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SummerWorks Focus

Thank you for attending the 34th SummerWorks Performance Festival. We are excited to connect with you in Toronto for 11 days of bold creative expressions that engage with the idea of survival.

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Whether you are joining us for SummerWorks Focusthe bespoke industry gathering between August 4-8 — or you are joining us throughout the 11-day Festival, we welcome you!

This page provides key information on the following:

  • Ticketing & Industry Passes
  • Schedule
  • Locations & Accommodations
  • Studio Visits
  • SummerWorks Exchange

Scroll down for more information.

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As soon as possible, we invite you to: 

  • Book your Industry Pass, and confirm your tickets to any paid performances
  • Register in advance for our free Festival programming
  • RSVP to any industry-specific events

SummerWorks Focus & Special Programming Initiatives

SummerWorks Focus is a 5-day gathering that invites Industry professionals to connect with artists through a series of curated Studio Visits, and through creative conversations and presentations within the SummerWorks Exchange programming.

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We encourage you to explore the full 11-day Festival along with the SummerWorks Focus series. Here are a few links to help you familiarize yourself with the overall 2024 Festival and Programming Initiatives:

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If you have any questions or further inquiries about your attendance at the SummerWorks Performance Festival, please email us at community@summerworks.ca.


Ticketing & Industry Passes

This year, we are offering four (4) Industry Pass options:

  • 3-Pass for $40 
  • 5-Pass for $65 
  • 7-Pass for $90 
  • 10-Pass for $130 

These Industry Pass links (below) are PRIVATE, so please do not share with anyone else.

Once you purchase your Pass, you will receive an email with a unique coupon code, which you will use to book your individual tickets. We strongly encourage you to book your specific tickets, as soon as possible, as Festival tickets tend to sell quite quickly, and are subject to availability.

You are also welcome to book additional tickets to any performance, by visiting our Festival Ticketing and Registration Page.

There are also many FREE Festival events/activities, and some require advance registration. We strongly encourage you to directly register for these events, as soon as possible.


3-PASS – PURCHASE LINK
Includes up to three (3) tickets, redeemable for any of the ticketed performances in the Festival. $40

5-PASS – PURCHASE LINK
Includes up to five (5) tickets, redeemable for any of the ticketed performances in the Festival. $65

7-PASS – PURCHASE LINK
Includes up to seven (7) tickets, redeemable for any of the ticketed performances in the Festival. $90

10-PASS – PURCHASE LINK
Includes up to ten (10) tickets, redeemable for any of the ticketed performances in the Festival. $130


Schedule

Sunday, August 4th

For those of you joining us for SummerWorks Focus, specifically between August 4-8, here is a recommended pathway through the Festival within these five (5) days.

This schedule includes a few industry-specific events which require a reservation (RSVP). These events are highlighted in bold within the schedule below, and you can find more detailed event descriptions by scrolling further down this page.

All free events are not included in your Industry Pass, and some require advance registration. Please visit our Festival Ticketing and Registration Page to register for any free events marked as ‘registration required’ below.

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Featured SummerWorks performances and events on the East End:

  • 11:00am – 12:00pm  || Wheezy Breezy  ||  Regent Park (outdoors)  ||  free – no registration required
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm  ||  Beth-Anne  ||  Aki Studio, Native Earth
  • 3:45pm – 4:45pm  ||  Rougarou  ||  Aki Studio, Native Earth
  • 5:15pm – 6:00pm  ||  Three Dots  ||  The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance
  • 6:45pm – 7:30pm  ||  Girl’s Notes III  ||  The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance
  • 8:00pm – 10:30pm  ||  The Gathering  ||  The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance  ||  free – no registration required

Monday, August 5th

Featured Summer Break programming:

  • 10:00am – 11:30am  ||  A Morning with Elder Duke Redbird  ||  Location TBD (outdoors)  ||  free – no registration required
  • 11:30am – 1:30pm  ||  Neighbourhood Rest Stop  ||  Location TBD (outdoors)  ||  free – no registration required
  • 1:30pm – 4:30pm  ||  S’imbriquer  ||  Factory Theatre (outdoors)  ||  free – no registration required
  • 5:00pm – 5:45pm  ||  Sacred Sacrilegious  ||  Factory Theatre  ||  free – no registration required
  • 7:00pm – 8:00pm  ||  Worm Moon  ||  Factory Theatre  ||  free – registration required

