Cultch 17/18 Presentations

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A Cultch Presentation

Written and performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu, this is the story of Mas Yamamoto, whose life was swept up by the currents of the 20th century. From growing up in a village on the Fraser, to being imprisoned at a World War II Japanese Canadian internment camp, to guarding the Canadian Arctic against Soviets during the Cold War, 1 Hour Photo is a moving portrait saturated with the colours of our times. MORE

Oct 3 – 15, 2017

1 Hour Photo

Drama + Theatre

Historic Theatre

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A Cultch Presentation

The Dust Palace (New Zealand). Eat fruit. Love lust. An adults only, contemporary circus retelling following two sisters, their temptation, sacrifice, and salvation. Delicious circus precariously balanced with gritty performances and candid storytelling. MORE

Oct 3 – 14, 2017

The Goblin Market

Dance + Uniquely Cultch

York Theatre

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A Cultch Presentation

The best physical theatre out of India, <em>Encounter</em> delves into the struggles and challenges of the indigenous communities of India through an explosive fusion of dance and theatre. MORE

Oct 17 – 22, 2017

Encounter

Dance + International + Theatre

York Theatre

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A Cultch Presentation

Award-winning actress Dipti Mehta’s acclaimed solo show visits India’s red light district where we meet the eunuch, priest, pimp, mother and daughter who call it home. A fun and poignant look at the dangerous life of Mumbai’s real-life brothels and why they exist. MORE

Oct 20 – Nov 4, 2017

HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan

Hot Topics

Culture Lab

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A Cultch Presentation

Five actors perform a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s <em>Titus Andronicus</em> that one of them has penned…but they sometimes forget their lines, or they say what they want to, or refuse to stay dead when they are killed. Audaciously satirical and physical, <em>Titus Bouffonius</em> offers a lumpy, stumpy, disorienting look at violence, revenge, and broken baby dolls. MORE

Nov 22 – Dec 3, 2017

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius

World Premieres

Historic Theatre

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A Cultch Presentation

The Panto is back with an outrageous take on Snow White. In this East Van telling, our hero flees the Queen of North Vancouver across the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge and straight into the madness of the PNE, where she dances with Superdogs, takes a ride on the Coaster, and befriends washed up 80s rock stars “The Seven Dwarves.” Pure Panto hilarity ensues as they do everything they can to escape the Queen’s wicked clutches. MORE

Nov 29, 2017 – Jan 6, 2018

East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves

Comedy + Family + Musical

York Theatre

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In Ronnie Burkett’s <em>Little Dickens</em>, the cast of The Daisy Theatre take on the beloved holiday classic, <em>A Christmas Carol,</em> in the merriest marionette mash-up ever. Faded Daisy diva, Esmé Massengill, plays the role of miserly, drunken, bitter Esmé Scrooge, encountering all your Daisy favourites (as Dickens’ familiar characters!) on her journey to redemption. MORE

Dec 5 – 22, 2017

Little Dickens: The Daisy Theatre

Uniquely Cultch

Historic Theatre

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A Cultch Presentation

<em>Hot Brown Honey</em> turns up the heat, delivering lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment in the smash-hit that took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm. Packing a punch of Hip Hop politics, the Honeys will make you laugh, cry, clap and shake what your mama gave you. This stellar posse of phenomenal women make noise as they defiantly smash stereotypes and remix the system. Fighting The Power Never Tasted So Sweet. MORE

Jan 9 – 20, 2018

Hot Brown Honey

International + Uniquely Cultch

York Theatre

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A Cultch Presentation

A raw, intimate, and timely exploration of queer male Blackness. Three individuals seek a deeper understanding of themselves, of each other, and of how they encounter the world, subverting the ways in which gender, sexuality, and race are performed. MORE

Jan 16 – 20, 2018

Black Boys

Hot Topics

Historic Theatre

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A Cultch Presentation

Doireann is here and she wants to check if a few things are working. She’s going to be doing a couple of songs, a couple of poems, and maybe a few stories. She’s going to be doing a duet with her brother. He’s not here. She’s here. You’re here. Thanks very much for being here. MORE

Jan 24 – 28, 2018

I’m Not Here

International

Historic Theatre

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A Cultch Presentation

Join Jason, a wannabe DJ on a chemically enhanced trip through the streets of Dublin. Somewhere between the DJs, decks, and drug busts, he stumbles across his brother Daniel, an educated, homeless addict, living on the streets. The brothers haven’t seen or spoken to each other in three years but over a lost weekend they reconnect and reminisce over tunes, trips, their history and city. But how long can this buzz last? MORE

