Expanding the possibilities
of performance

Summer Season
May-August 2020


2019 SummerWorks Archive

The 29th edition of SummerWorks Festival was curated through the lens of many questions. Faced with increasingly polarized views on equality, the climate, land rights, immigration, gentrification and freedom of speech circulating on the news and media, we found ourselves asking: Is this for real?

Running through the works was also a consideration of ‘public’: what is public space, how is it made and negotiated? What is the impact of making something public? And what is the power of the public to enact change? Many works considered new possibilities for the public sphere, animating space to rediscover, engage with, and celebrate the Festival neighbourhood in new ways.

Continuing to push the boundaries and explore the possibilities of performance, SummerWorks 2019 invited audiences to go on a digital scavenger hunt in a public library, get paid to contribute to a meditation on labour and consent, imagine possible futures at the ends of the earth, hear the words of children from the mouths of adults, attempt to form a democracy in a time of scarcity, and travel the streets and consider how the city has changed.

The SummerWorks Exchange offered conversations, workshops, pitch sessions and more focused around the concept of ‘making space’ as it related to accessibility and sustainability practices, reconnecting with the land through an Indigenous lens, and site-specific creation.

SummerWorks continues to be a space for openness to question, for bold new ideas, for reimagining what’s possible together, and for making change. During this Festival, it felt like this room for inquiry, this openness, this space for public discourse, was more important than ever.


2019 Projects & Events Listing

SummerWorks Presentations

805-4821

SummerWorks Lab

Antarctica

SummerWorks Presentations

Audible Songs from Rockwood

SummerWorks Lab

Black Ballerina

SummerWorks Presentations

Bonjour Hi

SummerWorks Lab

burn, burned

SummerWorks Lab

CHILD-ISH

SummerWorks Presentations

Cliff Cardinal’s CBC Special

SummerWorks Lab

CLOSER

SummerWorks Presentations

Closing Night Party

SummerWorks Lab

Deafy

SummerWorks Presentations

Des-Echoes

SummerWorks Presentations

Encumbrance

SummerWorks Presentations

Fadeout

SummerWorks Lab

Footnote Number 12

SummerWorks Lab

Gender Reveal Party

SummerWorks Presentations

Greenland

SummerWorks Presentations

hiraeth

SummerWorks Lab

Industry Welcome

SummerWorks Lab

Info Fair

SummerWorks Exchange

Long Table on Making Space

SummerWorks Exchange

Open Hours

SummerWorks Exchange

Open Studios

SummerWorks Presentations

Opening Night Party

SummerWorks Exchange

Pitch Sessions

SummerWorks Lab

Public Good

SummerWorks Presentations

rochdale

SummerWorks Presentations

Rohinton Mistry’s The Scream

SummerWorks Lab

Safe and Sorry

SummerWorks Exchange

Small Time Space

SummerWorks Presentations

The Archive of Missing Things

SummerWorks Presentations

Wah Wah Wah

SummerWorks Lab

White Heat

SummerWorks Lab

Worry Warts