The Firehall Arts Centre’s BC Buds Spring Arts Festival returns for another jam-packed year. Nearly thirty different music, theatre, dance, interdisciplinary artists take over the every conceivable nook and cranny of the Firehall, turning it into a giant arts factory for four days of inventive and innovative live site-specific performances from emerging and established BC artists. This year’s BC Buds explores the theme of Longing and Belonging.
See below for show descriptions.
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2015 Line up
Friday May 8, 7:25 – 7:40pm + Sat May 9, 7:00 – 7:15pm
“Alastair Knowles has the pitch-perfect ability to express his character’s bittersweet search for human connection through movement, as much and perhaps more so than through words.” – Toronto Star
Blending innocence with violence in graphic detail, Inside Out is an articulately mimed clown sequence that is both charming and disarming. A lamb experiences the pressures of personal growth in dynamic fashion. Alastair is one half of the critically acclaimed physical comedy duo James & Jamesy whose productions 2 for Tea and High Tea have accumulated Best-Of-Fest awards at the Toronto, Montreal, Victoria, Winnipeg, London, and Saskatoon Fringe Festivals.
Impulse Theatre | Andrew Barrett
FALLOW; THE SELFIE PROJECT
Fri May 8, 9:40 – 10:00pm + Sat May 9, 10:15 – 10:35pm
“.. the smart, often shirtless, always spirited Impulse Theatre.” – Michael Harris, Globe and Mail
FALLOW; the selfie project is an autobiographical multidisciplinary work created and performed by Andrew Barrett. An artist in hibernation has retreated into the work and images of his past in an effort to determine where he needs to go next. Past selfies, images, diaries, and theatrical worlds are research for this new and intimate piece told through mask, clown, contemporary dance, and text. Will it be a celebration of self or a lesson for the future?
Andrew Barrett – performer/creator, Halley Fulford – director/co-creator
The Biting School | Arash + Aryo Khakpour
Fri May 8, 8:00 – 8:15pm + Sat May 9, 8:00 – 8:15pm
Helmeat is alone at his home. He has a war helmet. He killed a saint, he bombed a village and he burst a bubble. His helmet is his only friend.
Full metal jacket bites the joker’s jacket.
Performed by: Aryo Khakpour, Created by: Arash and Aryo Khakpour
WEAR ARE YOU?
Fri May 8, 7:15 – 7:30pm + Sat May 9, 9:00 – 9:15pm
Further questions for Mr. Dressup. Wear are you? Is a dance piece exploring the relationship of clothes and identities; of fashion to cultural pressures; of posture to status; of design to sexuality.
Creators: Arash Khakpour, Ashley Whitehead, Choreographer: Ashley Whitehead, Performer: Ashley Whitehead
Idverb | Brad Muirhead
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE NO PLACE
Fri May 8, 10:10 – 10:40pm + Sat May 9, 9:30 – 10:00pm
The new group “Idverb” wax poetic on the theme “longing and belonging”, with a kaleidoscopic collage of spoken word and music, in a setting that divides both the performers and audience along ambiguous and shifting lines of separation. The streets of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side provide a thematic backdrop to explore the duality and “nowhereness” of not belonging where you do belong and belonging where you don’t, the freedom and isolation of non-conformism, the challenge of grief felt over the loss of a friend many would consider “vermin” and longing for a lost childhood world in which imagination can be as real and all-pervasive as the stone-cold facts of reality.
Performed by Brad Muirhead (Trombone plus composition/musical direction), Lisa Miller (piano) and Chris Kelly (electronics), and text by spoken-word artist Kedrick James.
RE-MARKS ON BEING
Fri May 8, 10:00 – 10:20pm + Sat May 9, 8:30 – 8:50pm
A slow falling dance for a solo female performer. The trapping force of ‘fixity’ of perception, whether it is from others or from oneself, embodies itself in the movement of our muscles, cells and skin. The work represents an accumulation of the experience of ‘fixity’ in relation to being in the everyday.
