High Performance Rodeo

High Performance Rodeo
High Performance Rodeo
Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts

High Performance Rodeo

Why the High Performance Rodeo is a big deal for culture lovers.

What better way to kick off the New Year than by taking in the showcase of cutting-edge, contemporary art experiences at High Performance Rodeo? What’s more, this local gem – produced by Calgary’s own One Yellow Rabbit – is one of the largest cultural events in Canada. This vibrant arts festival is presented annually in collaboration with local artists from organizations like The GRAND, Vertigo Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects and Lunchbox Theatre.

Wondering what High Performance Rodeo is all about? Here are 8 reasons why High Performance Rodeo is a big deal for culture lovers.

‘This Little Piggie’ at the High Performance Rodeo 2019.

‘This Little Piggie’ at the High Performance Rodeo 2019.

Avant-garde performances

Get ready to be mesmerized by bold, visual works of performance art – everything from theatre, music and dance to comedy, photography and more.

‘Macbeth Muet’ at the High Performance Rodeo 2019.

‘Macbeth Muet’ at the High Performance Rodeo 2019.

Inventive costumes

Audacious. Outrageous. Imaginative. There really isn’t just one word to describe the amazing collection of costumes that grace the stage at High Performance Rodeo. One thing’s for sure, the costumes will surprise and delight!

‘Blood on the Dance Floor’ at the High Performance Rodeo 2019.

‘Blood on the Dance Floor’ at the High Performance Rodeo 2019.

Bright lights and glittering sets

Each act at the festival is truly unique. You’ll also stumble upon some pretty dazzling sets and staging that shine a spotlight on homegrown and global works of art.

‘The Democratic Set’ at the High Performance Rodeo in 2019.

‘The Democratic Set’ at the High Performance Rodeo in 2019.

Fascinating art installations

You’ll be sure to look at things in a new light after experiencing the stellar showcase of visual art at High Performance Rodeo. A random street corner, +15 walkway or up high atop a building, you never know where an HPR art installation will pop up in the city. Keep your eyes peeled for something magical.

‘bug’ at the High Performance Rodeo 2019.

‘bug’ at the High Performance Rodeo 2019.

Stunning venues galore

This cultural gem is hosted at multiple indoor and outdoor venues across downtown Calgary and the inner city. Festival goers can take in awe-inspiring productions from the front row, the balcony or simply gazing from the sidelines.

‘Cow Love’ is an offbeat production from France.

‘Cow Love’ is an offbeat production from France.

Talented troupes from Calgary and afar

Fact: Many productions make their debut at High Performance Rodeo.

The chance to be one of the first to experience these spectacular performances is reason enough for an avid culture lover to check out the festival each year!

​​​​​​​Meet other arts and culture fans at the High Performance Rodeo

Meet other arts and culture fans at the High Performance Rodeo

All the fabulous #HPRodeo folks

Not your first rodeo? You’re bound to bump into familiar faces at one of the many events on the month-long roster. New to the rodeo? Here’s your chance to meet like-minded, fellow culture vultures in the city!

‘The Shoe Project’ at the Calgary Central Library at High Performance Rodeo in 2019.

‘The Shoe Project’ at the Calgary Central Library at High Performance Rodeo in 2019.

The spontaneity of it all

One of the best things about High Performance Rodeo? Stumbling upon art in unexpected places!

Did we mention that you can Rodeo on a budget? Some performances are free or pay-what-you-want and ticketed events start as low as $15? Score! All this #HPRodeo festival excitement is reason enough to jump in the car (or catch a quick flight) and head to Calgary in January. See you there!

The High Performance Rodeo comes to Calgary January 9-27, 2019. Find tickets and festival information on their website.

The chance to be one of the first to experience these spectacular performances is reason enough for an avid culture lover to check out the festival each year!