E-NEWSLETTER March 2015
Converse is a multiple stream, interactive conversation between artists, plants and community. We define community as the natural environment, the human population and the cultural communities of Strathcona, the Downtown East side and Chinatown. Our process will entail visual, interactive and performative methods that are both celebratory and reflective. The dialogue is based on notions of nature and natural environment – the movement and migrations of plants, animals and humans. What role and relationship do urban dwellers have in the process? We will examine this through a series of street interventions, site-specific installations and community co-created artworks. A conversation of ideas and beliefs will emerge. Feedback is inherently built into this project and is collected throughout its unfolding engagement.
Converse: April 1 to July 1, 2015
Nicole Dextras, Haruko Okano, Marina Szijarto
A Message From Our City Wide Programmer
Spring has arrived early and strong, inviting us all outside. So, go experience CONDUIT at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Vancouver Chinese Garden. The second component “Concert” wraps up on March 15th and the third component “Converse” begins April 1st.
CACV has an important project in the works that needs your help. The Community Print Shop project has rescued and is trying to resuscitate an historical letterpress. Currently, the press is residing at Gallery Gachet. Funding is urgently needed for the costs of moving the letterpress from the Woodward's Building, renting the space at Gallery Gachet, and repairs to restore the letterpress to its former artistry. Please watch our website for the story of the letterpress and click on the donate button to support the project.
World Community Arts Day was awesome! Please check our website for photos and stories.
This is my last article for the CACV newsletter. Personal reasons have called me to another place. I will continue to stay involved with this special and important organization on a volunteer basis. I hope some of you will join in too. My gratitude to Francis, Kelty, Denise, Chris, Karen, Pierre, Michael, and the rest of the Board, and all the volunteers who have allowed me the privilege of sharing in their experiences. Keep reading. Keep making art that matters.
Yours with respect and affection,
CACV ORG. MEMBER/PARTNER EVENTS
Cultural China · Charming Henan -
Henan Woodblock New Year Prints Exhibition
文化中國 · 魅力河南 - 河南木板年畫展
The exhibition is in both English and Chinese.
Opening Reception: Saturday February 28th, 2015 2:00 – 4:00pm (free and open to the public)
Exhibition dates: February 28 – April 12, 2015
Tuesday – Sunday 11am-5pm
$3/adult, $2/senior or students. Free on Tuesdays. Members free.
Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6A 4H5, Canada
Organizer: Chinese Henan Provincial Administration of Cultural Heritage
Co-organizer: Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver, Kaifeng City Museum, Anyang Museum
Inquiries: 604.658.8880, www.cccvan.com
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL
A Roundhouse partnership with VIDF
Thu Mar 12 – Sat Mar 28
Exhibition Hall: 7pm, Community Stage
Performance Centre: 8pm, Main stage
TICKETS $30, $25 Student/Senior, $22.50 group rate (10 or more)
INFO www.vidf.ca or 604.662.4966
The 2015 VIDF Main Stage shows will include performances by Par B.L.eux, 605/Out Innerspace, and Manual Roque. Community Stage shows feature free performances, with the one-time purchase of a 2015 VIDF membership, with artists including Benjamin Kamino, Ferenc Feher and The Response. Watch for free afternoon shows in the Roundhouse Turntable Plaza with Kokoro Dance and guests during the festival, dates and times to be announced. Join us weekdays between noon and 1pm for life drawing sessions with dancers in the Exhibition Hall. FREE. No registration required.
Blasted By Sarah Kane
Date: April 10 to 25, 2015
Previews: April 10 at 8pm, April 11 at 2pm
Opening: Saturday, April 11 at 8pm
Evenings: April 14 – 18, 21 – 25 at 8pm
Matinees: April 12, 18, 19 and 25 at 2pm
Ticket prices: $17 Preview
$27 General Admission
Address: Performance Works on Granville Island
1218 Cartwright Street
Box Office: pitheatre.com
Vancouver, BC – Pi Theatre presents Sarah Kane's highly-provocative and overtly shocking play Blasted - an incendiary, visceral portrayal of a world where private and public violation collide - at Granville Island’s Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street), April 10 - 25, 2015. Directed by Richard Wolfe, this uncompromising work, which was met with hostile critical reaction following its controversial 1995 London premiere, has now cemented Kane’s legacy as the most provocative and influential British playwright of her generation.
“Critics denigrated Blasted as a ‘feast of filth’ after its premiere. But no less than Harold Pinter and Caryl Churchill came forward as champions for the play, swaying public opinion and resulting in sold-out houses,” says Pi Theatre Artistic Director Richard Wolfe. “Today, the work is iconic – included in almost every theatre history textbook – and yet ours is just the second professional staging in Canada. The enormous production demands and sheer intensity of the work make witnessing Blasted a very rare experience.” The play begins on a sordid note, when a sleazy, bigoted tabloid journalist brings a naïve and troubled young woman back to his hotel room. The dysfunctional seduction is shattered by the arrival of a soldier, whose abrupt entry sets nightmarish events in motion. The ensuing visions are visceral and harrowing - abundant with violence, sex, and depravity.
