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SummerWorks Performance Festival 2024: Survival Mode

TORONTO  – The 34th edition of the SummerWorks Performance Festival is set to take place across Toronto from August 1 to August 11, 2024. This year’s theme, Survival Mode, will feature over 40 projects and 100+ artists and creative collaborators from local, national, and international contexts. The Festival will explore the theme of survival through diverse artistic expressions, with events held at various venues across Toronto.

Key Highlights:

  • Festival Theme: Survival Mode
    The theme reflects the significant thread of ‘survival’ present in many artistic proposals, addressing contemporary challenges with nuanced complexity.
  • Four Programming Streams:
    • SummerWorks Presentations: Showcasing innovative live performances.
    • SummerWorks Lab: A space for experimentation and new work development.
    • SummerWorks Public Works: Engaging with the public through accessible performances.
    • SummerWorks Exchange: Facilitating conversations and collaborations among artists.
  • New Initiatives and Partnerships:
    • Union Station Collaboration: Eight Wednesday evening programs at Union Summer from June 26 to August 21, 2024.
    • International Development Strategy: Fostering engagement with artists from Taiwan and South Korea.
    • SummerBreak Initiative: Performances and workshops focused on rest and reflection.

Statements from Artistic Director and Managing Director: “After receiving and reviewing hundreds of artistic proposals from across Canada, it was abundantly clear that ’survival’ was a significant thread weaving through so many of our creative communities.” said Michael Caldwell, Artistic Director, and Morgan Norwich, Managing Director of SummerWorks.

For more information on the SummerWorks Performance Festival 2024, visit SummerWorks.

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