Your High Performance Rodeo roundup of must-sees this week

We’re into week two of the 33rd Annual High Performance Rodeo, and if last week is any indication we are in for a wild, fun ride this week, with highlights including Indigenous theatre, dance productions and more.

Kicking off the week is Sansei: The Storyteller running both at noon and select evenings at Lunchbox Theatre. The production features a blend of dance, spoken word and humour to tell the tale of Japanese internment and one man’s discovery of where he came from. 

This week also sees the High Performance Rodeo’s Indigenous programming at the forefront. bug, presented by manidoons collective, is a story about Indigenous women in a family navigating addiction and inter-generational trauma. It takes place at West Village Theatre Jan. 18-20. Café Daughter, co-presented by ATP, tells the tale of Yvette Wong, a nine-year-old half Chinese, half Cree girl who overcomes a difficult childhood to find herself on the path to greatness. That show takes place at the Martha Cohen Theatre Jan. 15-27. And God’s Lake, co-presented by Sage Theatre, sees its World Premiere at this year’s HPR, using original live music and stunning visual imagery to offer a rare opportunity to witness the complex issues facing people living in a remote community, providing understanding to those who may not have any awareness of what it’s like to live in a remote First Nations reserve. God’s Lake runs Jan. 17-19 at the Pumphouse Theatres.

If you are a lover of contemporary dance, this is the week for you with Ballet BC & Better Get Hit in Your Soul. Better Get Hit in Your Soul takes place at the DJD Centre and looks at the wild, short life of Charles Mingus, virtuoso bass player, pianist, bandleader and composer, and runs until Jan. 20. Ballet BC and artistic director Emily Molnar present a triple bill showcasing Canadian talent at this year’s Rodeo, including Solo Echo, Enemy in the Figure, and Petite Cérémonie running Jan. 18-19 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

Check out the full schedule of this year’s High Performance Rodeo for info and tickets.

(Photo of bug presented by manidoons collective, courtesy the High Performance Rodeo.)

Kari Watson is a writer and former Listings Editor of FFWD Weekly, and has continued to bring The Culture Cycle event listings to Calgary through theYYSCENE. Contact her at