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    2022 DBLSPK: 菠蘿麵包Pineapple Bun Residency

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    菠蘿麵包Pineapple Bun is a new play by Howard Dai. Revolving around a bakery in Taipei, the protagonist must confront their diasporic guilt as they visit their hometown. It is a study in nostalgia. A poem to the moon. A lottery. A legend. A tribute. A futile gesture. A testament of blind faith. A celebration of everyday hope.

    Playing at Playhouse Studio

    Showing on Jan 29 at the following times:

    1. January 29 at
      1. 4 PM
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    AALAAPI | ᐋᓛᐱ

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    Set in Nunavik, and ingeniously combining the aesthetics of radio and theatre, this collectively created work is an interrogation of language—and a forward movement towards true reconciliation.

    Playing at Waterfront Theatre

    Showing on Jan 29-Feb 2 at the following times:

    1. January 29 at
      1. 7:30
    2. January 30 at
      1. 4
    3. February 1 at
      1. 8
    4. February 2 at
      1. 8
    • This collectively created work takes us to Nunavik, and into the lives of two women who live their lives against the sonic backdrop of radio. Collectif Aalaapi combines the aesthetics of vision with those of sound; their aim is to interrogate language itself, and their invitation to the audience is is to join them in that endeavour.
    • “[A] beguiling piece of documentary theatre... gives voice to the marginalised and opens our eyes and ears to lives far from our own.” —The Scotsman
    • “Constructed with skill and ingenuity… an absorbing and immersive piece of documentary theatre which demonstrates the true power of representation on stage.” —Le Devoir
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    • In-Person Sold Out

    Born to Manifest

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    Laced with krump, popping, and martial arts styles, Joseph Toonga’s dance performance is a kinetic expression of defiance, with racial identity as the site of both oppression and pride.

    Playing at Performance Works

    Showing on Jan 25-27 at the following times:

    1. January 25 at
      1. 7:30
    2. January 26 at
      1. 7:30
    3. January 27 at
      1. 7:30
    • Joseph Toonga channels the experiences of young Black British men in this dynamic dance performance. Set to an original score by Mikey J and marked by the idioms of krump, popping, and other urban styles, the show is a kinetic expression of pride and defiance.
    • “Unrelenting, uncompromising and unique.” —Fjord Review
    • “[D]ance theatre of the most original and impressive kind.” —Socialist Review
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    Capitalism Works For Me! True/False

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    Capitalism: what has it done for you lately? This interactive installation project requires nothing from participants but the push of a button and an honest personal reckoning. Have your say!

    Playing at Vancouver Public Library, Central Library

    Showing on Jan 22-24 at the following times:

    1. January 22 at
      1. 11:30-
        4:00
    2. January 23 at
      1. 11:30-
        4:00
    3. January 24 at
      1. 11:30-
        4:00
    • With this pointed, provocative installation project, Steve Lambert poses a question that is too often buried in our public discourse: Does capitalism really work? The artist has constructed an interactive, street-level billboard that allows citizens to vote on the issue; one could call it an ideological scorecard, with tallies refreshed each day and hosts on-site to engage in conversation with participants.
    • “[J]aunty… provocative… reminds you that you’re an active participant in the system.” —Houston Chronicle
    • “A direct conversation about capitalism and inequality.” —New York Times
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    Club PuSh

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    Looking to keep the PuSh vibes going? Here’s a spot where you can see performances and connect with our artists and your fellow PuSh-goers.

    Playing at Performance Works

    Showing on Feb 2-4 at the following times:

    1. February 2 at
      1. 9:30
    2. February 3 at
      1. 9:00
    3. February 4 at
      1. 9:00
    • If you’re looking to keep the PuSh vibes going, this is the place to be. Club PuSh is a spot where you can connect with our artists, and party with your fellow PuSh-goers. It’s also the venue for fantastic performances in a relaxed, casual atmosphere: drag artists, DJs, musicians, and street dancers are all throwing down here. We’re thrilled to provide a convivial and comfortable setting for our audiences to gather, and we hope to see you here!
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    • Sold Out!

    Do You Mind if I Sit Here?

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    This multimedia allegory tells the story of social planners working to repurpose Vancouver’s Russian Hall 30 years from now—and dares us to reimagine our city’s future.

    Playing at Russian Hall

    Showing on Jan 26-29 at the following times:

    1. January 26 at
      1. 8:00
    2. January 27 at
      1. 8:00
    3. January 28 at
      1. 8:00
    4. January 29 at
      1. 4:00
    • Three social planners visit Vancouver’s Russian Hall roughly 30 years from now; they intend to repurpose it for common use, but they soon discover a squatter who has been living there through decades of environmental catastrophe... Eclectic in style and shrewdly metaphorical in its narrative, this is a multimedia extravaganza that dares us to imagine the future in terms of our most important hopes, fears, and beliefs.
    • "The team has made a name for its innovative interdisciplinary projects, built through extended processes. It's best-known accomplishment is the East Van Panto, a now-beloved local tradition at the York Theatre that's built from scratch each year. It also created the boundary-pushing Theatre Replacement, known for its performance works that include the one-on-one plays Bioboxes, and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival hit That Night Follows Day"—The Georgia Straight
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    How to Fail as a Popstar

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    In this catchy, cathartic theatrical memoir, Vivek Shraya recounts her journey to the edge of pop-music fame and back. Blending songs, stories, and more, the performer offers us a tale of unlikely heartbreak.

