This Weekend!

BC Buds Spring Arts Fair 2012

By Donation
May 11 to 13, 2012
Friday 6 to 10:30pm
Saturday 4 to 11:30pm
Sunday 4 to 8pm
Sat & Sun - KidStuff 1 to 4pm

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The Firehall will fling open its doors for audiences of all ages to experience theatre, dance, film, music and inter-disciplinary pieces in unorthodox settings, including the hallways, courtyard and dressing rooms!

With a little something for everyone, and a lot of everything for someone, the 8th annual BC Buds Spring Arts Fair weekend is by donation and a terrific chance to see new up-and-coming work.

Saturday and Sunday afternoons feature family and child-friendly programming including storytelling, music and theatre.  On Sunday, audiences will also have the chance to attend two theatrical readings from plays being produced in 2012-13 for the Firehall’s 30th Anniversary season.

The Fair is Vancouver’s longest running multi-disciplinary showcase featuring established and emerging B.C. artists presenting new and experimental work, and all BC Buds events are by donation.

Performances at BC Buds 2012:

Let’s Play Make Believe (interactive music/performance)
Brad Muirhead, Carmen Rosen, Soressa Garner, Hugh Fraser & Katie Rife
Let’s Play Make Believe is a new interdisciplinary voyage with the long established collaborative team of Brad Muirhead and Carmen Rosen. The music ranges from sonorous and beautiful to mischievous and frenetic, and features five veteran Canadian composers, musicians and performance artists conducting an improvised journey of discovery. The audience defines its own experience in this performance by wandering freely through an interactive visual set as the performers, in solo and group sketches move in a constantly changing landscape influenced the audience.

Beginnings One:
Signal to Noise (dance/media)
Craig Alfredson, Kelly McInnis and Arash Khakpour
Signal to Noise explores the interrelationship between art, technology and humanity in the modern world.  Here in the early 21st century, we find ourselves surrounded by modern technology; personal computers, smart phones, the Internet; these are all meant to simplify our lives, but the question is, do they really?
The Wolf in the Mirror (physical theatre/dance)
Andrew Barrett (Impulse Theatre)
The Wolf in the Mirror is a piece with a Witch, her Lord, light and shadows, and a search for retribution. A mixture of theatre, gesture, dance, spectacle and fairy tales, the piece is an act of appropriation and transformation from emerging theatre artists.
The show was originally presented as a part of SATCo’s (Student Alternative Theatre Company) 2011 Season at the University of Victoria, where it was voted as the Best of SATCo 2011.
Caught (dance)
Lara Barclay, Cai Glover & Crystal Wills – Lamondance
This duet traces a couple caught  in their search for elsewhere.  Inspired by Anne Carson’s book of tangos, “The Beauty of the Husband”, the dancers weave in and out of each other’s space as they discover moments of harmony and off-balance.

Beginnings Two:
JSK – a verbatim mini musical (musical)
Brad L’Écuyer & Clayton Baraniuk (Gotta Getta Gimmick)
JSK  is a ten-minute  “mini-musical” that celebrates the innovative and exciting work of New York City’s Transit Commissioner Janette Sadik Khan. JSK is a verbatim mini-musical created for Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival in March 2011. All of the text and lyrics are actual words collected from speeches, interviews, lectures and news stories collected on the internet.
At First I Thought I Was… (theatre)
Stacy Sherlock & Emily Griffiths (New Colour Productions)
At First I Thought I Was… is a project developed from the discarded and outdated technology littering our streets. Over the past century, science, evolution, and transformation of technological advancement have been leading expenditures of governments. For this project no money was spent on any aspect of the design; only found objects were used and with them Sherlock and Griffiths create a multi-purposed set structure made of several layers of discarded technology. The aim of this project is to focus on the evolution of technology in relation to our forms of communication and how this continual development transforms the ways in which we view each other and ourselves.
Sherlock appears with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

The Tim Sars Band featuring Ross Barrett (music)
The Tim Sars Band includes Brendan Krieg on drums, Wynston Minckler on bass and Tim Sars on sax and vocals and this performance will feature Ross Barrett on sax. While the band plays traditional instruments, this performance will include the use of recycled instruments and a new piece by Tim and Ross using these found instruments. Ross and Tim are father and son and compose together for the Carnival Band.  While Tim brings a fresh take on old traditions, Ross draws on 55 years of composition experience, which creates a mature yet contemporary sound. This is a very exciting creative opportunity for the father-son duo, and is sure to be a thrilling experience for both the audience and performers.