Creator: Daisy Thompson, Performer: Luciana D’Anunciação
New(to)Town Collective | Davey Samuel Calderon
KIND (CHILD) reading
Fri May 8, 9:10 – 10:00pm
It began with one South African woman provoked by the death of a black South African child. From this pain and conflict, she gives birth to a poem that called for change within an apartheid torn nation. Her name was Ingrid Jonker. Kind (Child) tells Ingrid’s story of her struggle to express herself uncompromisingly in the face of oppression. Her experiences reflect our own common longing to be loved and understood and the courage to be ourselves. I invite you to witness at our staged reading, the woman who was and will always be, Ingrid Jonker.
Performers: Sarah Lubbe, Darren Adams, Dominique Wakeland, Written by: Eddy van Wyk, Directed by: Davey Samuel Calderon, Sound Designer: Nancy Tam
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre | Tetsuro Shigematsu
EMPIRE OF THE SON
Fri May 8, 8:15 – 9:15pm
Based on a series of audio interviews with his father, Empire of the Son is an original theatre work by former CBC broadcaster, Tetsuro Shigematsu. Empire of the Son uses a pair of turntables, a camera, miniatures and a projector to magically conjure entire worlds: from the ashes of Hiroshima to present-day Vancouver, marshaling the tiniest of objects to focus on life’s biggest questions.
Written and performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu.
Fri May 8, 7:45 – 8:00pm + Sat May 9, 7:40 – 7:55pm
Languages always confuses us. Babel is about the nonverbal language with and without (verbal) assistant and description. When the topic of theme of a dance performance is not only about the uniqueness of dance aesthetic and kinesthetic experience, will we offer a new meaning of movement? Or over interpret movement? I always question how much performers could “speak” for creators when interpreting works. Also, how much do audience over interpret movement?
Performer/ creators: Iris Lau + Carmine Santavenere, Musician: Elliot Vaughan
Fri May 8, 7:05 – 7:15pm + Sat May 9, 7:25 – 7:35pm
‘mine’ is about placement within an artistic community. During the performance we are reminded there is room for everyone. By the end: my body, my movement, and my practice are all mine.
Performer / Creator: Jamee Valin, Outside Eyes: Ashley Whitehead and Jen Cole
Fri May 8, 8:15 – 8:25pm + Sat May 9, 7:25 – 7:35pm
An energetic, knee slapping, toe tapping contemporary Metis jig solo created by Jeanette Kotowich, with original sound designed by Wayne Lavallee and guest Metis fiddler JJ Lavallee. Musically driven by the fiddle’s undeniable force, the impulse for movement is sparked like a flint initiates fire. With electricity of the jig and fancy steps that rebound off the earth – for a moment in time, milliseconds before you return to earth you are propelled in the direction of spirit, like a horse running in the open wild.
Created & conceived by Jeanette Kotowich, Original sound designed by Wayne Lavallee with guest Metis fiddler JJ Lavallee.
Jim Sands & Gina Bastone
DATING FOR DUMB HEADS
Sun May 10, 2:00 – 2:30pm – THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Hansel is a lost and lonely clown living far from his home in Hamburg, Germany. His only friends are on Facebook. In a world torn by global warming, Fukushimi, and dying bees Hansle searches for love and belonging. This workshop performance is an excerpt from the play, Dating for Dumb Heads, that will be part of the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Jim Sands is an East Vancouver based storyteller, musician and clown. Gina Bastone is a brilliant and eccentric teacher of comedy, risk-taking and mask work, and her hand-crafted masks are much in demand locally and internationally.
HOW TO SURVIVE AN APOCALYPSE by Jordan Hall (reading)
Sun May 10, 2:00 – 4:00pm
A romantic comedy for a cynical age. Jen is smart, hip, and successful. Or at least she used to be. Now her trendy online lit mag is failing, her game-designer husband Tim’s career is stalled at “unemployed”, and her perfect life is falling apart. What better way to prove she’s still a winner than to succeed at an even bigger challenge: Surviving the looming global Apocalypse?
A 2014-16 Flying Start project. The reading features Sebastien Archibald, Leslie Dos Remedios, Claire Hesselgrave, and Mike Wasko, Directed by Katrina Dunn, with Dramaturgy by Kathleen Flaherty.
