Prismatic Arts Festival announces 2017 lineup

Cure the love that ails you and practice your English at the multicultural fest.

click to enlarge Santee Smith's Re-Quickening explores the intersection of Indigenous and new dance performance. - DAVID HOU
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Santee Smith's Re-Quickening explores the intersection of Indigenous and new dance performance.

Prismatic Arts Festival, the annual celebration of culturally-diverse art in all mediums, dropped its first lineup announcement for the 2017 festival today. Running September 14 to 23 in a slew of venues across the city, the event boasts plays, dance performances, panel discussions and more.

Tickets for the fest go on sale July 25 and range from $5-$250 (including single tickets, festival packages, conference tickets).

While full details for events have yet to be announced, here’s a peek at some shows we’re marking on our calendars:

The Raft
A classic scene from Homer’s Odyssey—windswept, away from home and clinging to a dilapidated sea raft—gets updated with this play following desperate refugees attempting to outwit a temptress and make it to shore.

Orchestral Powwow
Cris Derksen marries traditional Indigenous Powwow music and dance with classic symphonic stylings for this, the ultimate cultural mash-up.

Broken English Karaoke
Stephanie Yee’s party-starting karaoke night has been a fan favourite at past festivals. This year’s Prismatic sees it return once again to push participants to navigate the boundaries between familiar and unfamiliar.

Asheq: Ritual Music to Cure a Lover
If you've ever felt literally lovesick, Shahin Sayadi’s workshop-stage musical play will ring a special chord: The story is set in a fishing village in Southern Iran where zar exorcism ceremonies, brought to the region by escaped East African slaves, are used to cure illness (and love.)

Santee Smith's beautiful, arresting show explores the intersection of Indigenous and new dance performance. Prismatic Festival adds this isn't your typical dance show: "Created through a process unique to Smith's culture, Re-Quickening is a spiritual resurgence, a piecing together of shards of knowledge that tips colonialism on its head."

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Morgan Mullin

Morgan is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Coast, where she writes about everything from what to see and do around Halifax to profiles of the city’s creative class to larger cultural pieces. She’s been with The Coast since 2016.

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