Progress is an international festival of performance and ideas presented in partnership by SummerWorks Performance Festival and The Theatre Centre. The festival is collectively curated and presented by a rotating series of Canadian organizations, operating within a contemporary performance context. This year’s collaborating companies are F-O-R-M, FADO Performance Art Centre, Native Earth Performing Arts, The Power Plant, the red light district, SummerWorks, The Theatre Centre, Uma Nota Culture and Why Not Theatre.
Festival Producer: Sue Balint
Festival Production Manager: Natalie Gisele
Associate Festival Production Manager: Gordon Simmons
Outreach Associate: Asheda Dwyer
SummerWorks Performance Festival
Founded in 1991, SummerWorks Performance Festival is widely recognized as one of the most important platforms for launching new work– locally, nationally and internationally. SummerWorks encourages risk, questions, and creative exploration while insisting on accessibility, integrity, and professionalism. We are interested in continuously reimagining and innovating the possibilities of performance- how it is created, presented and experienced.
The Theatre Centre
The Theatre Centre is a nationally recognized live-arts incubator that serves as a research and development hub for the cultural sector. We provide artists with infrastructure and resources to make their art – from idea to production. The Theatre Centre is committed to new work and new ways of working. We are a public space, open and accessible to the people of our community, where citizens can imagine, debate, celebrate, protest, unite and be responsible for inventing the future.
FADO Performance Art Centre
Established in 1993, FADO Performance Art Centre is a not-for-profit artist-run centre for performance art based in Toronto, Canada. FADO recognizes that performance art as a practice has multiple histories and encompasses various regional, cultural, political and aesthetic differences. FADO exists to provide a supportive platform and rigorous curatorial context for the work of Canadian and international performance artists, at all stages of their careers, who have chosen performance art as a primary medium to create and communicate provocative new images and new perspectives.
Festival Of Recorded Movement (F-O-R-M), was founded in 2015 by emerging dance artist Sophia Wolfe. It was created as a platform for movers and filmmakers to share and create short films that revolve around the body in motion. Film is a such a relevant medium today more than ever, and is a universal tool being used to showcase movement across all genres; athletes, dancers and other movement practitioners turn to film as a way to show creative and engaging perspectives of their respective movement forms. F-O-R-M is a space and platform to celebrate and acknowledge the artists who are creating in this realm and is an opportunity to bring them together to inspire and share with each other and a wider audience
Native Earth Performing Arts
Native Earth Performing Arts is Canada’s oldest professional Indigenous theatre company. Currently in our 35th year, we are dedicated to developing, producing and presenting professional artistic expressions of the Indigenous experience in Canada. Through stage productions (theatre, dance and multi-disciplinary art), new script development, apprenticeships and internships, Native Earth seeks to fulfill a community of artistic visions. It is a vision that is inclusive and reflective of the artistic directions of members of the Indigenous community who actively participate in the arts.
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
The Power Plant is Canada’s leading non-collecting, public art gallery dedicated exclusively to contemporary visual art from Canada and the world. It is a vital forum for the advanced artistic culture of our time that offers an exceptional facility and professional support to a diverse group of living artists while engaging equally diverse audiences in their work. The Power Plant fulfills its mandate by generating: exhibitions that represent the range of advanced practice in visual arts; publications that provide in-depth explorations of contemporary art; lectures and symposia that encourage debate and further understanding; interpretative tools that invite visitors to question, explore and reflect upon their experiences; programming that incorporates other areas of culture at their intersection with visual art.
the red light district
the red light district is a theatre-making thing that operates (mostly) out of toronto canada. we’re a nebulous and nomadic collection of humans who get together when time and granting bodies permit to make and enable work that excites us. it’s usually defined by any or all of the following: radical collaboration (with audience and artists), queerness in process, work that offers audiences multiple “ways in,” ambition in scale, work that connects artists and audiences to theatrical ideas from around the world, and a really great recipe for the just the right consistency of stage barf.
Uma Nota Culture
Uma Nota is a reference point for world citizens and lovers of world music and culture. It is an event series focusing on Brazilian, Latin, Caribbean, Funk and Soul music provided by both live acts and DJs. Unpretentious, open-minded, lively and fun, Uma Nota is a place where people come together and move to a tropical vibe. www.umanota.ca
Why Not Theatre
Why Not Theatre is an agile, international theatre company based in Toronto, Canada, rooted in the values of innovation, community and collaboration. Our work is inventive, cross-cultural, and reflects our passion for the exploration of difference. We challenge the status quo, by examining what stories are being told, and who is telling them. More than just a theatre company, we develop creative strategies to build a healthier and stronger arts ecology. We MAKE and tour critically-acclaimed and award-winning new work, SHARE resources with other companies and artists to produce and tour their work, and PROVOKE change through new producing models and the presentation of work for new audiences.