Expanding the possibilities
of performance

Photo Credit: Todd Houseman

THE POP-UP EXPERIENCE: The Children of the Bear

Interdisciplinary / Pop-up / Theatre


Presented in partnership with Outside the March and in association with Stratford Festival Lab


Venue
The Pop-Up Shop - 1282 Bloor Street West


August 13, 4pm

August 13, 7.30pm

August 14, 7.30pm

August 15, 3pm


45 Minutes


Ticket Price
Free

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Photo Credit: Todd Houseman

The Children of the Bear is the story of a young family growing up in a low income neighbourhood in central Alberta. The confined walls of the family’s living room quickly give way to a world of Knights and Wizards—just like the video games into which the family regularly escape—creating an expansive free-ranging immersive parable. Audiences are invited to explore simultaneous storylines, making choices and discoveries as they unravel the kingdom’s complicated colonial history and lore.

Throughout The Pop-Up Experience: The Children of the Bear, Todd Houseman will be working in collaboration with co-conspirator and site-specific theatre veteran Louise Casemore, director Mitchell Cushman, Stratford Festival fight choreographer Anita Nittoly and a team of designers. Join them during this Lab Residency as they explore the aesthetic fantasy world that the larger project will exist within, and the mechanics behind the operation of the branching narrative.

As part of the SummerWorks Lab Residencies this year, four artists/collectives from Outside the March’s  TD Forward March program will take over pop-up storefront spaces. If you want a glimpse into the artistic process, stop by 1282 Bloor Street West between August 9 – 15, where you’ll be able to engage in the creative process and peek through the windows to watch the Forward March artists at work throughout the month of August.

Created by Todd Houseman

TD Forward March is supported by TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment.


If you want a glimpse into the artistic process, stop by 1282 Bloor Street West at our Pop-Up location, where you’ll be able to engage in the creative process and peek through the windows to watch the Forward March artists at work throughout the month of August.

See information about the other projects from The Pop-Up Experience below.

The Pop-Up Experience: A New Black Poet

The Pop-Up Experience: PORTAL

The Pop-Up Experience: Rainbow on Mars


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The Pop-Up Experience is an indoor experience with a small capacity of distanced audience members who must remain masked at all times. There will be up to 20 people distanced in the space at any time.

Unfortunately there is no on-site audience washroom. The space is wheelchair accessible.

A limited number of tickets are reserved for audience members who use American Sign Language for the Saturday August 7, 7:30PM performance. If you require ASL interpretation please email boxoffice@summerworks.ca to reserve one of these tickets.

If you have further access questions you can get in touch with our access team at outreach@summerworks.ca.


Part of the SummerWorks Lab programming – a place for exploration, experimentation, and process. In the Lab, you can experience new works in development from artists exploring new possibilities in performance.


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