Credit: Hamilton Fringe Festival
The Hamilton Festival Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the lineup for Frost Bites 2018, Hamilton’s only site-specific winter performance festival, taking place February 15th to 18th, 2018. This will be the third annual festival and we are thrilled to welcome another diverse group of emerging and established artists who will create short pieces of unconventional performance in unexpected spaces at a venue to be announced later this summer.
Frost Bites 2016 at the Cotton Factory
After a record-breaking number of applications, eight companies were chosen to participate in Frost Bites 2018. We are incredibly excited to announce the lineup, which includes artists working in a variety of disciplines, with a rich diversity of experience:
▪ Blending Reality Productions - The company who presented The Bell Ringer at the 2014 Hamilton Fringe Festival, led by McMaster grads Taryn Crankshaw (3x3 Screenplay Competition Winner) and Jessica Marshall (a Hamilton Fringe ALERT alumni)
▪ Flat Earth Global - a new Hamilton-based company headed by Theatre Aquarius Artistic Associate Luke Brown.
▪ Form Contemporary Dance Theatre - The company presented Storm and Silence at the 2014 Hamilton Fringe.
▪ Ilumina Flamenco - co-founded by Angela Déiseach and Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko, this dance collective is dedicated to the creation and presentation of original flamenco works in traditional and non-traditional settings.
▪ Just Look Normal - led by 2017 Hamilton Emerging Theatre Arts Award recipient Rex Emerson.
▪ (not)james - Led by Toronto-based multi-media artist James Knott (Bluma Appel Award recipient)
▪ Open Heart - Previous Frost Bites artists Kelly Wolf (One Small Drop - 2015,In Sight- 2016) and Peter Riddihough (The Memory Project - 2015) collaborate on a new piece.
▪ Red Betty Theatre - led by playwright Radha Menon (City of Hamilton Theatre Arts Award recipient) with Indigenous artist Cliff Cardinal (Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Male Performance), actor and playwright Jennie Esdale (Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Performance) and others.
Each of these companies will create a site-specific performance inspired by the spaces in the Frost Bites 2018 venue. No performance is longer than 20 minutes, and each show plays multiple times a night. A single ticket grants entry into as many performances as an audience member can manage in an evening!
Running concurrently with the planning of Frost Bites 2018 is the Artistic Leadership and Entrepreneurial Training program (or ALERT), the Hamilton Festival Theatre Company’s education initiative for emerging arts professionals who are looking to develop their artistic producing skills. These young artistic leaders will attend monthly workshops with industry experts while planning and producing Frost Bites 2018. ALERT Participants include Michael Kras, Stephanie Hope Lawlor, Lily Sutherland, Sunil Puri, Emma Grafham, Jamie Kasiama and Krista Colosimo.