Embedded Criticism

Critic in Residence Nicholas Leno writes,  Dr. Jackson Carter (Tanisha Minson) The apocalypse has reached London, not 28 days later, but right now! Last week St Catharines’ Dragonfire Players were in London, Ontario performing their newest show The After Year for the London Fringe Festival. I began following Dragonfire…

30 January 2014: At the end of their embedding, and having read some of their classmates’ review responses to the production, the five students following the process of The Valley reflected on their experiences. Here are excerpts from what they wrote:  Anthony Kuchar writes: In all the years I’ve been working and study…

Critics in residence Nicholas Leno and Hayley Malouin write, How can we write an ending to a weekend that has been the most hectic, fun, and inspiring experience we’d had since making this little ol’ town our home? We aren’t quite sure, but we’re definitely going to try. If you loved In The Soil as much as we did, then…

Critic in residence Hayley Malouin writes, “We are all Creator-made. And the Creator does not make junk.” On Sunday evening Debajehmujig Theatre Group presented The Global Savages, an hour-long event sharing the cultural and spiritual history of the Anishinaabeg people. It is not so much a performance as a kind of heig…

Critic in residence Hayley Malouin writes, Let’s get one thing straight: we refuse to stop gushing about In The Soil. As our criticism for the festival comes to a close (this year’s, at least!), and with it my engagement with Once, Nick and I wanted to have a post-festival chat with Twitches and Itches artistic directo…

Critic in residence Nicholas Leno writes, Well that’s all folks! In The Soil is wrapped up and the shows are over. Or are they? Yesterday Hayley and I sat down with some artists from In The Soil to discuss the future life of projects that premiered in this year’s local arts festival. Among them, still sporting the bean…

Critic in residence Hayley Malouin writes, Things that grow in the soil: carrots; leeks; potatoes; brilliantly unique homegrown festivals! Playing Sunday night at the Mikado, Suitcase In Point’s appropriately titled The Dirty Cabaret III brought the 2014 In The Soil Arts Festival to a close. Stuffed full of raunchy jok…

Critic in residence Nicholas Leno writes, Run for your life, it’s the blueberries! Zombies are closing in on your location, even the narrator doesn’t know where to go, and it’s all because of that damn blueberry pie! This is ‘a-PIE-calypse NOW!!!’, one of the incredibly creative experiences I had last night as Rhizomes…

Critic is residence Hayley Malouin writes, Sunday night on the hillside just behind Rodman Hall, seated around a fire boiling cedar tea, Manitoulin Island’s Debajehmujig Theatre Group will present The Global Savages – an experience that blurs the lines between performance and storytelling; myth and history; theatre and…

In The Soil critics in residence Nicholas Leno and Hayley Malouin write, Hello and welcome to Nick and Hayley’s mini-blog site for coverage of the 2014 In The Soil Arts Festival! We hope you’re pumped up and ready for a weekend of exceptional artistic talent – we certainly are. A little bit about us: we’ve spent the la…