In the age of Facebook and Twitter, information crosses physical boundaries as never before: a sentence typed in Helsinki or Ho Chi Minh City appears globally with a single click, and our notions of creation and proximity have been upended. And now here is a performance from Theatre Replacement that recognizes that reality. In this show various writers—each a singer/songwriter—type out their observations of the surrounding environment from cities across Canada. These are transmitted here to none other than the Vancouver Youth Choir, who in turn transforms them into song for us.
Some shows are so creative that they seem to invent an entirely new idea of art; with Town Choir, we experience creation at a rapid-fire pace, stories coming to us from afar at fibre optic speed. It’s a great feeling, and great fun: the observations range from the hilarious to the profound, and we get a sense of community forged in music. The observers could be us at many moments in our lives: alone out in the world, viewing it as if from a distance, as if for the first time.
Theatre Replacement is one of the most significant experimental forces on the Vancouver scene.”
January 22, 29, February 5 12:00PM
60 minutes, no intermission
January 22 at Woodward’s Atrium
January 29 at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
February 5 at Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch Atrium
Standing room only; very limited seating will be available.
DIRECTORS Maiko Yamamoto, James Long PERFORMERS Vancouver Youth Choir, conducted by Robbie Blake VANCOUVER YOUTH CHOIR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Carrie Tennant VANCOUVER YOUTH CHOIR INTERIM CONDUCTOR Carrie Taylor COMPOSER Robbie Blake WRITERS Kim Barlow, Christine Fellows, Raghu Lokanathan, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh MULTIMEDIA DESIGNER/OPERATOR Remy Siu TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Carey Dodge THEATRE REPLACEMENT MANAGING PRODUCER Corbin Murdoch SUPPORTED BY Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, Eco Art Incubator RESIDENCY SUPPORT Shadbolt Centre for the Arts DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Yukon Arts Centre, Everybody’s Spectacular and A! Festivals (Iceland), Tiger Dublin Fringe, Tonnta (Ireland), PuSh International Performing Arts Festival