TOTTERING BIPED THEATRE
The Carnival of Animals (in English)
Le Carnaval des Animaux (en français)
Touring Dates: Scheduled for May 4 & 5
Available in English or French
The Carnival of Animals is a classical music composition by Camille Saint-Saëns, often used to introduce children to the world of classical Western music with movements devoted to elephants, chickens, and turtles. This production features Trevor Copp’s interpretation of these animals – watch him use the art of mime become a clucking, growling, and flapping parade of animals who bridge this wonderful music to the hearts of children and adults alike.
Each animal will also be introduced by poems considering the ecological role these animals play in this world we share, poems that were longlisted for the Canadian Society for Children’s Literature awards.
Trevor founded Tottering Biped Theatre (TBT) in 2009, a professional company that emphasizes highly physical and social-issue-oriented work. He completed Theatre Studies at Waterloo, an MA at Guelph, and Mime at the Marcel Marceau School in Paris.
As a devised theatre co-creator, Trevor performed/directed in TBT’s First Dance, The Second Life, Searching for Marceau, and MT Space’s The Last 15 Seconds, Body 13, and Amal. These 6 shows performed multiple times at the Theatre Passe Muraille, Grand Theatre, Firehall Theatre, and as part of Theatre Aquarius seasons, the IMPACT 09/11/13/15, Magnetic North, Prismatic, Undercurrents, In the Soil, and Canoe festivals. They were also taken on national tours and a tour of the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Albania. As an actor, he also performed in TBT’s Thom Pain, Home Free, and The Ends of the Earth; Oakville Festival of the Classics’ Pericles; Theatre & Company’s Beauty and the Beast, Metamorphosis, Ten Times Two, and Barefoot in the Park; and Motus O Dance Theatre’s The Shunning.
Language arts, storytelling, animals and habitats, care for the environment, dance, drama, choreography and movement, music
The workshop would focus on creative play and mime. How do we communicate without words? How does music ‘make us’ move in certain ways? We will find ways to release creativity through movement and gesture.
Kattam and his Tam Tams (in English)
Kattam et ses Tam-Tams (en français)
Touring Dates: Scheduled for May 10 – 13
Music & Dance Performance
Available in English or French
To the sound of the n’goni, balafon, djembe, naffar, derbouka and dhol, percussionist Kattam invites students to discover Africa, the Middle East and India through rhythm, song and dance! From African rap and desert dance to trance Sufi rhythm and Bollywood dance. Accompanied by his monkey, Takoum, Kattam engages his audience through participation, rhythm and captivating storytelling. His high-energy shows invite the audience to watch, listen and, above all, participate!
Kattam’s aim is to foster a taste for music, discovery and self-expression amongst children, to partake in celebrations specific to different cultures, and to make both popular and spiritual music accessible—ultimately in order to teach children that beyond cultural differences lies a shared humanity. An incredible multicultural and global adventure awaits!
Kattam – who is part Québécois and part Moroccan – describes music as his passport to discover different cultures. Guided by his passion for percussion as well as for dance and theatre, the Montreal-based musician is constantly setting a course for new horizons that bring out the depth of the human experience. He has studied with international percussion masters around the world, including the djembe and doum in Guinea, the derbouka in Morocco, and the dhol and tabla in India. He’s even perfected his pop percussion skills with Céline Dion’s percussionist Paul Picard. Nominated for a Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award, he has performed with the Cirque du Soleil and at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. A frequent contributor to Quebec variety and awards shows, he is part of several musical ensembles, and has recorded soundtracks for Montreal-based filmmaker Phillipe Falardeau. Performing close to 200 youth and family audiences per year with his solo show Kattam and His Tam-Tams, his original pieces place children front and centre.
Music, dance and percussion instruments of Africa, the Middle East and southern Asia
Kattam offers an initiation to African, Arabic, Indian and pop rhythms through the djembe. A total of 30 djembe drums are provided to the students.
Touring Dates: Scheduled for May 24-27
Music & Dance Performance
Available in English
Meet The Fitzgeralds – a family group consisting of fiddling and step dancing sensations Tom, Kerry, and Julie Fitzgerald. Featuring 3-time Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle Champions and Ontario Open Step Dance Champions, this unique act features high-energy fiddling and mind-blowing step dancing. With roots in Canada’s renowned Ottawa Valley, The Fitzgeralds have evolved to include a wide variety of material in their performances, including Celtic fiddle pieces and a strong focus on original compositions and arrangements. Their extensive tour history includes performances with notable artists; Natalie MacMaster, Ireland’s Nathan Carter, Leahy, Tony McManus, Cherish the Ladies, The StepCrew, and Lunasa. It is the rare combination of exceptional musicianship, incomparable step dancing, audience interaction, evident love of performing, and genuine sibling connection that resonates with audiences of all ages and sets this group apart.
The Fitzgerald siblings were raised in a musical household and toured internationally with their family band “Everything Fitz”. They were immersed in the rich tradition of Canadian Old Time fiddling and step dancing that evolved with the arrival of Irish, Scottish and French immigrants. Over time, they have developed their art form to include various styles of fiddle music including Celtic, jazz, bluegrass, French-Canadian, and pop. They have also explored other dance forms including tap and Irish. The siblings continue to push boundaries by fusing traditional and modern styles of fiddle and dance to create original tunes and arrangements, some of which were released on their latest album.
Dance, drama, choreography and movement, music
This workshop is still being developed and will be updated accordingly. It will introduce students to the fun and magic of step dancing and Celtic music.
The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito
Touring Dates: Postponed until 2022/23 School Year
In this story of a misfit searching for her place in the world, Mary Jane is a mosquito who doesn’t have wings. At home in Petit Le Paw she is teased by the other mosquitos, who won’t be friends with her. She is sent off to school, and then to live with her auntie in the city, as she searches for a place where she can fit in and make friends. After many adventures, Mary Jane learns to make friends sharing her language, her kind heart, and her songs with the world.
This musical show explores themes of feeling like an outsider, dealing with bullying, moving to a new place, and feeling different from what is considered normal. As Mary Jane tells her tale through song and story, Tomson Highway has woven in Cree words and phrases that are taught to the audience through playful interaction. With live music throughout, and supported with puppetry and fanciful costumes, this is an engaging piece for younger audiences.
About the Playwright Tomson Highway, award-winning playwright and the author, was born in a tent near Maria Lake, Manitoba in 1951. A member of the Cree Nation, he is a registered member of the Barren Lands First Nation, the village for which is called Brochet. He grew up in the spectacularly beautiful natural landscape that is Canada’s sub-Arctic, an un-peopled region of hundreds of lakes, endless forests of spruce and pine, and great herds of caribou. His parents, with no access to books, TV or radio, would tell their children stories, and Tomson fell in love with the oral tradition of storytelling. Internationally recognized and beloved for his play The Rez Sisters, Tomson Highway was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1994.
Carousel Players is an award-winning professional theatre company for young audiences based in the Niagara. Guided by their mandate: “We believe live theatre develops artistic awareness, learning skills and a sense of well-being in children,” their work is committed to ensuring that young people engage with theatre, and how it transfers into their everyday lives.”
First Nations languages, visual arts, storytelling
Carousel Players, together with their Play Links arts facilitator, offer adaptable school workshops around the themes of Indigenous languages, visual arts and social studies.