Meet the Honeys!

Meet the Honeys!

Hot Brown Honey opens at the York Theatre January 10. This fierce patriarch-smashing show has been shaking things up on its #WorldPollinationTour, and the buzz is palpable. We couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to the amazing women that will be taking over the York stage for most of January (Jan 9-27).

It’s time to get sticky!

Lisa Fa’alafi by Dylan Evans

LISA FA’ALAFI aka THE GAME CHANGER
(Creator | Writer | Director | Choreographer | Designer)
Definition: Innovator of an event, idea, or procedure that significantly alters in the
current way of doing or thinking. Shake’Em Up Woman. Defies the
Norm. Shifts the Paradigm. Rocks The Boat.

In The Words Of Dr Angela Davis:
‘You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world.
And you have to do it all the time.’

Ofa Fotu by Dylan Evans

OFA FOTU aka THE MYTH SLAYER (Soul Woman)
Definition: Defeats a fiction or half-truth, especially one that forms part of an
ideology. She slays. Staff Holder. Soothsayer. Smashes Stereotypes.
Centrestage.

In The Words Of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:
“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that
they are untrue, but that they are incomplete.
They make one story become the only story.”

Hope Haami by Dylan Evans

HOPE HAAMI aka HOPE ONE (Beatboxer)
Definition: Advocates a joyful of mindset of positive outcomes for the world at
large via rhythmic beats made with the mouth. Music Maker.
Collaborator. Decolonise and Moisturise.

In The Words Of Maryann Talia Pau:
“We ARE light. We ARE love. And love, is everything.”

Crystal Stacey by Dylan Evans

CRYSTAL STACEY aka THE PEACE MAKER (Hoops & Aerials)
Definition: She who brings about a sense of unity through truth. Poet. Mover.
Embodies the change she wants to see. Future Sculptor. Radical
Fierce Love.

In The Words Of Audre Lorde:
“We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.”

Elena Wangurra

ELENA WANGURRA aka THE GROUND BREAKER (Contemporary Dancer)
Definition: Originator or pioneer that leads to/makes possible further growth. Risk
Taker. The Fierce Awakens. Makes Noise.

In The Words Of Dr Lilla Watson:
“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because
your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Busty Beatz by Dylan Evans

BUSTY BEATZ aka THE QUEEN BEE
Creator | Writer | Musical Director | Composer | Sound Designer
Definition: So Boss. Vessel for The Word of The Mother. Divine Feminine Power.
Hip Hop Wrath. Filled with joyous rage. Protector of the Hive.
Nurturer. See Matriarchy. Fights The Power.

In The Words Of Busty Beatz:
“Fighting The Power Never Tasted So Sweet.”

— WORD TO THE MOTHER —

The Mother- The Hive- By Dylan Evans

Want a taste of the show? Meet the Honeys up close and personal in this live facebook interview with Vancouver Presents:

Live in the hive with the company of Hot Brown Honey

Hot Brown Honey runs at the York Theatre Jan 9-27. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.

Donor Spotlight: Ken Gracie and Philip Waddell

Donor Spotlight: Ken Gracie and Philip Waddell

 

We recently chatted with long-time Cultch supporters Ken Gracie and Philip Waddell to learn more a bit more about why supporting The Cultch has been so important to them for so many years.

Ken and Philip, thank you so much for joining us in this edition of The Cultch’s Donor Spotlight! You have both been long-time subscribers and donors to The Cultch. Can you tell us how you first got involved?

K: This is pretty nostalgic; we are going back to the ’70s now. It was only the old Historic Theatre at that time. This is long before any refurbishment of any note. We have a nephew and niece, now in their late 30’s, who enjoyed the movies on the big screen at The Cultch on Saturday mornings. We loved to attend! The “kids”  still recall it fondly. The Cultch was not an alternate theatre for that sake alone; it had a diversity of offerings, topics, performance method, and originality.

P: I have a fond recollection of my first time at The Cultch. It was the fall of 1976 and the production was Hossana. This type of theatre was totally new to me – it was raw and taboo and left a lifelong memory. Up until that point, my theatre experiences were mostly bland and felt too safe, this left me feeling unsatisfied.

It’s pretty amazing the impact that diverse and edgy programming can have. Phil, I love that your first Cultch experience left a lifelong memory, that’s such a gift!

K: And diversity is consistently relevant and nurtured by The Cultch. The conversations and the awakening that The Cultch offers are ongoing, and our attendance as subscribers is still our biggest theatre commitment.

Any show highlights?

