Your High Performance Rodeo must sees for the final week of 2019

We’re nearing the end of the 33rd Annual High Performance Rodeo, and it’s going out with a bang, especially if you are a fan of spoken word, Shakespeare or Kids in the Hall. Here’s a look at what’s in store!

Dubbed “Canada’s best-known spoken word poet” by the CBC, Shane Koyczan will bring his 21st century poetry to HPR audiences on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. Over at Vertigo Theatre you can catch Broken Tailbone, where celebrated Vancouver-based writer, performer, and activist Carmen Aguirre will lead a public Latin American dance lesson at the Vertigo Studio Theatre Jan. 24-26.

Fans of The Bard will undoubtedly be looking forward to Hammered Hamlet (Drunk Shakespeare) which will be performed (drunkenly) at the Royal Canadian Legion No. 1 Jan. 23-27. And yes, there will be drunkenness (did I mention that?) – they aren’t fooling around here. Macbeth Muet is another off-beat take on a Shakespearean favourite, where the play will be performed without words. This all happens Jan. 24-26 at the Pumphouse Theatres.

Kids in the Hall alumni Scott Thompson brings The Buddy Cole Monologues to the Rodeo Jan. 23 – 27 in the Big Secret Theatre, so if you are a fan then you’d best get your tickets soon, they are going fast.

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s production of Blood on the Dancefloor will explore the legacies and memories of our bloodlines, our need for community, and what blood means to each of us at the DJD Dance Centre from Jan. 24-26, and the much anticipated Cow Love by Société Protectrice de Petites Ideés will feature dance, circus and theatrical comedy over at the Pumphouse Theatres Jan. 23-26.

Non-theatrically (but kind of theatrically?) you can catch Mozart’s Birthday Party, co-presented with the CPO running Jan 25 and 26 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall with conductor Rune Bergmann leading the orchestra in a celebration of all things delightfully Mozart.

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

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