Tennessee Diary: A Sneak Peek at Theatre Replacement’s Creative Process

The Greatest Cities in the World is based on interviews and interactions with residents of the large collection of small towns in Tennessee that are named after world-famous cities– like Paris, London, and Rome.  Collected and transformed into a multi-media performance by Theatre Replacement, the play takes the words of one world and makes them specific to our experience of living in Vancouver, examining everyday life and mapping out what it means to be a citizen of our constantly shrinking world.

Moscow mayor

The Mayor of Moscow

The Greatest Cities in the World is the winner of the 2010 Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award for Theatre, and is directed by James Long and Maiko Bae Yamamoto, and features musical composition and direction by Veda Hille.  It’s on from March 9 – 13, 2010 at 8 pm at The Cultch.

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A Conversation with Robert Chafe, Artistic Fraud Artistic Associate, Playwright & Co-creator for “Fear of Flight”

Robert Chafe playwright and co-creator of Fear of Flight playing at The Cultch

Robert Chafe

What happens in this show?
Fourteen singing passengers endure turbulence, paranoia, their fear of flying and their fear of what’s waiting on the ground, during a bumpy transcontinental flight. There’s Joyce on her way to her sister’s lesbian wedding, and the invariable familial grilling of her continued singledom. There’s Blandy, the tough-as-nails fourteen year old, flying to say goodbye to her dying mother in Florida. There’s Glynis, the naïve ball of optimism, flying to Vancouver because Jesus asked her to.

How did Fear of Flight come to be?
It all started many years ago when Director Jillian Keiley and friend and actor Torquil Colbo created a five-minute movement piece to explore their shared fear of flying. They concocted the plan on the lawn of the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Fine Arts Building. Flash forward ten years and Jill and playwright Robert Chafe are back at the college in residency and asked to create a show utilizing the 30 second and third-year students. Fear of Flight was born. Since that time the original student production played at the 2006 Magnetic North Festival in St. John’s, before a pared down (14 person), ramped up (new a cappella score) professional production debuted in 2008. That production travelled to the Magnetic North festival and Toronto’s Factory Theatre last spring, and now comes to the Cultural Olympiad.

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Best Before – A Curatorial Statement

by PuSh Festival Executive Director Norman Armour and Senior Curator Sherrie Johnson

In keeping with our curatorial vision to nurture creativity, foster innovation and stimulate dialogue and exchange, PuSh commissioned the German company Rimini Protokoll to embark on a new creation for our 2010 Festival with the simple premise that the work embody the notion of futurism.

Electronic Artist Brady Marks

Electronic Artist Brady Marks

Rimini Protokoll (www.rimini-protokoll.de) is the label given to a unique triumvirate of directors: Helgard Haug, Stephan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel. Founded in 2000, this internationally acclaimed group has created over 20 new works of theatre—all sharing a very distinct house style. Having studied together at the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies, Justus Liebig-Universität Gießen (Giessen, Germany), and working in various combinations, the three artists behind Rimini Protokoll devise new work out of the material provided by real life. They have become the central figures in a documentary movement that has taken centre stage in German theatres over the last few years.

Rimini Protokoll has a distinct vision of the world, but what stands out in their productions is their belief in the impact of their work on society. They tackle major social issues with their innovative and visionary productions—works that redefine the very boundaries of theatre. Rimini Protokoll are the change-makers in our field; they themselves represent a contemporary futurism as leaders in the documentary theatre movement. International commissions and co-productions are key to the PuSh Festival’s evolving identity. They bring new insights, ideas and approaches to the artistic milieu within which we work, as well as offering a deeper understanding of the world-at-large to our audiences.

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