1. The Tempest Replica at Theatre Junction Grand (Wednesday, Oct. 17 to Saturday, Oct. 20)
Crystal Pite’s dance adaptation of Shakespeare comes to Theatre Junction as part of the ongoing Fluid Movement Arts Festival. Adapting an existing text into a new dance piece wasn’t the easiest thing, as she tells the Montreal Gazette.
2. Reggie Watts at The Club, Banff Centre (Wednesday, Oct. 17)
If the price isn’t enough to get you to the Banff Centre to see musician/comedian Reggie Watts (it’s pay what you can), then his reputation as a “powerfully original” alt-comedian should. Read more about him in New York magazine here, then go see him live.
3. Honens (Starting Wednesday, Oct. 17)
The International Piano Competition kicks off with some contests between master pianists; two recital rounds of the semifinals happen Wednesday. There are also movie screenings and workshops. Check out Honens’ website for a complete schedule.
4. Othello at the Jubilee Auditorium (Thursday, Oct. 18 to Saturday, Oct. 20)
Othello premiered as part of Alberta Ballet’s 07/08 season (see choreographer Kirk Peterson talk about the show before its initial performance in the video above). It features the music of Hollywood composer Jerry Goldsmith, who wrote the themes for Alien, L.A. Confidential and Planet of the Apes.
5. Single Onion #98 at UBU Bistro (Thursday, Oct. 18)
If you’re danced out, perhaps a night of spoken word might be a nice change of pace. The Single Onion poetry and performance series is nearing triple digits; No. 98 will feature Ali Riley, 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac and David Gamble.
Honourable mentions: If you’re not danced out, Fluid and Vertigo Theatre’s Y Stage offer up some b-boys in Crazy Smooth’s IZM starting Thursday; October marks the ProArts Society’s 10th anniversary—check out The Cowtown Opera at noon at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer on Wednesday.