OCTOBER 2020 | Volume 196
By Matt Reznek
Veda Hille’s autobiographical take on love, death, and survival, live-streamed direct from the Historic Theatre, to living rooms everywhere!
The Cultch is thrilled to present Little Volcano, a production from Veda Hille and Theatre Replacement, streamed live from the Historic Theatre, October 22-25, 2020. Accompanying the show is the release of the Little Volcano’s live album—available on limited edition gold vinyl, and as a digital download.
In Little Volcano, pianist and songwriter Veda Hille combines music and storytelling in an intensely personal performance. Drawing from works by J.S. Bach, as well as Veda’s own compositions, Little Volcano offers a glimpse into the life of one of Vancouver’s most beloved musical artists. This “heightened concert” explores the universality of life’s experiences—loss, relationships, and adventures—through the one constant in Veda’s life: the piano.
Little Volcano was created in collaboration with long time friends and colleagues, Maiko Yamamoto and James Long of Theatre Replacement. “For a long time now I’ve said that I am a musician and a composer, and that theatre is something else that I do,” says Hille, who has recorded over 20 albums since she started touring and recording, in 1992. “And it's not really true anymore. Theatre is kind of the main thing that I do. So Little Volcano is a bit of a coming out for me as a theatre artist. This is me, and I make theatre shows with my theatre friends.” Known also for her work on the award-winning musical, Onegin, Veda Hille premiered Little Volcano with Music On Main and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in early 2020, after several residencies with Cryptic UK and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.
Veda Hille is no stranger to Cultch audiences, who not only come for her musical evenings (Vhine und Szong), but also come out in droves each winter to enjoy the East Van Panto, for which Hille is responsible for all the music. She became the pandemic artist in residence over the early months of Covid-19, playing three Side Door concerts, live-streamed from the Historic Theatre “I have found it entirely possible to feel together with a room full of people on the internet,” says Hille. “It's been surprising and I'm really, really, really glad because we need it so bad." In this time of great change Veda Hille’s Little Volcano will make an impression on anyone challenged to go onwards. “Little Volcano is a show about music, and about life”, says Hille. “ it’s about me, about carrying on.”
“Little Volcano – half concert, half storytelling – is insanely wonderful.”
— Jo Ledingham, joledinghma.ca
Co-creators: Veda Hille, Maiko Yamamoto, and James Long (Theatre Replacement)
Directors: Maiko Yamamoto and James Long
Composers: Veda Hille and JS Bach
Script: Veda Hille, Maiko Yamamoto, and James Long
Field recordings: Kathy Hinde
Lighting design: Sophie Tang
Technical Director: Andrew Pye
Costume: Leah Weinstein
Props: Heidi Wilkinson
Producer with Theatre Replacement: Corbin Murdoch
Agent/Producer: Jim Smith (Eponymous)
WHEN: OCT 22-25, 2020
OCT 22 - 5PM, OCT 23 & 24 - 7:30PM, OCT 25 - 12PM
WHERE: ONLINE - live-streamed from The Cultch’s Historic Theatre
TICKETS: Tickets from $29. Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or thecultch.com
ABOUT VEDA HILLE:
Veda Hille has been writing music, making records, and performing internationally since 1992. She is a classically trained pianist, art school drop-out, performance curator, self-taught singer, theatre interloper, and independent artist. She has released 21 albums, the latest batch being Love Waves (a collection of love songs written in Berlin, 2016) and cast recordings for Onegin (2017) and King Arthur's Night (2019). Onegin is a musical theatre adaptation of the Russian classic written with Amiel Gladstone (premiered 2016. King Arthur’s Night (Neworld Theatre)is a show by Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef, with music by Veda. It features a mixed ability cast and a 16 person choir in a radical retelling of the King Arthur legend. Other recent theatre projects include music for The Bakkhai (Stratford) with book by Anne Carson, and Little Volcano (Theatre Replacement), a solo show featuring Veda playing songs and telling stories from her long life in music. Next Veda will be working on the 8th round of the beloved East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement) and writing a new musical with Amiel Gladstone. Little Volcano is set to tour internationally whenever that’s possible, but in the meantime the live album of the show will be released in October 2020 (recorded at the Music On Main/PuSh premiere) and Veda will have many online performances throughout the next season.
ABOUT THE CULTCH:Since 1973, The Cultch (formally the Vancouver East Cultural Centre) has been one of Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural hubs. The organization operates three theatrical venues, a gallery, and various ancillary spaces in the heart of East Vancouver. The Cultch offers dynamic contemporary programming in theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts, bringing world-class cultural presentations to thousands of citizens each year through its own programming and through providing rental opportunities for community users. Our purpose is to provide a venue for performance that serves a diverse and engaged public and provides space for artistic experimentation and development, building an audience for local companies and presenting cutting-edge national and international work.
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