Freak Show Success


Beyond the Desert: A Belly Dance Cabaret
Pumphouse Theatre
Sunday, November 25

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Rodeo residency means growth and change. With both Freak Show and Midway in their fourth incarnations this year, bigger budgets and growing reputations mean longer runs and new formats. “It’s time to grow,” says Swallow-a-Bicycle co-artistic director Mark Hopkins, who finds himself assistant directing a show for the first time. “Collaborative creation is one of the hardest fucking things to do,” adds Hopkins. “There’s no script, there’s nothing. It’s so hard, but it’s so cool.”

Freak Show takes audiences on a tour through the deepest corners of the Epcor Centre, with various self-contained performances at different stops. A dance in a freight elevator, a show in the boiler room. Of the three distinct shows featuring 60-plus artists, Freak Show Redux: Into the Abyss is the first show containing an overarching concept and narrative, strung together by Hopkins and director Charles Netto. “There’s killer, killer artists involved in Freak Show,” says Hopkins. “I’m so psyched to see what they come up with.”

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