May 20, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
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until the next breath

Catalyst Theatre (Edmonton, AB)

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Breath. It begins and ends our lives, and in-between, it sustains us, as we reach out to connect – to touch, and be touched, by others.

But what happens in the face of a virus that isolates us, deprives us of touch, and threatens to steal our breath away? In this pause between inhalation and exhalation – afloat between what was and what will be – how do we take our next breath? How do we live? How do we thrive? 

Fifty performers join Catalyst Theatre on a musical journey that invites audience members to breathe through fear and uncertainty and dance into the beautiful unknown.

Catalyst Theatre recognizes that where we create, share and tell stories is located on Treaty 6 territory as well as Region 4 of Métis Nation of Alberta, the traditional territories of the nêhiyawak, Saulteaux, Niisitapi, Nakota Sioux, Dene, Métis, and other peoples. In doing so, we recognize that we are a part of a larger journey of growth, creation and working alongside all voices that call this place home.

As the performing arts sector continues to face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Arts Centre has responded with Grand Acts of Theatre, an initiative to bring Canadian artists and audiences together. Twelve of Canada’s most innovative theatre companies have been engaged to create and perform large-scale, new works in response to these times, which will be performed outdoors in front of live audiences in various Canadian locations, filmed, and later shared online.

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  • Writer, Composer, Director Jonathan Christenson
  • Production Designer Bretta Gerecke
  • Choreographer Laura Krewski
  • Sound Designer, Music Producer, Musical Arrangements Matthew Skopyk
  • Producer Lana Hughes
  • Music Director, Musical Arrangements Stephanie Urquhart
  • Stage Manager John Raymond
  • Associate Director Braydon Dowler-Coltman
  • Associate Designer Megan Koshka
  • Associate Producer, Health and Safety Coordinator Jessica Glover
  • Company Manager Erin Valentine
  • Assistant Stage Manager Andrea Handal Rivera
  • Actors Helen Belay, Shannon Blanchet, Michele Brown, Clinton Carew, Patricia Cerra, Kendra Connor, Patricia Darbasie, Chris Dodd, Paul Morgan Donald, Daniela Fernandez, Sue Goberdhan, Kristi Hansen, Patrick Howarth, Jolanta Lapiak, Chelo Ledesma, Brooke Leifso, David Madawo, Jameela McNeill, Graham Mothersill, Keiran Martin Murphy, Christina Nguyen, Natércia Napaleao, Niuboi, Damon Pitcher, Elena Porter, Bob Rasko, Michelle Todd, Asia Weinkauf-Bowman, Morgan Yamada
  • Dancers Vance Avery, Maya Baker, Christine Bandelow, June Chen, Camille Ensminger, Wendy Gervais, Corben Kushneryk, Michael Long, Leah Patterson, Rebecca Sadowski, Gianna Vacirca, James Velasco, Julia Zanon
  • Violin 1 Sylvia Chow
  • Violin 2 Raphaelle Erdman
  • Viola Yitian Fan
  • Bass Brett Hansen
  • Drums Biboye Onanuga
  • Keyboards Stephanie Urquhart
  • Guitar Murray Wood
  • Cello Nicholas Yee
  • Production Manager, Technical Director, Site Coordinator Anne Wenschlag
  • Head of Lighting, Programmer, Operator Roy Jackson
  • Head of Audio, Operator Nic Juba
  • Running, Install and Strike Crew Kris Aasen, Ben Franchuk, Alex Hoblak, Matt Koyata, Gail Ksionzyk, Meg Wenschlag Simon Wicks
  • Stitchers Christy Hutchinson and Tessa Stamp, Theatre Garage
  • Production Assistant Stephen Sobolewski
  • ASL Interpreters Tanya Adler, Diane de Andrade, Alicia Ponciano
  • Camera Operators Brandon Knudson, Justin Kueber, Sam Reid and Patrick Stevens, Guerrilla Motion Pictures
  • Video Editors Justin Kueber and Sam Reid, Guerrilla Motion Pictures
  • Stills Photographer Dave DeGagné