YOOTS: YCU This Weekend @ Rhubarb

YCU Artistic Director Evalyn Parry gives YYZBuddies the rundown on this weekend’s performances by Tyson James and Zita Nyarady.

This weekend at Rhubarb the Young Creators Unit presentations begin. I love the YCU. I’ve been the director of this program for four years, and it’s been such an exciting four years, with so many talented young queer artists flexing their muscles, and stepping out. The YCU is where a lot of new voices have got their start at Buddies, and it’s been the birthplace of two recent Buddies productions: multiple dora-award-winning Agookwe by Waawaate Fobister began in the YCU, as did Fishbowl, by Mark Shyzer (which is on it’s way to NYC next week!); from the 2009 YCU, Obaberima by Tawiah M’Carthy is currently in development, and will have a workshop presentation during Pride 2010.

This weekend come check out the newest creations from this year’s hot young queer creator/performers, presented over two weekends at the Rhubarb Festival. Round one features two very unique young artists exploring equally unique perspective:

Tyson James is the creator of Cassandra Moore, a popular and glamourous Toronto drag personality. In speak, Cassandra and Tyson duke it out to see who will come out on top, in an experimental smash-up of fabulous numbers and gritty memories, fantastic drag and personal storytelling. It’s been such a pleasure directing this special project, and i think you’ll agree that Tyson is a force to be reckoned with: a stunning, truly unique performer.

Zita Nyarady is a young mover and shaker on the contemporary dance scene than as a theatre artist. In A Bee Sees, Zita is speaking as well as stepping out, with some beautiful poetic text written from the perspective of a bee – a queen-bee-in-waiting, to be exact, in an urban roof-top hive. Drected by the ever-fabulous Allyson MacMachan (aritist director of Theatre Rusticle), A Bee Sees has been a exciting collaboration between a very talented young dancer and a brilliant physical theatre director.

Feb 13 and 14: Tyson James (speak, directed by Evalyn Parry, 6 pm) and Zita Nyarady (A Bee Sees, directed by Allyson McMachan, 6:30 pm). YCU shows are free for youth under 25, pwyc for everyone else, or buy a Rhubarb ticket and stay for the whole evening.