Tuesday, August 6th

Featured Studio Visits and SummerWorks Exchange programming:

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm  ||  in-between space lab / 인-비트윈 스페이스 랩  ||  The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance  ||  free – registration required
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm  ||  Studio Visit: Naishi Wang  ||  Meridian Hall (RSVP HERE)
  • 2:15pm – 3:45pm  ||  Producer’s Conversation x International Exchange  ||  Meridian Hall (RSVP HERE)
  • 5:00pm – 6:20pm  ||  Festivals are Scary, Strange and Eerie  ||  Theatre Passe Muraille  ||  free – no registration required

Evening Festival programming options:

  • 7:30pm – 9:30pm  ||  Suitable Climate  ||  Theatre Passe Muraille  ||  free – registration required
  • 7:00pm – 7:50pm  ||  Too Dirty to Clean  ||  The Theatre Centre
  • 8:15pm – 9:45pm  ||  Bimbos in Space!  ||  Factory Theatre
  • 8:30pm – 9:30pm  ||  Warm up  ||  The Theatre Centre

Wednesday, August 7th

Featured Studio Visits and SummerWorks Exchange programming:

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm  ||  Sur-veil Salon  ||  Theatre Passe Muraille  ||  free – registration required
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm  ||  Studio Visit: Brigita Gedgaudas  ||  Charles Street Video (RSVP HERE)
  • 2:00pm – 3:15pm  ||  Main Character Energy  ||  Theatre Passe Muraille  ||  free – no registration required
  • 4:00pm – 5:30pm  ||  X60 Tea Table  ||  Theatre Passe Muraille  ||  free – no registration required

Evening Festival programming options:

  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm  ||  SummerWorks at Union: Corpus + Telehorn  ||  Union Station  ||  free – no registration required
  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm  ||  Bimbos in Space!  ||  Factory Theatre
  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm  ||  Warm up  ||  The Theatre Centre
  • 8:00pm – 9:30pm  ||  The Movements  ||  The Theatre Centre
  • 10:00pm – 10:40pm  ||  Microphone Controller  ||  Theatre Passe Muraille

Thursday, August 8th

Featured Studio Visits and SummerWorks Exchange programming:

  • 10:45am – 12:00pm  ||  Studio Visit: Tiny Bear Jaws  ||  The Theatre Centre (RSVP HERE)
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm  ||  Sur-veil Salon  ||  Theatre Passe Muraille  ||  free – registration required
  • 12:30pm – 1:45pm  ||  Studio Visit: Tiny Bear Jaws  ||  The Theatre Centre (RSVP HERE)
  • 2:00pm – 3:15pm  ||  Chimerik’s Virtual Live Art Database  ||  Theatre Passe Muraille  ||  free – no registration required
  • 4:00pm – 5:20pm  ||  Planetary OUDH  ||  Theatre Passe Muraille  ||  free – registration required

Evening Festival programming options:

  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm  ||  Aye Caesar  ||  The Theatre Centre  ||  free – registration required
  • 7:30pm – 9:00pm  ||  Bimbos in Space!  ||  Factory Theatre
  • 8:00pm – 9:30pm  ||  The Movements  ||  The Theatre Centre
  • 10:00pm – 10:40pm  ||  Microphone Controller  ||  Theatre Passe Muraille
  • 10:00pm – 11:00pm  ||  Warm up  ||  The Theatre Centre
  • Time TBA  ||  A, Brazil flag emoji, 47  ||  Factory Theatre  ||  free – no registration required

Studio Visit: Naishi Wang

Eyes Wide Open

Naishi Dance Company

Tuesday, August 6 || 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Meridian Hall || RSVP Required

