summerworks 2016

5 must-see shows at SummerWorks 2016

The annual SummerWorks Performance Festival in Toronto runs from August 4 to 14 at various venues across the city. The curated event is turning 26 this year and to celebrate, it's showcasing 69 projects as well as events and workshops. Like other local theatre festivals, there's usually something for everyone, whether you're looking to sit down and enjoy a show or participate in a site-specific piece.

Here are 5 shows to check out at SummerWorks 2016.

In this PhD research project turned performance art, young people from Flemingdon and Thorncliffe Park use song, dance, rap and poetry to talk about sexuality in the wake of the controversy over Ontario's new sex ed curriculum. If you're wondering, SExT here stands for Sex Education by Theatre.

Who are you when you're home alone? That's the question this site specific performance explores. It's structured around a series of one-on-one encounters at a west end apartment, so buckle up for an intimate experience created by Cat Montgomery and Sasha Singer-Wilson.

Head to the Paddock Tavern on Bathurst Street to hear from a panel of love experts, between the ages of 7 to 97, as they share stories that'll make you ask, what is love?

Two Indians
This show by Falen Johnson is described "a darkly comedic look at the landscape of being Indigenous." It brings together two woman who try to recreate a ceremony from their childhood in a Toronto alleyway. You can see it at the Factory Theatre.

Empire of Night
Join this communal overnight on August 11 at the Drake Undergound. From 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., you can BYOB (bring your own blanket) and relive your childhood as Adam Paolozza, Matt Smith, Charles Ketchabaw and Kari Pederson throw a sleepover dance party - you may not even get to doze off.

Photo by Dahlia Katz Photography at the SummerWorks launch party via Facebook.

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