Frost Bites Festival
A site-specific winter performance festival
The fourth annual FROST BITES will run from February 14-17, 2019.
In February 2019, 8 local artists groups create short performance “bites” inspired by
two historic churches in the downtown core: St Paul’s Presbyterian and New Vision United.
Audiences gather at New Vision United Church (24 Main St W)
before leaving on a series of walking tours to experience the festival.
The 2019 Participating companies are:
- Broken Soil Theatre, led by Hamilton’s Michael Kras, winner of the 2017 Voaden Prize for playwrighting
- Apocryphal Productions from Newmarket, ON
- Megan English Dance, whose core artists have created new dance works at the Hamilton Fringe Festival, McMaster Health Sciences and the Art Gallery of Hamilton
- Squirrel Suit Productions led by storyteller and Fringe ALERT graduate Carlyn Rhamey
- Hoffworks Productions, with returning Frost Bites artists Peter Riddihough and Marilo Nunez
- Harmonic Shadow Circus fromNiagara Falls
- QT Collective led byMcMaster graduates Claudia Spadafora and Jamie Milay Kasiama
- Transgendant, a new company in Hamilton with a focus on education, autism awareness, and LGBTQ2+ issues
What is FROST BITES?
A) A party?
B) A festival?
C) A site-specific theatre performance?
The correct answer is D) All of the above.
FROST BITES is Hamilton’s only site-specific, winter theatre festival. The event features a diverse array of hot local artists presenting performance ‘bites’ throughout the buildings and grounds of unique found spaces, promising to heat up Hamilton during the coldest month of the year! Each year we choose an exciting Hamilton location to create theatre in!
FROST BITES offers an immersive experience for both audience and performers. Audience members will have the opportunity to choose which shows they’d like to see and when. Performances will be ongoing and companies perform multiple performances per evening throughout the festival.
No performance is longer than 20 minutes.
Who is putting all of this together?
The festival is planned in partnership with members of The ALERT Program: Artistic Leadership and Entrepreneurial Training Program.