Unrelated (dance)
Daina Ashbee, Laura Avery, Maxine Chadburn
A work-in-progress choreographed by Daina Ashbee for three performers.

Cutting Room Dance Floor (dance)
David Yates & Diane Garceau (Night & Day Dance)
Dance recycles past dance styles which were built on older ways of moving, and the same can be said about music. Cutting Room Dance Floor is a blend of past and present, a site specific journey through an array of musical styles and dance forms including swing, charleston, blues, and many surprises along the way.

throwing coin squeezing soy (interactive dance theatre)
Ziyian Kwan & Anne Cooper
The eight Trigrams of the I Ching are: Creativity, Receptivity, the Arousing, the Gentle, the Abysmal, the Clinging, Keeping Still and the Joyous. akaSuzi invites you to help her research this ancient Chinese method of fortune telling. If you throw coins and ask a question (no matter how deep or banal), akaSuzi and her assistant Anne Cooper will translate through dance and words, the Trigram that is your changing answer. But remember, our fortune is not absolute; the lines of the I Ching, as in our lives, are always moving.

Goodnight Dollface (video installation/dance)
Lina Fitzner, Caroline Liffmann & Lee Hutzulak (Light Box)
installation loop- please come in and out as you like
Goodnight Dollface layers live performance, recorded sound and video.

Georges Aperghis’ Recitations (music)
Dorothea Hayley
Aperghis is one of the most celebrated and influential composers of today’s avant-garde. The Recitations are considered to be one of the most important vocal works of the 20th century. Composed for an unaccompanied soprano, the 14 showpieces draw on a unique arsenal of sung sounds, spoken words, whispered words, muttered words, gasped words, laughs, coughs, sighs, whoops, hoots, and croaks.

4 places and a set of circumstances (dance)
Karissa Barry & Alex Tam
4 Places and a Set of Circumstances will be presented live as well in the original film format. It consists of 4 short duets; each setting dictates a different relationship between the two dancers.

Film Screenings
companion (dance film)
Julianne Chapple & Ed Spence
Companion explores different ways of presenting the body, first as purely aesthetic architectural design, and as it progresses, a tool for emotional connection and communication. The film is comprised of classical technique and contemporary influences such a tutting.
Twixt (dance film)
Anna Kraulis & Majid Bagheri
(Dancers: Philippa Myler & Lindsey Ridgway)
Twixt imagines a realm of shadow-like spirits. Twisting and curving, these beings create a moving spider web in which they are continuously appearing and vanishing. Ultimately they remain entwined within it, much like in the web of life.
Daniel (dance film)
Brett Owen
After the dissolution of his long-term relationship, Brett found himself dwelling on regret. One morning, after an especially demanding dance class, he realized he hadn’t had time for self-pity in that entire hour and a half. The message was clear – Brett needed to spend more time dancing. This project began as a conscious decision for Brett to include dance in his daily life as much as possible, especially when those negative thoughts started to creep in. The result is an intimate portrait of a young man attempting to figure out what he wants his life to look like. Alone and vulnerable for the first time in more than five years in a brand new apartment, the possibilities are endless but the loneliness is palpable. The subject matter should be familiar to us all – the search for independence, the hope for happiness, the preservation of our memories and of ourselves even as we attempt to move on from something we’re not yet ready to leave behind.
4 places and a set of circumstances (dance film)
Karissa Barry & Leon Feizo-Gas
4 Places and a Set of Circumstances will be presented live as well in the original film format. It consists of 4 short duets; each setting dictates a different relationship between the two dancers.

Studio Age of Anxiety (music/sound)
Wendy Atkinson & David Lester
This performance combines sounds of the urban environment including the Toronto subway, the crowds at English Bay during the fireworks and the voices of young girls at a mosque in Hebron, is accompanied by the bass and is complimented by spoken-word.