P: Dickens’ Women, Empire of the Son and Children of God

What has surprised you most about working/partnering with The Cultch?   

P: Through our involvement with The Cultch I have had the privilege of getting to know staff, volunteers and fellow patrons who have enriched my life with their knowledge and enthusiasm.

K: And the growth of The Cultch over the years to include the Jim Green House Studio, along with the management and presentations at the York Theatre speak to the strength and major talents in Vancouver’s theatre and arts community. The engagement with staff, opening receptions, talk backs, and performances are always anticipated with excitement. It is very connecting. The Cultch is our family by choice. We also really like our own families.

Speaking of families, I know you are both advocates of strengthening our community and making live performance accessible to everyone. Can you tell us what you wish other people knew about The Cultch?

K: We know that at The Cultch there is inclusiveness of all communities and economic/social backgrounds. Provisions are made to make the live performance experience accessible to those people who might otherwise feel it is beyond their means to attend. Opportunity can be transformational. We all benefit in the experience and it should be shared.

P: Because of the wide variety of topics addressed and expressed, each season at The Cultch provides the stimulation many of us need to take a fresh look at old assumptions.

The Cultch programming really does offer audience members a chance to experience a different perspective that might be out of their comfort zone. 

P:  Yes and because of opportunity for a fresh perspective, I highly encourage more people to include The Cultch and its productions into their year of theatre.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about donating to The Cultch but hasn’t made the move yet?

K: The Cultch offers a high quality Youth Program that focuses on life skills as much as creativity and innovation; community outreach and ticket subsidies are made available through Cultch Connects and The Cultch supports the development of artistic work. These offerings require financial support and commitment from those who enjoy and appreciate The Cultch and can help financially over and above buying a ticket. We view this as a charitable opportunity and investment worthy of consideration based on performance and delivery by The Cultch.

We are so grateful that you and Philip see the incredible value that The Cultch has in our community!

K:   There are now theatre opportunities in the three affiliated venues of different size  – the Historic Theatre, the Culture Lab, and the York Theatre. In the last 40 years The Cultch has had great significance in our lives. We have grown substantially older in our membership. The Cultch continues to keep us renewed and challenged.

And what about our current show, the East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves running at the York? 

K: Who doesn’t love the Panto filled with kids and excitement and fun? LOOK BEHIND YOU!

Right? It’s absolutely heart-warming and inspiring!  Thanks Ken and Philip!
As a registered Canadian charity, The Cultch relies on the support of the community to operate as a cultural hub; bringing diverse and engaging live performance to the stage.
Please consider making a donation today!
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Hot Brown Honey is heating up Manchester!

Hot Brown Honey is heating up Manchester!

We are getting so excited! Hot Brown Honey has begun their #WorldPollinationTour, and Vancouver is on the flight path! From Jan 9-27, these fierce females will be taking over the York Theatre with their fun, fabulous, and patriarch-smashing hit!

As we speak Hot Brown Honey is heating up Manchester. The reviews are buzzing in and they are GREAT! Take a look:

— Make Noise! —

Hair Image By Dylan Evans

★★★★★ “Unlike anything you will have seen before… Smoking hot. If fighting the power is this much fun, we should all get on board and rock the boat a little bit.” – Frankly My Dear

★★★★★ “Busty Beatz [and] Lisa Fa’alafi have created a truly ground-breaking production unlike anything you’ve ever seen before – but will definitely want to see again… An empowering must-see performance full of laughter, joy and truth that is entirely faultless.” – Upstaged Manchester

★★★★★“The Honeys force us on this side of the world to think about the impact of our colonial past that is still having an impact today, centuries after the first colonialists spread their poison across the Pacific region.” – North West End

★★★★★ “A triumph of a show… Fast-paced, sexy, hilarious, and the all-female cast are a seriously talented and fierce bunch… But it’s more than just good entertainment value, behind the glitz of the huge golden beehive and the sassy dance routines there’s an important message which seeks to confront and challenge our perceptions of racial stereotypes and sexism.” – Northern Soul

★★★★ “A brave, and thought-provoking show… If you fancy something a little different this festive season: a show with plenty of attitude and sass then Hot Brown Honey is the show for you.” – The Reviews Hub

“Fearless, resolute and downright entertaining… The women of Hot Brown Honey simultaneously raise the roof and your consciousness.” – Circles & Stalls

“The[se] luscious ladies leave the audience on their feet shaking their booties to some sweet tunes… It creates such a party atmosphere… A celebration… The exact type of excitement and energy that could begin a revolution.” – Culturebean

Hot Brown Honey is not trying to encourage or give space for reflection and debate, but rather to utterly subvert the patriarchal world view and to urge action. Subtlety is not the path to revolution.” – Unrestricted Views

“A flamboyant evening of cabaret entertainment… Fighting the power never tasted so sweet… Just brilliant, a complete blast from start to finish.” – The Greater Manchester Reviewer

Hot Brown Honey runs at the York Theatre Jan 9-27. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.

