Out of a passionate belief that children in their early years of development should be exposed to esthetically-rich and stimulating arts experiences, Lynda Hill, Artistic & Executive Director of Theatre Direct, conceived the WeeFestival of Theatre and Culture for Early Years. The festival was launched in 2014, and now returns for its third instalment with an exciting line-up of events and performances from internationally celebrated artists.
From May 11 – 21, 2018, the WeeFestival will feature productions by acclaimed companies specializing in theatre for the very young from South Africa, Italy, Germany, France, Quebec, and Ontario. Whether for babies and toddlers, preschoolers, or kindergarteners, each show has been created to meet the emotional and social developmental needs and interests of young children. The shows are presented in intimate venues to ensure every child is close to the action and fully immersed in the experience. In addition to engaging theatre productions, the festival will offer a range of multi-disciplinary programming designed to engage little ones and their parents.
Théâtre des Petites Âmes (Montréal)
A journey where friendship, joy and imagination fill time
THEY ARE THREE. They do not know one another but all three received an invitation from OGO to go away. They do not know OGO but they long to go away. And so they wait. They wait for OGO.
For ages 2 and a half to 5 years – Duration: 35 minutes
Performance in English on May 12, 2018, in French on May 13, 2018
Conception: Isabelle Payant, in collaboration with Stéphane Heine, Anne Brulotte-Legaré and Patrick Beauchemin │ With: Patrick Beauchemin, Stéphane Heine and Isabelle Payant │ Lighting: Nancy Longchamp │ Music: Isabelle Payant │ Stage management: Stéphane Guy
Sisters, the warm embrace
Théâtre des Confettis (Québec)
What is a tear? It’s good for the Garden.
What is a sister? One half of a cookie.
AT THE END OF A ROAD, at the end of a village perhaps, or in the woods nearby is a tiny little house nestled among the birch trees. It belongs to Annou, whose faded face and heart follow from immense sorrow. Rosita arrives like a bright yellow spring in an effort to console her little sister through a series of small, joyful actions. She invents games, assembles sandwiches, whistles with the birds and takes stock of all that is sweet in life. Meanwhile, Annou unravels her sadness little by little. But what is buried inside this big knot that is so sore?
For ages 18 months to 5 years – Duration: 40 minutes
Performance in English on May 14 and 15, 2018, in French on May 16, and 17, 2018
Venue: Artscape Wychwood Barns (St. Clair & Bathurst)
Conception: Véronique Côté │ With: Marie-Josée Bastien and Agnès Zacharie │ Costumes and stage design: Erica Schmitz │ Lighting: Jean-François Labbé │ Music: Josué Beaucage │ Artistic direction: Hélène Blanchard and Judith Savard
Mots de Jeux
Vox Théâtre (Ottawa)
Life played to a song of words
THE CHILD WAKES UP. The child wakes up. All around him is silence. But not for long. Sounds of his body. Words he pronounces. Words of the grownups. Cries of animals. Sounds of vehicles. From the hour of awakening to bedtime, the child discovers his universe. At the center of this universe are words, speech, language, with their rhythms, their sonorities, their musicality, their poetry. Life as a poem. Words like toys. Word games, Game words.
For ages 18 months to 4 years – Duration: 25 minutes
Performances in French on May 15, 16 and 17, 2018
Venue: Factory Studio Theatre (King & Bathurst)
Directed by Pier Rodier │ With: Frédérique Thérien, Alexandre-David Gagnon, Sacha Dominique │ Stage design: Pier Rodier and Martine Pétriat │ Lighting: Paul Auclair │ Music: Pier Rodier │ Stage management: Kathy Raymond │ Production director: Josiane Lavoie
by LagunArte (Pays Basque, France)
A concert for little mouths!
MOKOFINA IS A MOMENT OF PLEASURE, play, exploration, imitation, and expression where the mouth becomes the funniest musical instrument, the most varied, the most precise, the most accessible… Close to the audience, the musician experiences the possible field of sound the mouth can create with and without accessories. It arouses a musical consciousness of his listeners, young and old.
For ages 9 months to 5 years – Duration: 30 minutes
From May 18 to 20, 2018
Venue: Small World Music Centre (Shaw & Argyle)
Voice, percussions, mouvement: Kristof Hiriart │ Collaboration: Brigitte Lallier-Maisonneuve, Chris Martineau, Pantxia Telleria