A major social and cultural event in Montreal attracting 2.7 million local and international visitors, the Montreal Pride/Fierté Montreal Festival takes over the city once again this August to promote local LGBTQ communities while serving as a beacon of hope for people around the globe who continue to battle injustice.
In addition to hosting the world-famous Montréal Pride Parade (which is scheduled this year for Sunday, August 19th), the festival’s rich and eclectic lineup offers a number of off-site artistic events – including live theatrical productions, creative development workshops, and free outdoor concerts featuring mega Broadway stars.
Here’s our compilation of the to-see shows and to-do activities for the theatre aficionado presented as part of the Pride programming this year:
August 9, 10, 11, 12 at 8:00 PM | Place des Arts – Cinquième salle | $22 – 28
Written by Talking Dog Productions’ Dane Stewart, “The History of Sexuality” is an original two-act play exploring queer identities and queer communities in Montreal. The play is based off a series of interviews organized with queer Montrealers and uses verbatim theatre storytelling techniques. An intimate and radically honest examination of sex and power from a queer perspective. *Editor’s Pick
August 22 & 23 at 8:00 PM | La Chapelle | $18
In “Abecedarium Bestiarium“, Berlin-based choreographer Antonia Baehr has invited her friends to write short pieces for her, based on an alphabet of extinct animals: D is for Dodo, T is for Tasmanian tiger, S is for Steller’s sea cow… The authors choose an extinct animal that they feel strongly about. This brings about heterogeneous choreographic miniatures in which they reflect their respective affinity to the chosen animal as well as their friendship to Antonia.
August 2–6 and 7-11 at 8:00 PM | Mainline Theatre | $19 – 21
Brave New Productions presents the Canadian Premiere of a powerful piece by one of the greatest playwrights of our time, Tony Award nominee Martin Sherman (Bent, The Boy From Oz). A touching love story about the triumphs and heartbreaks of the entire length of the gay rights movement, celebrating and mourning the ghosts of the men and women who led the way for equality, marriage and the right to dream.
August 10, 11, 15, 17, 19 in French | 9, 10, 12, 16, 18 in English
Café Cléopâtre | $22 – 32
Davyn Ryall, founder and artistic director of the company Acts to Grind Theatre, revisits a bilingual gay themed musical… “Sauna: The Musical!” – all you ever wanted to know about guys at the sauna, but you have always been afraid to ask. With this dripping, wet, cabaret-burlesque musical and very cheerful, provocative, shameless all-male cast, you’ll wriggle with laughter until you drop and tap your feet till you melt your soles.
August 16 & 17 at 8:00 PM | MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) | $20.50
“MSM [men seeking men]” is a dance/theatre piece inspired by transcripts of online conversations between men who seek other men. lemonTree’s artistic producer Indrit Kasapi has created a world of electronic beats where music is the omnipotent power, and through choreography, movement, and text, deconstructs online male personas and their personal exchanges with other men.
August 9, 11, 17, 19 in French | 10, 12, 16, 18 in English | Espace Libre | $24 – 35
Syril Tiar and Philippe Gobeille announce the return of TEN (DIX) – The Orgasm Play – at the Pride. Seeking to answer the question of “what really happens once intercourse is over?”, the play presents ten post-coital scenes of couples, staging a line of comedians facing incongruous situations that may be all too recognizeable among urban youth.
August 16 at 2:00 PM | Studio 303 | $15 – 30
“The Grid” is a creative process of physical and vocal exploration that lemonTree creations has been using to generate the material for several of their critically acclaimed productions, including MSM [men seeking men]. Indrit Kasapi, their artistic producer, arrived at this process of creation and was heavily influenced by Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints. The Grid takes its name from the most basic principle of the process, in which participants move around the space through an imaginary grid. Several other elements are introduced during the workshop in order to facilitate creation from an instinctual rather than intellectual place.
August 16, 17, 18 at 10:00 AM | Studio 303 | $70 – 125
This practical workshop weaves around the personal interest in the animal-human relation revealed through performance, musical composition and choreography and shed under a queer light. In this workshop led by composer/performance artist Neo Hülcker (aka ASMR* artist Thousand Tingles) and established choreographer/performer Henry Wilde (aka Antonia Baehr), participants will exchange scores, write portraits in animal metaphors for one another, improvise, and get inspired by online animal video-clips to create short performances.
August 18 at 2:00 PM | Studio 303 | $15 – 30
This workshop will serve as an introduction to improvised comedy, as it establishes the foundations of celebrating failure and learning to say yes to the ideas of others. However, there will also be a special focus on listening and being attentive to others, and how it is the act of collaboration that really defines the improv experience. Time will also be given to explore what it means to put oneself in another’s shoes, as characters are created and developed, and how we can play those very different from ourselves with truth and dignity.
August 18th at 8:00 PM | Parc des Faubourgs – TD Stage | Free Event
A music spectacle with heavyweight star entertainers performing their greatest hits! Featuring: Canadian Mia Martina from Toronto and Broadway; Deborah Cox, R&B singer and TV, film and Broadway actress; Calum Scott, singer-songwriter from Great Britain; and the flamboyant Todrick Hall, Youtuber, drag queen, choreographer, actor and singer.
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