Little Dickens — An (adults-only!) holiday hit!

Little Dickens —  An (adult!) holiday hit!

Vancouver, don’t miss this one — Ronnie Burkett has created a show just for us! Little Dickens: the Daisy Theatre opened to a packed out house Dec 5. If you have been dreaming of a Christmas show without an audience full of kiddos, then this is the show for you! Here is one of the characters prepping back stage for her opening striptease number!!!

As usual Ronnie Burkett’s is wowing the crowds! On opening night he had everyone in stitches and singing along to holiday songs!

The Georgia Straight posted a great review 

We thought you may want to see some of the buzz surrounding this amazing Cutlch exclusive.

Check out the new curtain!

Little Dickens:The Daisy Theatre runs from Dec 5 – 22 at the Historic Theatre. Tickets are from $22 and can be found here.

Vancouver is excited for East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves!

Vancouver is excited for East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves!

Ming Hudson plays Snow White in East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves. Photo by Tim Matheson

It’s almost here! Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves opens Friday, December 1 in the York Theatre! We can hardly wait!

Vancouver is buzzing with Panto fever! Check out some of the amazing press coverage to answer all of your Panto questions:

  • Have you ever wanted to know how Theatre Replacement decided to start doing the East Van Panto? 

“The whole thing came from wanting to make something our kids would want to watch,” say James Long. You can read more about it in his interview with Artslandia. 

  • Have you ever wondered how they come up with the quirky music?

In this Georgia Straight Interview, Veda Hille say, “It has to be a song everybody knows and loves; it has to fit in the right place in the arc of the piece; it has to have a good pun in the main title or chorus of the song that suits the script.”

Allan Zinyk plays the Queen in East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves. Photo by Tim Matheson

  • Have you ever wondered why it is so gosh darned hilarious to make fun of East Van?

“What is theatre but a mirror – a magic mirror on the wall, if you will…We go to the theatre to learn about ourselves and laugh at ourselves. When you have a place as unique and as interesting as East Vancouver, or Vancouver proper, there’s so much material there to draw upon.” Says Ming Hudson, in this Westender article. Hudson plays Snow White in this latest installment of East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves

“Snow White gets Panto treatment” – The Province

  • Have you ever wanted to know how they keep coming up with such great shows?

Writer, Mark Chavez, says, “…Anita and I are surrounded by very a very smart, creative group of people who all want to make this show as funny and ridiculous and beautiful as it can be.

You may have seen this article in either the The Vancouver Sun or The Province!

  • Or, have you ever wondered what the writer of the Panto’s dream job was as a child?

I think you might be surprised! Read all about it in this Vancouver Presents piece:

20 questions with Mark Chavez


Doesn’t that just wet your appetite for Panto fun!?

P-A-N-T-O!

East Van Panto; Snow White & the Seven Dwarves runs from Nov 29 – Jan 6 at the York Theatre. Tickets are from $22 and can be found here.

A message from the creators of Hot Brown Honey:

A message from the creators of Hot Brown Honey:

WELCOME TO THE HIVE

The Arts have the capacity to shift culture.
We live in a culture that needs change urgently.
Not tomorrow. Right Here. Right Now. We stand in the Creative Revolution.

At the forefront we give Love and Respect to the First Nations People of this land.
We give Love and Respect to those who have come before us.

To the Game Changers
Myth Slayers
Poets, Movers
Music Makers
Ground Breakers
Truth Sayers
Shake em up Women
Queens, Queers and Risk Takers
We are the Change Creators.

THIS IS OUR TIME AND IT’S TIME TO SHINE.

We are the Latest Models of our Ancestry.
Our Stories. Our Voices. Our Bodies.
We will not apologise for who we are.

Photo credit: Dylan Evans

DIRECTORS NOTES: LISA FA’ALAFI
Hot Brown Honey give our Love and Respect to the Ancestral, Traditional and Sovereign Aboriginal territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, and in particular, the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh Nations on whose territory we perform.

