24.25 Season

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Collage and posters by Emily Jung

“We are thrilled to announce the Fall Season at Theatre Passe Muraille, featuring an exhilarating and interdisciplinary line-up of shows and festivals. This season includes the international perspectives of the RUTAS Festival (in partnership with Aluna Theatre and Factory Theatre), the captivating and personal work of Manitoba-born artist Ken Harrower, the fantastical future envisioned by Coleen Shirin MacPherson, and the innovative technological performances of PXR. Our focus remains steadfast on collaboration, innovation, accessibility, and community as we develop and curate the most intriguing and provocative theatrical experiences for you. Join us as we challenge, engage, and inspire for a fall of wonder!”

Marjorie, Indrit, and Michelle, TPM Leadership Team

RUTAS Festival 2024
Pictured: Jessica Zepeda
Picture by Ana Higuera
Conceptualized by the Aluna team
Graphic design by Victor Terzis
Presented by Aluna Theatre in partnership with Theatre Passe Muraille & Factory Theatre
Playing Sept. 26 – Oct. 6, 2024
The Flin Flon Cowboy
by The Flin Flon Cowboy Collective
A Flin Flon Cowboy Collective & Theatre Passe Muraille Co-Production in Association with Why Not Theatre

Playing Oct. 19th – Nov. 2nd, 2024

PXR Conference 2024 

A Single Thread Theatre Company Production & Theatre Passe Muraille Venue Partner

November 8 – 10, 2024
November 15 – 17th, 2024

by Coleen Shirin MacPherson

WORLD PREMIERE | An Open Heart Surgery Theatre & Theatre Passe Muraille Co-Production

Nov. 20th – 30th, 2024

Aluna Theatre is thrilled to present the SIXTH edition of the RUTAS International Performing Arts Festival from September 26 to October 6, 2024, in partnership with Theatre Passe Muraille and Factory Theatre.

Dreaming a better world that we can build together is the driving force behind the works presenting at RUTAS. The theme for this year’s festival is Personal Cartographies.  In these inspiring performances, national and international artists chart their own paths through themes of family, displacement, privilege, women’s labour, and the body as a map of resistance.

In their thought-provoking work, artists from Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia and Turtle Island ask us:  What is the cost behind that which we consume? What do we gain, and what do we lose in our journey to achieve freedom?  How do we mark the world that shapes us, and what will happen to our footprints when we are gone?

Country music and Queer Crip Love. Freedom and Fetishes. Consent and Accountability. A rebel outlaw bursts out of institutional confines on the prairies to find a new home in the big city. Ken Harrower croons original tunes alongside a live country band revealing his real life story of self-discovery and defiance.

The Flin Flon Cowboy is a new autobiographical musical that chronicles the extraordinary life of Ken Harrower, a gay disabled artist and singer. Set to the sounds of original country music, Ken‘s story begins in the enigmatic town of Flin Flon, Manitoba, and unfolds through his harrowing experiences as a child with a disability in Winnipeg’s foster care system. Defying expectations and refusing to submit to life in an institution, Ken escapes the prairies and embarks on a journey to find connection and belonging in Toronto’s vibrant gay community.

“Live performance in VR.”

This November, Theatre Passe Muraille is excited to once again be the venue partner for Single Thread Theatre’s Performance and XR (PXR) Conference which will bring together artists, technologists, game creators, and academics to discuss digital art creation and innovation.

The first and only conference of its kind in Canada, PXR has grown into a significant platform for showcasing the latest advancements in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality performance. Gathering over four hundred participants from diverse backgrounds across Canada and the globe, including artists, programmers, and industry professionals.

PXR2024 promises to be their most ambitious conference yet, with a hybrid format combining virtual reality and in-person hubs in VancouverToronto, and KingstonTPM will be the in-person hub for Toronto, loaning and assisting with our VR units for those who wish to attend the conference.

Written by Coleen Shirin MacPherson and developed by Open Heart Surgery Theatre with a star-cast and creative team, Erased is a visually stunning physical theatre piece that tells the story of a greeting card factory in a post-climate collapse world.

In it, workers are forced to work a quota, making ridiculous greeting cards while trying to survive within the machinery that controls and erases them; a surreal marriage of absurdism, dark comedy, political theatre and poetry; Erased draws us into a make-work world exploring how the kindling of a soft revolution turns to flame, igniting the spirit of resistance that keeps it alive.

...and more

Continuing the history of works in development at Theatre Passe Muraille, the Buzz In-Development Series will host several artists in various stages of development. This season will include artists doing text-based explorations, translation, and digital explorations in VR and AR. We are also pleased to announce that we will be continuing our partnership with Diaspora Dialogues, supporting workshops for Donovan Hayden and Ajahnis Charley

In addition, our community programming will continue with community meals, panels, and workshops inspired by our season productions, which are free to attend.

TPM continues to support wide-ranging work that addresses current provocations and conversations that are collaborative, community-based, accessible, and innovative. At the heart of how TPM sees its impact ‘beyond the walls,’ the 24.25 includes community engagement and ongoing enhancements to accessibility offerings.

Passe Muraille will announce its second winter/spring 2025 programming phase in December 2024.

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