Politics and art collide Monday, April 25, 2011 when Edmonton’s local art scene takes to the stage to share views on the current political landscape.
Wrecking Ball 2011 is a one-night cabaret which allows local politicians to connect with young, arts minded voters. Similar events are being scheduled on the same night across the country, swinging into the electoral debate from coast to coast, with events in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Victoria.
The Edmonton arts community has answered the call of the Wrecking Ball loud and clear. Featuring a cross section of the best performance our city has to offer, Wrecking Ball 2011 will feature:
In Treatment a new work by actor and playwright Marcus Youssef (Ali and Ali and the aXes of Evil) starring Jamie Cavanagh, Chris Cook, Jesse Gervais & Caley Suliak, directed by Taylor Chadwick.
The Other Other C Word by Marty Chan, starring Garrett Spelliscy, Arlen Konopaki & Tatyana Rac, directed by John Hudson
YEG, a new work by Canadian playwright sensation Sean Dixon (The Girls Who Saw Everything) starring Ian Leung & Nancy McAlear, directed by John Hudson.
An electrically charged performance by award winning hip-hop phenomenon Politic Live
Songs of politic importance by singer/songwriter Dale Ladouceur
A short firm by Highwire Films
A musical performance by Joel Crichton Emergency
A performance by Edmonton’s own Assault of Knowledge (AOK), and more!
Political Candidates have also responded to The Wrecking Ball. Guests include: Linda Duncan (NDP), Lewis Cardinal (NDP), Mary MacDonald (Liberal), Shafik Ruda (Liberal), Mikkel Paulson (Pirate), Chris White (Independent) and more.
The Wrecking Ball was founded in Toronto in November 2004 to address a nagging imbalance: too much theatre in our politics, not enough politics in our theatre. There have been eleven Wrecking Ball cabarets in Toronto, including a national event that saw Wrecking Balls staged semi-simultaneously in 10 cities across the country in 2008, in advance of the federal election.