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May 24 - June 4, 2017

rEvolver Festival 3 Show Pass

rEvolver Festival 2017

Other

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Le Patin Libre is creating a new kind of ice dancing, far beyond the confines of traditional figure skating. There are no sparkles, no stereotypes, and no fuzzy animal costumes. An all-ages spectacle of dizzying spins, spiralling arabesques, and maximum fun. MORE

Apr 18 – 30, 2017

Vertical Influences

Dance

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Mump & Smoot
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The famed Canadian clown duo return to The Cultch with a new work that will take Vancouver audiences yet again into the giddy, scary world of pure imagination. In their twisted netherworld, Mump and Smoot are confronted by a myriad of nightmarish obstacles that present themselves at every turn. MORE

Apr 25  – May 6, 2017

Mump and Smoot in Anything

Comedy + Theatre

York Theatre

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This year we are proud to celebrate our nation's 150th anniversary with our theme: Oh, Canada! It promises to be an evening full of surprises, paradoxes, and extraordinary entertainment! Enjoy great wine, food, and entertainment, all themed around our amazing country! MORE

Apr 29, 2017

Celebrate Canada at our 8th Annual Cultch Fundraising Gala

Fundraiser

Historic Theatre

La Merda
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A naked Silvia Gallerano sings and howls this provocative and critically acclaimed text. Her rage and bravery reveal revolting secrets, and a modern society that is powerful, desperate, vulnerable, and cutting. A multi-award winning sell-out hit across Europe, La Merda is truly shocking and truly brilliant. MORE

May 2 – 13, 2017

La Merda

International + Theatre

Historic Theatre

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IGINITE! Youth Driven Festival
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A Cultch Presentation

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Exploring themes of home and transformation, the story and characters weave fantasy and reality into a surprising adventure that crosses different worlds and lands in the heart. MORE

May 5 & 6, 2017

Legend of the Fireflies

Community + Drama + Local Gems

Culture Lab

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This work highlights women's stories of travel and transitions, based on Contemporary Aboriginal vocabularly and story-weaving. MORE

May 7, 2017

Crow’s Nest and Other Places She’s Gone

Dance + Interdisciplinary

Culture Lab

Join us for the Premiere Screening Showcase celebrating the works of Animation & Film/Video graduates from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. These wildly imaginative films observe society and culture through visual storytelling in a variety of genres, from dramatic and documentary, to experimental and the abstract. MORE

May 7, 2017

Emily Carr 2017 Animation, Film and Video Showcase

Film + Video

York Theatre

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Zee Zee Theatre and Qmunity present: NYET again: a cabaret of Canadians concerned about Chechnya MORE

May 8, 2017

NYET Again

Community + Fundraiser + Hot Topics + International + Reading

Historic Theatre

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In this powerful musical, the children of an Oji-Cree family are sent to a residential school in Northern Ontario. This is a story of redemption: for a mother who was never let past the school’s gate, and her kids, who never knew she came. Children of God offers a thrilling blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, celebrating resilience and the power of the Indigenous cultural spirit. MORE

May 17 – Jun 3, 2017

Children of God

Drama + Music + Theatre

York Theatre

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"A magnificent show....not to be missed." MORE

May 18, 7:30pm

Northern Tapestry – A Lost World

Drama + Music + Poetry

Culture Lab, Drama

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The Cultch presents Louise Burns, Old Man Canyon, Leisure Club and David Vertesi in the debut of East Side Live! MORE

May 21, 2017

East Side Live!

Historic Theatre

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Framed around the revelation of a deep secret within playwright Mayumi Yoshida's beloved late grandmother's arranged marriage, NeOn (ね音) is a look at Love. MORE

May 24, May 26, May 27, May 28, 2017

NeOn

rEvolver Festival 2017

Historic Theatre

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The unbelievably true story of one young woman’s quest to find love. MORE

May 24, 2017

Untitled Feminist

rEvolver Festival 2017

Founders' Lounge

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Follow the world’s most revered performance artist, Princess Edward, as this bearded, sequined wonder journeys into a world where anime heroes, bass guitarist rock stars and pop epics meld into a music-filled thriller. MORE

May 24, 25, 26, 27, 2017

The Princess Show

rEvolver Festival 2017

Culture Lab

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Simultaneously “I am position” and “imposition”, Luciterra Dance Company’s newest production is a theatrical story of love, conflict, aggression and sensuality. MORE

May 24, 25, 27, 28, 2017

(i.m)position

rEvolver Festival 2017

Historic Theatre

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Vampires in Barcelona is a true story. Or, as true of a story as “being sent to a vampire bar by a magician you met at a hostel” can be when you’re telling it eleven years after the fact. MORE