    Playing at Performance Works

    Showing on Feb 1-2 at the following times:

    1. February 1 at
      1. 7:30
    2. February 2 at
      1. 7:30
    • To the edge of fame and back—that was Vivek Shraya’s trip, and in this theatrical memoir she tells all! Mixing anecdote, movement, and music, the singer takes us from her youthful top-40 dreams to her brush with stardom; it’s a poignant, funny pop adventure laced with vulnerability and hard-won wisdom.
    • "Shraya may not have reached the top echelon of pop stardom, but sharing her persistence and self-discovery just might be a bigger gift. After all, these are the stories we rarely hear told."—Now Toronto
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    I swallowed a moon made of iron 我咽下一枚铁做的月亮

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    Based on the poems of an immiserated factory worker, Njo Kong Kie’s song cycle uses imagery, piano, the human voice, and more to create a tragic but beautiful cry of protest.

    Playing at Waterfront Theatre

    Showing on Feb 4–6 at the following times:

    1. February 4 at
      1. 8:00
    2. February 5 at
      1. 8:00
    3. February 6 at
      1. 2:00
    • In this haunting song cycle, composer and performer Njo Kong Kie sets the poetry of factory worker Xu Lizhi to song and delivers a lamentation for our digital age. Kong Kie’s score for solo voice and piano is performed in Mandarin with English surtitles and combined with imagery, ambient sound, and more; it is an act of political witness, a vital human document, and, not least, a work of great beauty.
    • "... I can’t help but push more people to see this show so they can open their eyes to these problems in the world, told in such a beautiful manner. Whether or not you know the tragic story of Xu Lizhi, please go see this touching ode to his art." —Mooney on Theatre
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    Is Capitalism Working for Us?

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    This January, VPL is proud to partner with the PuSh Festival to host an installation by Steve Lambert called Capitalism Works for Me! True/False. This installation provokes a timely examination of how we organize our society, that is particularly relevant as the pandemic exposes widespread inequities, while climate emergencies affect communities across the country. To launch this piece, we’re hosting an online conversation that will address important questions like: Are perceptions of capitalism changing? Who does this system benefit or leave behind? And why don’t we hear more (and better) mainstream discussions about whether capitalism is working for us?

    Playing at Online

    Showing on Jan 20 at the following times:

    1. January 20 at
      1. 12 PM
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    La Goddam Voie Lactée

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    Five women conduct a pagan mourning ritual in this wildly eccentric performance. From the rich colours, trance-like dancing, and animalistic utterances emerges something truly cathartic: a ceremony for our grievances.

    Playing at Scotiabank Dance Centre

    Showing on Feb 4-6 at the following times:

    1. February 4 at
      1. 8:00
    2. February 5 at
      1. 8:00
    3. February 6 at
      1. 8:00
    • Five women conduct a pagan mourning ritual in this emotive, wildly eccentric performance. From the rich colours, trance-like dance movements, animalistic utterances, and musical ferocity, something of deep public value emerges: a secular mass in which our discontents can be expressed. MAYDAY’s vision is dark, but ultimately celebratory: their act of reckoning is also one of self-imagination, and in that endeavour lie joy and hope.
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    Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers

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    Portraying the afterlife of a Black teenager, this show is a spiritual inquiry and a protest for Black life which goes beyond the headlines to examine the reality of injustice.

    Playing at Firehall Arts Centre

    Showing on Jan 20-22 at the following times:

      1. Cancelled
    • This show is a journey through the unknown, a spiritual inquiry, and a protest for Black life that goes beyond the headlines to examine the reality of injustice. Telling the story of a Black teenager and his experience in the afterlife, it portrays both a rich human life and the violence that took it away. What emerges is a prayer for the bereaved and a proclamation that Black Lives Matter.
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    People Change: Vivek Shraya in Conversation with Marsha Lederman

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    Directly following the Tuesday, February 1 one-woman performance of How to Fail as a Popstar at PuSH Festival, acclaimed musician and author Vivek Shraya will join the Vancouver Writers Fest for a one-to-one conversation with Marsha Lederman on her new work, People Change, a meditation on change, from its varied manifestations to its inevitability in our lives.

    Playing at Performance Works

    Showing on Feb 1 at the following times:

    1. February 1 at
      1. 9:00PM
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    Ruby Singh’s Vox.Infold

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    This ensemble vocal performance features rich, varied, and supremely evocative compositions, as well as sound design so immersive that the music can be felt as well as heard.

