Thank You Calgary




photo courtesy Meghan Baxter and Vue Weekly

We are pleased to co-present with Alberta Theatre Projects, Café Daughter, January 15 – 27, 2019. 

Based on the true story of Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck, Café Daughter is the powerful, funny and touching tale of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage.

In 1950’s small-town Saskatchewan, nine-year-old half-Chinese, half-Cree Yvette Wong struggles to find her in place in a small-minded community until an unexpected ally helps set her on a path that’s destined for greatness.

 Coming this January 2019 to the 33rd Annual High Performance Rodeo, Sansei: The Storyteller. Co-Presented with Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary’s Mark Ikeda explores that dark period in Canada’s history when Japanese Canadians were forced to live in labour and internment camps. This light-hearted examination uses dance, theatre & humour to weave this enduring tale.



We hope you enjoyed this year’s High Performance Rodeo! We brought you artistic works to entertain, inspire, challenge, and shock your wild side, and you took up the challenge.  

Use #HPRodeo and let us know what your favourite moments were.  Your feedback is invaluable to us.  We put this Rodeo on for you, Calgary!  



What's Next?


We're busy searching the globe for the world's best in art, theatre, dance, music, and much more.

Stay tuned for sneak peaks into the 33rd Annual High Performance Rodeo – Calgary's International Festival of the Arts.


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32nd Annual High Performance Rodeo

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Inner Elder

Michelle Thrush Returns to the High Performance Rodeo in Inner Elder

One Yellow Rabbit and Lunchbox Theatre are thrilled to announce:

Inner Elder
Michelle Thrush
January 15 – 27, 2018

As part of the 32nd annual High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's International Festival of the Arts

A new one-woman show created and performed by award winning Calgary actress, Michelle Thrush. A show that will take audiences on a journey of discovery using real moments remembered through the eyes of Michelle and the impact her Grandmother had on her life. Through her stories you will see the transformation from a child to an elder, showing us that for everyone laughter is the best healing medicine.

Tickets available Summer 2017

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Torquil Campbell Returns to the High Performance Rodeo in True Crime

Vertigo Theatre and One Yellow Rabbit are thrilled to announce:

The Castleton Massive Production in Association with Crow’s Theatre
True Crime
Created by Torquil Campbell and Chris Abraham in collaboration with Julian Brown
January 23–27, 2018

As part of the 32nd annual High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's International Festival of the Arts

Clark Rockefeller is a real life conman of the highest order, now serving a near-life sentence in a California State prison.  And iconic musician and provocateur Torquil Campbell wants to try him on for size.  What does it mean for an excellent fabulator to embody an excellent fabulator?  And in the end, does an intricate con differ that much from a successful work of art?  Entirely scripted or absolutely extemporaneous, True Crime is a mind-twisting encounter with an artist obsessed with how we all fake it, one way or another.

Rodeo fans will recall that this show appeared as a work-in-development at the 2016 High Performance Rodeo titled, "The Rockefeller Project"

Tickets available Summer 2017

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Announcing our first show for Rodeo 2018!

As part of Theatre Calgary's landmark 50th Anniversary season lineup, this morning we have announced our first co-presentation for the 32nd annual High Performance Rodeo:


Book, Music & Lyrics by Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone

Based on the poem by Pushkin and the opera by Tchaikovsky

January 5 to 13, 2018  

As part of the 32nd annual High Performance Rodeo

This passionate retelling of a Russian classic will blow your mind. Innovative and in-your-face, this is musical theatre at its best. A runaway hit in Vancouver last season, Onegin is not to be missed. Undeniably charming and unreservedly sexy, don’t let this lover get away.

Tickets available Summer 2017




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HPR 2017 Is A Wrap!

WOW! That Was A Month!

What an honour it was for all of us at One Yellow Rabbit to have hosted this line-up of extraordinary artists from across the country & around the world. Each of their stories, either through song, dance, theatre or a whole lot of packing tape, reached deep into the hearts of Calgarians & warmed us through this January.

My deep thanks to all of our artists this year; to our dedicated Board of Directors; to a Dream Team staff – Rock Stars all; to our public & private funders, sponsors & donors who help us bring this work to Calgary; to our volunteers who make the Rodeo & this City a great place to be; & to our audiences who jump down the rabbit hole with us year after year.

Over 15,000 Calgarians sat in our comfy seats this year the highest attendance in Rodeo history & the number of participants who jumped into our site specific work all over the city is immeasurable. And in tough economic times that is a staggering statement; one that tells us that no matter the conditions, no matter the challenges, if we provide access, then Calgary will participate. We want a city that is curious, a city that is engaged, a city that embraces community. And that the arts are important.

Thank you Calgary. Now it’s on to 2018!

Ann Connors
Managing Director & Artistic Producer 

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