to premier their latest collaboration in Whitehorse. "That really feels special, for both of us, to unwrap it for the first time in the place that made it," Coyote said... Read more

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Issue: 2018-01-17, PHOTO: courtesy of Onegin

Since Nakai Theatre launched the Pivot Festival in 2008, there have been some big names and unforgettable performances that have graced stages and pop-up theatre settings in Whitehorse. Read more

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

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... Read more

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Issue: 2016-01-21, PHOTO: artwork created by SMRT Pop Ups

If you have never attended Nakai Theatre’s annual Pivot Festival, this is a great year to jump right in. This year’s lineup combines song, acrobatics, and interactive performances to bring light and liveliness to the darkness of January. A chance... Read more

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Caption: Shane Koyczan is a spoken word artist who is performing at the Pivot Theatre Festival. Photo: Courtesy of Shane Koyczan

Nakai Theatre is bringing poet, songwriter, speaker, and celebrated spoken word performer Shane Koyczan to Whitehorse, to perform at the Pivot Festival on January 24, at the Yukon Arts Centre. Koyczan comes to Whitehorse to promote his new album and Read more

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Dan Watson and Christina Serra in a scene from Ralph + Lina PHOTO: Lacey Creighton

Two distinctly different takes on the theme of family are among the highlights of this year's Nakai Pivot Festival, which kicks off on Saturday, January 17. Ralph + Lina is a two-handed "acrobatic comedy" performed by the husband and wife team ... Read more

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The mix of open-flowing creativity, with a dash of fear, makes for a high that's addictive for theatre performers — and especially for playwrights who perform their own plays. Usually the audience goes home with ideas swimming around, but we're... Read more

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Somewhere along the line, Rick Miller wandered from Moshe Safdie's Legoland and the Bauhaus world of Walter Gropius to the raucous playground of William Shakespeare and ...wait for it! ... Homer Simpson. Read more

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What is it like to hear your own story told in your own words by a total stranger? Several Whitehorse residents will find out next week when Nakai Theatre's Pivot Festival presents Tanya Marquardt's work-in-progress called Fragments. Read more

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Next Thursday at the Yukon Arts Centre, as part of the Nakai Theatre Pivot Festival, she [Nina Arsenault] will talk about the night she achieved a childhood dream – the night she became Mattel's plastic icon of hyper-femininity, Barbie. Read more

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Ron James used to be the spokesman for Texas tourism for three years on CNN. "It was during George Bush senior's term. I can imagine Saddam Hussein, who watched CNN all the time, really getting to know my face." Read more

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Nina Arsenault warns me that she's not about to tell the "typical" transsexual story to Nakai Theatre's Pivot Festival audiences. You know the story, she says, "Her name is Barbara, she used to be Markus, she never felt right in her own body.... Read more

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Feeling a bit like the barker in this scenario, David Skelton is proud of this third-year line-up. "The third, fourth and fifth year of a new festival are always the times when you ask — will it float, swim or fly?" Nakai's artistic director says." Read more

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​When David Skelton discusses the upcoming Pivot Festival, he keeps coming back to the example of Joseph Tisiga. Read more

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Skookum Jim Friendship Centre is doing something different this year with its 2009 Folklore Show on Saturday, Jan. 31: it will be A Night of Blues. Read more

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Taylor Mac would like you to know that he doesn't want to offend you. If his fantastical makeup and clothes surprise you, then that's OK because if you are surprised, then you are being shaken up a little. Read more

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As Nakai Theatre's artistic director, Skelton admits that last year's Pivot Festival came with a small dose of controversy. However, he's ready for another go this January when the avant-garde performance event hits the stage for its second run. Read more

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Bruce Horak no longer needs the catharsis that his play, This is Cancer?, has been for him. But other people do and, so, he will continue accepting invitations to travel with the play he wrote and stars in. Read more

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