Dancock’s Dance – February 1 – 5

Photo of performers in the BallroomDancock’s Dance
a play by Guy Vanderhaeghe
(adapted by Drew Carnwath & Sam Rosenthal, with original music by Paul Humphrey)

Tickets: $30
Available online: http://dancocksdance.brownpapertickets.com 

February 1 @ 7:30 – SOLD OUT
February 2 @ 7:30 – SOLD OUT
February 3 @ 7:30 – SOLD OUT
February 4 @ 2:00 – SOLD OUT
February 4 @ 7:30 – SOLD OUT
February 5 @ 2:00 – SOLD OUT

DANCOCK’S DANCE is an exciting new piece of immersive theatre from the creative team behind 2016’s smash hit HOGTOWN: THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE (which made the ‘must see’ and ‘top ten’ list for Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, NOW Magazine, among others).

World War One soldier John Carlyle Dancock returns from France shell-shocked and haunted by the sins of war. He is also judged unfit for society, and so is committed to an insane asylum, trapped by his own conscience and by the rigid rules of authority. In his struggle to survive, Dancock manages to find redemption and deliverance – and the possibility of love – when he connects with a fellow inmate, the mysterious Dorothea Gage. 

In this groundbreaking production of Guy Vanderhaeghe’s play, THE HOGTOWN COLLECTIVE re-imagines Dancock’s Dance with original music and dance. This immersive show takes place in Toronto’s historic Campbell House Museum, transforming it into the mystifying asylum. Audience members are once again invited to experience the play from room to room in the newly-converted asylum, brought to life with powerful performances and eye-popping set & lighting design. Dancock’s Dance will leave you breathless, thanks to the stark lyricism of Vanderhaegue’s poetry. It will also redefine the possibilities of what theatre can be, and what theatre can do.  Audiences will lose themselves in Dancock’s Dance, and discover an unforgettable evening.

HOGTOWN takes over Campbell House!

The Hogtown Collective and Campbell House Museum present Hogtown: The Immersive Experience, July 6-August 28, http://hogtownexperience.com


Fresh from a successful, sold-out run in January, HOGTOWN is a site-specific multi-storied musical set in 1920’s Toronto. It boasts a cast of over 30 actors, featuring some of the city’s brightest stars including David Keeley (URINETOWN, ASSASSINS, MAMMA MIA, ROCK OF AGES), Gabi Epstein (ONCE, FUNNY GIRL, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF), and Lori Nancy Kalamanski (MY MOTHER’S LESBIAN JEWISH WICCAN WEDDING, e-DENTITY, GLADSTONE VARIATIONS).

Price: $39-$45
Dates: July 6-August 28 (Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturday & Sunday at 2pm)
For more information: hogtownexperience.com
For tickets: hogtown.brownpapertickets.com

Some of the gentlemen of Hogtown

Jerome Bourgault as Thomas Foster, Dov Mickelson as Tracy Doyle, and Allan Price as Lol Solomon

Please note, there will be no tours of the museum on weekends throughout the run of Hogtown because of the matinee performances.

Harley Valentine returns to Campbell House

New sculptural Portal works by Harley Valentine

Go behind the scenes of the installation here: INSTALLATION DAY

Opening reception: Saturday, May 9th, from 1:00 to 4:00pm
Exhibition Dates: May 1 to June 20, 2015
By Francisco Alvarez

Harley Valentine’s striking new sculpture Always Forever, the latest in his series of Portals sculptures, rises in front of the Campbell House Museum like an apparition from another age.

On the face of it, the futuristic origami-like sculpture functions as a doorway between the bustle of 21st-century Queen Street West, Toronto’s locus of all things cool, and the stately Georgian architecture of the City’s oldest surviving building from the olde Town of York, built in 1822 (also considered quite cool in its day). But the title of this installation, Always Forever Now, suggests a grander idea – that the sculpture as installed here exists within a grander continuity of time, from the past, through the present and into the unknowable future.

No traditional rectangular doorway, Always Forever, for all its beautiful straight lines, facets and angles, also suggests a writhing form, caught frozen in the middle of its ages-long shapeshifting exertions. Valentine cleverly amplifies the portal’s movement potential in mesmerizing performances of contemporary dance, music and photography. The dancer sinuously crosses back and forth through the twisting red threshold, becoming a tender image of humanity, with all its complexity, emotion and temporality, framed within the permanence of classical architecture, the logic of science and engineering, and the irrational impulses of great art.

Francisco Alvarez is the principal of Mr. Pink Art Consultants, Executive Director of Heritage Toronto, and a former professional dancer.



Always Forever by Harley Valentine