In an act of Radical Fierce Love, we at Hot Brown Honey lay it on the table. We invite you into our world where we stand centre stage shining brightly for all to see. Too often we are portrayed as the savage, the maid, the victim, the perpetrator, but tonight we defy these labels. We ask you to celebrate with us.
Celebrate all that we are.

Our Truth. Our Courage. Our Complexities. Our Resilience. Join us as we take back our stories and explode the stereotypes that follow us. Together let us laugh at them, dismantle them and re-write them with open arms and middle finger raised.

We welcome you into a world where for a moment, where the paradigm shifts, where we strut as the Latest Models of Our Ancestry, where people cheer and dance, where hearts become open even when confronting truths that are painful.

Even when the lives reflected back may not be a shared experience. You might say well it’s just a 75min show. Maybe it is. Or maybe it’s a moment in time that can be harnessed to create ripples of change.
Some say art has the capacity to make change in the world, to shift culture, so for us this is our call – to dance, to shout, to laugh, to cry, to rise up and transform current conversations.

It will get sticky but we promise, it is totally worth it.

Welcome to the Hive. Welcome to Hot Brown Honey. We are here.

 

Hot Brown Honey runs at the York Theatre Jan 9-27. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.

Q&A with Governor General award-winning playwright, Colleen Murphy!

Q&A with Governor General award-winning playwright, Colleen Murphy!

Photo by Heidi Hamilton

How did the idea to adapt a Shakespearean text incorporating Bouffon come about?

When Stephen [Drover] asked me to write an adaptation of Titus Andronicus I wondered how to connect with a play I felt was emotionally vacant but intriguing.  “What makes people so angry they kill children?  What is under such rage? Terrible hurt probably, and terrible grief.”

While adapting the play I was the Lee Playwright in Residence at the University of Alberta, working in the same department as Professor Michael Kennard, aka Mump from the incredible duo Mump & Smoot.  Michael teaches clown there and I was inspired by the rigor and the fearlessness he used in his hilarious student presentations.  I felt that given the blood-bath of the 21st century, Bouffon were more suitable to my adaptation because they bring a primal urgency to a story that both begs to be taken seriously and begs not to be taken seriously.

Can you tell us a little bit about the effect that the Bouffon style has on the piece?

The Bouffon style opens up both the emotional and the farcical aspects that are already in Shakespeare’s play.  He must have enjoyed writing it, and there are some beautiful passages, as fine as any he wrote.  The murders and the outrage might even be funny…and the funny is sometimes sad.  The world of revenge is an over-the-top world driven by sad, angry people.

What is something about the show that audiences may be surprised to learn?

Perhaps members of the audience might be surprised to discover that nothing is sacred, that everything is human, including the worse things people do to each other.

Can you describe the show in 3 words?

Fun Meets Death.

What most excites you about bringing this piece to the stage?

Marrying Shakespeare with Bouffon offers another perspective on Titus Andronicus in the 21st century.

Peter Anderson in “The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius”. Photo by Stephen Drover


The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius runs from Nov 22 – Dec 3 at the Cultch’s Historic Theatre. Tickets are from $22 and can be found here.

FLASHBACK: It has been an exciting month at The Cultch!

FLASHBACK: It has been an exciting month at The Cultch!

October flew by! The start to our 17/18 season was a huge success and a real blast! We opened four shows: The Goblin Market, 1 Hour Photo, Encounter, and HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan. Thank you so much to all of you who attended one (or several) of these amazing shows! We are feeling nostalgic already, so here is a little flashback!

Here are some shots from a few of our opening nights:

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THE GOBLIN MARKET was the very first show of our season, and a big hit with our audiences!

“Breathtakingly beautiful. Heart-stoppingly romantic. Stirringly erotic” — Jo Ledingham, joledingham.ca

The Goblin Market dazzles”- Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight


1 HOUR PHOTO was a beautiful tribute to the life Mas Yamamoto

The world will soon know this man story. #1hourphoto @vact @thecultch

A post shared by Tetsuro Shigematsu (@bigshiggy) on

“Wrestling with questions of life and death, 1 Hour Photo is most heartfelt in its exploration of Yamamoto’s life. Ultimately, we are all a little better off for his willingness to share it through Shigematsu” — Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents

1 Hour Photo animates an extraordinary life with vivid props and projections…the play is a buffet of sensory textures” — Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight


ENCOUNTER was an amazing way to kick off Diwali in BC; a tribute to indigenous peoples history around the world.

