Theatre

Neptune’s “2 Pianos, 4 Hands” confusingly entertaining

What happens when two men grow up learning classical piano? This play.

April 03, 2016

Two gleaming grand pianos facing one another are surrounded by nearly all black.  A large empty photo frame hangs above each piano.  It’s simplicity to the point of excess.  As the house lights dim, two men dressed in tuxedos with… Continue Reading

Neptune’s 2 Pianos, 4 Hands confusingly entertaining

What happens when two men grow up learning classical piano? This play.

March 11, 2016

Two gleaming grand pianos facing one another are surrounded by nearly all black.  A large empty photo frame hangs above each piano.  It’s simplicity to the point of excess.  As the house lights dim, two men dressed in tuxedos with… Continue Reading

Black History Month is almost over

The world seems to get more diverse as time goes on. In the new Star Wars film, two of the leading stars, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega, were Puerto Rican and African American, respectively. One of the biggest literary hashtags is #weneeddiversebooks, and with the use of the internet, it is now easier than ever for people outside the mainstream to get their voices and their works out to the public. With the closing of Black History Month, it seems appropriate to bring up some resources for people who enjoy learning about varying aspects of histories and works of fiction. In terms of fiction, The Substitutes (Myisha Haynes), Nibi (Gyimah Gariba), and Demon Street (Aliza Layne) are easy to find, entertaining webcomics. If you prefer books, Pointe by Brandy Colbert and This Side of Home by Renee Watson are contemporary YA with black leads, though if fantasy is more your thing Ursual K Le Guin’s Earthsea series might be the way to go. Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys is a good choice for adult fiction, and if you’re looking for classics, notable author Alexander Dumas was a black writer with some of the best adventure stories of his time. Sometimes history is just as interesting as fiction. For example, Hamilton, one of the biggest Broadway Musicals at the moment which mixes hip hop with history from textbooks. Written by the very passionate Lin Manuel Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent, the play is about one of America’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, and his journey from “a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman dropped in a forgotten spot in the Caribbean” to the revered figure he is known as today. While the play is not specifically about black history, it does feature anti-slavery themes in accordance with Hamilton’s own views, and the cast is almost entirely non-white – except for the role of the King of England, George III. History is also presented in an interesting manner by Tumblr’s MedievalPOC. It aims “to address common misconceptions that People of Color did not exist in Europe before the Enlightenment, and to emphasize the cognitive dissonance in the way this is reflected in media produced today.” It provides short blog entries on paintings, manuscripts or artifacts that demonstrate the presence and influence of people of color in European history, as well as provides resources, such as open source academic articles and timelines. If you’ve seen the same story in the mainstream media or history books all the time, why not try something new?

February 26, 2016

The world seems to get more diverse as time goes on. In the new Star Wars film, two of the leading stars, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega, were Puerto Rican and African American, respectively. One of the biggest literary hashtags… Continue Reading

Going Gatsby

Dalhousie’s Theater Society’s rendition of the classic novel was indeed great

November 29, 2015

Directed by Hannah Harper and Ryan Wilcox of the Dalhousie Theatre Society, this F. Scott Fitzgerald classic of the ephemera of love and consumption was performed from November 19th through the 21st. This adaptation, written by Simon Levy, obviously lacks… Continue Reading

The theatre of fear

DaPoPo Theatre’s Live-In Festival ends brightly

November 05, 2015

  The show memorably began with a screaming clown. “THE FEAR PROJECT or So… What About Fear?” is the memorable culmination of the DaPoPo Theatre’s Live-In Festival, an entire month of the theatre featuring performances, workshops, and readings related to… Continue Reading

On the Fringes

Atlantic Fringe Festival on until the 13th

September 04, 2015

The Atlantic Fringe Festival, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, kicks off this week. The festival is a display of experimental and artistic theater, aiming to provide interesting and accessible entertainment. This year, Fringe boasts 12 venues and 50 shows –… Continue Reading

The 2015 Halifax Summer To-Do List

Looks like you better cancel your flight home

April 14, 2015

With so much of Dalhousie’s student body hailing from outside the city, summers in Halifax can feel like a well-kept secret. Those who stay in the city can attest to the beautiful weather and the multitude of things to do… Continue Reading

Two Minute Mania

January 16, 2015

North end theatre festival rips through 30 plays in 60 minutes   “30/60” (30 Plays in 60 minutes) by Up the Hill Theatre Productions runs from January 13 to January 18 at The Bus Stop Theatre on Gottingen Street. The… Continue Reading

Getting out there

November 15, 2014

Lessons from a Dalhousie theatre alumni Sitting through hours of lecture each week, it can feel like graduation is a lifetime away. But what do you do when it finally arrives? The dreaded question that all university graduates face is “where… Continue Reading

Fountain School opens

September 12, 2014

Arts have a new home at Dal The much-anticipated Fountain School of Performing Arts opened its doors in July, considerably expanding music, theatre and film studies programs at Dalhousie. In May 2013, Dalhousie received a $10 million donation from the… Continue Reading

Vanishing into “How to Disappear Completely”

February 04, 2014

  In September 2000, lighting designer Itai Erdal received news that his mother was diagnosed with cancer. She had only nine months to live. After moving back to Israel to be with her, he shot hours of documentary-style interview footage… Continue Reading

Putting on Pericles

November 22, 2013

  Dalhousie’s theater department will present Pericles,  its second production of the 2013-2014 season, on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Pericles is a  magical adaptation of Ancient Greece, telling the epic tale of Prince Pericles’ journey across the Mediterranean Sea as he finds love… Continue Reading

Dal Theatre presents: The Ghost Sonata

October 25, 2013

A twisted ride through a fever dream, The Ghost Sonata is nightmarish in a way that only powerful theatre can be. Dalhousie Theatre’s first performance of the season is a purgatorial world of doomed mansions and enslaved souls, a place where… Continue Reading