Based in Toronto and born in Changchun, China, Naishi Wang is a renowned choreographer and visual artist. He explores the motivations behind bodily movements and the emotions they convey. His exceptional improvisations and dance-inspired drawings are widely acclaimed. Wang’s solo “Taking Breath,” part of the Citadel program in April 2018, captivated audiences in Montreal, Halifax, and Hamburg, Germany. This piece explores intimate bodily communication, a theme he revisits in “Face To Face,” a duet examining virtual communication and its intricacies, which toured to FTA, Usine-C in Montreal, Tanzmesse in Düsseldorf, Schrittmacher in the Netherlands, and Tanz Ist in Austria. Currently touring “Deciphers” with UK-based artist Jean Abreu across Canada, Wang is an artist in residence at the Citadel and TO Live. He has received prestigious awards, including Les Respirations du FTA (2021), the Small Scale Creation Fund from CanDance (2021), and the Chalmers Arts Fellowship from the Ontario Arts Council (2022).

WEBSITE || INSTAGRAM

RSVP

Discussion: International Exchange

Producer’s Conversation x International Exchange

Tuesday, August 6 || 2:15pm – 3:45pm
Meridian Hall || RSVP Required

This conversation is an opportunity to engage with diverse contexts, by sharing experience and knowledge as resources; a chance to hear what’s on the mind of producers working on international projects and collaborations, including questions they’re asking, strategies they’re developing, and what they’re excited about.

Featuring:

  • Wen Huang (Independent Producer, Taipei)
  • Kevin Matthew Wong (Why Not Theatre and Broadleaf Creative, Toronto)
  • Ariana Shaw (TO Live, Toronto)
RSVP

Studio Visit: Brigita Gedgaudas

Be Vardų, Be Kojų

Brigita Gedgaudas

supported by Chimerik 似不像 

Wednesday, August 7 || 11:00am – 12:30pm
Charles Street Video || RSVP Required

Brigita Gedgaudas (e/he/they) is an emerging, interdisciplinary, trans*, and diasporic-Lithuanian artist working in so-called Toronto, represented by Chimerik 似不像. Eir work engages with in-betweenness as they explore contradictory experiences of gender and cultural heritage through realms of dance and digital worldbuilding. Using glitches as mechanisms for queering Lithuanian folk dance, they are interested in translating the body between physical and digital worlds through interactive and immersive installations. 

WEBSITE || INSTAGRAM

RSVP

Studio Visit: Tiny Bear Jaws

Apology Show

Tiny Bear Jaws
featuring Elena Beleya and Tori Morrison

Thursday, August 8 || 10:45am – 12:00pm
Thursday, August 8 || 12:30pm – 1:45pm
The Theatre Centre || RSVP Required

Founded in 2015, Tiny Bear Jaws is an agile, femme and queer-run cross-Canadian theatre company managed by Elena Belyea (Artistic Director) and Tori Morrison (Executive Director and Artistic Producer). We produce and tour innovative, provocative, and engaging new works. We are committed to exploring the creative possibilities that exist exclusively in live performance and creating theatre that’s transgressive in content and form.

WEBSITE || INSTAGRAM

RSVP

SummerWorks Exchange

We encourage all Industry professionals to attend projects in our SummerWorks Exchange programming stream. The Exchange is a dynamic space for emergent creative thinking to come into focus and conversation, gathering artists and audiences together with intention around relevant and urgent creative proposals and artistic practices.

All Exchange programming is FREE and open to the public.
** Indicates projects that require advance registration


Directions & Accommodations

ACCOMMODATIONS:
SummerWorks has confirmed discounted rates for booking your stay in Toronto.

Ace Hotel Toronto
WEBSITE || 51 Camden St
30% off Classic rate, for bookings between July 28 – August 12, 2024
Code: SWRK24 

Sonder
WEBSITE || multiple locations
10% off already-discounted rates, any dates
Code: FORUMSONDER10 

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LOCATIONS & DIRECTIONS:

  1. Theatre Passe Muraille — 16 Ryerson Ave
  2. The Theatre Centre — 1115 Queen St West
  3. Factory Theatre — 125 Bathurst St
  4. Aki Studio at Daniels Spectrum — 585 Dundas St East
  5. The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance — 304 Parliament St
  6. Union Station — 65 Front St West
  7. Meridian Hall — 1 Front St East
  8. Charles Street Video — 76 Geary Ave