Announcing the 2018 rEvolver Festival Mainstage!

Announcing the 2018 rEvolver Festival Mainstage!

Two actors perform Shakespeare’s Macbeth without words. A local artist steps into the radical headspace of a suicide bomber. A real-life scientist takes you through the history of women being f&*$ed over for centuries. Two people find love.

Upintheair Theatre is thrilled to be back at The Cultch for the 6th annual rEvolver Theatre Festival. rEvolver runs from May 23th – June 3rd, presenting new work by Vancouver and Canada’s most exciting up and coming performers and theatre creators. Past rEvolver Festivals have included world premieres of hit shows such as Jordan Hall’s ‘Kayak’, Delinquent Theatre’s ‘Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical” (which featured as part of The Cultch’s 2015/16 season) and Mind of a Snail’s gorgeous shadow puppetry in ‘Caws and Effect’.

This year’s programming represents the rich diversity of voices, aesthetics, and styles among Vancouver and Canadian emerging professional theatre makers. The programmed artists are tackling big issues – inequality, climate change, sexual abuse and consent, violence, the impacts of colonialism. They are doing so in unexpected ways, using wit and humour, intelligence, music and the power of bodies in motion to look for ways to move out and forward, and to bring light into the darkness. Join us in seeing all that this incredible community of artists has to offer.

Got to revolverfestival.ca for all the information you need!

Mily Mumford in Distractingly Sexy. Photo by Cal Wood

MAINSTAGE SHOWS:

FREE EVENTS:   

  • The Somewhere Cedar (Micro Performance by Jess Amy Shead, Vancouver)
  • Asking Alice (Micro Performance; Little Mountain Lion Productions, Vancouver)
  • Plunge in collaboration with Resounding Scream Theatre (Vancouver)
  • Updrafts Reading Series featuring new works by emerging playwrights
  • The Speakeasy (Friday’s: late night cocktail hour in the Greenhouse)

Excited by what you see? There are a number of different ways you can purchase tickets!

Carmine Santavenere in Fuchsia Future. Photo by Elliot Vaughan

  1. With the 6-show flex pass, the passholder can see up to six individual shows, take five friends to one show, or any combination in between!
  2. If you can’t see 6 shows, you can still save by purchasing a 3-show pass instead!

And of course, individual tickets are available both through The Cultch’s Box Office and at the door.

Announcing the 2017 rEvolver Festival Mainstage!

A man stuck in a London train station. A live game show. A cardboard puppet sci-fi western. A live drag attari video game musical. An embarrassing birthday gift. A Spanish Vampire bar. A bespoke handmade book. The meaning of love.

Upintheair Theatre is thrilled to be back at The Cultch for the fifth annual rEvolver Theatre Festival. rEvolver runs from May 24th – June 4th, presenting new work by Vancouver and Canada’s most exciting up and coming performers and theatre creators. Past rEvolver Festivals have included world premieres of hit shows such as Jordan Hall’s ‘Kayak’, Delinquent Theatre’s ‘Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical” (which featured as part of The Cultch’s 2015/16 season) and Mind of a Snail’s gorgeous shadow puppetry in ‘Caws and Effect’.

This year’s programming represents the rich diversity of voices, aesthetics, and styles among Vancouver and Canadian emerging professional theatre makers. Join us in seeing all that this incredible community of artists has to offer.

Got to revolverfestival.ca for all the information you need!

MAINSTAGE SHOWS:

FREE EVENTS:

  • Habitats Isabelle Kirouac & Nayana Fielkov (Vancouver)
  • Plunge in collaboration with Resounding Scream Theatre (Vancouver)
  • SHINY Kelly McInnes (Vancouver)
  • UPDRAFTS Reading Series featuring new works by emerging playwrights

Excited by what you see? There are a number of different ways you can purchase tickets!

  1. With the 6-show flex pass, the passholder can see up to six individual shows, take five friends to one show, or any combination in between!
  2. If you can’t see 6 shows, you can still save by purchasing a 3-show pass instead!
  3. And of course individual tickets are available both through The Cultch’s Box Office and at the door.

Wondering what to see at the 2016 rEvolver Festival?

Opening this week, the fourth annual rEvolver Theatre Festival will offer 11 days of performances from multi-disciplined theatre artists currently breaking on the local and national scene. All events will be held at The Cultch from May 11 to 22. If you are wondering what to see, here’s a few hints and tips to stoke your interest…..

Diversity:

Not only is the festival focused on providing a platform for emerging artists, this year’s line-up reflects the exciting diversity in our theatre community:

  • Seven shows have been created or directed by women: Beowulf, Charisma Furs, Happiness™, Kolejka, I Want to Tell You Something, Never the Last, and Silenced.
  • Seven shows have been created by or with artists of colour in a significant leadership role: Beowulf, Booth Connection, Mis Papás, Never the Last, The New Conformity, odd., and Silenced.
  • The festival continues its history of supporting innovative work by artists from the LGBTQ community (having premiered shows such as Tucked and Plucked: Vancouver’s HERstory Live on Stage and Cocktales with Maria) with Charisma Furs, by Toronto artist Katie Sly.

