Attraction Description

From Fair & Wide, O Canada


From Fair & Wide, O Canada is a physical theatre work that will be 15 minutes in length combining spoken word, dance, music and song.  The company’s newest creation will reveal how fairs and festivals began in Canada and the significant impact they have made throughout our country over the centuries.  From Fair & Wide, O Canada will be both entertaining and educational helping audiences better understand the importance that fair and festival events have had and continue to have throughout our country and especially here in Ontario.

ON150_Primary_Black_xw300Performed with their signature MOTUS O physicality and humour, see how our great Canadian history has molded our communities in Canada today and where they might be in the future.

From Fair & Wide, O Canada has been made possible by the financial support from Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism and Sport’s Ontario150 Community Celebration Program along with the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The Company

It is strange to think how a gymnast, a sheep shearer and a figure skater could have their paths meet and eventually become Co-Artistic Directors of a dance theatre company in Canada. Yet, as it turns out, that diversity has become the essence of MOTUS O. Where backgrounds and talents collide and then reform, creating a dynamic team that explores the dramatic and relishes the physical – and all with a touch of humour.

The Artistic Directors of MOTUS O, James Croker, Cynthia Croker and Jack Langenhuizen, have been trained in several artistic disciplines with decades of combined performing experience in both street theatre and stage. This diversity, coupled with their collaborative style of creating, enriches the production values and constantly surprises the viewer. Each production displays their unique ability to be involved in the whole creative process. They create the story, design and build costumes and props, choreograph, shoot and edit film and if that is not enough, they perform.

MOTUS O is Latin for “the method of movement”. In the Artistic Directors words ‘we want to know the meaning of every movement and to move as if it has meaning’.

Since their formation in 1990, MOTUS O has created twenty-one full-length productions for both family and adult audiences. The troupe continues to tour throughout North America, Europe and the South Seas, bringing with them their innovative and highly visual works to both small and large communities alike.

Come and check out the show all four days of the Markham Fair. Visit the Motus-O website to find out more about them.