Theatre Arcturus is an award-winning theatre company that creates visually stunning plays that weave aerial arts into the world of the story. We blend the rigorous training of an aerialist with that of the actor to create a seamless combination. In our world, characters work in harmony with gravity but are not bound by it. They may climb or take flight at any moment. This is aerial theatre, where the boundaries of physicality and truthful storytelling are pushed, and sometimes the world turns upside down.
Arcturus’ flagship show, WEIRD, has toured to theaters and schools across Ontario, winning the Cutting-Edge Award at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival, and Best of Fest at the 2015 Ottawa Fringe Festival, where it was shortlisted for Critics’ Pick and named #1 show to see by Metro News. Arcturus’ second production, ROUGH MAGIC, toured throughout the summer/fall of 2017, playing at the Ottawa Fringe, Toronto Fringe, and SpringWorks Festival.
In addition to our theatrical work, we provide entertainment for festivals and events throughout the GTA, Muskoka, and beyond. Our acts include aerial performances, aerial drink pouring, roaming entertainment (juggling, stilt walking, etc.), and more. Our feature act this year will include a 10 minute aerial show inspired by the works of Tom Thomson to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of his death.
Is still being written. Coming soon!
Our definition of Aerial Theatre: a play with aerial arts in it.
As theatre artists, our job is to tell stories with truth and authenticity. We formed Theatre Arcturus because we are passionate about telling wild, fantastical tales that are rooted in truth. Stories of witches who can shift the winds of destiny, yet are bound by genuine sibling love (and all the bickering that it brings). Stories of airborne sprites that weave magical spells and bend the elements to their will, yet also search for home, friendship and identity.
We use aerial arts and stage combat techniques to build the world in which the playwright’s story takes place. This heightened physicality intensifies storytelling in the same way verse and poetic language heightens text. The stakes rise, the emotion is visceral, instinctual. It can capture a moment of emotion and expand it to express things that are beyond words, obliterating the literal and putting us in touch with our raw, unedited response.
For this reason, we are captivated by aerial arts and physicality in the theatrical realm, and the depth that it can lend our stories. We are blending the rigorous training of an aerialist with that of the actor to create a seamless combination, as one discipline can’t stand without the other in this work. In our world, characters work in harmony with gravity but are not bound by it. They may climb or take flight at any moment.
This is Aerial Theatre, where the boundaries of physicality and truthful storytelling are pushed, and sometimes the world turns upside down.