Tee-Pee Theatre (kids/theatre)
Terri-Lyn Storey & Grandview Elementary students
The young performers from Grandview Elementary are in full costume while they sit inside of a Tee-Pee and share traditional First Nations stories.  Set in a forest complete with bird sounds, the audience moves from tee-pee to tee-pee to see each solo performance. To kick off the show the audience is marched into the theatre with traditional drumming and a powerful warrior song opens the show.
Downtown Animal (theatre)
Tara Travis, Amy Clausen & Joel De Stefano (Sticky Fingers Productions)
Two friends who have lived in downtown Vancouver their entire lives are starting to feel squeezed. When they get wind of plans for a new high-rise on their block, they decide to take their concerns to City Hall with the help of their musical friend the Crow. But can these three misfits be heard amidst all the political chatter? In this playful tale, Stick Fingers imagines what might happen if urban wildlife were invited into the neighbourhood consultation/ stakeholder process.
Sticky Fingers brings to life this whimsical tale with live action, music and their unique style of puppetry, using both rod-and-stick and found objects.
The Johnny Tomorrow Chronicles (theatre)
Michael Unger
Johnny Tomorrow is a traveler of time and space. Johnny has been gone for awhile and due to a rift in the space-time continuum he has short window of opportunity to return to his home planet.  At the times listed, Johnny will be appearing to tell his story of his travels in the cosmos.
Rainbow Star (family storytelling)
Tim Sars & Lisa Sars (Dixiestar Storytelling)
Rainbow Star dreams that animals call on her to help them save the forests, which are being eaten up by hungry humans with a constant desire for more, more, more! In order to save the forest, Rainbow Star must fill up a jar. When she awakes the next morning with the jar in her bed, the young girl realizes her dream was real.  Can she save the forest?

The Toilet Paper Caper (theatrical reading)
Michelle Deines, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Frances Perras, Sebastian Kroon, Alex Willows, Jeff Gladstone (Working Spark Theatre)
The Toilet Paper Caper is a new comedy following the escapades of a family that owns and operates a toilet paper shop in East Van. When Luzia, the estranged daughter of the Barbosa family, finds out that her family’s shop is under investigation for money laundering, she decides to brave her father’s wrath and returns home to discover the truth before the police do. She is caught unawares, however, by a charming accountant, a scheming manager, and a mysterious super hero, and soon her simple plan spirals out of control. There will be a short talk-back after the reading. Audience members are welcome to stay and  ask questions with the performers and playwright. Working Spark participated in BC Buds last years with their piece, The Universal Knitting Revival.

Superhero Boy Band: Seeds of Change (music/theatre)
Aaron Malkin, Alastair Knowles & Islando Bocock
Superhero Boy Band: Seeds of Change is a risqué theatrical spectacle that weaves together music, dance, puppetry, video, stop-motion animation, and circus arts to tell a story of love, loss, corporate power, genetic engineering, and propaganda, exploring the hazards of a homogenized ‘perfect’ society. Using the pop culture caricatures of boy bands and superheroes to generate comedy and social commentary, Seeds of Change parodies the pursuit of success, perfection, happiness, beauty, and youth, and erodes the fallacy of celebrity worship.

Kid Gloves (theatrical reading)
Set in 1912, Kid Gloves is a fictionalized account of Canada’s first two female police officers, hired by the Vancouver Police Department. Constables Lurancy Harris and Minnie Miller take to the streets of Vancouver’s Chinatown trying to establish themselves in a city and police department unaccustomed to their presence. Kid Gloves is written by Sally Stubbs and will premiere at the Firehall Arts Centre in the 2012-13 Season, to celebrate the one hundred-year anniversary of Canadian police women. This reading will feature a talkback for audiences to ask questions and speak with the playwright and actors.
Featuring Marlene Ginader, Patrick Keating, James Macdonald, Andrew McNee, Tracey Power & Colleen Wheeler

Medicine (theatrical reading)
TJ Dawe
Trying to understand ourselves and our motivations is a life-long journey. In this one man show written and performed by TJ Dawe, the playwright shares his funny, at times heartbreaking and enlightening experience with Gabor Maté, the Amazonian psychotropic plant medicine ayahuasca, group therapy and his path to introspection.

For the full 2012 BC Buds schedule, click here


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