• Main Stage

La Marea (The Tide)

Showing on

Mariano Pensotti (Buenos Aires / Vancouver)

125th Anniversary Series

January 18-22, 2011, 7pm-9pm
Outdoors / Site-specific
The zero-hundred block of Water Street in Gastown (between Abbott St and Carrall St)


Presented with Boca Del Lupo, SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts, Studio 58 at Langara College, and Theatre at UBC.

Artist Talk led by Richard Wolfe, Jan 21 at 2pm, Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at SFU Woodward’s, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Running Time 106m
Audience members may come and go as they please. Each of the nine scenes lasts ten minutes each and are repeated concurrently between 7pm and 9pm. Performance takes place outdoors, dress warmly.



Text and Direction Mariano Pensotti | Costume and Set Design Mariana Tirantte | Lighting Matías Sendón | Music Federico Marrale | Video Juan Minujin | Featuring Tom Pickett, Tom Scholte (appearing with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association) | Produced by Boca del Lupo and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

A man has just had a motorbike accident… An insomniac tries to get to sleep… A couple has their first kiss… A man stands on a balcony escaping the party that rages on behind him…

When strangers walk past you on the street, do you ever start imagining what they are thinking? Where they come from? Or what they are doing there at the very moment you glance upon them?

At night and in real time, moving from the pavement to illuminated windows, from balconies to café terraces, La Marea presents nine different stories—intimate snapshots that bring the zero hundred block of Water Street in historic Gastown to life for the opening of the 2011 PuSh Festival. These fictional scenes are repeated over the course of the evening in shop windows and on street corners, where audience members can observe the characters’ inner thoughts through projected subtitles.

“It’s an adventure… like a visit to a film set, without the camera crew getting in the way. This isn’t just a play in multiple episodes, it’s an experience touching on the beginning of love,the end of love,and everything in between.” – Montreal Gazette

This international co-production with Vancouver’s Boca del Lupo, known for their spectacular outdoor productions, features the work of Mariano Pensotti–an Argentinean-born writer and theatre director working mainly in film, video and performance. Mariano is the director of dramatic art at the Instituto Universitario Nacional de Artes in Buenos Aires.

Studio 58 participation funded by the Jane Heyman Fund for Creative Collaboration.

Read the Curatorial Statement by Jay Dodge, Artistic Producer, Boca del Lupo