THE EDGES OF THINGS ARE ILL DEFINED
Sat May 9, 10:45 – 11:05pm
“One should act as if the world had just been created; one should not analyze a thing to death, but rather let it unfold gradually and without interference.” – Oskar Schlemmer
Choreographer: Julianne Chapple, Dancers: Kirstyn König and Antonio Somera
Sat May 9, 9:55 – 10:10pm
o.la.more.Jessica is sweet, joyful and heartfelt. Karaoke at your high school prom in a wedding dress.
Performer: Jessica Ames, Choreographer: Kara Nolte
Sat May 9, 10:10 – 10:20pm
Two Individuals and the physical conversation of separation and connection.
Featuring Karissa Barry (dancer/director/editor), Frédéric Tavernini (dancer/collaborator) + ROB SONDERGAARD (D.O.P.)
Alley Theatre | Marisa Smith
Fri May 8, 10:30 – 10:50pm + Sat May 9, 9:30 – 9:50pm
A gripping 15 minute snap-shot of post-Yeltsin Russia during the “shock therapy” of economic reform and present-day Canadian culture — as seen through the eyes of a Soviet medical student with a Canadian husband. Under a blunt, sarcastic exterior, a remarkable and tragic story is unveiled – one that will have you on the edge of your seat until it’s done.
Written by Hannah Moscovitch, Directed By: Mindy Parfitt, Performed by: Marisa Smith
WHEN YOU WOULD RATHER SIT ALONE
Sat May 9, 7:55 – 8:05pm + 9:20-9:30
When you would rather sit alone is a trio between 2 dancers and 1 singer. Three women present variations on the theme of the desire to be connected and the choice to cut themselves off from human connection. Performed to the live ballads of Vancouver’s own singer/song writer Sarah Wheeler, this trio discovers the motivation in longing to be alone and the desire to reconnect. Performed by: Meredith Kalaman + Jennifer Aoki with Singer/Guitarist Sarah Wheeler
LOVE ON THE LINE
Fri May 8, 7:40 – 7:45pm + Sat May 9, 7:20 – 7:25pm
Created + performed by Nayana Fielkov
Somewhere between the socks and the sheets , between the folding and cleaning, a woman discovers her dream man on the laundry line… Love on the line is a mimed romantic fantasy come undone.
Dupuis Dance | Nicole Fox
Fri May 8, 9:45 – 10:00pm + Sat May 9, 10:25 – 10:40pm
Wired: is largely a study on isolation and social detachment. Does time spent wired-in trying to establish and cultivate relationships, to be accepted, seen and valued result in missed interactions and connections?
Performers: Caitlin Brown + Hailey McCloskey, Costumes by: Galen Armstrong, Music by: Dave Savard
Raices y Alas | Andrea Williams, Dayna Szyndrowski, Michelle Harding, Maria Avila
Fri May 8, 7:50 – 8:00pm + Sun May 10, 2:30 – 2:40pm
Raíces y Alas, roots and wings, longing and belonging – no matter the words used, there is an steadfast duality in our desire to respect the past while participating in the present. táctil is an experimental flamenco work created under the Raíces y Alas project’s mandate, where four flamenco dancers seek their own footing on individual ground while building connection to each other and their surroundings.
Created & Performed by: Andrea Williams, Michelle Harding, Maria Avila, Dayna Szyndrowski
somewhere there collective | Olivia C. Davies
Fri May 8, 9:15 – 9:35pm + Sat May 9, 10:40 – 11:00pm
A long time ago the moon belonged to the earth, then, something terrible happened. It was the greatest of terrestrial break-ups. The falling stars remember their love story and carry it on their backs as they make their descent. SOMEWHERE THERE is an interdisciplinary performance piece with original musical score, dance and poetry that is set in the space that exists between the Earth and the Moon.
OURO Collective | Maiko Miyauchi, Dean Placzek, Antonio Somera, Rina Pellerin + Cristina Bucci
Fri May 8, 8:45 – 9:05pm + Sat May 9, 8:15 – 8:35pm
Street dance viewed through the contemporary kaleidoscope. As a group of street dancers from varied backgrounds we have a sense of security and acceptance in our own community. As artists we long to be part of a bigger arts community and would like to challenge how street dance is created, presented and perceived by audiences. As we explore creating our own unique hybrid of movement we aim not to lose the essence of each unique genre and individuals freedom of expression. Our piece works with connections and contact between members as we demonstrate the power of our new formed collective coming together to empower through physicality. The solo work incorporated in the piece looks at how freestyled movement can highlight the individual strength/story of each member and emphasizes the root of street dance culture. Will our interpretation be embraced or drive us back to obscurity and comforts of own our sub-culture?