Award winning performances:

Two critically acclaimed shows will be presented in the Cultch’s Culture Lab, both wielding a wildly comedic approach to intelligent social commentary:

  • Happiness™, by Ottawa-based May Can Theatre, was nominated for four 2015 Prix Rideau Awards for Outstanding Direction, Lighting Design, Performance and Production.
  • Cause & Effects Circus’ The New Conformity received the Joanna Murata Award in 2015 (Vancouver Fringe Festival) and took home Victoria’s Pick of the Fringe Award in 2014.

The same but different….

Two distinct one woman shows in the Founders’ Lounge—I Want to Tell You Something and Charisma Furs—are equally intimate and engaging, and both incorporate origami lessons. Other than that, they couldn’t be more different….

A little Eastern European Culture
There are two music-heavy shows with European backdrops—puppetry, physical theatre and punk music combine to tell the story of a Babushka’s Soviet Russia in Kolejka,  and Never the Last, the latest from Delinquent Theatre, creators of Stationary: A Recession Era Musical  tells the true story of the early centry composer Sophie Carmen Friedman using live classical music, movement and text.

FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE INFORMATION:
Full Tickets: $17 ($20 with service charges) | Self Identified Low Income Tickets: $12 ($15 with service charges)
3-show pass: $40/$36 | Available at www.tickets.thecultch.com or 604.251.1363
6-show pass: $84 | Available at www.upintheairtheatre.com/buy-tickets
For full festival schedule: www.revolverfestival.ca

ABOUT REVOLVER THEATRE FESTIVAL:
Under the artistic direction of Daniel Martin and David Mott, the rEvolver Theatre Festival presents high energy and adventurous new works with a focus on supporting local talent since 2013. The festival provides professional presenting opportunities in Vancouver and offers a unique platform to present contemporary cutting-edge script-based theatre, devised works, and site-specific performances by artists ranging from recent graduates to more experienced professionals attempting to grow or transform their practice significantly.

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The rEvolver Festival Opens This Week!

The 2015 rEvolver Festival kicks off on Wednesday, May 20 with three local performances on the opening night of the Festival:

7.00PM Caws and Effect (Mind of a Snail, Vancouver)
Historic Theatre

Crows are re-dreaming the world. Is the future all it’s cracked up to be?

Mind of a Snail’s large scale shadow theatre production is an exploration of survival and extinction from a bird’s eye view. Funny, beautiful and unique, with handmade layered projections, puppetry, masks, and an original musical score. The story can be seen as a modern fable, a tongue-in-cheek nature documentary, or the animated dream of a sleeping bird. In 2014, Caws & Effect won Patrons Pick at the Winnipeg Fringe and Pick of the Fringe at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. More info

8.00PM Double Recessive (Jordan Lloyd Watkins, Vancouver)
Culture Lab

A blessing. A curse. A one in four chance. A people on the brink of extinction. What would you do if you were the last of your kind?
Double Recessive. “Opression. Genocide. Comedy.” is a savage comedy about an eerily familiar dystopia. Double Recessive shows us the history of the Ginger crisis, and how society reacts when a lone Red is born, years after their extinction. A nasty, seemingly extreme, look at how society deals with “the other”, everything in Double Recessive is based on real events. Double Recessive is the multi-media brain-child of creator/performer Jordan Lloyd Watkins, working with award-winning director David Bloom. More info

9.15PM Hell of a Girl (Jeff Gladstone & The Bad Ideas, Vancouver)
Historic Theatre

Hell of a Girl is a unique musical theatre experience. The story is loosely based on the myth Orpheus and Eurydice, set in a timeless world with cowboys, nymphs & demons, and told through 26 original songs. Musically it weaves together gothic country with rockabilly and swing, into a visual style drawn from German expressionism and French absurdism, and taking the audience to Hell and back again. More info

Be sure to join us in between shows for an Opening Night Reception! For more festival programming visit Upintheair’s website or The Cultch’s Online Box Office.

Next week: rEvolver Theatre Festival hits The Cultch!

2015_revolver_bannerNext week, we’re thrilled to welcome back Upintheair Theatre for the third annual rEvolver Theatre Festival. The rEvolver Festival runs from May 20-31, and is dedicated to providing presenting opportunities to emerging theatre companies both locally and nationally. Past rEvolver Festivals have included such shows as Kayak (seen at the Firehall Arts Centre in January) and Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical which played last month at The Cultch!

