Artists

  • The Talking Stick Festival, now in its 20th year, began as a way to showcase and celebrate Indigenous art and performance to a wider audience. From its humble beginnings, this unique and exciting event has grown into a two-week festival held annually across Vancouver. Talking Stick is known as the premier multi-disciplinary Indigenous arts festival in North America.

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    Ritual-Spective 迴融 is an experimental media arts project that seeks to investigate an intergenerational dialogue around artistic, cultural and spiritual legacy from the lens of an artist child of an immigrant artist parents, creating an opportunity to review the life of an elder artist, through the process of migration, survival and teaching of the arts to their children, while sacrificing their dreams, breaking traditional rules for their children. It opens the opportunity to investigate the unspoken time of colonial oppression, Western globalization and diaspora.

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  • Tarragon Theatre is Canada’s home for groundbreaking contemporary plays. Its mission is to create, develop, and produce new plays, as well as provide the conditions for new work to thrive. To that end, Tarragon Theatre engages the best theatre artists and craftspeople to interpret new work, presents each new work with high-quality production values, provides an administrative structure to support new work, develops marketing strategies to promote new work, and continually generates audiences for new work. As a complement to those created in Toronto, Tarragon presents new plays from all parts of the country; revives significant Canadian plays; and produces international work, both contemporary and classical.

  • rice & beans theatre was founded in 2010 by Pedro Chamale and Derek Chan. Besides Vancouver, rice & beans theatre has also produced original work for audiences in Toronto, Richmond, Nanaimo, and Victoria. In 2018, rice & beans theatre was nominated for a Dora Award for its production of Sik Zeon Tin Haa with Cahoots Theatre in Toronto. In 2019/20, Chicken Girl was nominated for 3 Jessies in Vancouver. rice & beans theatre tells stories of where we come from and where we are going, by ways of experimentation with languages and the theatrical form. rice & beans theatre focuses on the creation, incubation and production of original performances. Through rigorous experimentation, with intimate passion and delicate violence, rice & beans write, adapt, and devise work that is relevant and artistically responsible. We value theatre that is accessible, honest, uncompromising and personal.

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    In 2018, Laurence Dauphinais, theatre artist and Marie-Laurence Rancourt, sound artist, gather a group of Inuit and non-Inuit youth for the creation of a singular multidisciplinary piece where the spectator finds himself as a foreigner traveling north of the 55th parallel.

    The hybrid project involves the creation of a radio documentary and then the creation of a play. The collective includes Akinisie Novalinga, Samantha Leclerc, Audrey Alasuak, Mélodie Duplessis and Louisa Naluiyuk, all young women from Nunavik that took part in the making of the radio documentary with Marie-Laurence Rancourt and Daniel Capeille, who are also part of the collective. Hannah Tooktoo, Nancy Saunders, Laurence Dauphinais and now Ulivia Uviluk and Angel Annanack, form the theatrical portion of the collective.

    Aalaapi | ᐋᓛᐱ reflects the desire of the collective to position the piece in contrast to the often-conveyed images of the North. To open a door to a universe freed from clichés and preconceived ideas. It’s the possibility of meeting, both within the team and with the public. It’s an invitation to listen, as a means to better see. It’s a communion through bread and sound.

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    Theatre Replacement’s James Long and Maiko Yamamoto like to build outwards from simple concepts, creating works that use conversation to explore the ways we live with each other. The two artists seek to portray the flux of argument and dialogue, and their creations have a powerful immediacy to them. Theatre Replacement’s work has been performed at over 50 festivals around the world, and in 2019 the company was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch Prize for “excellence and innovation in Canadian Theatre.” 

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    Howard Dai is a Taiwanese actor, writer, and theatre artist. As a multilingual artist, he was most recently a co-creator/performer of 蝦仔 Little Shrimp, a bilingual audio play about intergenerational relationships within Chinese culture (Carousel Theatre).  He is currently writing a new play 菠蘿麵包Pineapple Bun that explores nostalgia and diasporic guilt set in quotidian Taiwan, supported by rice & beans theatre, PuSh Festival, and UK’s Royal Court Theatre.  Some other co-creation/performance credits in 2021 include: Passenger Seat, a theatre-concert (Library Performance Co.); Collider, a VR devising ensemble (Single Thread Theatre). He also went on a digital tour across Canada as a co-creator, performer, and digital programmer of New Societies (re:current theatre). Howard works on the unceded land belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skxwú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ  Nations; colonially known as Vancouver. He is currently an Associate Artist with rice & beans theatre, and is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts

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    Just Us Dance Theatre is a frontline hip-hop organization connecting dance communities internationally.

