Photo Credit: Revolver Theatre
rEvolver Theatre Festival 2017
The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
The Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver
May 24-June 4, 2017
Tickets are now on sale for rEvolver Theatre Festival 2017 held at The Cultch and Russian Hall from Wednesday, May 24 to Sunday, June 4, 2017. A one-stop-event to see what is happening on the forefront of interdisciplinary theatre arts, the festival will present new works created not only by local emerging artists, but also innovative and entertaining productions from across Canada.
1. The return of a festival favourite. To mark the festival’s fifth year, Yukon-based Ramshackle Theatre will present its latest production, Tombstone. An all-ages sci-fi western puppet show/live film with attitude, it is the follow-up to the highly popular Sci-Fi Double Feature, part of rEvolver’s debut festival.
2. Continuing its commitment to diversity. The festival has a track record for presenting new works by distinct voices from contrasting communities. This year’s program stays true to that vision and will include:
- Last Train In, an atypical story about disability set in the UK
- Performed in English and Japanese, NeOn-ね音, a personal work about love and family
- Produced by LGBTQ company Heist, The Princess Show, a multimedia drag musical
- SPAWN, by Indigenous theatre group Wild Woman Theatre, merging Coast Salish traditions with the contemporary
3. Expanding its scope. The festival has grown from its roots presenting live theatre in East Vancouver:
- A festival first—contemporary dance will be part of the mainstage program with (i.m)position by Luciterra Dance Theatre—an all-woman ensemble work about connectivity
- A new venue has also been added, see All the Way at the Russian Hall, an unconventional game show produced by O,o,o,o.
4. Storytelling with a difference. Solo performance art and memoir will also be a focus this year:
- I’m Doing This for You has been lauded as “funny, quirky and ultimately heartbreaking” (Edinburgh Spotlight), a one-woman show performed by Toronto’s Haley McGee
- Based on true events, Vampires in Barcelona is written and performed by Brian Cochrane about a chance encounter while travelling
- Free performance, Kelly McInnes’ SHINY tackles body image referencing feminist text
5. More to see than mainstage presentations. Investing in the development of new works has been a key component of rEvolver. Audiences can participate in a series of free and by donation readings and events that will demonstrate the incubation progress of creating new work and include: Plunge – Emerging Artists’ Works in Progress, the Updrafts Reading Series (Michelle Deines, Aryo Khakpour/The Biting School, Pippa Mackie, and Caroline Sniatynski), and The Writers’ Group presented by Urban Ink.
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ABOUT UPINTHEAIR THEATRE
Under the leadership of Daniel Martin and David Mott, Upintheair Theatre has been producing original and provocative theatre in Vancouver since 2000. The company’s last production with The Only Animal, The City and The City was presented in the 2017 PuSh Festival. Past productions include The North Plan (2016), which won three Jessie Awards in the Small Theatre category, and Inside The Seed (2013), which won Jessie Awards for Outstanding Direction (Small Theatre) and Best New Script. Each spring, the company presents the rEvolver Theatre Festival showcasing contemporary performance work by emerging and early mid career artists.