Nakai Theatre’s Pivot Festival has been a highlight of the Yukon theatre season for the past five years, presenting some of Canada’s most innovative, cutting-edge performance. This year Nakai welcomes the Yukon Arts Centre as a full presenting partner to help create the most ambitious Pivot ever, featuring three cutting-edge national performances, a new Yukon play in development plus readings, panels, workshops and social activities.

This year’s Pivot Festival presents a multi-faceted exploration of the elusive “Canadian Identity” as it offers a series of solo and duo performance created and performed by five markedly diverse theatre artists: a Chilean Canadian, an Israeli Canadian, a First Nations Canadian, a French Canadian and a Filipina Canadian. This remarkable spectrum also represents some of the finest alternative theatre being presented in Canada today.

Nakai Theatre’s Pivot Festival presented with the Yukon Arts Centre takes place from January 23rd to 26th, 2014 at the Yukon Arts Centre, the Old Fire Hall as well as a number of sponsoring businesses around town. A limited number of festival passes are available for $53 at the Yukon Arts Centre Box Office, in person or by phone 667-8574 and at Arts Underground.

For full Pivot Festival details, schedule and contests go to

Pivot is Whitehorse’s contribution to Western Canada’s edgy winter performance culture, which includes Vancouver’s PuSH Festival, Edmonton’s Canoe Festival and Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo. Pivot encourages audiences to re-evaluate their assumptions about the nature of theatre and offers not only ground-breaking performances, but also exciting workshops and fabulous after parties!

This year's incredible line-up includes:


Huff by Cliff Cardinal
Cardinal/Kantor Productions
Written and performed by Cliff Cardinal


Blue Box by Carmen Aguirre
Nightswimming in association with Neworld Theatre
Written and performed by Carmen Aguirre (author of Something Fierce, winner of 2012 Canada Reads)


How to Disappear Completely by Itai Erdal
The Chop Theatre
Written and performed by Itai Erdal


Leave a Message (après le bip)
By Aislinn Cornett and Geneviève Doyon of Open Pit Collective
Nakai Theatre Workshop Production

Leave a Message (après le bip) tells the story of Claire’s final journey.  Her inability to connect in a setting that numbs her leads Claire on a constant quest for more.  As loneliness becomes her country and her fascination with death deepens, Claire grows deaf to voices that care and travels North for one last adventure.  Way up there, the unexpected happens.
In their first play, Open Pit writers Aislinn Cornett and Geneviève Doyon create a world in which boundaries blur.  They stand on the edge of reality, language, desolation, love and humour to break conventions and remind us that there is beauty everywhere, even in death.

Location: The Old Fire Hall
Show Times:
Thurs, Jan. 23 7:30 PM
Fri, Jan. 24 7:30 PM

Tickets: PWYC at the door (this event is not included in the Festival pass)

A reading of Hazel Venzon's newest play

Location: The Old Fire Hall
Show Time: Sun, Jan. 26 2:00 PM
Tickets: PWYC at the door (this event is not included in the Festival pass)