Watch out for WIDE LOAD at the Montreal Fringe!

4 05 2010

Fat is a real hot button for a lot of people. Big Moves knows this. That’s why we’re pushing that button as hard as we can with Wide Load, a dance musical vaudeville that’s running at the St- Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival June 10 through 20, with six shows scheduled at the Mission Santa Cruz, 60 Rachel O, Montréal. Show times are as follows:

Friday June 11 * 10:45pm
Sunday June 13 * 3:45pm
Monday June 14 * 7:45pm
Wednesday June 16 * 6:15pm
Thursday June 17 * 10:15pm
Saturday June 19 * 6:30pm

Advance tickets? Why, yes! Get ’em at the Montreal Fringe website.

Wide Load (“full-frontal junk in the trunk”) is a high-energy, in-your-face, two-person carnival of fat-assery, with full-out dance moves, blasts of song, fast and furious semi-autobiographical comic sketches, blistering rants, and random slingshots of tasty snacks into the crowd. Written and performed by Big Moves founder Marina Wolf Ahmad and veteran Colette Gagnon, Wide Load is different from our previous Fringe offerings, which tended to have way more cast members and (slightly) less overt politics. But it brings the same sense of fun, the same commitment to excellent entertainment, and the same utter disregard for plus-size costuming dos and don’ts.

Pancake Breakfast!

In addition to the full run of Wide Load, Big Moves is bringing back the community pancake breakfast on Sunday, June 13, from noon to 2 at the Beer Tent (okay, so it’s more brunch). We’re frying up the pancakes until the batter runs out, along with pounds of bacon, vats of coffee, and live entertainment and competitions taking place on stage all afternoon. Hey, why not? Food is love, performance is awesome, and we’ve always been a civic-minded Fringe group, even before taking home the Spirit of the Fringe award in 2007.

Marina: “And Now for Something Completely Different”

18 11 2008

Well, we hope you got a chance to see us in Hot Buffet. Wow, right? I mean, even WE are still reeling. We’re not likely to plummet that deep into tragic awesomeness any time again soon, but we had to do it once, just to say we went there.

We are bouncing right back into our normal high-energy fun fest with the spring show, Fat Camp, and yes, you’re going to get more info about that soon. But right now, we need your help sending Big Moves for another run at the Montreal Fringe Festival, a wild celebration of alternative theater and performance taking place June 11-21.

This year marks Big Moves Boston’s FOURTH trip to the Fringe. We’ve been doing our large-scale musicals there for the past two years (Gargantua and Lard). This year, we’re stripping it down and loading up a single car for a fast-paced, in-your-face, two-person carnival of fun and fat-assery, something we’re calling WIDE LOAD: breaking the stage and taking names. Full-out dance moves, fast and furious semi-autobiographical sketch comedy, blistering rants, and random slingshots of tasty snacks make Wide Load the fringe show that people are going to want to see.

Veteran Big Mover Colette and I are again hosting an outdoor breakfast for the Fringe community–or everyone who gets there before the pancake batter runs out. We’ll be roaming Montreal streets in skirts up to Here and fattitude out to There. Two people can’t flood the Fringe with fabulous the way 12 people can, but damn it if we’re not going to try.

Hey, and Wide Load will be running for one night only in Boston, too! We’re planning a special launch party for late May! But we need your help to get this show up and running.

We’re already had a few donors from around the country, and one generous contributor from Chicago, but we need more support. Our goal is $1000 in the next 12 days. That money will help pay our entry fees ($640) and print the postcards and posters that will bring more Fringe attendees in to see the Big Moves vision of a size-diverse world. If you haven’t yet donated to Big Moves this year, consider making now the time to start. If you’ve already donated, you know we put on great shows with grassroots budgets, and you know that your added contribution at this time is going to really make a difference.

Send email to and let me know how much you can pledge. I will send you a paypal money request and we can do it online (we are revamping our online donation process, and that’ll be up to speed by December 1, too late for us to use for this push, though).

All donations of $35 or more will receive a Wide Load tour bumper sticker, plus a Wide Load poster signed by Colette and me. You know the work we do, you know the changes we’re trying to make. We rely on individual donors to help move us forward. More specifically, we rely on you.

Coquette: “Touring Fatties!”

30 09 2008

Help us launch our first-ever tour!

In June of 2009, Big Moves Boston will launch its first ever six-Fringe, nine-city tour with an all new, two-woman show: Wide Load. But we can’t do it alone! We need help raising $4000 for the Fringe Festival entrance fees. We’re looking to collect $10 from 400 people…ten little dollars to help a big, BIG tour! If you like what you see, please donate!!