Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pageantry & Puppets: The 13th Annual Night of Dread October 27, 2012 in Toronto

From a media release:

Clay & Paper Theatre presents
The 13th Annual
Saturday 27 October, 2012 ~ Dufferin Grove Park

lease join Clay & Paper Theatre on Saturday 27 October for the 13th annual NIGHT OF DREAD, when we will parade our private and collective fears through the darkened streets of Toronto. NIGHT OF DREAD is an unforgettable evening of pageantry, music and masquerade, towering puppets, fire-spinners and fearful masks. The interactive parade begins in Dufferin Grove Park at 6pm. Admission is PWYC ($10 suggested) and all are welcome.

The hour-long procession then returns to Dufferin Grove Park for an evening of ceremonial festivities that allow us to call on, mock and banish the fears that unite and divide us in these times. Each year we select a “Big Fear of the Year” as a theme; 2012’s big fear is WAR: Big, ugly, oppressive war … but all your fears are welcome to attend and be banished!

On this year’s NIGHT OF DREAD we will introduce “Big Ugly” - a newly-created giant puppet – who orchestrates his irresistible phalanx of offensive F35 fighter jets, and together they frighten and drive the masked People of the World around the circle past the point of all hope…

When such a point is reached, when the powers lined up against us are so overwhelming, force is not an option.  Only music and dance can drive such ugly war-mongering spirits away.  You will be surprised at how powerfully and beautifully all the Dread-ers are able to win the night!

This much-loved community celebration incorporates international folk and theatrical traditions, drawing inspiration from festivals of death and remembrance around the world. Parade and dance in the streets with our city’s finest musicians, puppeteers, dancers and fire spinners … then return to the park where together we’ll laugh at our fears, waltz with death, eat the bread of the dead, and remember those who have gone from our midst.

Out amongst the community bake-ovens and lush gardens of Toronto's Dufferin Grove Park, Clay & Paper Theatre has been changing the world since its birth in 1994. This is theatre on the ground, for the groundlings, in the park and on the street. This is theatre of exaggeration, of giant puppetry, of satire and wit gone awry. This is a little theatre company asking big questions with humour and irreverence. For more info:

Schedule of Events for NIGHT OF DREAD 2012
DATE: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - Dufferin Grove Park
TIME: 4:00pm - Participants begin assembling in Dufferin Grove Park
6:00pm - Parade begins
7:30pm – Parade returns to Dufferin Grove Park for pageantry and celebration.
Clay & Paper has many costumes and puppets available for the public to wear in the parade. Come early to the Dufferin Grove Park Rink House to avoid disappointment!
DRESS CODE: Black & White & Dreadful
ADMISSION: Pay-What-You-Can / $10 Suggested

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