Jan 30 – Feb 3, 2018

Dublin Oldschool

International

Historic Theatre

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A Cultch Presentation

Beware the Jabberwock! Such is the frantic warning inscribed to us in the strange and ancient poem known as Jabberwocky… but what monster does it actually mean?  Is it fanged or flapping, furry or finned, ferocious or formless? Is it outside our bedroom door even now, drooling?  Or is it already amongst us?
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Feb 6 – 17, 2018

Jabberwocky (formerly Underland)

Puppetry + Uniquely Cultch

York Theatre

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Shopping malls become a portal into surreal worlds that carry the nuanced stories of loss and resilience from the Chinese diaspora. This multimedia performance investigates malls as racialized spaces of cultural creation and clash where fashion, food, and commodity tether communities to a vital sense of home. MORE

Feb 7 – 17, 2018

No Foreigners

World Premieres

Culture Lab

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Celebrated writer and performer Carmen Aguirre leads a Latin American dance lesson that flows into Carmen’s remarkable stories of intimacy, politics, culture, and the forgotten origins of the salsa. Explore the hidden dance halls in Canada while DJ Don Pedro creates an irresistible musical scene that will get even the most reluctant dancer up on her feet! MORE

Feb 13 – 24, 2018

Broken Tailbone

Hot Topics

Historic Theatre

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A Cultch Presentation

Inspired by Chaplin and Keaton, Baccalà’s enthralling physicality and exquisite expression has been delighting audiences the world over. A breathtaking pas de deux of mishaps and acrobatics, you’ll be laughing long after you leave the theatre. MORE

Feb 20 – Mar 4, 2018

Pss Pss

Circus + Family

York Theatre

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May 18th, 2006. Jules and Fiona, best friends and teenage dirtbags, come to their senses in a park after a night for the ages. With little to no memory of how they got there, they discover the antidote to their fireball-induced amnesia: Ritalin. As they piece together the night in order to find out where the After After Party is, they come to terms with the deeds they have done… Absurd. Outrageous. Over-the-top. MORE

Mar 6 – 17, 2018

The After After Party

Local Gems

Culture Lab

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A Cultch Presentation

Known for his stand out involvement in groups such as Steps Ahead, the Mingus Band and the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin made music headlines most recently when he and his group were chosen to back David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar (stylised as ?), released on Bowie’s 69th birthday and just two days before he died. MORE

Mar 7, 2017

Donny McCaslin

York Theatre

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A Cultch Presentation

In Nicolas Billon’s <em>Butcher</em>, an old man in a strange uniform is dropped off at a police station at 3 a.m. on Christmas Eve. He refuses to speak English, and has a meat hook dangling from his neck. Impaled on the hook is the business card of a local lawyer and the words “Arrest Me.” Haunted by events a world away, a victim confronts the perpetrator of a war crime in a struggle for truth. MORE

Mar 20 – 31, 2018

Butcher

Hot Topics

Historic Theatre

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A Cultch Presentation

The masterpiece of one of the greatest playwrights of the last 50 years, Brian Friel’s <em>Faith Healer</em> is an Irish meditation on the role and responsibility of the artist in society. Presented in four monologues by three characters, <em>Faith Healer</em> is an exploration of the meanings of healing and salvation. MORE

Apr 4 – 14, 2018

Faith Healer

Local Gems

Culture Lab

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Two heterosexual men – one of whom likes to dress in women’s clothes – just happen to fall in love with one another. An exploration of the constructs we adopt to make our own realities and ways of imagining a life that’s not only endurable but quite possibly magical. MORE

Apr 17 – 29, 2018

The Explanation

Hot Topics

Culture Lab

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A Cultch Presentation

Ontroerend Goed, creators of <em>Fight Night</em>, bring us a new piece about the end of humanity and what comes after: no more talk about the old days, about what’s possible. No more words. A world without us. MORE

Apr 17 – 29, 2018

World Without Us

International

Historic Theatre

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A Cultch Presentation

A youngster decides to look after his mother in the last months of her life. Starting from run-of-the-mill situations and objects, he embarks on a quirky voyage through her past and that of the world. MORE

Apr 25 – May 5, 2018

The History of the World Based on Banalities

International

York Theatre

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An autobiographical performance that takes us from the international modeling circuit to a spiritual canoe journey. Written and performed by Quelemia Sparrow, <em>O’wet/Lost Lagoon</em> grapples with the identity of a mixed-race aboriginal woman in a present-day, colonized world. MORE

May 8 – 12, 2018

O’wet/Lost Lagoon

Drama + Hot Topics

Historic Theatre

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