    Playing at Lobe Studio

    Showing on Jan 20-30 at the following times:

    1. January 20 at
      1. 6:30-
        9:00
    2. January 21 at
      1. 6:30-
        9:00
    3. January 22 at
      1. 2:30-
        8:45
    4. January 23 at
      1. 2:30-
        8:45
    5. January 25 at
      1. 6:30-
        9:00
    6. January 26 at
      1. 6:30-
        9:00
    7. January 27 at
      1. 6:30-
        9:00
    8. January 28 at
      1. 6:30-
        9:00
    9. January 29 at
      1. 2:30-
        8:45
    10. January 30 at
      1. 2:30-
        8:45
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    Se prendre

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    Two women come together in an acrobatic dance that evokes tenderness and tension. A psychodrama played out in physical terms, Se prendre is a truly haunting experience.

    Showing on Jan 29-Feb 4 at the following times:

    1. January 29 at
      1. 7:00
    2. January 30 at
      1. 7:00
    3. January 31 at
      1. 6:00,
      2. 8:00
    4. February 2 at
      1. 6:00,
      2. 8:00
    5. February 3 at
      1. 6:00,
      2. 8:00
    6. February 4 at
      1. 6:00,
      2. 8:00
    • Note: The venue for this show has changed to Vancouver's Shaughnessy neighbourhood. See the show's Full Details to learn more.
    • The venue for this performance is a historic estate; in this space, two women come together in an acrobatic dance that evokes tenderness and tension. Erotically suggestive, athletically impressive, and emotionally resonant, this is a psychodrama played out in physical terms—a truly haunting experience.
    • "From the first seconds of the adventure, we are struck in the heart, conquered by the authenticity of the proposal, moved by the unique point of view that we are granted on it.” —Devoir
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    Songs for a Lost Pod

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    This nine-song cycle makes spectacular use of orca vocalizations, transforming them into rhythmic beats in a musical exploration of historical trauma, environmental crisis, and communication between species.

    Playing at ANNEX

    Showing on Feb 2-3 at the following times:

      1. Cancelled
    • Unfortunately, due to the impacts of COVID-19, the presentation of Songs for a Lost Pod has been cancelled. IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED TICKETS, PLEASE CONTACT OUR PATRON SERVICES TEAM TO EXCHANGE OR REFUND YOUR TICKETS.
    • This nine-song cycle makes spectacular use of orca vocalizations, transforming them into rhythmic beats in a musical exploration of historical trauma, environmental crisis, and communication between species. Creator Leah Abramson folds marine mammal history into a larger narrative of survival and human oppression, and her juxtapositions are telling and provocative. Innovative, lyrical, and deeply moving, this is musical theatre at its most creative.
    • Cancelled

    The Café

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    In a coffee shop, a series of superb dramas plays out at intimate proximity to the audience. Viewers are free to wander around, guiltlessly eavesdropping on each play as it unfolds...

    Playing at Kafka’s Coffee

    Showing on Jan 25-Feb 5 at the following times:

      1. Cancelled
    • This collection of plays is an invitation to indulge your inner voyeur. Audiences sit in a coffee shop while a series of dramas plays out at various tables. The affair has the semblance of real life—café staff sell food and beverages, and you’re free to wander from table to table as the scenarios unfold before your guiltlessly watchful eyes.
    • Unfortunately, due to the impacts of COVID-19, the presentation of The Café has been cancelled. IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED TICKETS, PLEASE CONTACT OUR PATRON SERVICES TEAM TO EXCHANGE OR REFUND YOUR TICKETS.
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    VIOLETTE

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    In this audacious combination of live theatre and Virtual Reality, viewers are invited one by one to enter a woman’s bedroom, don a headset, and embark on a dark, magical journey...

    Playing at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

    Showing on Jan 26–Jan 30 at the following times:

    1. January 26 at
      1. Various
        Times
        5-9
    2. January 27 at
      1. Various
        Times
        5-9
    3. January 28 at
      1. Various
        Times
        5-9
    4. January 29 at
      1. Various
        Times
        12-8:30
    5. January 30 at
      1. Various
        Times
        10-6
    • This utterly unique work mixes Virtual Reality and live theatre to create a powerful, even transformative, experience. One by one, viewers are greeted by the mysterious Violette and invited into her bedroom. There awaits a 360° story world—one realistic enough to convince, magical enough to enchant, and dark enough to serve as a shadowy likeness of our own shared reality.
    • Violette — Caroline Lambert
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    William Shakespeare’s As You Like It: A Radical Retelling by Cliff Cardinal

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    With this subversive updating of the Bard’s classic, cultural provocateur Cliff Cardinal aims to surprise and provoke.

    Playing at York Theatre

    Showing on Feb 4-6 at the following times:

    1. February 4 at
      1. 7:30
    2. February 5 at
      1. 2:00
      2. 7:30
    3. February 6 at
      1. 4:00