This year’s festival line-up reflects the dynamic and distinct work being created in the theatre community on a national level. From the comedic to the confounding, the festival will present works that explore the dynamics of human relationships, classical myth with a musical twist, modern fable, new world orders, historic journeys and elements of risk taking.

The 2015 rEvolver Festival Mainstage is:

Excited by what you see? There are a number of different ways you can purchase tickets! With the 6-show flex pass, the passholder can see up to six individual shows, take five friends to one show, or any combination in between! If you can’t see 6 shows, you can still save by purchasing a 3-show pass instead! And of course, individual tickets are available both through The Cultch’s Box Office and at the door.

Q&A with Robert Leveroos about his theatrical production ‘Woven’

This week is very special to everybody at the office, since our Youth Program Manager and dear friend, Robert Leveroos, is presenting a show of his creation as part of the rEvolver Theatre Festival. Woven is a micro-performance that links theatre and comic-book art in the most creative way. It might remind you of a board game, where a cast of characters are evolving and thrown together in a shifting arena to find their way through a series of quests. The show talks about the perils of growing up and growing old. We got a chance to catch up with Robert Leveroos to get some insights into his work and also to understand the  inspirations behind his new piece.

Can you tell us about your background?
I am a theatre maker, performer, and insatiable tinkerer on all things I can build with my hands. I grew up in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota working with a theatre company for young audiences ( The Children’s Theatre Company). They are known for their imaginative productions translating beloved storybooks to the stage. I loved the ingenuity they used to bring these stories to life. It sparked my imagination and I’ve been interested in creating theatrical worlds ever since. I studied at The National Theatre School of Canada and moved to Vancouver nearly four years ago. I am so happy to have found a home here, I absolutely love the arts community and the incredible talent and generousity this city holds.

blog6We know that Woven links theatre with book art, can you tell us a little bit more about your inspiration and the reason why you decided to connect these two art forms?
Woven is a choose-your-own-adventure book that draws from childhood fears and transforms from telling to telling in the same way as spoken folktales. They’re made new by every single person who tells them.
While theatre and book arts may seem very different, there is quite a bit of a crossover. Theatre relies on a connection between performer and audience and has the power to tell stories through live imagery. Books must actively engage their audience by getting them to turn pages; a bookmaker can craft the way a story unfolds but it’s not until the reader turns the pages that the story becomes real. While illustrating stories, I often develop scenes as animated sequences, so this project felt like a natural progression. I set out to create a performable book, but I wanted it to be something that the audience gets to be part of creating. Woven is a living, breathing book. It’s designed to spark ideas in participants and the project itself is then fueled by these ideas. It continues to grow from everyone who plays along. It’s a big ol’ snowball that grows the more it’s played.

blog8What was your favourite book as a child?
I was always mesmerized by the folktale East of the Sun and West of the Moon, where a young heroine is taken away from her family by a polar bear to live in a mountain. When the bear is revealed to be a prince in disguise, she is sent on a harrowing journey to the far reaches of the world, traveling by each of the four winds to save him. The imagery in the story has always stuck with me, as well as the iconic treasures: the golden apple, the magic scissors, and the cup that never runs dry. I’m fascinated by folktales and could explore their wild and sometimes ridiculous concoctions forever. The polar bear prince holds a special place for me, especially these days as we’re watching them disappear.

blog9This is your second year presenting a show with the rEvolver Theatre Festival, how does your show relate to the vision of rEvolver?
rEvolver is fantastic. rEvolver is a great exploration of new theatre and new voices. There is a huge range of style and genre. Something I found pretty rewarding while attending last year, was discovering the various ways these works related to one another. Sometimes pieces will ask similar questions in subject matter but are presented in vastly different ways. This year, I see a thread running through the program, many artists exploring engagement, whether it’s running around the neighborhood with Superman, or going online with Brief Encounters. And other shows that allow the audience to direct where the show goes, as in Off Key: An Improvised Musical. We’re all looking at new ways to make a connection.

blog1Can you describe for us what a micro-performance is, and the kind of audience that would enjoy this production?
A micro-performance exists in many forms, but the underlying similarity is that it’s personalized for each audience member. It does something that you can’t do by performing to a wall of audience in a big dark theatre. Woven demands an intimate space. The audience is integral to deciding where the story goes. It’s a small audience because people need to be close, so they can get their noses right up into the book and enjoy all the details. You just can’t do that in a large theatre.
This piece is great for anyone interested in getting creative, being a little silly for 20 minutes, and allowing their brain to work in a way it’s not usually asked to work while at the theatre. Come be part of the storytelling, I want people to get in there and play along.

See the trailer

 Woven runs May 14, 16, and 17 at The Cultch. Attendance is by donation at the door. Show runs approximately every 30 minutes, from 7 pm to 10 pm on May 14&16 and from 3 pm to 9 pm on May 17. Sign up for a timeslot at the info table in the lobby. Due to limited seating we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early for your showtime.