Horse & Engine - Winnipeg, MB
V.8 - The Rachel Browne Theatre 
Some of Winnipeg’s finest queer performance-creators come together in this hilarious and heartfelt dance-adjacent piece, FERN. What’s a dance-adjacent piece, you may ask? Well, you’ll have to come find out!
In this snappy 45 minutes of highly entertaining and hilarious physical theatre, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll remember to take better care of that houseplant you bought when you first moved into that new apartment and have since neglected.
Things get sweaty and sexy as this company performs all in the same space at the same time.

Jo Burdon, Victoria Emilie Hill, Edward Wiebe

Show Info:
45 Minutes


Parental Guidance

Warnings: Mild language

Wed July 13 9:45 PM
Thu July 14 4:45 PM
Fri July 15 11:30 AM
Sat July 16 8:30 PM
Sun July 17 1:00 PM
Mon July 18 8:00 PM
Wed July 20 3:00 PM
Thu July 21 11:15 AM
Fri July 22 4:45 PM


Horse & Engine—The Rachel Browne Theatre

I really wanted to like this show. I have been an Ally for a long time and I want to do everything I can to be a supporter. Alas, I can’t say that I really get this performance. It’s a coming-of-age recount of a fern, its treatment (mistreatment) and the occurrences around it. Some of the metaphors are powerful but
some of them are a bit out of reach.

The dance has its moments but the most memorable segment involved the actors working themselves to exhaustion. It started off intriguing but then the repetition lost me. As far as I could count, there were eight moves that we repeated over and over again until the dancers were on the verge of collapse.
This was yesterday so my memory fades, but I remember a few of the moves that I named myself, in my head:

  • The tug-of-war
  • The wrestle grasp
  • The push-off
  • The shoulder-bump
  • The butt-boost
  • The push-aside, and
  • The juke.

Does anyone know what the metaphors to this dance were? I’m very curious to know.

Ray Yuen