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BC BUDS Lite

Back by popular demand BC Buds will showcase new play readings, choreographies and more from emerging and established theatre and dance artists.

By donation only at the door. Suggested donation of $5.00 for each production.

BC BUDS Lite Schedule

Wednesday, April 24 - 7pm - Main StageWednesday, April 24 - 9pm - Studio
The Pigeon and the Dove

A history of hatred and love.

Written by Carolyn Victoria Mill

Operatic Panic Attack

Operatic Panic Attack is TJ Dawe’s autobiographical monologue about being a theatre student, discovering that there’s more to opera than non-sensical warbling, and being stomped to the ground by panic attacks. "Dawe has storytelling down to a fine art" - Vancouver Sun

Written and Performed by TJ Dawe
Crowded Solo (Working Title) by Alejandra Miranda

So we do everything possible to preserve our lives and the structure of our plane” Charlotte Joko Beck

This collaboration was inspired by Charlotte Joko Becks´ book in Zen teachings “Nothing Special”. We explored what some of these Zen teachings might inspire in a dancer’s brain when asked to preserve attention to the present moment and how this would create an interesting relationship with time and space. We explored safe falling using gravitational force with the purpose of observing how our fears preserve us from experiencing direct relationships with our environment. We also felt this was a great opportunity to collaborate with video, projections and dance; it gave us the opportunity to play around and allow creativity for all artists involved. This is a very first exploration and a work in progress.

Dance collaborators: Carolina Bergonzoni, Sophie Brassard, Alejandra Miranda
Performer: Sophie Brassard
Video and Video Design: Gemma Growe
Projection and Video Design: Fabio Coelho de Miranda
Direction/Production: Alejandra Miranda
Music: Rush Anthony Joseph Lanman, Alma Gustavo Sataolalla, Its a long way Caetano Veloso

Bios may be found HERE

Thursday, April 25 - 7pm - Main Stage
Courage Now by Manami Hara

In the midst of World War II, in Lithuania, the Japanese Consul Chiune Sugihara faces his biggest moral dilemma. Should he disobey his country’s strict orders and risk his honour and family’s safety to save the lives of thousands of Jewish refugees? In 1986, shortly after Chiune’s death, Margaret a Jewish child survivor seeks out Chiune’s widow, Yukiko. Both women struggle their way through haunted memories, revealing Chiune’s agonizing journey filled with courage and humility.

Playwright: Manami Hara
Director/Dramaturge: Jane Heyman
Dramaturgical Consultant: Carmen Aguirre

CAST:
Richard Newman
Gili Roskies
Donna Soares
Lynna Goldhar Smith
Raugi Yu

Friday, April 26 - 7pm - Main Stage
House and Home by Jenn Griffin

House and Home is a biting, comic take on our current real estate crisis. Hilary, a waitress/poet turned social worker, and Henry, a Butoh dancer turned lawyer, didn’t know how lucky they were when they managed to escape bad roommates and buy a house before the real estate market skyrocketed. Now, some years later, with both of their livelihoods in shambles, they are house rich and cash poor, fending off a desperate realtor, recovering from a rat infestation, and their long-suffering basement tenant is threatening to move out. As they abandon their values and plunge into the world of short-term rentals, how far can they go to keep their house?

Written by Jennifer Griffin
Directed by Donna Spencer

CAST:
Sebastien Archibald
Sam Bob
Jillian Fargey
Pippa Mackie
Robert Moloney
Amanda Sum

Saturday, April 27 - 7pm - Main StageSaturday, April 27 - 9pm - Studio
Little Tiny Feets: the Richard Pryor Story by TJ Dawe and Kahlil Ashanti

Little Tiny Feets: the Richard Pryor Story looks at the childhood, loves, addictions, violence and stand-up of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. New York Drama Desk nominated writer/performer Kahlil Ashanti plays a multitude of characters revealing Pryor’s torment and genius.

Written by TJ Dawe and Kahlil Ashanti
Performed by Kahlil Ashanti
Crowded Solo (Working Title) by Alejandra Miranda

So we do everything possible to preserve our lives and the structure of our plane” Charlotte Joko Beck

This collaboration was inspired by Charlotte Joko Becks´ book in Zen teachings “Nothing Special”. We explored what some of these Zen teachings might inspire in a dancer’s brain when asked to preserve attention to the present moment and how this would create an interesting relationship with time and space. We explored safe falling using gravitational force with the purpose of observing how our fears preserve us from experiencing direct relationships with our environment. We also felt this was a great opportunity to collaborate with video, projections and dance; it gave us the opportunity to play around and allow creativity for all artists involved. This is a very first exploration and a work in progress.

Dance collaborators: Carolina Bergonzoni, Sophie Brassard, Alejandra Miranda
Performer: Sophie Brassard
Video and Video Design: Gemma Growe
Projection and Video Design: Fabio Coelho de Miranda
Direction/Production: Alejandra Miranda
Music: Rush Anthony Joseph Lanman, Alma Gustavo Sataolalla, Its a long way Caetano Veloso

Bios may be found HERE