May 25, 27, 30, June 1, 2, 3, 2017

Vampires in Barcelona

rEvolver Festival 2017

Jim Green House Studio

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Part spaghetti western, part Westworld, and all cardboard, Tombstone will be loved by children, hipsters, parents, b-movie buffs, and anyone looking for a rollicking good time. MORE

May 25, 26, 27, 28, 2017

Tombstone

rEvolver Festival 2017

Culture Lab

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Iranian passion play meets the Canadian psyche. MORE

Suddenly This God Lover Died

rEvolver Festival 2017

Founders' Lounge

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Theresa is haunted by the traditional Coast Salish story of the Salmon Spirit, and the death of her mother who drowned in the Pacific Ocean. MORE

May 26, May 27, May 28, May 30, June 3, June 4, 2017

Spawn

rEvolver Festival 2017

Culture Lab

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Homecoming explores the separation of two Filipino sisters, and the deaths, the duty, and the daughter that keeps them bound together. MORE

May 27, 2017

Homecoming

rEvolver Festival 2017

Founders' Lounge

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Part reading circle, part documentary, and part handmade art object created from the ruins of an Oxford Dictionary, Soliloquy in English is a book for multiple voices about the language that connects them. MORE

May 27, 28, 30, 31, June 1-4, 2017

Soliloquy in English

rEvolver Festival 2017

Other

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Habitats is an interdisciplinary performance for all ages, incorporating elements of contemporary dance, theatre and circus. MORE

Habitats

rEvolver Festival 2017

Other

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Resounding Scream Theatre’s Plunge is a platform allowing artists to pause and share their work at pivotal moments of development, leaving space for reflection, discussion, and re-framing. MORE

May 28, 2017

Plunge

rEvolver Festival 2017

Culture Lab

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The novel Orlando, A Biography was written in 1927 by Virginia Woolf, and is part fantasy, part satire, part mock history, and part inquiry into the nature of gender. MORE

May 28, 2017

Orlando

rEvolver Festival 2017

Founders' Lounge

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Written and performed by award-winning theatre and film maker Adam Grant Warren, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, Last Train In is drawn from his lived experience. MORE

May 30, 31, June 1, 2, 3, 4, 2017

Last Train In

rEvolver Festival 2017

Culture Lab

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A woman travels halfway around the world to give the man she loves the thing she thinks he wants the most. MORE

I’m Doing This For You

rEvolver Festival 2017

Culture Lab

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East Vancouver songwriter, poet and playwright Rodney DeCroo releases his 8th studio album 'Old Tenement Man' (Tonic Records) in tandem with the launch of his 3rd book of poetry 'Next Door to the Butcher Shop' (Nightwood Editions). MORE

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A hypnagogic game show straddling the worlds of a haunted house and The Price is Right. This partially-immersive, pop-cult, horror-flick-obsessed puzzle invites audience members to dive into a hero's journey… to emerge thrilled and victorious MORE

May 31-June 3, 2017

All The Way

rEvolver Festival 2017

Other, Russian Hall

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It’s 2011. The world’s top physicists are searching for the Higgs boson, the famous “missing piece” in our model of the universe. MORE

June 1, 2017

Acceleration

rEvolver Festival 2017

Founders' Lounge

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Pinishi, an Ojibway woman remains trapped in a lonely, spiritually dead life in an SRO, (single room occupancy), room in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastide. MORE

SRO

rEvolver Festival 2017

Founders' Lounge

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Shiny explores how our ‘domestic’ work is similar to our work at beauty. MORE

June 3, 4, 2017

Shiny

rEvolver Festival 2017

Founders' Lounge

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A father's death and his mother's hasty marriage provoke thoughts of murder and vengeance that push Hamlet's mind to madness. MORE

June 6, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 2017

Hamlet

Drama + Theatre

Culture Lab

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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

1 Hour Photo

World Premiers

Historic Theatre

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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

Goblin Market

Dance + Uniquely Cultch

York Theatre

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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

Encounter

International

York Theatre

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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

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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

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<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

Hot Brown Honey

Uniquely Cultch

York Theatre

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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

Black Boys

Hot Topics

Historic Theatre

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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

I’m Not Here

International

Historic Theatre

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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

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The Old Trouts break the Sacred Covenant of the Bohemians to tell the truth about what it’s really like backstage at a puppet show: a looking-glass world, an unending tea party, where apparitions shimmer in clouds of smoke. Which is to say: Wonderland, before Alice arrives. “Take care of yourself,” screamed the White Queen …“Something’s going to happen!”
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Underland

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

No Foreigners

World Premiers

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

Broken Tailbone

Hot Topics

Historic Theatre

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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

Pss Pss

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

The After After Party

Local Gems

Culture Lab

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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

Butcher

Hot Topics

Historic Theatre

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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

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

The Explanation

Hot Topics

Culture Lab

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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

World Without Us

International

Historic Theatre

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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