Ouro Collective Performers – Maiko Miyauchi, Dean Placzek, Mark Siller, Rina Pellerin, Cristina Bucci and Antonio Somera.
OUR GHOSTS by Sally Stubbs (reading)
Thurs May 7, 7:00 – 9:00pm
What if a fighter-jet vanishes and Canada’s Air Force declares the plane and its pilots at the bottom of the Pacific: case closed? What if the wife of one pilot refuses to accept her husband’s death? What if, years later, artifacts found confirm the plane crashed near Whistler Mountain and that one or both pilots survived impact and might, possibly, have lived if the official search had been less hasty? What if that same wife, now eighty-eight, still searches for her husband? A haunting mystery, Our Ghosts is inspired by the experiences of the playwright’s mother and the father she never knew.
Written by Sally Stubbs, directed by Chelsea Haberlin.
Subscura | Claire Brousseau, Carly Whitaker-Wilson, Emily Long & Cheyenne Puil
Fri May 8, 7:00 – 7:10pm + Sat May 9, 7:00 – 7:10pm
This piece deals with the isolation that one feels when they are unable to face themselves, and how the choice of self-awareness and love can bring the continuity back into life. ‘Be With’ is about the transcendence from denial to acceptance, from closed to open, and is a representation of the vitality that comes with unity. By opening up to ourselves and looking into our reflections with honesty and love, we clear the path for creativity and abundance. Together we move from a place of avoidance, isolation and withdrawal, to a place of understanding, cooperation and trust.
Performed by: Claire Brousseau, Carly Whitaker-Wilson, Emily Long & Cheyenne Puil.
Terri-Lyn Storey with Grandview + Quilchena Schools
THE UN-BOXING OF BOX THEATRE
Sun May 10, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Box Theatre returns to The Firehall and with 6 years of Box Theatre shows, that was a whole lot of boxes! This year these solo and partner shows are recycling their boxes and using yards and yards of fabric from Bard on the Beach, to create magical worlds that stage each unique and original theatre piece. The audience makes their way around the nooks and crannies of The Firehall to step inside the world of each story and to meet a whole gang of characters created though the boundless imaginations of each child…welcome.
Tim Sars, Sharon Bayley, Chara Berk, Lisa Voth + Karim Mantawi
I’M FINE WHO ARE YOU?
Fri May 8, 7:15 – 7:30pm
A guy from away wanders into the weird “welcome” & “safe” security of three neighbours as he searches for home. Behold the comings & goings of neighbours, the junk in our backyards, & what we hide & seek. This is a music & clown spectacle created for adults & appropriate for everyone. It is created by 3 neighbours & 1 guy from across town, all artists. Tim Sars is a working freelance musician in Vancouver. Sharon Bayley is the co-artistic director of Mortal Coil & a clown. Lisa Voth instigates Necessary Shenanigans & is a clown. Karim is a clown & has spent years facilitating multicultural group dialogue. Chara Berk, the photographer extraordinaire, runs Chara Berk Photography. We’re fine, who are you?
Featuring Tim Sars, Sharon Bayley, Chara Berk, Lisa Voth + Karim Mantawi.
Wet Ink Collective
Solos and Duets; an Evening with the Women of Wet Ink Collective
Sat May 9, 7:55 – 9:55pm
Join us for a cabaret-style extravaganza of monologues and two-person scenes, reflecting the theme of “Longing and Belonging”. This evening will include a medley of excerpts from the plays written by our newest associates, exploring the motifs of love, laughter, sensuality and spirituality. The pieces will be performed by the members of our group and directed by Liesl Lafferty, who will also host the event.
Featuring Yvette Dudley-Neuman, Virginia Gillespie, Pippa Johnstone, Gabriella Klein, Liesl Lafferty, Kim Larson, CJ McGillvray, Dawn Milman, Yumi Ogawa, Rosemary Rowe, Kim Seary, Elissa Vann Struth + Veronique West.