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KISMET, things have changed

Showing on Feb 4–8

Playing at Historic Theatre, The Cultch

Kismet, Things Have Changed performance
Photo: ©Cody Clyburn

The Chop (Canada) Presented with The Cultch

“What do you believe in?” Ten years ago, four artists in their late 20s travelled across Canada asking that question. Their 100 respondents ranged in age from one to 100, and the answers became part of an acclaimed touring show. Now the artists are back at it, only this time with a different query for the surviving interviewees: “How do you cope?” In this live performance, they present the responses, portray their cross-country trek and share their own stories of change over the decade.

Using projection, audio recordings and a continually transforming set, the quartet takes the audience through births and deaths, victories and defeats, sudden reversals and slow conversions. What emerges is a moving depiction of aging, as well as a rich human mosaic—glittering with insights, anecdotes and relatable detail. Growing outward from one blunt question, KISMET attains a remarkable breadth, and never for a moment does it sacrifice intimacy in doing so.

Kismet, Things Have Changed performance
Photo: ©Cody Clyburn
Kismet, Things Have Changed performance
Photo: ©Cody Clyburn

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Artist Bio

The Chop (Canada)

Founded in 2006, The Chop is a Vancouver-based theatre company. Always seeking new ways to connect with audiences, it has acquired a reputation for producing complex work from simple animating concepts. The Chop has toured original projects in Canada, the United States and Europe.


Historic Theatre, The Cultch

1895 Venables Street, Vancouver


February 4–8, 7:30PM
February 8, 2PM

Post-Show Talkback: Feb 5
80 mins, no intermission


Single tickets $26
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WRITERS AND PERFORMERS Emelia Symington Fedy, Daryl King, Anita Rochon, Hazel Venzon DIRECTOR Anita Rochon SOUND DESIGN, ORIGINAL MUSIC Antoine Bédard VISUAL DESIGN Drew Facey LIGHTING DESIGN Brad Trenaman STAGE MANAGER Geoff Jones PROJECTION DESIGN Sophia Wolfe PROJECTION TECHNICAL SUPPORT Sammy Chien, Shang Chien

PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT SUPPORTED BY the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts DEVELOPMENT SUPPORTED BY the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, City of Vancouver, the Hawthorn Foundation