As Artistic Director of FemFest, I have the privelege to select work that I am passionate about, bring it to Winnipeg and share it with local audiences.
With the festival just passed its midway point I’ve personally been inspired and moved by the wondeful work we have hosted to date. Those who caught RAUNCH know what I mean when I say that it was a hilarious, entertaining yet deeply disturbing performance. It left audiences with a lot to think about.
It was also extremely rewarding to have high schools join us for our matinee performance of No Offense… on Tuesday. The interventions that day were particularly exciting as local actor Ryan Black, father of Mary Black in the cast, stepped up and offered alternative solutions to the issues in the play.
Another highlight was our packed house for the launch of Generation NeXXt. This anthology of scenes for young women was the brainchild of Cairn Moore. As 16 playwrights, 8 actors and 4 directors were featured the audience was entertained by the stylistic diversity of the scenes. The anthology was also a popular buy and remains on sale at the festival until we close on October 2nd and will then be launched at bookstores with a reading on October 7th at 7pm in McNally Robinson Grant Park.
Yesterday we welcomed new guests to Winnipeg as Tanya Pillay did her first performance of All of Him at the festival. This is such an exciting blend of performance and dialogue, which should not be missed! d’bi.young also arrived and inspired 100 students at the University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre and Film with her Real Thing lecture discusing her work and approach to performance. Her piece she will run over the next two days and I’m really looking forward to the audience’s response to the work.
Finally one of our most anticipated shows The Vajayjay Monologues opens on Friday. I can’t wait to sit with the audience and witness Lindsay Burns’ hilarious and thought-provoking performance.
The festival is a bit like a big family holiday as we welcome new and old friends. We spend months preparing and the ancitipation of sharing these gifted performances with our community keeps us going. As we celebrate ten years in Winnipeg we close FemFest with a birthday celebration featuring a retrospective of old work and an exciting line-up of music, dance and theatre. Join us for this party on October 2nd at 9pm!
-Hope McIntyre, Artistic Director