“It is no wonder they have gained their reputation as the best physical theatre out of India—the clarity of the physical storytelling from this accomplished company is absolutely expert” — Elizabeth Holliday, SAD MAG

“The show is affecting” — Lincoln Kaye, Vancouver Observer


HONOUR: CONFESSIONS OF A MUMBAI COURTESAN, also a part of Diwali in BC, is a one woman show raising money and awareness for women and children trapped in cycles of sex trafficking.

“I don’t often stay for the talkback sessions after a show but this one was fascinating and added immeasurably to the tremendous pleasure I got from the performance…Dipti Mehta is, as well as a scientist and a social activist, a very fine storyteller” — Jo Ledingham, joledingham.ca

Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan, is ambitious, smart, and a masterclass in character work” — Andrea Warner, The Georgia Straight


THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE IT SUCH A GREAT MONTH HERE AT THE CULTCH!

There are more than 18 shows remaining in our 17/18 season — Don’t miss them!

Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan brings attention to sex trafficking

Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan brings attention to sex trafficking

This year The Cultch is partnering with Diwali in BC, a new organization spearheaded by Rohit Chokhani, to launch the organization’s inaugural year. Diwali in BC has chosen the artistic theme of Shakti, feminine power. On October 17 we hosted the launch of this new initiative with a reception and the opening of Encounter (Oct 17-22).

The celebration of the power of the feminine continues with this Friday’s (Oct 20) opening of Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan.

Created and performed by Dipti Mehta, Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan is the story of a mother and daughter living in the red light district of Mumbai. Dipti Mehta has been using this production to shine a light on sex trafficking, and a portion of her profits is donated to an organization called Apne Aap, a company dedicated to helping at-risk and prostituted women and children.


According to Equality Now, trafficking women and children for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. This, despite the fact international law and the laws of 158 countries criminalize most forms of trafficking.

Sex trafficking is a lucrative industry making an estimated $99 billion a year.

  • At least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and soldworldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labor and bonded labor.
  • About 2 million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade.
  • 54% of trafficking victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation.
  • Women and girls make up 96% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

We, at The Cultch are thrilled to be have local company Atira Women’s Resource Society as the community partner for this important show.

“Atira Women’s Resource Society is a not-for-profit organization committed to the work of ending violence against women through providing direct service, as well as working to increase awareness of and education around the scope and impact on our communities of men’s violence against women and children.”


Here are a few of the many organizations in the city who are resources for our city’s women:

WAVAW

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

Elizabeth Fry Society

Pivot Legal

PACE Society

WISH

SWAN Vancouver

HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan runs at the Vancity Culture Lab Oct 20- Nov 4. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.

The Goblin Market and 1 Hour Photo are opening The Cultch’s 17/18 season!

The Goblin Market and 1 Hour Photo are opening The Cultch’s 17/18 season!

Next week we welcome two shows to our stages (The Goblin Market at the York Theatre and 1 Hour Photo at the Historic Theatre), and we couldn’t be more excited. It seems we are not the only one. Vancouver critic, Colin Thomas gave us a shout-out in his blog, Vancouver Greenroom:

“There are two piping hot shows sitting on the windowsill this week. They both open next week in venues operated by The Cultch” — Colin Thomas, colinthomas.ca

Want to know more about these shows? Read some of this great press before you see the shows!

The Goblin Market is a contemporary circus re-telling of Christina Rossetti’s poem, following two sisters, their temptation, sacrifice and eventual salvation. Delicious circus is precariously balanced with gritty performances and candid story telling.

“‘Goblin Market’ gets standing ovations everywhere it travels to around the globe. And seeing it within the intimate confines of the York should be eerily, mind-blowingly fun.” – Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight Editor’s Choice

Read ‘Five reasons to check out Goblin Market’ in The Vancouver Sun

1 Hour Photo is the story of Mas Yamamoto, a man whose life was swept up by the major currents of the 20th century. Written and performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu, 1 Hour Photo is a moving portrait saturated with the most vivid colours of our times.

“We’re trying to deepen the experience of listening by allowing the audience to look at different things to enable their imaginations to take flight”— Tetsuro Shigematsu, in interview with The Vancouver Sun

“…on a certain level I just wanted this ritual to continue—to sit at the knee of an elder and be transported to the past”— Tetsuro Shigematsu, In interview with The Georgia Straight

 


The Goblin Market runs at the York Theatre Oct 3-14. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.

1 Hour Photo runs at the Historic Theatre Oct 3-15. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.

Join us for our Season Kick off Dance Party on Wednesday, October 4 starting at 9:30pm! Everyone welcome! Vancity Culture Lab, 1895 Venables St