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SHIFT FESTIVAL 10: PASSION PROJECTS

FIERCE TRUTH TELLING

June 1, 2, 3 2017

Firehall Arts Centre

In the heart of Vancouver

Working toward the 10th annual SHIFT Festival, returning to the Firehall in June this year, SHIFT was ready for a shake up. No longer a festival of specifically one act plays by emerging artists, the tenth iteration of our signature event seeks to give professional, returning or teaching artists a venue for new scripts, ideas and collaborations…for PASSION PROJECTS. This shift is purposeful, as we seek to collaborate with more experienced artists and activists, as we feel ready to produce the unshakeable script ideas, as we re-engage with the role of hard working artists in conflicted times and as we build on our company mandate to truly activate new works.

SHIFT believes theatre persists as a relevant and nourishing form/forum; we want to support and encourage some of our city’s most skilled and resonant performance creators. We are featuring an engaging program of bold new work by local professionals and offering them, trial by fire at the Firehall, to curious and engaged audiences.

As submissions came in from some of Vancouver’s most compelling artists, a thread emerged around uncovering, discovering and celebrating identities in spite of divisive forces.

This year’s festival offers FIERCE TRUTH TELLING.

 

SHIFT Festival 10 Program:

 

June 1st: Opening Night

-The Walls installation by the Troika Collective

-Pride by Allan Morgan

-Unveiled by Fay Nass

-live music post show

 

June 2: Friday Night at the Firehall

-The Walls installation by the Troika Collective

-Pride by Allan Morgan

-Unveiled by Fay Nass

-live music post show

 

Saturday June 3, Festival Reading – 3pm:

Staged Reading with live music – Titillations by Yvette Dudley Neuman

 

June 3: Closing Night

-live music pre-show on the Firehall’s sunny back patio

-The Walls installation by the Troika Collective

-Pride by Allan Morgan

-Unveiled by Fay Nass

-live music post show

Nightly door prizes provided by community partners!

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RICHKA [Річка] River
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Tuesday, June 27th 8pm

Association of United Ukrainian Canadians in collaboration with The Troika Collective

A captivating new multidisciplinary work melding contemporary dance with Ukrainian traditions

Original Concept  |  Aliya Griffin, Deborah Karras, Laurel Lawry, Tetiana Zaruba

Created by  |  Georgina Alpen, Aliya Griffin, Tamara Pitts, Emily Villavicencio

Featuring  |  Vostok: Aliya Griffin, Emily Villavicencio, Jessica Hood; Karley Kyle-Moffat, Egor Terekhine, Jeff Gonek, David Clennin, Katherine Alpen, Charlotte Newman; Sheila Allan; Caroline Sniatynski

Technical Director  |  Mariya ‘Masha’ Birkby

Costumes  |  Janice Beck

With support from  |  Dovbush Dancers, the Dance Centre, and funding from Community Arts Council of Vancouver

Event details at facebook.com/Richkariver

 

The river, an elemental force, flowing forward, carving a path, influenced by its location and geography. The river, reflecting ourselves and our surroundings, but looking deeper, harbouring its own secrets, darkness, movement, and blinding light. What do you see when you look in the river?

Ukrainian Dance is renowned for its athleticism, grace and vibrancy.  Ukrainian music and culture are rooted in customs thousands of years old.  Enter a modern vision of cultural touchstones that crosses borders and spans generations.  Contemporary dance fuses with tradition in Richka.

Incorporating storytelling, theatre, live music and a unique combination of Ukrainian and Contemporary dance, our multicultural cast creates a performance that will challenge your perceptions, uncover shared experiences and foster connection with the people and places around you.

A theatrical look at the Canadian cultural experience, Richka melds Ukrainian folklore with contemporary aesthetics, and reveals the concepts which carry Ukrainian culture into our Canadian identity and echoes shared cultural experiences.