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    Sixteen countries, four continents, over a thousand compatriots: those are the numbers on genial provocateur Steve Lambert. A master of the large-scale art event, he has taken it to the streets with comedy, theatre, visual art, and more—political change is the goal, and public participation is the means. An assistant professor at SUNY Purchase, Lambert is also the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism.

  • MAYDAY was founded by Mélanie Demers in 2007; this bravely experimental group of artists seeks to explore the overlap between the poetical and the political. Past performances include Sense of Self and Junkyard/Paradise. MAYDAY has toured internationally, bringing its visions to Asia and Africa as well as Europe and North America. 

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    Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) is Canada’s longest-running theatre company dedicated to the works of Black and diasporic communities. BTW’s mission is to promote and produce outstanding theatre that educates, entertains, and inspires. The company strives to create greater cross-cultural understanding by challenging both its audience and the status quo. Expanding the representation of Black Canadian artists, BTW bridges cultural divides–uniting hearts, minds, and communities.

  • Founded in 2019 at the initiative of Claudel Doucet, LION LION operates from a mandate to promote emerging acrobatic and interdisciplinary dramaturgical approaches. Se prendre is the group’s debut production, and it has toured Norway, France, Spain, the Czech Republic, and various venues across Canada. 

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  • Vancouver’s own Leah Abramson is a singer, songwriter, and composer who has released four albums of original music and performed around the globe. Leah holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, with a focus on lyrics, from UBC; she has also studied classical music and traditional Appalachian balladry. 

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    ITSAZOO Productions creates immersive, innovative theatre events; its aim is to bring audiences into fully realized worlds, and its core values are community and intimacy. Aphotic Theatre Society is dedicated to producing new plays by non-binary, queer, racialized, trans, and woman writers. Its mission is to decolonize and de-tokenize diversity. 

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  • Composer / Director / Performer / Co-Producer

    Njo Kong Kie has composed music for various types of theatre, including opera, dance, and plays, as well as for screen soundtracks; he was also the long-serving musical director of La La La Human Steps. Kong Kie’s credits include the scores for the operas Mr. Shi and His Lover, knotty together, and La Señorita Mundo; the concert theatre work Picnic in the Cemetery; the play Infinity; and the web series Off Kilter, as well as various dance productions, including a piece for Ballet BC. The I swallowed a moon made of iron website is moon.musicpicnic.com.

  • Working in the tradition of hip-hop culture, and inspired by the harsh social realities that surround him, Joseph Toonga creates and performs dance works of strong political commitment. His past achievements include Daughter, Daughter and To Be Felt. Joseph was recently appointed Emerging Choreographer with the Royal Ballet.  

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  • Singer, actress, author, teacher, visual artist, theatrical performer—the multitalented Vivek Shraya is all these and more. Home runs she has hit include writing bestselling books (I’m Afraid of Men, The Subtweet), founding the publishing imprint VS. Books, serving as Grand Marshal in Toronto’s Pride Parade, and being nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. Vivek is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.

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    Joe Jack et John works across a range of disciplines; the group’s productions have used video, dance, the spoken word, and more to address urgent social issues and promote diversity. Aiming to put forth a multitude of voices, Joe Jack et John work with artists across the spectrums of culture, identity, and ability, employing research and collaboration to create unique human encounters. 

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  • Musician, composer, filmmaker, sound designer—Ruby Singh is all these and more. Fascinated with mythos, memory, identity, and fantasy, he works in the realm where reality meets the surreal. Ruby’s personal and collaborative works have been presented across this continent, as well as in India, Germany, and the UK. Vox.Infold brings together musical luminaries Dawn Pemberton, Inuksuk Mckay, Russell Wallace, Tiffany Ayalik, Tiffany Moses, and Shamik Bilgi.

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  • Cliff Cardinal studied at the National Theatre School of Canada and is an Associate Artist at VideoCabaret. His one-man play Huff garnered many honours and was shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Cardinal’s other works include Cliff Cardinal’s CBC Special and Too Good to Be True.

  • Established in 1996, the frank theatre company is a queer theatre group specializing in works that challenge Western, Eurocentric, and colonial perspectives. Using a collective approach to creation, the company uses the power of performance to subvert oppression and express the complexity of human experience. 

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