Message from
Heather Redfern

Wow! Here we are one year into this crazy journey together. On March 16, 2020 The Cultch closed its doors to the public. Three days later we live streamed MINE, our very first streamed performance and all of you began this incredible experience with us. Since then we have streamed 45 performances with 24 more to go this season. To say that we are proud to have been able to bring over 100 artists to you through this technology is an understatement. We are bursting with excitement about our new found skills and how we can bring them into the future. 

The offerings that are part of the Fuse Box are very special indeed. Jill Barber is an innovator in creating online concerts and we are thrilled to be partnering with the National Arts Centre on this beautiful Valentine’s Day Concert. Mx (pronounced Mix), was our Cultchivating the Fringe Award winner in 2019 and we are thrilled with the way these artists have embraced the move to digital and have been willing to experiment with a myriad of storytelling techniques to bring this truly innovative presentation. 

When we heard that The 7 Fingers were making a lockdown film project we just knew we wanted to premiere the work. We tip our hat to the Quebec government who understand how essential creating is at times of crisis and made sure that Quebec artists, working with COVID safety guidelines, were able to continue working. You are the first to see this world class circus artists response to the pandemic in Out of Order

Finally, I want to thank Charlotte and Sonya Wall for sponsoring The Cultch Fuse Box. Charlotte and Sonya are the founding donors of our Femmes Series, and their generosity has made it possible for us to continue to feature the work of these extraordinary artists.

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–HEATHER REDFERN 
Executive Director of The Cultch

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YOU’RE INVITED

We’ll be planning an exclusive virtual get together for Cultch Subscribers in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for your event invites here! 

just in...

CULTCHCAST: Shigematsu Shoots the Shit, new episode out now!

with special guest, Lili Robinson

In this episode of CULTCHCAST, host Tetsuro Shigematsu chats with Mx Playwright Lili Robinson about growing up mixed-race & their inspirations behind this Season’s Cultchivating the Fringe Award winning show.

Performances

Your Cultch Fuse Box includes access to one livestream performance of your choice for each show below. If you have not selected your performance date or booked into the special presentations yet, please log in at tickets.thecultch.com, contact Box Office, or call 604-251-1363 to select your show dates.

FEB 18–27, 2021 | Livestream performances
OFF THE CORNER PRODUCTIONS

Mx

MAR 18–21, 2021 | Online performances
THE 7 FINGERS

Out of Order

The Cultch Box Office is available for live chat support one hour prior to showtime for every performance. Live chat can be found in the bottom left corner of this page.

You will be emailed a performance reminder with a show watch link and password prior to your selected performance. If you have any questions or trouble accessing the shows online, please contact Box Office and we’d be happy to help!

*all showtimes in PST

International Insights
& Conversations

Reflecting on a year without in-person live theatre with a special global presentation of a play which is living proof that creativity can overcome adversity.

By Nassim Soleimanpour
Performed by Amanda Sum
MAR 13, 2021 | Livestream performances
THE CULTCH IN ASSOCIATION WITH AURORA NOVA, PRESENTS

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

Fuse Box Subscribers get first access to book tickets to The Cultch’s presentation of this global event! Thanks to the generosity of our Cultch Subscribers and Donors we are able to offer this special presentation to the community for FREE.

Friday March 13, 2020 was the day most theatres in the world had to shut down due to COVID. Initially it was thought that the closure would last just one month, or maybe two, or until July at the very latest. It soon became clear that most venues had to remain dark for much longer. The longest theatre shutdown in modern history.

Aurora Nova (the internationally acclaimed company that brought us 2013’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit and 2019’s Nassim) wanted to mark the anniversary of that day by creating an extraordinary global event that celebrates live theatre and the resilience of our artists and community. An event that will hopefully inspire in this time of uncertainty and isolation—bringing audiences together from all around the world.

Bonus Content

Mx Insights & Reading Lists

Playwright Lili Robinson put together a list of resources and readings that will provide context around the themes and issues addressed in Mx. Explore these articles and organizations before or after you see the show.

ON CLOWN

Can a Clown Be an Activist?

by Amritha Dhaliwal and Nathaniel Justiniano

ON WHITENESS & WHITE SUPREMACY

ON ANANSI & MAROON CULTURE

Anansi and the Calabash of Wisdom

“My favourite Nansi tale is the calabash with all the wisdom in the world. I loved that Nansi was clever enough to collect all the wisdom so neatly, self aware enough to know when he’d done a foolish thing, wise enough to listen to his child’s point of view, silly enough to pout about it a little and generous enough to know when to share. May we all be as such.”

–C.S. Fergusson-Vaux, Mx Costume Designer

MX’S SUGGESTED ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT

Here are a few organizations doing important work to support Black, Indigenous, and QTBIPOC that you may not have heard of. Help us take action beyond the world of the play by making a donation at one (or a few!) of the links below.

Vancouver Black Therapy & Advocacy Foundation: A Black-led non-profit that aims to raise funds to make mental health support more accessible to Black community members in the Lower Mainland.

RAVEN Trust: RAVEN raises legal defence funds for Indigenous Peoples in Canada to defend their rights and the integrity of lands and cultures.

Rainbow Refugee: Founded in 2000, Rainbow Refugee is a Vancouver based community group that supports people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression (SOGIE) or HIV status.

Get to know The 7 Fingers! 

The 7 Fingers is an arts collective unlike any other. In 2002, the 7 founders set out to redefine circus by stripping down the spectacle to its thrilling essence. The contemporary circus company tells stories using death-defying acrobatics with a life-affirming theatricality that is unique to The 7 Fingers.

CREATING COVID FRIENDLY CIRCUS

THROWBACK WATCH LIST

We’ve gathered some of our favourite The 7 Fingers performance clips, old and new, to get you excited for their brand new upcoming online show!

“Rather than hiding its circus performers under colourful costumes and makeup like Cirque does, [The 7 Fingers] puts their acrobats, contortionists and strongmen and women front and centre, and builds intimate shows around their unique personalities and personal stories.” 

J. KELLY NESTRUCK
The Globe & Mail 

Special Offers

Dinner and a Show!

Receive 15% off take-out and dine-in orders from the following Cultch restaurant partners!

V.V Tapas Lounge

957 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC 

Famoso

1380 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC

Caffe La Tana

635 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC

Signature Cocktail

Mix up and enjoy a Short Fuse Signature Cocktail while you watch the Fuse Box shows from home!

INGREDIENTS 

2oz (60 ml) gold tequila
2/3 oz (20 ml) apricot brandy
2 teaspoons juice maraschino cherries
1 oz (30 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
3 oz (90 ml) fresh grapefruit juice

INSTRUCTIONS 

In a shaker filled with cubed ice, combine all ingredients.
Shake well and strain into highball with ice.
Garnish with wedge of lime.

Enjoy the Shows!