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THEATRE PREVIEW

SEPTEMBER 2019 | Volume 183

 

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Yvonne Wallace in ūtszan; photo by David Kirk

Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Vancouver Moving Theatre
In assoc/w Carnegie Community Centre & Association of United Ukrainian Canadians
Various DTES locations
Oct. 30-Nov. 10
www.heartofthecityfestival.com
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The 16th Annual Downtown Eastside
Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday October 30 to Sunday November 10, 2019

Featuring over 100 events at over 40 locations throughout the Downtown Eastside

Tickets and Info: www.heartofthecityfestival.com

ANNOUNCING the 16th annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival and twelve days of music, stories, theatre, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, dance, readings, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks and history walks.

This year’s theme Holding the Light has emerged from the compelling need of DTES-involved artists and residents to illuminate the vitality and relevance of the Downtown Eastside community and its diverse and rich traditions, knowledge systems, ancestral languages, cultural roots and stories.

THEATRE HIGHLIGHTS

Sis Ne’ Bi -Yïz: Mother Bear Speaks: A play written and performed by Taninli Wright (Wet'suwet'en) about her remarkable Messenger of Hope Walk. Inspired by the true story of this emerging artist who walked 1,600 km across British Columbia to give voice to First Nations children and other marginalized youth. Developed in collaboration with Laura Barron, Jason Clift, Julie McIsaac and Jessica Schacht. Produced by Instruments of Change.
Wednesday Oct 30, 7:30pm; matinee Friday Nov 1, 3pm; Saturday Nov 2, 8pm; matinee Sunday Nov 3, 3pm. Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova. $20/15 (inc. s/c + GST). Tickets at door or advance sales: 604-689-0926; boxoffice@firehallartscentre.ca, or www.Firehallartscentre.ca

ūtszan: This passionate story about language and how it informs identity, follows the journey of a woman and her quest to reclaim her language. In the process, she uncovers Indigenous knowledge, humour, strength and resilience. ūtszan (to make things better) is written and performed by Yvonne Wallace (Lilwat) and directed by Jefferson Guzman.
Thursday Oct 31, 7:30pm; Friday Nov 1, 8pm; matinee Saturday Nov 2, 3pm. Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova. $20/15 (inc. s/c + GST). Tickets at door or advance sales: 604-689-0926; boxoffice@firehallartscentre.ca, or www.Firehallartscentre.ca

Tale of the Eastside Lantern: The Festival is thrilled to partner on this workshop presentation of scenes and songs from a new hybrid Chinese Rock Opera performed in English and Cantonese with actors, Chinese Opera performers, and the Son of James Band. “In the streets and shops of Vancouver’s Chinatown, Jimmy wrestles with his personal demons and sets out to solve a mystery that is guarded by Chinese Opera spirits of the underworld. Jimmy is led by the sounds of rock music and motivated by the oldest feeling in the world...love.” Written and composed by Shon Wong and directed by Andy Toth. Produced by Vancouver Cantonese Opera and Son of James Band in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre.
Thursday Oct 31, 8pm. CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton. Tickets $15 at the door, or advance at: eastsidelantern2.eventbrite.ca

Home, Homelessness and the Culture In-Between: A week-long residency exploring the challenges and hopes experienced by residents of Single-Room-Occupancy hotels and the Downtown Eastside.  This project led by Renae Morriseau with Sophie Merasty, features an array of activities including visual art, facilitated discussions, ceremony and theatre. Highlights include: SRO by Middle of the Sky (aka Brenda Prince), a new play with a fascinating style that tells the story of an Indigenous woman trapped in a DTES SRO and her efforts to escape from her circumstances; and the SRO - Indigenous Women’s Project, which features women sharing stories, performances and vignettes that honour their lived experience of 'home' - within themselves and within the DTES. Produced in partnership with Urban Ink Productions.
Thursday Oct 31 to Wednesday November 6. InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall.
For event details visit heartofthecityfestival.com. By donation at the door.

Opening Doors – Vancouver’s East End 2019: A dramatization based on Daphne Marlatt and Carole Itter’s extraordinary local legend-of-a-book Opening Doors first published in 1979. This workshop presentation features the oral history and lived experience of Indigenous and settler women of diverse cultural backgrounds who lived, worked and raised families in the vibrant and historic Vancouver East End. Directed by Donna Spencer. Co-produced by the Firehall Arts Centre and Vancouver Moving Theatre.
Wednesday Nov 6, pwycpreview 1pm; Wednesday Nov 6, Thursday Nov 7, 7:30pm; Friday Nov 8, Saturday Nov 9, 8pm; matinee Saturday Nov 9, 3pm. Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova. $20/15 (inc. s/c + GST). Tickets at door or advance sales: 604-689-0926; boxoffice@firehallartscentre.ca, or www.Firehallartscentre.ca

Irreparable Harm?:The newly formed Sinister Sisters Ensemble is composed of activists and theatre folk, young and old, First Nations and settlers, many of whom were arrested in the protests against the twining of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Using videos, transcripts of the court proceedings, and statements that were read in the courtroom, this production shines a light on the strengths and weaknesses of our current justice system.
Friday Nov 8, 3pm. Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main. Free

The mandate of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival is to promote, present and facilitate the development of artists, art forms, cultural traditions, history, activism, people and great stories about Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The festival involves a wide range of professional, community, emerging and student artists and lovers of the arts. Over 1,000 local artists and Downtown Eastside residents participated in last year’s Festival.

Most Festival events are free or by donation. Visit heartofthecityfestival.com for full details.

 

 

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