What ARE You Doing DOWN/BACK/UP There?!
What Are You Doing Up There?! is an immersive, multidisciplinary performance arts festival, bringing together both emerging and established artists in a celebration of the arts. For three nights, audiences are invited to a Vaudevillian world, featuring diverse acts of music, magic, clowning, comedy, dancing, devising, improvisation, poetry, painting, photography and theatre, all hosted by an eclectic cast of characters. The result is a theatrical show that begins before the curtain rises and ends long after the curtain has set. We entice audiences to leave their TTC delays behind - the packed streetcars, the buses that come three-at-a-time but never on time, the subway 'accidents at track level' – and follow us away into a theatre festival world like nothing you've ever seen, where the clowns and Cabaret performers mingle with the jugglers, singers, puppets, and the oddest array of theatrical characters you're likely to come across anywhere in Toronto.
The What Are You Doing Up There?! Festival originated in 2007 as a series of short, student-produced plays, showcased in the basement of a house. The festival has grown to include over a hundred talented artists from a wide variety of disciplines. Back Burner Productions aims to create and produce original Canadian artworks that will enrich the Toronto artistic community. What Are You Doing Up There?! takes all those ideas we've been keeping on the back burner of our minds, and gets them UP on the stage! It's a cabaret like none other, with a different show every night!
Our annual winter arts festival has gone through quite a few incarnations: from the basement of the In-House Theatre, to the back room of the Dominion on Queen, and now UP to Siren Rock Studios! This is a festival dedicated to bringing together emerging and established artists from a variety of disciplines - from musicians and dancers, to poets, clowns, jugglers, comedians, painters, photographers, instillation artists, performance artists, theatrical skits and more! Every night is an entirely different show, a new adventure into the minds of Toronto artists, to see what ideas they've been keeping on their back burners! Come join us, for this celebration of the arts!
For information on past festivals, click the links below!
What Are You Doing Up There?! 2014
What Are You Doing Up There?! 2013
What Are You Doing Back There?! 2012
What Are You Doing Back There?! 2011
What Are You Doing Down There?! 2010
What Are You Doing Down There?! 2009
What Are You Doing Down There?! 2008
What Are You Doing Down There?! 2007