DECEMBER 2019 | Volume 186


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The WonderWombs
The Dust Palace (New Zealand)
The Cultch
York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr.
Jan. 14-19
From $26 or 604-251-1363

The Cultch kicks off their Femme Series with a wild feminist circus party!

The Cultch is thrilled to present The WonderWombs, from The Dust Palace (New Zealand), Jan 14-19, 2020 at the York Theatre. The WonderWombs is part of The Cultch’s fourth annual Femme Series; a series of shows and events intended to highlight female-identifying voices and experiences. This event uses an inclusive definition of femme, and includes all self-identifying female, trans, and non-binary folks.

Eating binaries for breakfast and unfastening the buckles at gender’s waistline, these performers don’t need to hit the glass ceiling; they can lift it!

The WonderWombs brings to life powerful and intersectional feminist ideas with the magic of circus. In an ever-intensifying series of vignettes, seven incredible female and non-binary circus performers weave their message together with mind-boggling aerials, acrobatics, burlesque, dance, spoken word, and performance art. What results is a feminist circus party with surprises around every corner.

Known to Cultch audiences for its circus interpretation of Christina Rossetti’s poem The Goblin Market, New Zealand’s preeminent circus theatre company, The Dust Palace presents fun, exhilarating circus and theatrical entertainment, which is intimate, visually stunning, and brave in its frankness about human nature. The WonderWombs explores intoxicating muscularity over toxic masculinity; a chance to celebrate women, investigate physicality and womanhood, and ‘have a laugh with the ladies’. 

“This is top quality contemporary neo-burlesque. Full of provocations that subvert stereotypes of ‘woman’, it is righteously sex-positive and utterly refreshing for it.” — Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane (AUS)

“Whether you come for the feminist politics, or just to see the talented performers and some stunning aerobatics, you will enjoy this well-paced show. The hour goes too quickly.” — Creative Futures (AUS)

“No one present will look at a humble hula hoop or stilted pole dance in the same way after seeing the human feats of magic performed by this troupe of talented acrobatic athletes.” —Stage Whispers (AUS)

Performers and Devisers: Rochelle ManganBethany St JohnJaine MiekaAriel Cronin, Adam Rohe, Eve Gordon

Direction: Eve Gordon
Lighting Design: Max Mackenzie
Costumes: Eve Gordon and Jaine Mieka

Previous Contributors/Performers: Direction - Jess Holly Bates, Choreography - Hannah Tasker-Poland

WHEN: JAN 14–19, 2020
Jan 14, 7:30PM: Opening
Jan 15-18, 7:30PM
Jan 19, 2PM

Post-show Artist Talkback: Jan 15

WHERE: York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive.

TICKETS: Tickets from $26. Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or

Established by Eve Gordon and Mike Edward in 2009, The Dust Palace is New Zealand's preeminent circus theatre company. Our aim is to create tour-able circus theatre, taking stories from Aotearoa around the world; and to foster circus and physical performance and practitioners in Auckland and Aotearoa New Zealand. 


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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