Their culmination, however, is a profound commentary on the dual nature of humanity: creatures capable of horrifying, merciless acts, and yet possessing an innate need to love and be loved. Blasted was the first of five plays the British author would write before taking her own life in 1999 at the age of 28. Her works deal with themes of redemptive love, desire, pain, torture, and death – all of which feature prominently in Blasted. Her ongoing legacy is that of an artist provocateur, groundbreaking dramatist, and ahead-of-her-time visionary. “Two decades after its premiere, Blasted seems more at home in the present than it was at the time of its writing,” reflects Wolfe. “Scenes that were thought of as exaggerated to the point of absurdity then, have taken on uncomfortable familiarity in the face of events today.”
To explore Kane’s tale of destruction and redemption,Pi Theatre has assembled an outstanding trio of actors: Cherise Clarke, Raresh DiMofte, and Michael Kopsa. The design team will include sound and projection by Remy Siu, costumes by Carmen Alatorre, set by Drew Facey (tasked with the challenge of creating a set that explodes each night, before re-assembly for the next performance), and graphic design by Kristen Johnston. In addition to marking 20 years since Blasted’s premiere, the upcoming performance commemorates the 30th anniversary of Pi Theatre in Vancouver, whose premiere production – Ratz –occurred on July 5, 1985 in a temporarily converted brick warehouse on Powell St. Tickets for Blasted available from $17 at pitheatre.com Contains coarse language, sex and violence. Not suitable for children.
World Premiere: Shakespearean Rhapsody
Feb 28-Mar 29
The Waterfront Theatre (on Granville Island)
Tickets from $12 available online at www.carouseltheatre.caor by calling 604-685-6217
Join Carousel Theatre for Young People for a magical, energetic romp with the world premiere of Shakespearean Rhapsody! Now is the time to share the comedy, drama and wonder of some of Shakespeare's best loved plays with the children in your life. Adapted by Mike Stack from the Bard’s original works and Lois Burdett’s “Shakespeare Can Be Fun” book series, Shakespearean Rhapsody introduces young audiences to plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, and The Tempest. What better way to experience Shakespeare for the first time than with stories designed just for you?
Carousel Theatre for Young People’s artistic director Carole Higgins enthuses: “Mike Stack has created a wonderful new script that will invite young people into the world of Shakespeare - full of comedy, tragedy, magic and zaniness, this production will gently dismantle preconceptions and embrace storytelling theatre with exuberance and laughter.”
For more information, visit Carousel Theatre for Young People’s website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!
New exhibition - March 6th - April 12th The Right to Remain
This exhibition will showcase artwork and documentation from a series of workshops guided by DTES artists who engaged their community in dialogue about human rights. “The Right to Remain” project is the second phase of the “Revitalizing Japantown?” research project in partnership with Queen's university and the Nikkei national museum and cultural centre. Community organizations, artists, and researchers are working to reclaim and re-enliven the human rights history of the DTES to ensure that the rights of present-day inhabitants are prioritized amidst rapid social and environmental change.
In Salon Shop we will presents the artwork of Michelle Tully (March 6th - April 12th)
A Roundhouse partnership
Tue Mar 31, 7:30pm
TICKETS $15 door (discount for SAC members)
Hosted by Shari Ulrich
Vancouver’s most popular songwriters’ showcase returns featuring Barney Bentall, Tom Taylor, Christopher Ward and host Shari Ulrich. These gifted artists from widely varying musical genres perform in an informal, "unplugged" atmosphere. Presented by the Songwriters Association of Canada and produced and hosted by Shari Ulrich, this one-of-a kind concert series is one of the city's best showcases for both local and national Canadian songwriting talent. Every evening is unique, magical, and not to be missed.
Hong Kong Exile
in collaboration with Zoe Lam and Howie Tsui
January 22 – March 28, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, January 22 | 7pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am – 6pm
As part of a long effort to standardize language throughout China, in 2012, at the behest of authorities in Beijing, and to uproar throughout the Canto-sphere, the Guangdong local government enacted the Guangdong National Language Regulations: a set of regulations that squeezes Cantonese language off of the airwaves and removes it from use in the public sector including government offices and schools. Even autonomous Hong Kong is facing pressures from these homogenizing forces.
Here in Vancouver, ominous signs of Mandarinisation have hovered over Chinatown in recent years. In one example, due either to ignorance of local circumstances or an intention to appeal to Mainland Chinese buyers, Westgroup, the developer of a condo at the South West corner of Keefer and Main, greeted Canada’s foremost Cantonese and other Yuht () language speaking neighbourhood with a massive “NI HAO”. “Hello” in the main languages of Chinatown is not “Ni hao,” rather, it is “Nei hou” and “Lei hou”, depending on dialect. For locals, Westgroup’s sign was a reminder of broader forces of cultural loss.
When space for and means of cultural expression and autonomy are attacked, people react. In Hong Kong, 2014’s Occupy Central protests had to do with far more than systems of government. It was also a reaction to growing anxiety over loss of culture. During the protests, Cantonese speakers and supporters here in Vancouver and around the world flooded their Facebook feeds with re-coloured Hong Kong flags, yellow umbrellas on black backgrounds, and other expressions of resistance, resilience and solidarity. Click here for more info
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