An exploration of war to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice of WWI.
The Believers Are But Brothers
Presented with Diwali in BC
Vancity Culture Lab
Co-directed by Javaad Alipoor and Kirsty Housley. Written and performed by Javaad Alipoor. An electronic maze of fantasists, meme culture, 4chan, the alt-right, and ISIS. We live in a time where old orders are collapsing: from the postcolonial nation states of the Middle East, to the EU and the American election. Through it all, tech-savvy and extremist groups rip up political certainties. Amidst this, a generation of young men find themselves burning with resentment, without the money, power, and sex they think they deserve. This bold one-man show explores the smoke and mirrors world of online extremism, anonymity, and hate speech.
SKaGeN (Belgium), Richard Jordan Productions & Theatre Royal Plymouth (UK)
A companion piece to smash-hit BigMoutH, SmallWaRtakes letters sent home from soldiers at war and discovers the human cost of conflict. No string of mics this time, just performer Valentijn Dhaenens—five times over—with a projection screen spanning the entire width of the stage. We find ourselves inside the room of a dying frontline soldier who, together with the nurse, looks back at his life and the why and wherefore of warmongering. SmallWaR is an emotional reflection on the trauma and the repetitiveness of war, concentrating on the deadlock instead of the action.
Written and directed by Amiel Gladstone
Modern millennial actresses put on a play about mid-century women, who enact the WWII men in POW camps, performing Shakespeare. This is Three Winters, a world premiere about survival and a performance to unpack. During WWII, Canadian airmen were captured and held in camps throughout Europe. To stay alive, the soldiers were constantly trying to escape, stay warm, and create theatre; performing the play scripts they were sent by the Red Cross. Three Winters is a highly theatrical case for the creation of art as a means to survive.